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Sunday, December 31, 2017

DL Capt. David William Cory

DL Capt. David W. Cory
June 25, 1938 ~ December 23, 2017
Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain David William Cory, age 79.  Captain Cory joined Delta Air Lines 11-16-1964 and retired in 1998, based 030/LAX.  He is survived by his wife Beverly.
To sign the online guestbook and view the family photo gallery, please visit the funeral home website at
http://www.mcmillanmortuary.com/notices/David-Cory  Captain Cory’s obituary notes interment will be in Ohio. 
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the Cory residence as
1279 W. 1200 N.  , Saint George UT 84770-4924.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

David William Cory, age 79, passed away in his home on 23 December 2017. Dave was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 25 June 1938 to William Alvin Cory and Barbara Billin Cory.
Dave was gifted in the field of electronics particularly radio engineering. He was only six when he started working with electricity and then in radio electronics upon entering high school. When in high school, he set up a recording/broadcast studio in the basement of their home while also working as a part-time engineer for the local radio station WMOH. His love of recording was augmented by his love of music. Dave had a perfect pitch. He enjoyed playing the bass in a jazz band through college.
Upon earning his masters’ degree in engineering with an emphasis in telecommunications, Dave was hired by Delta Airlines as a telecommunications engineer in 1964. He was fascinated with flying and his focus quickly changed to becoming a pilot. He served as a pilot flying about 12 different aircraft over 33 years before retiring in 1998. Flying was truly the joy of his life. He loved being the Captain of the L-1011 TriStar, flying it between LAX and Honolulu for the final 14 years. Delta Airlines also utilized Dave’s expertise with accident investigation analyses.
Starting in the 1970’s, Dave provided volunteer assistance to the local Fire and Police Departments. This service continued through 2014, with support to the Ivins, Utah Fire Department.
Upon retirement from the airlines, Dave went back to his telecommunications skills. He became the chief engineer for Cherry Creek Radio in St. George, Utah, retiring in 2013.
Dave is survived by his wife, Beverly Robinson Cory of St. George, UT, brother Charles Evan Cory of Colorado, and his step-son Josh Krason (Kirsten) of South Jordan, Utah.  He was preceded in death by his parents.
Dave will be buried in Frankfurt, Ohio, near his father and grandfather.

