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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

WA/DL Capt. Lewis Barnum III

Military veteran, WA/DL Capt. Lewis ‘Barney’ Barnum III
February 13, 1937 ~ August 18, 2017
Notification with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Lewis Barnum III, age 80.  Captain Barnum joined Western Airlines 04-22-1968 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1997, as S/O based 030/LAX.  He is survived by his children and their families. 
Services for Captain Barnum will be held Saturday, September 2nd at 11:00 AM at Christ Episcopal Church, 1114 Ninth Street in Coronado CA.
If more information is received, we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
Lewis "Barney" Barnum III - 

Lew (Barney) Barnum, a resident of Coronado, California for over five decades, died on August 18th, due to complications from dementia. Born in Woodstown, New Jersey in 1937 he moved to Baton Rouge with parents Lew and Mary Barnum that same year. He graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1954 and Tulane University in 1958. At Tulane, he was yearbook editor and a Kappa Sigma fraternity member. After graduation, he flew for the US Navy from aircraft carriers in the Pacific until 1968. Subsequently he was a pilot for Delta Airlines, retiring as a Captain in 1997. Active in the community, Lew was a Rotary Club of Coronado member for 44 years once named Rotarian of the year. He served on the Coronado Planning Commission, the board of Bannister House, was a founding member of Coronado SAFE and served as president of the Coronado School Board. He was a long-time member of Christ Episcopal church. Lew is survived by his four children Kirby Barnum, Molly Banta, husband Ted, Beau Barnum and Brooke Barnum, their mother Erin Welch, eight grandchildren, step-daughter Heather and her mother Yvonne, his siblings Dan Barnum, wife Marilyn, Charlie Barnum, wife Dayonne, Mimi Riché, husband Guy and Ann Clemens, husband Gary and 5 nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Saturday, September 2nd at 11:00 am at Christ Episcopal Church, 1114 Ninth Street in Coronado. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be sent to Coronado Rotary Club, Christ Episcopal Church or Christ Church Day School.

WA/DL Capt. & Mayor D. Ted Eyre

Military veteran, WA/DL Capt. & Mayor D. Ted Eyre
August 14, 1946 ~ August 25, 2017
Notification with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot and mayor Captain David Ted Eyre, age 71.  Captain Eyre joined Western Airlines 09-25-1978 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2005.  He was elected Mayor of Murray, Utah where he has served in that position since January 2014.  Captain Eyre is survived by his wife Ruth, their children and grandchildren.  
To view the online obituary and sign the guestbook please visit
Services will be held at the Murray South Stake Center, 5735 S. Fashion Blvd., Murray, Utah, on Thursday, August 31st at 11:00 AM. Friends and family may call on Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30 PM and on Thursday from 9:00-10:15 AM, both at the church. Interment will follow immediately at the Murray City Cemetery.
Personal condolences may be sent to the Eyre family at
5846 S. Kerry Circle, Murray UT 84107-6544.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Captain Eyre’s biography.... http://www.murray.utah.gov/113/Mayors-Biography
Mayor David Ted Eyre, beloved husband, father, brother, son and friend passed away peacefully at his home in Murray, Utah, surrounded by his loving family on August 25, 2017. He was 71 years old. Born August 14, 1946, in Rawlins, Wyoming, to Trulan Orlando Eyre and Louis Catherine Allen Eyre, the youngest of four children.
Ted grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming, graduating from Cheyenne East High School. He attended Brigham Young University and San Bernardino Valley College, where he received his degree in Aviation Science.
Ted had many passions. His zeal for life was infectious. Two of his greatest passions in life were aviation and people. Both guided him to achieve all of his accomplishments. After enlisting in the U.S. Army, Ted served a tour in Vietnam where he flew a U-21 Ute transport aircraft in the aviation division of the Signal Corps. While attending flight school in Northern California, he met Ruth Peters and fell in love with his sweetheart. Together they built a life of love and support for each other, which would include a 40-year marriage and raising four children.
Ted followed his childhood passion for aviation by becoming an airline pilot for both Western and Delta Airlines. He excelled as a pilot, holding the position of captain for many years before retiring after a 30-year career. Ted's zeal for life continued after the airlines, first by accepting the call to serve as bishop of the Meadows Ward of the Murray Utah South Stake, a calling he loved deeply because of the people he served. His humility and dedication to serving others made him approachable and beloved by his congregation.
On January 7, 2014, Ted was elected by the people of Murray City to become their mayor. Ted's love for the city, its heritage, people and future lead him to become one of its most beloved servants. His impact on the city of Murray both publicly and privately will always be felt. Ted loved all aspects of civic life. His love for the city employees and the Murray residents made him a joy to work with. His humor made him authentic and his dedication to true progress made him an effective leader.
Ted was a story teller. Every day was an experience to be with him. Each day when dropping his children off at school he would always say, "Remember, don't have a good day, have a great day! I love you." Friendships came so easy to Ted; it seems everyone he met immediately become a close friend. He was a father to us all, a hero to his family and will always be missed. The knowledge that he is now with his Father in Heaven and other loved ones reassures us all that we will be together again. We love you, dear father and friend.
Ted is survived by his wife, Ruth; their four children, David (Brandy) Eyre, Shellie Eyre, Amanda (Adam) Faraone and Edward (Rachel) Eyre; five grandchildren, Isabella, Grace, Harper, Maddy and Mckayla; one great grandchild, Kai; brother, Gary (Suellan) Eyre; sisters, Janie (Jack) Romick and Naomi (Doug) Lockheart; and everyone who knew him.
The Eyre family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and CNS Hospice Care for their unwavering service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
A funeral service will be held at the Murray South Stake Center, 5735 S. Fashion Blvd., Murray, Utah on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Friends and family may call on Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on Thursday, from 9:00-10:15 a.m., both at the church. Interment will follow immediately at the Murray City Cemetery.
Online condolences may be shared at www.jenkins-soffe.com
.Published in Deseret News from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, 2017.
news articles...........................
MURRAY, UTAH   - Mayor Ted Eyre died Friday morning from complications of cancer. He was 71.
Eyre, who was elected to a four-year term that began in January 2014, is credited with several improvements to the city during his tenure, according to a statement from Murray administrative services director Tim Tingey.
According to a statement from Deputy Mayor Janet Towers, Eyre oversaw enhancements to Murray Park, the expansion of Fashion Place mall and the University of Utah Midvalley Health Center, as well as the acquisition of the Murray Theater, Murray Chapel and Murray Mansion.
"Mayor Eyre's mark on the city touched so many," Towers said. "He had a deep love and commitment for the city and employees. This love and commitment was displayed in everything he did as mayor."
According to the statement, Eyre was born and raised in Wyoming, attended Brigham Young University and received his degree in aviation sciences from San Bernardino Valley College in California.
He joined the U.S. Army and served a tour in Vietnam. After returning home, Eyre worked on construction projects in Colorado before becoming a flight instructor in California. He eventually became a pilot for Western Airlines, which was acquired by Delta Airlines in 1986.
Eyre and his wife, Ruth, relocated to Murray in 1987, where he retired as a Delta Airlines captain in 2005.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

