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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

DL Capt. James Leroy Shannon

WWII veteran, DL Capt. James ‘Jim’ Shannon
November 20, 1920 ~ May 25, 2017
Word has been received with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain James ‘Jim’ Leroy Shannon, age 96.  Captain Shannon joined Delta Air Lines 01-22-1951 and retired with Delta in 1980, based MSY.  Captain Shannon was widowed in March of 2011 with the passing of his wife Barbara.  Survived by his children, grand and great grandchildren, Captain Shannon had most recently resided in the Houston TX area. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://www.dignitymemorial.com/memorial-oaks-funeral-home/en-us/index.page 
to view the online obituary and family photo gallery.
Memorial services are planned for June 5th at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Frwy, Houston TX.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
James Leroy Shannon, 96, born November 18, 1920, to Elroy and Nora Shannon of Jamestown, New York, passed away May 25, 2017. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Jim proudly served in WWII as a pilot, receiving decorations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, two Air Medals, and several campaign ribbons. Flying was his lifelong passion, becoming a pilot for Delta Airlines until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara and son, Jim. He is survived by his children John Shannon and wife Haldi and Mike Shannon and wife Tracy; grandchildren Samantha Colquitt and husband Keith, Kel Shannon, Austin and Sydney Shannon; and great grandchildren Lucy and Bryan Colquitt.
A Memorial Service will be held Monday, June 5th at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway.
.Funeral Home : Memorial Oaks Funeral Home
13001 Katy Fwy Houston, TX 77079   ...  (281) 497-2210
.Published in Houston Chronicle on May 29, 2017

BARBARA LUCKY SHANNON, 76, passed away on March 17, 2011. A native Houstonian, Barbara was born November 2, 1934, to Maurice and Gertrude Lucky. She graduated from Lamar High School and attended college in Virginia. Barbara was a vibrant, fun-loving woman who was completely devoted to her family, friends and church, Chapelwood United Methodist Church, where she and her husband have been members and where she has served as a volunteer for 35 years. She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge and reading the latest and greatest novels. She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, James L. Shannon; son John M. Shannon and his wife Haldi; son Michael M. Shannon and his wife Tracy; and grandchildren Samantha Colquitt and her husband Keith, Kel Shannon, Austin Shannon and Sydney Shannon, all of whom affectionately knew her as "Gaga." Barbara is also survived by her brother Charles Lucky of Arizona. She is preceded in death by her parents and son James Leroy Shannon, "Jimbo." The family would like to thank Connie Castro for her years of above-and-beyond service, care and friendship..........................

WA/DL Capt. Edward R. 'Ed' Ganoung

USAF Capt. Edward 'Ed' Ganoung
July 5, 1942 ~ May 11, 2017

Thank you to retired Captain Denny Walsh for sending the sad news of the death of retired Delta Captain, and retired USAF Colonel, Ed Ganoung, 74.  Ed was hired by Western Air Lines April 3, 1969 and came to Delta in the Western merger in 1987.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to his family care of Mrs. Sylvia Ganoung at 3725 Foxmoor Circle, Alpharetta, GA 30022-7115.   


Edwin R. "Ed" Ganoung
Edwin R. "Ed" Ganoung, 74, of Alpharetta, Georgia, died at home, on May 11.  His wife and 2 sons were at his side.  He was born July 5, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He graduated from Memphis State University in 1964  where he received his B.A. degree in Industrial Management and was commissioned into the USAF Reserve .

He was assigned to Vance AFB for pilot training and graduated with his class.  He flew C-124's out of McCord AFB in Tacoma, WA, and later transitioned to the C-141 at Norton AFB.  He stayed in the AF Reserve after leaving active duty and being hired by Western in 1969, eventually making full colonel, and retired as the 729th Airlift Squadron commander at Norton AFB in San Bernardino, CA.

He was based in Los Angeles with Western and after the merger with Delta moved to Alpharetta, Georgia.  He was based in Atlanta and flew as Captain for Delta until his retirement in July 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, two sons: Edwin R. Ganoung, (wife Sherrie) of San Jose, CA  and Andrew P. Ganoung of Virginia.  And two Grandchildren: Garrett and Stefania.

A celebration of his life Mass will be June 16 at 11:00am at St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek, GA 30022.