Friday, December 29, 2017

WA/DL Capt. Alexandeer John Morrison

Military veteran, WA/DL Capt. Alexander J. Morrison
November 9, 1928 ~ November 16, 2017
Notification with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Alexander John Morrison, age 89.  Captain Morrison joined Western Airlines 05-01-1957 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1988, based Los Angeles.  Captain Morrison is survived by his wife Sue, their children and grandchildren. 
To view the obituary online and sign the guestbook, you may click on at
For those wishing to send personal condolences, whitepages indicates the current family address as
73 Broad St Apt 301  , San Luis Obispo CA 93405-3722  ...  (805) 528-5978.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary..................Alexander John Morrison
-- Alexander John Morrison, 89, of San Luis Obispo took off and flew west to rendezvous with his ethereal squadron to trap on a equally ethereal carrier on November 16, 2017. They are assured of blue skies and calm seas for their eternal deployment. Alex was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 9, 1928. Shortly thereafter he and his parents moved from Brooklyn to Radburn, N.J. He attended school in Radburn and Ridgewood N.J. He finished his early schooling attending The Gunnery in Washington, CT, thus making him a certifiable preppie. The next step was studying mechanical engineering at Purdue University. It took three years for Alex to realize he was neither cut out for nor really wanted to be a engineer. About this time, his parents decided to move to California and he joined them. Working for a living became a bit unappealing, so Naval Flight School looked like a good option. He received his Gold wings and a commission in the Marine Corps on September 30, 1952. His first duty was in VMA 211 at Cherry Point, NC for two carrier deployments. He was then sent to Miami, FL for duty with VMA 324 which was preparing for a combat deployment to Korea. They deployed on the U.S.S. Saipan CVL 48 operating out of Japan. At the end of their duty in the Far East, the ship had orders to return to the U.S., via the Suez Canal and Mediterranean Sea making the deployment a Round-The- World cruise. The end of February '55' saw the end of Alex's active Marine Corps duty and also his bachelorhood. Sue Bach and he were married on February 26, 1955. They had a son, Michael, followed by Patricia, and then Laura. Alex and family resided in Palos Verdes, CA until 1974 when they relocated to Park City, UT. While all this was going on, Alex was a design engineer at Douglas Aircraft, and then hired as a pilot for Western Air Lines. This career lasted 31 years and during that time Western merged with Delta Air Lines. He flew for Delta until he retired as a DC-10 captain on November 8, 1988, at the age of 60. At the time of his retirement, he and Sue were living on a small apple farm in Atascadero, CA and after five years of doing agrarian things they were ready for a change. They moved from the farm to a condo in Avila Beach and commuted back and forth to their condo in Park City, UT. This sounded idyllic; however the going back and forth became a nuisance. Both condos were sold and a house in Park City was purchased. The following years were very active years, particularly during the ski season when Alex enjoyed skiing every morning with his buddies. Alex had peripheral neuropathy and eventually his neuropathy worsened to the point that skiing was a thing of the past. A winter of not skiing convinced he and Sue that a warmer climate was in order. They moved to Los Osos to be near their son, Michael and daughter in law, Suzanne. Alex is survived by his wife of 62 years Sue, of San Luis Obispo, CA; son, Michael and daughter in law Suzanne of Los Osos, CA; daughter, Patricia Sterling and son in law Richard of Shelton, Conn.; daughter, Laura Tacheney and son in law Joe of Kamas, UT; grand- daughters: Samantha and Emily; and grandson, AJ; and his dog, Lobo. Many thanks to the caregivers and staff at Garden Creek, Hospice and BrightStar Care for the care and devotion that kept Alex comfortable during his final days. At Alex's request his ashes will be spread on one of the mountains he climbed, and a party in his honor will be held at a later date with bagpipes, good whiskey, and fine wine. To Alex from Sue May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the rain fall soft upon your fields, and the sun shine warm upon your face. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries


DL Capt. Brian Fitzgerald Regn

former DL Capt. Brian Fitzgerald Regn
September 22, 1961 ~ December 25, 2017
Notification with the passing of Brian Fitzgerald Regn, age 56.  Captain Regn joined Delta Air Lines 02-26-1998....please see career information below  ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Flight_Deck_Officer ).  He is survived by his wife Suzanne. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
Obituary information indicates services are planned for Tuesday, January 2nd  in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.  Calling hours will be one hour prior to service time and the evening prior. 
For those wishing to send a personal note, Whitepages indicates the family residence as
129 N Main St., Nazareth PA 18064-1417.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary.....................  REGN, BRIAN
Brian Fitzgerald Regn, 56, of Nazareth, gracefully took his last flight home, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. He was the loving husband of Suzanne Regn for 22 wonderful years.
Brian was born Sept. 22, 1961 in New Brunswick, NJ. He was the beloved son of Mary Ellen Regn of Nazareth and Henry Regn of New Albany, PA.
Brian graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, of Prescott, AZ, with a degree in aeronautical science. He attained his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot; but unfortunately, due to his illness, he was forced to end his career as a Captain for Delta Airlines, which he was so proud to work for. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, Brian became an armed Federal Flight Deck Officer to defend the cockpit from any potential threats.
Brian became involved in Nazareth Borough government in 2012 and was appointed to Nazareth Council in 2014. Brian was the "voice of reason" on Council where he chose his words wisely, with the commitment of a devoted elected official. Most importantly, he brought integrity and dedication to his distinguished Council career while gaining the admiration of all who served with him.
Besides his wife and parents, Brian will be greatly missed by his son, Connor Regn, at home; brothers, Todd Regn of Nazareth, Matthew Regn and wife, Betsy, of Havertown, and by his sister, Elizabeth Taylor and husband, Robert, of Bloomsbury, NJ. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews. Brian will be reunited with his predeceased brother, Andrew Regn.
As an avid hunter and outdoorsman, Brian will be sorely missed by his Longview Lodge Gang, where he spent many hunting seasons. Brian's love of adventure and motorcycles led him to meet some meaningful friends he considered his brothers. Together they traveled locally and the country to various motorcycle rallies, building comradeship and forever memories along the way. The many social clubs where he was a member of will greatly miss his infectious personality. As his many dear friends would attest, Brian had the rare ability to make anyone he encountered feel welcomed with his quick wit, incredible humor, and open kind soul. He will be remembered for his remarkable talent, he was a jack of all trades. He would do anything for anyone in need. Being a lifelong NY Giants fan, Brian jokingly requested that players from the team act as pallbearers to "let him down" one last time.
Services will be Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in the Joseph F. Reichel Funeral Home Inc., of Nazareth. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Family Catholic Church, of Nazareth. Burial in Holy Family Cemetery, of Nazareth. Calling hours will be Monday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brian's memory to Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME 04623, or in c/o the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered at www.jfreichelfuneralhome.com