DL Capt. Harold Turner Carter

Military veteran, DL Capt. Harold 'Hal’ Turner Carter
April 28, 1940 ~ August 19, 2017

Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Harold 'Hal" Turner Carter, age 77.  Captain Carter joined Delta Air Lines 01-03-1966 and was based Atlanta.  He is survived by his wife Terri, their children and grandchildren, plus many other friends and family members.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.colonialfh.net/obits  Captain Carter’s obituary indicates that a memorial service will be held at a later date. 
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at  
1030 Nantahala Road, Madison, NC 27025-8473.
                    Thank you,
                        ~ Carol for the PCN  

Captain Harold "Hal" Turner Carter, 77, of 1030 Nantahala Rd., Madison, NC 27025, passed away, August 19, 2017, at his residence. "I pick the prettiest part of the sky and I melt into the wing, then into the air, till I'm just a soul on a sunbeam." Mr. Carter was born April 28, 1940, in Rockingham County to John and Carrie Turner Carter. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and was a retired captain of Delta Airlines. Hal was a pilot for Richard Childress Racing, loved riding bicycles, visiting Nursing Homes and feeding the homeless. Hal was a member of Baptist Men Missions and was always willing to help those in need. He loved people and enjoyed life. Hal was all about his father God's business and his actions spoke for him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Tony Carter and a brother, Mac Carter; brother-in-law, Junior Willard. Survivors include his wife, Terri Nixon Carter; sons, Jim Carter, Jesse (Lisa) Bullins and Jamie (Amy) Bullins; daughters, Sherrie Carter and Chasity Carter; eleven grandchildren; brothers, Don (Betty) Carter; sister, Betsy (Victor) Carter; sisters-in-law, Jerri (Tim) Williams, Treva Willard and Katherine Moore; brothers-in-law, Dwayne (Amy) Yates and Steve (Brenda) Yates; special CNA, Janice King. Special thanks to Seth Rogen and his Hilarity for Charity/Alzheimer's Home Instead Foundation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hilarity for Charity Alzheimer's Foundation/The Home Instead, Inc., 13323 California Street, Omaha, NE 68154. Colonial Funeral Home Stokes Chapel in Sandy Ridge is serving the family. Online condolences may be offered at www.colonialfh.net

Obit may also be viewed at http://www.greensboro.com/obituaries/carter-harold-hal-turner/article_9132089a-5333-5a09-b27d-fc8ee5b7afd0.html

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lt. Col (ret) DL Capt. Philip Henry McBride