GANOUNG, Edwin Robert
Edwin R. "Ed" Ganoung, 74, died in his home on May 11. His wife, and his 2 sons were at his side. He was born July 5, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ed graduated from Memphis State University in 1964 where he received his B.A. degree and was commissioned into the USAF Reserve. He was assigned to Vance AFB for pilot training and graduated with his class. He was Commander of the 729th squadron in San Bernardino, CA. In 1967 he went to work for Western Airlines and was based in Los Angeles. Western Airlines merged with Delta in 1987. Ed flew as Captain for Delta until his retirement in July 2002. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia, two sons: Edwin R. Ganoung, (wife Sherrie) of San Jose, CA and Andrew P. Ganoung of Virginia. Two Grandchildren, Garrett and Stefania. A celebration of his life Mass will be June 16, 2017 at 11:00am at St. Brigid Catholic Church, 3400 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek, GA 30022. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude's Hospital, the American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warriors Project.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

DL Capt. Jon Robert Agne

Navy veteran, DL Capt. Jon R. Agne
May 14, 1959 ~ May 21, 2017

Word has been received with the passing of Delta pilot Captain Jon Robert Agne, age 58.  Captain Agne joined Delta Air Lines 09-13-1991. 
He is survived by his wife Megan and their children.
Captain Agne’s obituary may be viewed online at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/jon-agne-obituary?pid=1000000185602102 
Online condolences may be shared at http://www.brackettfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Jon-Agne/ 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
July 8:  Jon Agne Memorial Service, Reception and Celebration of Life
Enclosed is the link for Jon Agne’s Memorial Service and Reception/directions/additional information.
RSVPs requested....thank you/~ C
Jon Agne Memorial & Reception      or click on at:   
Obituary..............................AGNE, Jon Robert    1959 - 2017 
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jon Robert Agne, 58, after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer on Sunday May 21, 2017. He was born at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX on May 14, 1959 to Robert and Rita (Thompson) Agne. He was a graduate of the Culver Military Academy in Culvert, IN and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Jon was a professional airline pilot. He joined the United States Navy in 1982 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1984. He went on to fly for Delta Airlines and was based in New York City. A long time sailor he could be found in the summer sailing his beloved catboat "SURPRISE" out of Paul's Marina in Middle Bay. Much to the delight of family and friends he was an accomplished cook who loved to entertain. Both Jon and wife Megan have been strong advocates for animal rescue and have quite a menagerie to prove it. Jon is survived by his beloved wife Megan Northam of Brunswick, two grown children, Jonathan of Brunswick and Lauren of Alanta, GA, his father Robert of Dayton, OH, his siblings brother, Joel and sister, Julia, his uncle Ted Agne of Marblehead, MA; uncle Tom Agne of Delaware, OH; aunt Cinda Bush of Centerville, OH and aunt Cris Kidwell of Xenia, OH; beloved cousins and dear friends. Memorial visitation will be held from 12:00pm to 2:00pm Saturday July 8, 2017 at Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick, a memorial service will follow at 2:00pm at the funeral home. Those who wish may leave a condolence to the family at www.brackettfuneralhome.com
.....below is a notice from Delta Flt Ops notifying the Delta pilots of Jon Agne’s death.  Jon was a former Navy officer and pilot, flying P-3 aircraft before joining Delta....
Subject:  Passing of NYC 73N Captain Jon Agne
.....we have learned of the death of NYC 73N Capt. Jon Agne. Jon is survived by his wife and two children.
    - Funeral Services:  Saturday, July 8
    - Visitation 1200-1400
    - Formal service 1400-1500
Brackett's Funeral Home, Brunswick, ME
Pilots are welcome to attend in uniform. Jon's family asks that donations are made to the following organizations:
    - A Paw in the Door, an animal foster agency serving the mid-coast Maine area
    - Blue Cure Foundation, an organization dedicated to the prevention of prostate cancer

Please keep Jon's family in your thoughts and prayers during this time ..................