Joseph Reichel Funeral Home, 220 Washington Park, Nazareth, Pa. 18064...  (610) 759-0160.

NWA Capt. Dayton Charles Christensen

USAF veteran, NWA Capt. Dayton C. Christensen
March 15, 1941 ~ December 12, 2017
Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Dayton Charles Christensen, age 76.  Captain Christensen joined Northwest Airlines 05-19-1969.  Please see obituary below noting services to be held at a later date.
Captain Christensen’s obituary may be viewed online at
Also an online tribute site is available at https://www.lastingmemories.com/memorial/dayton-c-christensen 
If more information is received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
Obituary..............Dayton C. Christensen   1941–2017

—Dayton C. Christensen, of Clarkdale, AZ, 76, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at his home from pancreatic cancer. Dayton was born in Northfield, MN, on March 15, 1941 to Hans and Irene Christensen. He grew up on the family farm located on Old Dutch Road five miles west of Northfield. Dayton graduated from Northfield High School in 1959 and from St. Olaf College in 1963. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1969 flying B 52 bombers from Minot, ND Air Force Base. Dayton was also a pilot of c130 Hercules aircraft while a member of the Minnesota Air National Guard 133rd Airlift Wing from 1970 to 1984. He joined Northwest Airlines in 1969 and retired as a DC 10 captain based in Honolulu in 2001. Survivors include brother Dennis of Prior Lake, Niece Patti Sloan of Brooklyn Park, Nephew Brad Pfahning of Northfield and cousin Ronald Prinzing of Ogilvie, MN. A memorial service will be held in Cottonwood, AZ in early January. Burial will take place in the spring at the German Union Cemetery in Forest Township of Rice County.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

DL Capt. Don L. Schwenneker

DL Capt. Don Schwenneker
April 21, 1932 ~ December 19, 2017
Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Donald Lee Schwenneker, age 85.  Captain Schwenneker joined Delta Air Lines 09-10-1956 and retired with Delta in 1992.  He was based Los Angeles at the time of his retirement.  Captain Schwenneker is survived by his wife Virginia ‘Ginny’ and their son Jon.
For those wishing, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
14106 Bonney Brier Drive, Houston TX 77069-1324  ...  (281) 444-7219.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary...........................Don Schwenneker.... (1932 - 2017)
Don L. Schwenneker, born April 21, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, has passed away on December 19, 2017 at the age of 85 years. Before his retirement, Don spent 35 years flying for Delta Airlines. His passions included his family, friends, golf and of course, flying. He definitely believed in living life to the fullest. Don is survived by his wife of 58 years, Virginia Schwenneker. Also, left to be remembered by is his son, Jon Schwenneker. The family would like to thank Brookdale and Hospice Plus for their dedication in Don's care. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Alzheimer's Association www.alz.org 
Funeral Home :  Memorial Oaks Funeral Home
13001 Katy Fwy Houston, TX 77079 ..... (281) 497-2210

.Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 31, 2017.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