USAF Lt. Col (ret.), DL Capt. Philip Henry McBride
April 5, 1956 ~ August 5, 2017
News has just reached our group with the passing of active Delta pilot Captain Philip ‘Phil’ Henry McBride, age 56.  Following his military career, Captain McBride joined Delta Air Lines 11-18-1997 and was based Atlanta.  Captain McBride is survived by his wife Anne, their children and grandchildren, plus many other family members and friends.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
The online obituary may also be viewed at http://thecitizen.com/2017/08/15/lt-col-philip-henry-mcbride/
Services for Capt. McBride were held last Saturday August 19th in Peachtree City, Georgia. 
To the best of my knowledge, and per whitepages listing, personal condolences may be sent to the family at 
337 Legacy Lane,  Peachtree City GA 30269-3641  ...  (770) 486-4912.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary for Philip Henry McBride ...............................
Lt. Col (Ret) Philip Henry McBride passed away unexpectedly in Washington D.C. on Saturday, August 5th, 2017, while in the employ of Delta Airlines. He was born on April 5th, 1956, in Mobile, Alabama.
“Phil” was one of six children born to an American father, Walton E. McBride, Jr., and a French mother, Lucile Finas McBride. His formative childhood years were spent in the Lorraine region of France, where his father was a civil engineer at the small American airbase of Étain-Rouvres, east of Verdun. After graduating from Garden City High School in Garden City, NY, with the class of 1973, he attended the USAFA Preparatory School at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, CO, and received his appointment to the Air Force Academy a year later. He played Division I soccer for the Air Force Falcons and was named all-conference his Sophomore and Junior seasons. For his Senior year, he was selected as one of seven cadets to represent the Air Force Academy in Salon-de-Provence, France, as a member of the semester-long French Exchange program between the two academies (USAFA and the École de l’Air). He was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force with the Air Force Academy class of 1978, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences.
After completing undergraduate pilot training in 1980 at Vance AFB in Enid, OK, he was assigned to Warner Robins AFB as a KC-135 pilot. After completing training for the KC-10 aircraft, he remained a KC-10 pilot for the remainder of his Air Force career. After numerous military assignments in Georgia, Southern California, Alabama, France, and Northern California, he retired from the US Air Force as a Lt. Col with 20 years of active duty service. He began his career with Delta Airlines in 1997. At the time of his death, he was an Atlanta-based Captain on the Airbus 320.
Phil is survived by his French bride of thirty-seven years, Anne McBride; his son Matthew (Alicia) of Peachtree City, GA; his daughter Clare of Brooklyn, NY; his grandchildren Xavier and Louisa McBride; his sister Patricia McBride of Rockville, MD; brothers John (Sarah) McBride of Sycamore, IL, Xavier McBrideof Rockville, MD, sister-in-law Tina McBride of Denham Springs, LA; five nephews, one niece, two grand-nephews and two grand-nieces. He was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret “Minette” McBride; brother, Walton “Ned” McBride III; father, Walton E. McBride Jr, and mother, Lucile F. McBride.
A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 PM, on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Peachtree City. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Gifts in memory of Lt Col (Ret) Philip Henry McBride may be made to the United States Air Force Academy Endowment, 3116 Academy Dr., Suite 200, USAF Academy, CO 80840. Checks should be payable to The Air Force Academy Fund.
From: Jeff Whatley    Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 4:20 PM  To: death.flwnwst@gmail.com
Subject: Aug 7 Phil McBride

ATL A320 A  active
...........a celebration of his life and really done well, including an AF flag folding detail and 3 volley salute with taps.

Jeff Whatley
ATL 765A

Monday, August 21, 2017

Janet Meister Donnelly, wife of DL Capt. Patrick J. Donnelly

Correction:  the corrected phone contact for family is (423) 765-0661.
                    Thank you/~ Carol

Janet ‘Jan’ Meister Donnelly, wife of DL Capt. Patrick Donnelly
February 5, 1940 ~ August 16, 2017 
Notification with the passing of Janet ‘Jan’ Meister Donnelly, age 77, wife of retired Delta Air Lines pilot Capt. Patrick J. Donnelly.  Jan’s obituary may be viewed online at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/janet-donnelly-obituary?pid=1000000186414706  Visitation and services for Mrs. Donnelly are planned for tomorrow August 22nd in Tennessee ...  please see obituary details below. 
To the best of my knowledge and per whitepages listing, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
100 Netherland Lane Apt 424 , Kingsport TN 37660-7247 ... (423) 765-0661.
If more information is received, we will then pass it along.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 
Jan was an Honor Graduate of Mansfield Senior High School in Mansfield, Ohio. She received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Ohio State University and was an Honor Graduate of the United States Naval School, Officer, Women. She had worked as a Licensed Physical Therapist and was a founding partner of Northlake Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services where she worked until her retirement in 1997.
Jan was the president of Slidell Memorial Hospital Hospice Foundation, Slidell Junior Auxiliary, Le Cotillion, River Oak Homeowners' Association and the Bayou Orthopedic Study Group, all in Slidell, LA. She was also the past recording secretary of the Ozone Camellia Club. Jan was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Patrick J. Donnelly, Captain, Delta Airlines, retired; two sons, Sean Donelly and wife, Rebecca, and Michael Donnelly; two grandsons, Brandon and Aiden Donnelly; and her sister, Helen Parker and her son, Phillip of Evanston, IL.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at First Broad Street United Methodist Church. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm with The Rev. Joe Green and The Rev. Jack P. Weikel officiating. The graveside service will follow at 2:30 pm at Mountain Home National Cemetery. Military Rites will be conducted by American Legion Posts 3/265. 