Friday, May 26, 2017

DL Bobbie Pickens, widow of DL Capt. Richard Pickens

former DL F/A Bobbie Pickens, widow of DL Capt. Richard Pickens
February 20, 1931 ~ May 20, 2017
Notification with the passing of Babetta ‘Bobbie’ Barton Pickens, widow of Delta Captain Richard Rowland Pickens who passed in September of 2000.  Bobbie had most recently resided at 7600 Fairway Drive, Diamondhead MS 39525-3435.
Obituary information tells us that private services will be held  ... Edmond Fahey Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Babetta "Bobbie" Pickens, age 86, passed away, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee. Bobbie grew up in Louisiana and Jackson, Mississippi, and attended Millsaps College and Louisiana State University. After college, she went to work for Delta Air Lines as a flight attendant and met her husband, a pilot for Delta. She eventually settled in New Orleans and raised a family of three boys with her husband, Richard Pickens. Bobbie also owned and operated a popular arts and crafts store in Metairie, Louisiana during the 1970's. After her kids grew up, she headed to Diamondhead, Mississippi to enjoy her retirement. Bobbie lived in Diamondhead for the last twenty years and cherished spending time with family, friends, and bridge partners. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, and her husband, Richard Pickens. Survivors include her three sons and her seven grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held. Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS is in charge of the arrangements. 
Edmond Fahey Funeral Home (228) 467-9031
~ IN MEMORY ~  DL Captain Richard R. Pickens, based MSY
                            December 12, 1929 ~ September 24, 2000
                            Capt. Pickens joined Delta Air Lines 09-10-1956 and was based MSY.
Richard Rowland Pickens, 70, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, in Bay St. Louis.
Mr. Pickens was a native of New Albany and had been a resident of Diamondhead for the past four years. He was retired as a pilot with Delta Airlines and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a Baptist and was a member of Sigma MHI Fraternity.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Aubrey and Mary Beulah Rowland Pickens.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Pickens of Diamondhead; three sons, Richard R. Pickens II of New Orleans, Bart Pickens of Perkinston and Cecil R. Pickens of Boston; a sister, Cecile Pickens of Costa Mesa, Calif., and a grandchild.

Interment will be in Gulf Coast Memorial Cemetery and Mausoleum in Bay St. Louis.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WA/DL Capt. John R. 'Jack' Hastreiter

Military veteran, WA/DL John R. ‘Jack’ Hastreiter
February 8, 1942 ~ May 20, 2017
News has reached our group with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain John Rolland ‘Jack’ Hastreiter , age 75.  Captain Hastreiter joined Western Airlines 11-01-1976 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2002, based 052/ATG.
There will be a wake this evening May 23rd at Huber Funeral Home's Excelsior Chapel. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Excelsior Chapel (952) 474-9595.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held tomorrow Wednesday, May 24th at 11AM with visitation one hour prior at St. John the Baptist church, 680 Mill St., Excelsior, Minnesota.
To the best of my knowledge personal condolences may be sent to the family at
20275 Cottagewood Road, Excelsior MN 55331-6701.
Arrangements entrusted to Huber Funeral Homes ... (952) 474-9595 huberfunerals.com
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Hastreiter, John "Jack" R. Age 75 of Deephaven. After a 9-month battle with cancer, Jack died peacefully on May 20, 2017, surrounded by family and loved ones, having received the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. He was born in Honolulu, HI February 8th, 1942 to his parents who have preceded him in death, Rolland and Marjorie (Goodwin) Hastreiter. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 51 years Didi; 3 children, John (Karen), Erich (Rachel), and Kimberly Croucher (Nick); 15 grandchildren, Rachel, Maximilian, Anthony, Celine, Charles, & Sean Hastreiter; Benedict, Luciana, Genevieve, Nicolette, and Baby Boy Hastreiter; Stanley, Quentin, and Eloise Croucher, and 2 sisters; Caryl Djuric & Laurie Trail. Jack graduated from Punaho High School, Hawaii, in 1959. He received an appointment to the US Naval Academy, graduating in 1966 with a degree in Engineering and Mathematics. It was during his enlistment that Jack converted to Roman Catholicism from atheism. On June 8, 1966, he married Cordelia (Didi) Foote. He became a Naval Pilot, attaining rank of Lt. Commander, operating P-3's, Jets, and Piston Aircraft. In 1976 he became a commercial pilot for Western Airlines (later Delta Airlines); he flew B-727's, DC-9's, and B757/767's. After retiring from flying in 2002, he became an instructor for Delta. He worked as an instructor with both Delta and also as a B-787 instructor for Boeing. Jack enjoyed running, weight lifting, football, good cheese, and beer - not necessarily in that order. He always had on hand Elf cream soda or Summit for guests. Above all, Jack is remembered for being a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and devout Catholic who went to daily Mass with his wife for the last 20 years, and was consecrated in Schoenstatt. In lieu of flowers; memorials preferred to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105, Miles Christi Religious Order: 25300 Johns Rd, South Lyon, MI 48178, and Schoenstatt on the lake: 27762 Co Rd 27, Sleepy Eye, MN 56085. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 24 at 11am, with a visitation one hour prior at St. John the Baptist church, 680 Mill St., Excelsior. There will be a wake Tuesday, May 23 from 5-8pm at Huber Funeral Home's Excelsior Chapel. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Excelsior Chapel (952) 474-9595 huberfunerals.com

From: Dick Deeds [mailto:dickdeeds@pacbell.net]   Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2017 11:16 AM
Subject: Fwd: WAL/DAL Captain Jack Hastreiter has flown West..

