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Sunday, February 12, 2017

BO/RW(NWA) Capt. William J. Lea

From: William Lea    Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 6:09 PM   

Just a note to let you know Bill passed away 2/8/17. You may know already.There is a guest book @ http://obits.reviewjournal.com/obituaries/lvrj/obituary.aspx?n=william-lea&pid=184158913 if you would like to sign.
Carolyn Lea

WILLIAM LEA(1939 - 2017)

William Joseph "Bill" Lea, 77, passed away Feb. 8, 2017, at his home, in Las Vegas, after years of battling MS. Bill was born Aug. 11, 1939, in Lexington, Ky. He is survived by his wife, of 37 years, Vida Carolyn Lea; son; Michael K. Lea (Ada) and daughter, Tracy W. Lea, all of Arizona; two sisters, Linda S. Schwartz and Patricia J. Long, both of Ohio; and a grandson, Justin; and three stepchildren, Lynn C. Swaney (Michael) and Tony E. Everhart (Susan) all of North Carolina, and Terry Y. Gardella (Tony) of Arizona. Bill was very proud to of served in the 101st Army Airborne. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, a Mason and a Shriner. He was in his glory as an airline pilot flying for Bonanza, Air West, Hughes Airwest and retired from Republic in 1984. He was an avid golf and chess player that loved to laugh, loved the moon, the desert and a high wind. He will truly be missed and forever loved. No services are scheduled.
BO/AW/HAW/RC/NWA  Captain William 'Bill' J. Lea  
August 11, 1939 ~ February 8, 2017

News with the passing of retired NWA pilot Captain Bill Lea has reached our group.  Captain Lea joined Bonanza Air Lines 04-01-1966, and made the mergers with Hughes Airwest and NWA.  Bill was 77 years of age at the time of his passing.  He had most recently resided at
5809 Paseo Montana, Las Vegas NV 89108-4113.  
Honoring Bill’s wishes, there were no services. 
Should we receive more information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Captain Lea is the *author of his book What A Lovely Day For An Airplane Ride......................
About the *author:  The author grew up in the Cincinnati, OH area and in Kentucky. He used to play in his grandmas barn, and would jump down on bales of hay. That was the beginning to, “let’s learn to fly”. It is said, “you can’t teach a dog new tricks”, but being so young, he tried to learn them all, tricks that is. This book is an offering of many of his accomplishments in the flying arena along with excerpts from some of the funniest statements by many of his pilot friends. You might say some are almost like short stories in themselves. So much happens during the flying period of time for a pilot. The responsibility and learning factor is huge. Most will say “it is all worth it”. The book, hopefully, will bring laughter & a time to relax to all of who choose to read it. ENJOY!!
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 7:11 PM
Subject: Captain Bill Lea, Bonanza 1967

Word received that Captain Bill Lea Flew West today after a protracted illness.
At Bills request there will be no service of any kind.  He was living in Las Vegas.
More information when available.

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