WC/RW/NWA Capt. Donald Ray Leatham

Note:  Captain Leatham joined West Coast Airlines 04-04-1966, made the various mergers and retired with Northwest Airlines.

USAF veteran, WC/RW/RC/NWA Capt. Donald Ray Leatham
April 21, 1934 ~ August 15, 2017

Notification with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Captain Donald Ray Leatham, age 83.  Captain Leatham’s obituary may be viewed online at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tribnet/obituary.aspx?n=donald-leatham&pid=186431869  If more information is learned, we will be sure to pass it along.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 
Donald Ray Leatham

Describing Don as "remarkable" is an understatement, but it's a decent start. Donald Ray Leatham died Tuesday, August 15, in his Gig Harbor home. Born on April 21, 1934, Donald always met what was a challenging start to life with productive answers. To help provide for his family, Don began picking fruit as a child, moved on to working in a glove factory as a teenager, then to baggage handling at what is now SeaTac Airport. Don joined the US Air Force, and became an aircraft mechanic. Don's perseverance, discipline, and love of flying compelled him to become a pilot for Northwest Orient Airline. While working as a pilot, Don earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington "just because". Captain Leatham happily retired from Northwest Airlines and spent his remaining years as a doting, loving "skate dad" for his adored daughter, Jessica Leatham. A celebration of life will be held each and every day by those who knew Don because he enriched and brought love and kindness to all who knew him.

Friday, August 18, 2017

C&S/DL Capt. Charles H. Quinn

Navy veteran, C&S/DL Capt. Charles Harold Quinn
June 12, 1926 ~ August 16, 2017

Word has been received with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Chicago & Southern/Delta pilot Captain Charlie Quinn, age 91.  Captain Quinn first joined Chicago & Southern Airlines 09-02-1952 and retired with Delta Air Lines.  Services are planned for this Sunday and Monday...visitation is planned for Sunday, August 20th from 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM at Bluebonnet Hill Funeral Home, 5725 COLLEYVILLE BLVD., COLLEYVILLE TX 76034 (817-498-5894)...funeral service Monday, August 21st at 12:30 PM , Bluebonnet Hill Funeral Home...Committal Service
Monday, August 21st at 1:30 PM , Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, COLLEYVILLE TX 76034.  This information is available online at the funeral home website at http://www.dignitymemorial.com/bluebonnet-hills-funeral-home/en-us/index.page
or click on at http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Charles-Quinn&lc=9650&pid=186410695&uuid=8e16944b-ff8e-45c2-b33a-c27b1787274a which should take you directly to Captain Quinn’s obituary and family photo gallery.  
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Charles Harold Quinn, age 91, of Denton, Texas passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Charles was born in 1926 to Otis and Ada Cox. In 1943 he joined the U.S. Navy and served for 2 years and 9 months. Later, Charles became an pilot for Delta Airlines until his retirement.
To honor his life, a funeral service will be held at 12:30pm on Monday in the chapel at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home. The family will host a visitation on Sunday from noon to 3pm at the funeral home. He will be buried following the service in the Memorial Park. Military honors will be rendered by the U.S. Navy.
-----Original Message-----
From: John. Karlovich Sent: Friday, August 18, 2017 12:46 PM To: death.flwnwst@gmail.com
Subject: Capt. Charlie Quinn died 16 AUG. Funeral Home ...Bluebonnet, Colleyville,TX. Received this info from Capt Bill Scaggs, C&S Loveland, CO. 
 Thanks. Capt. John Karlovich C&S. Rome, GA


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DL Capt. Herbert Field Kerr Jr.

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Herb Kerr
August 5, 1938 ~ July 26, 2017
We have just received news with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Herbert ‘Herb’ Field Kerr Jr., age 78.  Captain Kerr joined Delta Air Lines on his birthday 08-05-1963 and retired January 1997, based 030/ATL.  He had most recently resided at
2 Roanoke Ave NE , Atlanta GA 30305.  Captain Kerr’s obituary may be viewed online at
Arrangements were entrusted to the Cremation Society of Georgia.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for he PCN
Herbert F Kerr, age 78, died peacefully in Atlanta, Georgia July 26, 2017. Herb was born August 5, 1938 in Patterson, New Jersey. He attended The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina and after graduation entered the Air Force. Herb loved to fly and became a pilot for Delta Airlines in Atlanta, Georgia. He loved cars and was a Formula One racing enthusiast. Herb was an avid runner competing in numerous marathons including thirteen Boston Marathons. Survivors include his brother Douglas Kerr Sr., a nephew Douglas Kerr Jr. and niece Kristen Kerr as well as several grand nieces and nephews. Herb had many friends in Atlanta, Georgia, New Harbor, Maine and St. Simon's Island, Georgia. 