My Dear Friends,
It is with extreme sadness that I inform you of the passing of our good friend & fellow Retired Pilot Jack Hastreiter.
I have just now learned of this from a Facebook post which stated that he passed away this morning.
There were no more details included & you now know as much as I do at this point.
As soon as I learn anymore, I will be sure to update you.
I choose to remember him as happy & full of life as he was at our Retired Pilots Breakfast this past December........................
All my best,

PAA/DL Capt Chester 'Chet' Bailey , 1933-2014

Updating previously posted information................
PAA/DL Capt. Chester ‘Chet’ Bailey
November 25, 1933 ~ July 22, 2014
Notification with the passing of USAF veteran retired PAA/DL pilot Captain Chester Dale ‘Chet’ Bailey, age 80. Captain Bailey joined Pan American 01-04-1965 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1993, based 031/NYC. Captain Bailey had most recently resided at Bigfork, Montana.  Please visit these news line sites for updated obituaries:

Our thanks to the family of Captain Bailey for contacting us with these changes.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Chester Dale Bailey passed away July 22, 2014, at the age of 80. 
He was born in Bloomfield, Indiana, to Mary and Homer Bailey. He was the youngest of seven children. 
Chet was married to Inger Hindart and they had two children, David and Michael.
Chet was a captain in the Air Force and served 10 years with the Strategic Air Command. In 1965, he joined Pan American World Airways and worked his way up to captain. He flew for Pan Am for 26 years stationed out of San Francisco, New York and Berlin, Germany. Before retirement, he flew his last two years with Delta Airlines from New York. As a pilot he had the opportunity to travel the world. He loved adventure and had a lust for life. His idea of a vacation was surprising his kids by saying, “Pack, we are going to the airport.”
Chet retired to Bigfork, Montana, where he was an avid golfer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Inger, and now rests with her.

Chet was a kind and gentle man who was loved by all. He is survived by his longtime companion, Gloria Johnson; his children, David and Michael, David’s wife Tana, his granddaughters Sydney and Claire, and his sister Bea. He also leaves behind numerous other close relatives and affectionate friends.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

PAA/DL Capt. Richard L. Mayer

USAF veteran, PAA/DL Captain Richard L. Mayer
March 21, 1937 ~ March 5, 2017
Belated notice....as noted in a recent ALPA publication, IN MEMORIAM column, the passing of retired Pan Am/Delta pilot Captain Richard Leroy Mayer, age 79.  Captain Mayer joined Pan American 08-01-1966 and retired with Delta Air Lines.  Captain Mayer’s obituary may still be viewed online at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/richard-mayer-obituary?pid=1000000185038551&view=guestbook 
If more information is received, we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN    
Obituary..................................Richard Mayer
Mar. 21, 1937 - Mar. 5, 2017
Richard "Dick" Mayer of Alamo died peacefully on Sunday March 5, two weeks shy of his 80th birthday. His daughters Debbie and Nancy (his little pooh's) were by his side.
Born in Bend, Oregon to a sawyer father & pianist mother, Dick inherited their talents for machinery and music. His parents separated when he was 4, so he was raised by maternal grandparents until his mother resettled in the Bay Area. At 16, Dick's mother passed suddenly, so he returned to his grandparents in Oregon and graduated Roseburg High in 1955. He worked summers at Safeway, enrolled in Air Force ROTC, and earned his BA in Music from the U. of Oregon (1959). Dick completed USAF pilot training (1959 to 1966), met his wife Dianne at Beale AFB, and settled in Danville. Dick became a commercial airline pilot for Pan Am (1966) made Captain, then flew with Delta. A lifelong lover of music, Dick played trumpet, coronet & sang with the Diablo Dixie Devils, SPBSQSA, Danville Community Band. Dick & Dianne were married for 50 years, and loved traveling, tennis, bridge, horses, friends and family. Survived by daughters Debbie Mayer (Oakland), Nancy Mayer Daetz (Danville), three granddaughters Lexi, Taylor, Morgan. Celebration of Dick's Life on Thurs, April 13th from 11AM-2PM Daetz Residence - 622 Glen Road, Danville
In lieu of flowers, consider donations to the Mayer scholarship fund: https://give.berkeley.edu/egiving/index.cfm?fund=FW8166000
.Published in East Bay Times on Apr. 11, 2017
Richard Leroy Mayer
March 21, 1937 - March 5, 2017
Alamo, California


