~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, NWA Capt. William J. Hampton
August 15, 1941 ~ October 23, 2016
Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:58 PM
From: ~ Carol for the PCN
Subject: UPDATE/OBITUARY to: RNPA News: Bill Hampton Has Flown West.
Hampton, William J. (Bill) Retired Northwest Airlines Captain, died on October 23, 2016. Bill battled Parkinson's Disease and Lewy Body Dementia for five years and was finally free to make his last flight home. Bill is survived by his loving and very loved wife Laura of St. Paul, MN, his daughter Wendy Kennedy (Todd), one sister Janice Mattingly (Bruce) and two brothers, Tom (Sue) and Robert and grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. His son Billy and his mother and father, Josephine and William Hampton, preceded him in death. Bill was born on August 15, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up there and graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. While there Bill completed Air Force ROTC, followed by 5 years in the Air Force and 2 years in the Air Force Reserves. Bill became a commercial airline pilot for Northwest Airlines, flew for 28 years and retired in 1996. Bill and Laura were married in July 1979. They had an adventure filled marriage. They lived in Bloomington, MN from 1979-1985 then moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In the summer of 1991 they bought and restored an old Victorian house in Moultonboro, NH and commuted between Florida and New Hampshire for the next 22 years, spending winters in Florida and summers in New Hampshire. Lots of domestic and international travel kept Bill and Laura on the move, in between work trips. During their East Coast years, Bill was very active in the Lauderdale Yacht Club, several Air and Sea shows in Florida; First Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Center Harbor New Hampshire Congregational Church; and the Barnstormer's Summer Theatre in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Bill loved boats, cars, and projects. During his life he sailed his 1969 Allied Sea Wind ketch on the Atlantic Ocean, motored his 1937 Chris Craft runabout on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, and traveled the highways in his 1963 Mercedes convertible. Later Bill and Laura took many road trips in their Airstream. Their two cats, Crinkle and Thor (both rescued from shelters) were always included in these trips. Bill had a very soft side, and his family, including his two cats, were very important to him. As Bill's Health declined, Bill and Laura returned to MN in 2015 and Laura cared for Bill for many months. When Bill needed additional care, he lived at Prelude Memory Care Center in Woodbury, MN where he was cared for by a very loving and competent staff, and also received much love, care and support from Laura, until he died. He continued to bring smiles to staff and visitors alike with his witty words and telling looks. The Prelude and Hospice staff members were a wonderful source of comfort and care to both Bill and Laura. Bill's body was donated to the University of Minnesota's Anatomy Bequest Program for research, with the hope that someday there will be a cure for both Parkinson's Disease and Lewy-Body Dementia, two diseases that took the life of this unique, loving and brilliant man. A memorial service will be held at Ft Snelling National Cemetery on June 20th at 11 AM. As a veteran and a very patriotic soul, Bill would be honored to know he has flags and fellow servicemen surrounding him. He'll also be able to hear those beloved planes roaring overhead.
From: RNPA News Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:00 AM Subject: RNPA News: Bill Hampton Has Flown West.
Ron Potter writes.
Retired NWA pilot Bill Hampton passed away Sunday, Oct. 23rd.