.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

NWA Capt. Peter Edee Vinsant

From: RNPA News  Sent: Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:09 AM
Subject: RNPA News Reminder: Pete Vinsant Services.
St.Petersburg, Fl.: Mon. Nov. 13 Isla Del Sol Yacht and CC  6000 Sun Blvd.
             Service 3:00pm followed by Celebration of Life please bring stories

Military veteran, NWA Capt. Peter ‘Pete’ Vinsant
January 24, 1935 ~ July 30, 2017

Word has reached our group with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Peter Edee Vinsant, age 82.  Captain Vinsant joined Northwest Airlines 10-19-1964.  He is survived by his wife Wendy, their children and grandchildren, plus many dear friends and other family members  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
Arrangements are not yet known.  Should more information be received we will be sure to pass that news along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
VINSANT, Peter Edee.....age 82, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017 surrounded by family. He died peacefully in his sleep after fighting a three-month battle against lymphoma.
Peter "Pete" Vinsant was born on January 24, 1935 in Pawnee City, Nebraska, to Ray and Gwendolyn Vinsant.
He spent much of his childhood in Summerfield, Kansas, absorbing his father's passion for flying. After Shattuck-St. Mary's, he graduated from the University of Nebraska where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Peter served his country as an officer with the rank of Lt. Commander in the Navy and later the Navy Reserve for eight years, including two tours flying patrol bombers during the Cold War. In 1966, he was written up as a hero when he safely landed his military aircraft after the engines caught on fire, saving the lives of those onboard.
His career took him all over the world. For 31 years, Peter was a pilot for Northwest Airlines, retiring as one of the most senior Captains, flying the 747-400.
Peter married his wife, Wendy Vinsant, in 1977 and the two spent most of their 40 years together at their lake home in Wisconsin and their winter residence in St. Petersburg, FL.
He spent his spare time playing golf, boating, riding motorcycles, and horses, snow skiing, traveling the world, storytelling, volunteering at the VA hospital, playing with his dogs, and being a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved everyone and his infectious smile, kind heart and great sense of humor made it easy for everyone to love him back.
Peter is survived by his spouse Wendy Vinsant; children, Ron (Nancy) Vinsant and Diana (Bob) Davis; grandchildren, Michael (Christie) Davis, Stephanie Davis, Rachel Davis, Ivor Vinsant and Aris Vinsant; sister, Pat Hoffman, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Peter was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Gwendolyn; and daughter, Valerie Vinsant.
A burial service in Minnesota and a celebration of life in Florida this fall are pending. Memorials preferred to the Special Olympics of Florida (1915 Don Wickham Drive, Clermont, FL 34711) or the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (1137 Marbella Plaza Drive, Tampa, FL 33619).
.Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 13
History....from newspaper dated July 15, 1966...  https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/65965325/   
"We knew the runway was too short, but we got it down OK," said the pilot, Peter E. Vinsant, 31, of Burnsville, Minn., a lieutenant in the Naval reserve and a pilot for Northwest Airlines. He said the plane had taken off from the Minneapolis Naval Air Station for Willow Grove Naval Air Station just outside Philadelphia. "We were at 6,000 feet, about 20 miles from Lock Haven, when the left engine backfired and we had to shut it off," he said. "Five minutes later, it caught fire. "We knew we would have to land or bail out." Eight Escape Unhurt as Pilot Lands Flaming Plane on Too-Short Runway PHILADELPHIA (AP) -
LOCK HAVEN, PA., SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1966  SEARCHING FOR LOST PROPERTY - Members of the crew of the Navy Neptune which burned after making a forced landing at the Lock Haven Airport Thursday evening, searched the wreckage for their personal effects yesterday. They threw out their baggage before touching down, but the plane came to a stop where the baggage fell.
In the background is the home of the late William Raymond, which was in the path of the plane. (Express Photos) NAVY MEN who survived their forced landing here have continued on their mission, interrupted when their plane, en route from Minnesota to Willow Grove, made a forced landing here. The pilot, Lieut. Peter E. Vinsant talks with C.A.P. commander Gilbert Dean, at right. The other members of the crew are at left.
From: RNPA News    Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2017 6:48 PM   Subject: RNPA News: Pete Vinsant Has Flown West.
Denny Olden writes.

I just got notified by Wes Vermillion and Gary Webb that Pete Vinsant passed away this morning from complications of cancer.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

DL Capt. Robert L. Cassedy

DL Capt. Robert ‘Bob’ Cassedy
October 28, 1937 ~ August 10, 2017

News has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Robert Logan Cassedy, age 79.
Captain Cassedy retired with Delta Air Lines January 1997 and was based 030/ATL.  He is survived by his wife Phyllis plus many other dear friends and family members.  Captain Cassedy’s obituary may be viewed online and memories shared at the funeral home website http://www.mowellfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Robert-Logan-Cassedy?obId=2482157#/celebrationWall 
Please see arrangement details below....
    -VISITATION : Tuesday, Aug. 15  from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
     Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home , 180 N Jeff Davis Drive , Fayetteville, GA 30214
    -RECEPTION following visitation at Prime Events, 7:00-9:00PM, 240 N. Jeff Davis Drive , Fayetteville GA
    -GRAVESIDE SERVICE : Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 1:00 PM
     Westview Cemetery, 1680 Westview Drive SW , Atlanta, GA 30310
For those wishing to send personal condolences, whitepages lists the family residence as
125 Mayfair Lane , Fayetteville GA 30214-9626.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
(Note:  Capt. Cassedy's pilot seniority date 05-04-1964.....original Delta employment date April 1960...CF)