Monday, May 15, 2017

NC/RC/NWA Capt. Dixon John Anderson

Military veteran, NC/RC/NWA Capt. Dixon John Anderson
July 29, 1941 ~ April 23, 2017
Notification with the passing of retired North Central/Republic/Northwest Airlines pilot Captain Dixon John Anderson, age 75.  Captain Anderson’s obituary notes that Memorial Services were held today May 15th in Zimmerman, Minnesota....please see below. 
The obituary and guestbook may be viewed and shared online at 
Updates will be posted should more information be received.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary............Dixon John Anderson
Anderson, Dixon John age 75, of Princeton, MN passed away on Sunday, April 23rd with his loved ones by his side. Dixon was a Navy helicopter pilot and served in the Vietnam War aboard the USS Oriskany. Dixon then became an airline pilot and flew for North Central, Republic and Northwest Airlines for a total of 26 years finally retiring in 1996. He was genuine, reassuring and open-minded. Dixon was an amazing husband, father, step-father, grandfather and friend; he was the rock of the family and will be missed dearly. Dixon is survived by wife Debbie, son Cole, step-sons Troy (Cathy), Brandon (Kristy), Siver (Vanessa) and Justin (Kari); 10 grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Memorial Service on Monday, May 15th at 11:00 AM at St John Lutheran Church in Zimmerman. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

.Published on May 6, 2017

NEA/DL Capt. Gaetano 'Mike' Zompetti

Military veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Gaetano ‘Mike’ Zompetti
August 7, 1925 ~ May 6, 2017
Last week we received notice that retired Northeast/Delta pilot Captain Gaetano ‘Mike’ Zompetti had passed away at the age of 91.  Captain Zompetti was in declining health and had been in a care center since the passing of his wife Lena ..... Lena passed on January 21st.  To date I have not seen an online obituary or guestbook.... arrangements are not yet known. 
Captain Zompetti joined Northeast Airlines 07-12-1954 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1985, and was based Atlanta at the time of his retirement.  I believe he was born/raised in Massachusetts and was a WWII veteran.  
Should we receive further information as to arrangements, we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Subject:  Retired Captain Mike Zompetti of Nashua, NH
Date: May 7, 2017 at 00:34:22 EDT
Passed away yesterday at the age of 91.
Cynthia Magill
Wife of retired Captain Ken Magill  cmagill@comcast.net
From: George
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2017 3:29 PM
Subject: Mike Zompetti
Retired Captain Mike Zompetti's wife, Lee, recently passed away.  Lee & Mike were still living in their home of 44 years.  Lee was Mike's primary caretaker.  Mike lost his independence a few years ago and is wheel chair bound.  He also suffers from Dementia.  As a result Mike has been moved to a facility called Bridges in Nashua on Amherst Street.  He has lost his independence, his home, his life as he knew it and his soul-mate.  Cards or visits would be very much appreciated.
Cynthia Magill
Wife of J Ken Magill
         Bridges by Epoc
Attn: Mike Zompetti
575 Amherst Street
Nashua, NH. 03063

Mike can have visitors at Bridges. Mornings between 10 and 12 and evenings between 5 and 7 work the best right now.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Azilee Lohrke, widow of DL Capt. Alden Lohrke

Jamie ‘Azilee’ Lohrke, widow of DL Capt. Alden Lohrke
November 28, 1925 ~ May 6, 2017
Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member Azilee Lohrke, age 91, widow of Delta Air Lines pilot Captain Alden ‘Al’ Lloyd Lohrke who passed in 2003.  Azilee had most recently resided in Hamilton, Montana. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at www.dalyleachchapel.com 
Azilee’s obituary indicates that per her wishes no services were held.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary ----------------------------
Jamie Azilee Lohrke, 91, of Hamilton passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Valley View Estates in Hamilton.
She was born November 28, 1925 in Charleston, MO the daughter of James and Irma Anderson. Azilee had 4 sisters and 2 brothers who all preceded her in death.
When she was 3 years old, Azilee and her family moved to Cape Girardeau, MO. It was there she grew up and was educated. Azilee worked as a secretary in Weingarten, MO where she met and married Captain John C. McKeane. Together they moved to Texas where Azilee worked for Continental Airlines. Azilee was widowed after 23 years of marriage.
In 1968, Azilee married Captain Alden Lohrke who was with Delta Airlines. When Alden retired they moved to Montana. Azilee was very active in the Hospital Auxiliary. She ran the gift shop for 12 years. Alden passed away June 2, 2003 after 35 years of marriage.
Azilee is survived by her step-daughter, Linda Adams; 2 step-grandchildren, Chris Clarke and Ariane Heath; and 1 step-great-grandson, Russel Heath.
At Azilee's request, no services are planned. Her ashes will be carried up the mountain by her step-grandchildren to join those of her husband, Alden. The family suggests that memorials be made in Azilee's name to the Bitterroot Humane Association, 262 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, MT 59840.  Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com 
Lohrke, Alden L.   'Al'    Capt.   
DOB: 15-Mar-1912    Date of death: 2-Jun-2003    age 91   

Date of hire: 12-20-1943, based HOU-ATL    

Alden L. Lohrke, 91, of Hamilton passed away at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Center for Hospice and Palliative Care on June 2, 2003. He was born in Balfour, N.D., March 15, 1912, to Emil and Clara Partch Lohrke who later moved to Great Falls where he was raised. 

 On June 29, 1939, Alden married Ina Ek who died in 1966. In February 1968 he married Azilee McKeane in Houston, Texas. 

 During WWII Alden was a civilian flight instructor for the military and later enjoyed a 30-year career as a pilot for Delta Airlines. 

 Survivors include his wife, Azilee, at the family home in Hamilton; daughter, Linda, and husband, Dale Adams, of Adrian, Ore.; granddaughter, Ariane and husband, Gary Heath, of Duluth, Ga., and grandson, Christopher Clarke, of Boise, Idaho.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NWA/DL Capt. Bruce P. Eaton

Military veteran, NWA/DL Capt. Bruce Eaton
December 28, 1952 ~ April 20, 2017

Notification with the passing of Northwest/Delta pilot Captain Bruce Philip Eaton, age 64.  Captain Eaton joined Northwest Airlines 02-22-1985.  He is survived by his children and had most recently resided in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
More pictures and guestbook sharing is available online at
Captain Eaton’s obituary indicates that memorial services were held in Cocoa Beach. 
Should we receive more information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary............................EATON, Bruce Philip
Born December 28, 1952, passed away on April 20th, after a hard fought battle with cancer. An avid flier, he served in the military as a Naval aviator, where he attained the rank of Commander. He enjoyed 32 years as a Captain for both Northwest and Delta Airlines. He is survived by his three children, Nickolaus, Cassandra and Valmund, as well as father Merv, sisters Kathleen and Laura and brother Douglas. Bruce was a man who embraced life, and lived every moment to the fullest. He had a heart of gold and will be sorely missed. A memorial service was held in Cocoa Beach Florida.

. Published in Dayton Daily News on May 10, 2017.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

DL Capt. A. G. 'Tony' Borra

USAF veteran, DL Capt. A. G. ‘Tony’ Borra
August 14, 1940 ~ May 7, 2017

News has reached us with the passing of retired Delta Air Lines pilot Captain A. G. ‘Tony’ Borra, age 76.  Captain Borra joined Delta Air Lines 04-09-1973 and retired in 1995, based ATL.  He is survived by his wife Joy.  
Please see attached information as the family has invited all to join together in celebrating the life of Tony Borra.  (Information reads: Open House, May 11th and 12th, hours 6:00PM-8:00PM at 716 Howell Ct., Stone Mountain GA 30087 (770) 498-2356...Memorial Service May 13th at 2:00PM, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1597 Interstate –85 Frontage Road, Atlanta GA 30329.)
Captain Borra will be dearly missed by his family plus many dear friends and colleagues.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
From: Bob O'Neal   Sent: Tuesday, May 09th ...............
It is with great sadness I report the death of my neighbor and dear friend, Captain Tony Borra.  He passed away 2 days ago while hiking with his wife Joy.  Tony, an Air Force pilot, was hired by Delta in 1973 and ATL based his entire career.  He was active in ALPA work and an early CRM instructor. In 1995 a serious heart attack ended his Delta flying days.  After recovering from the heart attack he lived a vigorous, productive life for the next 22 years.  A skilled craftsman and artist, he was always creating or improving something around his unique home.  His wife, Joy Borra has created 2 attachments below with details of the visitation and memorial service.             
        Capt. Bob O'Neal
Tony was a fine man who served his fellow pilots well.  We will all miss him.
        Jeff Pickett
From: Bob O'Neal Sent: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 2:58 AM
Terrible news.  Please forward to other DAL folks. Live life like there is no tomorrow!    
        Bob O'Neal
From: "Joy Borra" joyborra@bellsouth.net  Date: May 9, 2017 at 3:58:57 AM
Subject:  Details on memorial for Tony Borra
This is going to many many people, so please forgive its impersonal-ness….  It has been a very very busy day.
As you can imagine, my children and grandchildren and I are very very sad at this moment….
It’s hard to imagine life without Antonio.  But since we have no choice, we will go on…
The “flyer” has the details you need to attend any of the opportunities to gather and celebrate Antonio’s life.  If you need to talk, someone will be here to answer the land line, for sure!
Love to you all!!!!
Ps. Feel free to forward to anyone else whom you think needs to see this….
            Joy Borra
Yoga in Stone Mountain,  716 Howell Court, Stone Mtn. GA 30087
770-498-2356 home (best #)    678-522-8156 cell & text