Robert Logan Cassedy, 79, of Fayetteville, passed away on August 10, 2017. He was born in Jacksonville, FL on October 28, 1937 to the late Charles and Carrie Cassedy. He was a retired pilot with Delta Air Lines with 37 years of service.
Robert is survived by his wife of 48 years, Phyllis Clark Cassedy; his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Charles Turner of Orange Park, FL; his nephews, Todd and Kathryn Turner of Phoenix, AZ and Chuck Turner of Gainesville, FL; his sister-in-law, Gerry Clark Lindequist of Manlius, NY; his niece, Laura and Mehul Malik and grand-niece, Lila Malik of Vienna, Austria; and his nephew, Thomas Lindequist of Syracuse, NY.
A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Westview Cemetery, 1680 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA, with Dr. J. W. Wallis officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday evening, August 15, 2017 at Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville. The family would like for everyone to join them at Prime Events at 240 N. Jeff Davis Drive, Fayetteville following the visitation to reminisce and celebrate the life of Bob.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Robert’s memory to Southwest Christian Care, http://www.swchristiancare.org/ 
From: Julian Black Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2017 7:48 PM
Subject: DAL Captain (ret) Robert L. "Bob" Cassedy Last Flight West

Call from Roscoe McMillan:

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of our friend and Delta Golden Wings member, Bob Cassedy.  

The visitation with family will be on Tuesday, Aug 15th from 5-7pm.

Location is at  Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home in Fayetteville, GA.

Address: 180 N. Jeff Davis Dr. 30214

Phone: 770-461-7641

Friday, August 11, 2017

WAL Captain Westcot Bell Stone III

FUNERAL SERVICE  :  Saturday, August 26 at 2:00 PM
Forest Lawn - Glendale - Wee Kirk o' the Heather

1712 S. Glendale Avenue Glendale, CA 91205

WWII veteran, WAL Capt. Westcot Bell Stone III
August 23, 1920 ~ August 8, 2017

Word has reached us with the passing of retired Western Airlines pilot Captain Westcot ‘Wes’ Bell Stone III, age 96 and nearing his 97th birthday.  Captain Stone joined Western Airlines 07-01-1946.  Predeceased by his former wife Bette, he is survived by his son, one daughter and his grandchildren.  Captain Stone’s obituary may be viewed online at http://forestlawn.tributes.com/obituary/show/Westcot-Bell-Stone-105077067    Or at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/westcot-stone-obituary?pid=1000000186334747 
Services for Captain Stone are planned for Saturday, August 26th at 2:00PM, Forest Lawn, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale CA.  http://forestlawn.com/ 
You can read more of Captain Stone’s military career at http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/223196 
Also at http://www.aviationheritage.com/biography.cfm  ..............................Wes followed his brother into the Army Air Corps. Prior to entering service, he obtained his pilots license in 1940 through the Civilian Pilots Training (CPT) program. At the age of 21, he enlisted in Los Angeles on November 7th 1941. After flight training, where he flew the PT-19A, BT-13, AT-6 and the B-24, he was assigned to Ellington Field, Houston Texas as a B-24 instructor. Not being content with being an instructor, he requested and was transferred to the Eight Air Force in England.  Capt. Stone was assigned to the Second Division 466 Bomb Group 786 Squadron. He flew 32 missions which included Berlin. He received the Air Metal DFC.  After returning to the states he was assigned to Alamogordo New Mexico where he flew B-24s as targets for students in pursuit school.   From there, in 1945, he went to Lowry Field, Flight Engineer School in Denver, again flying B-24s equipped to train B-29 flight engineers. He remained in the Air Force until January 6th 1946 where he was discharged in San Antonio Texas.  After discharge he flew, as a Captain, for TWA, Western Airlines, Arrow and Flying Tigers until he retired in 1980. Wes married and had three children, a boy and two girls.................
   If more news is received we will be sure to pass it along,
         Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Westcot Bell Stone III, was born on August 23, 1920, in Los Angeles, California. He passed away on August 8, 2017. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Stone Moore, his son, Westcot Bell Stone IV, and his grandchildren Ashley, Hunter and Hannah. Wes was predeceased by his former wife, Bette and his second daughter Kimberley. Wes passed away peacefully in his home where he lived for 61 years.
Wes was born in the front seat of his father's brand new 1920 Buick, which was the beginning of his adventurous life. In 1929 he and his family took a seaplane to Avalon, California to see the opening of the casino. It was then when Wes fell in love with the plane and the ocean. Wes built Dory boats in high school and used them to travel to Catalina with his friends and brother every summer. During their summers they would dive for coins to support their stay on the island. After graduating high school Wes entered University of Southern California and took flying lessons. Two years later Wes entered the Army Air Corps during WWII. He became the pilot in command of the B-24 Liberator named 'The Mad Monk" which was the name of one of his boats. He flew 32 missions and brought he and his entire crew home safely. His brother was not as fortunate and lost his life while flying a P-40 in WWII.
Wes became a pilot for Western Airlines in 1946 where he would work for 34 years. He always said he never worked a day in his life because he loved his job so much. Between trips his passion was sailing. He had many boats over the years and would include his friends on his trips. During the last two years while working at Western Airlines Wes was based in Honolulu, HI. So he and his family sailed his Cal46 from Redondo Beach, CA to Kaneohe, Hi. He used his boat as a place to stay and rest while he was between flights. Wes loved to travel and included his family on many interesting vacations, so in addition to sailing with his family to Hawaii they also travelled to Mexico, the British West Indies and Europe to name a few.
During his life he was a member of King Harbor Yacht Club (KHYC), Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club (CBYC), Kaneohe Yacht Club (KYC) and he was the Commodore of the Buccaneer Yacht Club (BUCYC). He enjoyed many years at all of the clubs.
Later in life he began an exhaustive search for his brother Earl who crashed in the Philippines during WWII. Earl's crash site was located and searched for DNA, however the search was unsuccessful. Wes was hoping to bring closure for his family and for himself before he died. It was the only piece of unfinished business for him but his family has promised to carry on until Earl's crash site is verified.
Wes lived his life to the fullest. He had such a positive attitude, everything was "doable" and he enjoyed every minute of his 96 years.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Glendale, California.
FUNERAL SERVICE  :  Saturday, August 26 at 2:00 PM
Forest Lawn - Glendale - Wee Kirk o' the Heather