Saturday, May 6, 2017

DL Capt. Louis H. McAbee

Celebration of Life service and visitation----------
From: "Ed Gard" <
egard@esgbuilds.com>  Date: May 8, 2017 15:17  
Subject: Louis H. McAbee Obituary
At the request of Pauline McAbee and Lou and their children, I am sending you this email and link below for the information of Lou’s Celebration of Life service and visitation.  It is the family’s wish to notify and include as many people as possible.   
Ed Gard, President (one of Lou’s son in laws)
DL Capt. Lou McAbee
September 29, 1935 ~ May 4, 2017

News has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Louis H. McAbee Jr., age 82.  Captain McAbee joined Delta Air Lines 09-30-1963 and retired with Delta in 1995, based 031/ATL.
To sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
To the best of my knowledge personal condolences may be sent to the family at
PO Box 5151, De Pere, WI  54115-5151.
The funeral home site also indicates that services will be held May 10th in Wisconsin, visitation the evening prior.
VISITATION : Tuesday, May 9, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory, 305 N. Tenth St., De Pere, WI 54115
SERVICE : Wednesday, May 10,  at 10:30 AM
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family, 1307 Lourdes Ave., De Pere, WI 54115
CEMETERY  :  Wednesday, May 10 at 2:45 PM
Allouez Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum
2121 Riverside Dr.,  Green Bay, WI 54301
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our sites.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
Death notice.....Louis H. McAbee Jr.
McAbee Jr., Louis H., 82, De Pere, May 4, 2017, RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 336-3171
.Funeral Home : Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory
305 North Tenth Street De Pere, WI 54115  ...  (920) 336-3171
.Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on May 6, 2017
From: srdmcg@hotmail.com     Sent: 5/4/2017 7:37:22 P.M. Central Daylight Time  Subj: Lou McAbee 
It is with a very sad heart that I bring you the sad news of Lou’s passing…..............
….Lou passed this afternoon in Green Bay, WI….
Lou, Jerry and I were all in the 9/30/1963 DC-6/7 eng. School at DAL….
No details yet, I will try to keep you informed….
Steve McGreevy

Friday, May 5, 2017

Medal of Honor, Ret. Air Force Lt. Col. Leo K. Thorsness

Medal of Honor POW, Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Leo K. Thorsness
February 14, 1932 ~ May 2, 2017
Leo Keith Thorsness (February 14, 1932 – May 2, 2017) was a colonel in the United States Air Force who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the medal for an air engagement on April 19, 1967. He was shot down two weeks later and spent six years in captivity in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war. After his military service, Thorsness served one term in the Washington State Senate.
Leo Thorsness, Decorated Veteran Held Captive With McCain, Dies at 85
Leo Thorsness spent six years in captivity in North Vietnam after he was shot down in 1967. President Richard M. Nixon gave him the Medal of Honor for his actions on a mission 11 days before he was taken prisoner.............................. 
Col. Leo K. Thorsness, one of the most highly decorated American airmen of the Vietnam War and a belated recipient of the Medal of Honor for his heroism on a mission that took place 11 days before he was shot down and taken prisoner, died on Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla. Colonel Thorsness, who had been brutalized during his six years of captivity at the notorious North Vietnamese prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, where he was a cellmate of John McCain’s, was 85.
His wife, Gaylee, said the cause was leukemia. He died at a Mayo Clinic. Colonel and Mrs. Thorsness had been living in St. Augustine, Fla., for the past year and half......................................................................................................................

From: wmkerschner88@gmail.com  Sent: 5/4/2017 8:59:08 P.M. Central Daylight Time  Subj:  Leo Thorsness passing

A great American of Scandinavian descent from America's Midwest.

WA/DL Capt. B. Wayne Balch

Military veteran, WA/DL Capt. B. Wayne Balch
December 20, 1938 ~ May 2, 2017 
Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Buford Wayne Balch, age 78.  Captain Balch joined Western Airlines 03-27-1967 and retired with Delta Air Lines in December 1998, based 031/ATL.  Widowed in 2007, Captain Balch is survived by their children and grandchildren.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at 
Captain Balch had most recently resided at 
915 1st St W Apt B  ,  Northfield MN 55057-1690.
Should we receive further information, we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
B. Wayne Balch, age 78 of Northfield, MN. Survived by son, Michael (Cindi) of Le Sueur, MN; daughter, DeAna "DeDe" Michaud (Michael Balin) of Highland, CA; 5 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Morris (Barbara) of Huntsville, Joseph (Pat) of Grant and Elbert (Opie) of Madison. Preceded by wife Sandra and his parents. Wayne was born December 20, 1938, in New Hope, to Clarence B. and Era V. (McPeters) Balch. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served in Japan. Wayne was a commercial pilot for Delta Airlines until retirement. Visitation to celebrate Wayne's life will be 4-7PM Friday (5/5/17) at Bierman Funeral Home, Northfield.
Interment with Military Honors in Oaklawn Cemetery, Nfld on Saturday. www.biermanfuneralhome.com
.Funeral Home : Bierman Funeral Home - Northfield
1316 Division St. S.  Northfield, MN 55057  ...  507-645-4153
.Published in The Huntsville Times on May 5, 2017
Wife Sandra..... 1935-2007
Sandra Ann Balch, age 72, of Northfield, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, surrounded by her husband and family after suffering a heart attack.

Sandra was born Jan. 24, 1935, in Minneapolis, daughter of Wallace and Catherine (Mans) Thies and graduated from Edison High School in 1952. She married Merle Wefel, and together the couple had 10 children. They later divorced, and she became the sole provider and caregiver for her children. In 1978 she met the love of her life, Wayne Balch, and the two married on Nov. 30, 1985.

Sandy spent her life loving and caring for her family. She continued to be the caregiver for her son, Glenn, until her death. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and would spoil them at every opportunity. Sandy lived every day being the best wife and mother she could be. The world was a better place and her children better people because of her. There are simply no words to explain what her life meant to others........................................... 

Monday, May 1, 2017

PAA/DL Capt. John Cartwright Cook IV

Military veteran, PAA/DL Capt. John C. Cook IV
July 23, 1935 ~ April 25, 2017
Notification with the passing of retired Pan Am/Delta pilot Captain John Cartwright Cook IV, age 81.  Captain Cook joined Pan American 02-13-1967 and retired with Delta Air Lines.  He is survived by his wife Jennifer, their children and grandchildren.
If more information is received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
John Cartwright Cook IV died Tuesday, April 25th at Stamford Hospital at the age of 81. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2016 and fought the disease the way he lived - competitively and with every cell in his body. Born in New York City on July 23, 1935, he grew up in Bronxville, New York and attended Roosevelt High School. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. He fulfilled his dream of flying, and was an airline pilot for more than four decades. As a Lieutenant and Naval Aviator in the United States Navy, he was designated Patrol Plane Commander in the P2V model aircraft. He subsequently flew for Pan Am for 25 years and Delta Airlines until his retirement in 1998.
John lived life fully and had many avid interests. He put his whole self into everything he did: skiing, tennis, running, speed skating, photography, astronomy, and competitive sailing, including the Newport to Bermuda race in 1982. Triathlons were his greatest passion/obsession for over twenty years. He competed in races all over the world and was a member of the USA Triathlon team. In 2011, he won the World Championship in Beijing. In 2015, he received the USA Triathlon All American Award. He completed nine Ironman races, including seven in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He completed his most recent triathlon this past September in Malibu at the age of 81, just prior to being diagnosed with glioblastoma. He has donated his brain to science through Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in order to help further the understanding of this devastating disease.
Ironman John Cook is survived by a large and loving family, including his wife, Jennifer "Kiki" Cook; children Karin Cook, Jennifer Polk, Courtney Flynn, John "Hatch" Cook, and William Cook; and his grandchildren Lucian, Georgia, June, Asher, Billy, Jameson, and Kayla; and his sister Sara Meehan. He was predeceased by his first wife Joan Barrett Cook and his brother E. Thomas Cook. He leaves behind a legacy of lasting friendships forged through a vibrant and varied community of life enthusiasts.
There will be a service on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:30am at St. John's Episcopal Church at 628 Main Street in Stamford. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following charities close to his heart: Save the Children, Kids in Crisis, Palliative Care Center of New York and Connecticut and St. John's Episcopal Church. Arrangements under the direction of Thomas M Gallagher Funeral Home, Stamford. To send on-line condolences to the family, please visit www.gallagherfuneralhome.com
  .Funeral Home : Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home, 453 Shippan Ave., Stamford, CT  06902... (203) 359-9999

.Published in GreenwichTime on Apr. 28, 2017