1712 S. Glendale Avenue Glendale, CA 91205

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WA/DL Capt. Lloyd F. Wittenburg

WA/DL Capt. Lloyd F. Wittenburg
May 15, 1941 ~ August 6, 2017
Word has reached our group with the passing of Western/Delta pilot Captain Lloyd Frederick Wittenburg, age 76 (discrepancy noted with roster year of birth and the age indicated by obituaries...CF).  Captain Wittenburg joined Western Airlines 01-20-1964 and retired with Delta Air Lines, as of June 2001 as Line Check Pilot, based 031/ATL.
Arrangements entrusted to Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, 207 S. Magnolia St., Palestine TX.
Whitepages lists the family contact as
PO Box 279 , Montalba TX 75853-0279... (903) 549-3403
The obituary below indicates services Saturday at 11:00 AM, this Saturday would be August 12th. 
If more information is received we will then pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Captain Lloyd F Wittenburg  of Palestine, Texas
May 15, 1942 - Aug 6, 2017 (Age 74)
Services for Captain Lloyd F. Wittenburg of Palestine will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at Evangelistic Temple with Pastor James Henderson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster. Mr. Wittenburg died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at his home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks instead for memorial donations to be made to Redeemed Riders #654, the local chapter of Christian Motorcyclist Association of which Lloyd was a proud member and supporter. The mailing address for donations is; 3258 East FM 323, C/O Lloyd F. Wittenburg Memorial, Palestine, TX. 75801.

From: mharper36@me.com To: thfoster6@aol.com  Sent: 8/9/2017
retired WA/DL Capt Lloyd Wittenburg passed away on Aug 6 in Palestine, TX.
No other details.
Mal Harper

NEA/DL Capt. Robert Anthony Lord

NEA/DL Capt. Robert ‘Bob’ Lord
June 19, 1940 ~ August 1, 2017
Word has been received with the passing of retired Northeast/Delta pilot Captain Robert Anthony Lord, age 77.  Captain Lord joined Northeast Airlines 11-04-1968 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2000, based JFK/031.  Services for Captain Lord are planned for this Friday, August 11th in York, Maine....please see obituary and service information below.
Online memories may be shared at the funeral home website http://www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com/   or by visiting
             Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: Norm Houle
From: Dino Atsalis <dinoatsalis@gmail.comSubject: Bob Lord Obituary
Please feel free to forward to pilots who are not on this email.

Thank you for your patience, located obituary for Bob Lord, yesterday’s edition of the Portsmouth Herald and Portland Press Herald:

Thank you to Wilda Green for providing an address for Bob’s family:

500 Market St., 6 R
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Mailing address is
P.O. Box 6699
Portsmouth, NH. 03801

Robert Anthony Lord

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. and EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine - Robert Anthony Lord, 77, of Market St., died on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from complications of multiple myeloma.

Born June 19, 1940 in Rochester, N.H., and raised in Lebanon, Maine, a son of the late Robert H. and Joan M. (Hough) Lord, he graduated from St. Francis College (University of New England ), Biddeford Pool, Maine. A former teacher at Saint Ignatius HS, Sanford, and Saint Anthony's Monastery, Kennebunk Beach, Bob flew for 30 years with North East and Delta Air Lines, retiring as an international captain in 2000.

Bob and his wife of 50 years, Frances "Franny" (Herman) raised their children in York, Maine.

He leaves his wife; son, Nathan F. Lord and wife Sarah (Guy) and their children Sam and Elizabeth of Waterbury, Vt.; daughter, Ellen S. Michniewicz and husband John and their children Emerson, Raigen and Larkin of York, Maine; brother, Jeremy M. Lord and wife Mary of Longmeadow, Mass.; two sisters, Virginia M. Lord Randall and husband James of Parkersburg, W. Va.; and Robyn F. Austin and husband Donald and sons Joshua and Gregory of Somersworth, N.H.; and also nephews and nieces, Jason Lord and family of New Canaan, Conn.; Emily Lord Beach and family of Burlingame, Calif., and Joshua and Gregory Austin and Christina Austin Cuzzi and family of Bedford, N.H. His extended family, including Ellen Herman and husband Paul Dinkel, and many many friends including Harold Jones and James Carlton, will miss this extraordinary man.

SERVICES: A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 11 at the First Parish Church, 180 York St., York, Maine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA, York Oncology Center, York, ME, or Boothbay Community Council, Woodchucks' Firewood Program, PO Box 43, Boothbay, ME 04538.

Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Rd., York, Maine is assisting with arrangements. Visit www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com

Funeral Home

Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home Inc
91 Long Sands Rd York, ME 03909
(207) 363-3531

Published in Seacoastonline.com from Aug. 8 to Aug. 11, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

WA/DL Capt. Leonard 'Len' A. Guiton Jr.

WAL/DAL Capt. Leonard A. Guiton Jr.
December 18, 1929 ~ July 30, 2017
News has reached our group with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Leonard ‘Len’ Albert Guiton Jr., age 87.  Captain Guiton joined Western Airlines 05-20-1959 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1989, based LAX. 
Please see information below.... memorial services for Captain Guiton are planned for August 19th at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM  http://rhumc.org/ ..... church location:   26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274  ...  (310) 377-6771.
For those wishing to send a personal note, the family residence is listed in whitepages as
60 Ranchview Road , Rolling Hills Estates CA 90274-2434.
Should more information be received we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  

From: Dick Deeds      Sent: Monday, August 07, 2017 8:42 PM     
Subject: Passing of WAL Captain Len Guiton

Capt. Leonard Guiton made his Last Flight on July 30.
A Celebration of Life for Leonard will be on August 19th at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon
reception at Rolling Hills United Methodist church .at the corner of Crenshaw and Palos
Verdes Drive North (Next door to Country Day School).  You can park behind the church 
or at Country Day School.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

DL Capt. Richard 'Dick' D. Hinkley

DL Capt. Richard ‘Dick’ D. Hinkley
May 17, 1935 ~ July 19, 2017

Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Richard Danforth Hinkley, age 82.  Captain Hinkley joined Delta Air Lines 04-11-1966 and was based Atlanta.  He is survived by his wife Alice, their children and grandchildren.  Online memories may be shared at  http://www.ingramfuneralhome.com/notices/RichardDick-Hinkley  Services for Captain Hinkley were held July 24th in Cumming, Georgia. 
For those wishing to send a personal note, Whitepages lists the family residence address as
1717 Sawnee Meadow Lane, Cumming GA 30040-4492 ... (770) 887-8090.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Mr. Richard Danforth "Dick" Hinkley, age 82, of Cumming, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer. Dick was born in Greenfield, MA on May 17, 1935, graduated from Greenfield High School, class of 1953, and the University of Massachusetts in 1957 with a B.S. in Forestry. He married his hometown sweetheart, Alice Shippey Hinkley and served in the United States Army before moving on to a 10-year career with the United States Forest Service. Dick became interested in flying airplanes, became a licensed pilot and joined Delta Airlines in 1966. He retired after 30 years of service flying for Delta.
Dick first and foremost loved everything about motorcycles and enjoyed many trips with friends and family. He also enjoyed boating, fishing, gardening and his pets.
Dick is predeceased by his parents, Lawrence Hinkley and Mabel Defraine Hinkley; sons, James W. Hinkley and David A. Hinkley; sister, Marilyn Krupp.
Survivors include his wife, Alice S. Hinkley; daughter, Mary Gail Britt (Mike); son, Jeffrey A. Hinkley; grandsons, David Hinkley and Devin Britt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 24 at 2 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home on Monday from 1 p.m. until hour of the service.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Dick's memory to The American Cancer Society.
Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com 

Sign our online guestbook at forsythnews.com 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

DL Capt. Charles D. Sargent

Military veteran, DL Capt. Charles D. Sargent
April 8, 1952 ~ June 4, 2017

Word has reached us with the passing of Delta pilot Captain Charles Desmond Sargent, age 65.  Captain Sargent joined Delta Air Lines 02-28-1986 and was based 030/ATL.  To view the online memorial and family photo gallery, and to express condolences please visit https://www.forevermissed.com/charles-sargent#about 
This site   http://www.usafaclasses.org/1975/   will also direct you to Captain Sargent’s memorial page.
Whitepages indicates the most current residence address as
17285 15th Ave NW , Shoreline WA 98177-3846  ....  (678) 364-0212... (770) 631-3688
Should more information be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Online memorial site .................... 
Charles Sargent , 65 years old
Date of birth: Apr 8, 1952
Date of passing: Jun 4, 2017
Place of passing:  Shoreline, Washington, United States
“If there ever comes a day where we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever.”

This memorial was created in honor of Charles Sargent. Charles was born on April 8, 1952 and passed on June 4, 2017 from an aortic dissection. Charlie was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all his friends and family.