DL Capt. Daniel L. Sherrill

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Daniel L. Sherrill
August 23, 1936 ~ December 17, 2017
Notice with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Daniel Luther Sherrill, age 81.  Captain Sherrill joined Delta Air Lines 04-11-1966.  He is survived by his wife Mary, their children plus grand- and great grandchildren.  Services are planned for Wednesday, December 20th in Alpharetta, Georgia...please see information below. 
SouthCare Cremation and Funeral Society of Alpharetta entrusted with arrangements:
For those wishing, personal condolences may be sent to the Sherrill family at 
721 Eagles Mere Ct.,  Alpharetta GA 30005-4233.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary.......................from the AJC dated Tuesday, December 19, 2017
SHERRILL, Capt. Daniel L.
August 23, 1936 - December 17, 2017

Dan was born and raised in Spindale, NC, the son of Luther E. and Hazel Buff Sherrill. His mother named him after the song Danny Boy. Dan attended N.C. State and graduated from U.N.C. at Chapel Hill, NC., in 1958, receiving a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He and his high school sweetheart, Mary Ellen Reece were married while in college on March 31, 1956, and their first son, Kirk was born on June 4, 1957. Dan began flying in January 1958 while in the Air Force. R.O.T.C. In 1959, Dan began Air Force flight training and received his wings in April 1960. A second son Darrin was born August 19, 1960. Ty, the third son, was born January 1, 1962. After flying air-refueling tankers for six years, Dan began a new flying career with Delta Airlines. He flew over 30 years with Delta and 20 of those years as Captain. While flying, he met many notable people in politics, sports, royalty, and entertainment. His flying also included hazardous weather, attempted hijacking, mechanicals, passenger emergencies, and others. Retiring in August 1996, he was happy to say, "I never scratched an airplane or passenger." Dan's pastime passion was golf. He enjoyed his golf group of 25 senior golfers that played weekly and made trips together. Dan is survived by Mary, his loving wife of 61 years, three sons, four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Dan's family appreciates your prayers, your presence, and the many expressions of love and concern. A visitation will be held Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 12:00PM 1:00PM at Johns Creek Baptist Church 6910 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta, GA 30005. The memorial service will follow at 1:00PM.

Monday, December 18, 2017

NWA Capt. James Eyre Wainwright

Military veteran, NWA Capt. James Eyre Wainwright
May 1, 1925 ~ December 15, 2017 
Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain James ‘Jim’ Wainwright, age 92.  Captain Wainwright joined Northwest Airlines 07-26-1949.  He is survived by his wife Dorothy, their children plus grand- and great grandchildren.  
Please see obituary information below....memorial services are planned for this Friday December 22nd in Gig Harbor, Washington. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol or the PCN 
James (Jim) Eyre Wainwright
James Eyre Wainwright, born on May 1, 1925, passed away surrounded by family on December 15, 2017.
Jim was born to Eyre Bennett and Susan Katherine Wainwright in Whittier, CA. Jim grew up in Butte, Montana and graduated from Butte High School in 1943. Flying had always been his dream, and along with his twin brother John, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps cadet program and was activated in July 1943. He graduated flight training in September 1944, and transitioned to flying B-17s. He was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group stationed in Poddington, England. He became fully operational after VE Day, but remained in Europe and North Africa ferrying troops heading home. In July 1949 Jim was hired by Northwest Airlines. He started out his commercial career flying the DC-3 and retired after 36 years as a captain flying the 747. In all, he logged 24,000 hours of flight time. He met his wife Dorothy, a flight attendant with Northwest, in November 1951, and they were married on October 11, 1952.
Jim was a skilled woodworker, which included building several boats, an avid golfer, and a fan of the Mariners. He was very active in the Knights of Columbus and was a 4th degree knight. Jim made 92 look young. He passed his love of airplanes, boats, and woodworking to every member of his family, treasured his beloved wife, loved his family and others deeply, walked a life of faithfulness and integrity, and demonstrated a servant’s heart. His family is comforted to know that he is enjoying the presence of Jesus.
Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother, his twin brother John, and his younger brother Tom. He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 65 years; sons Don (Susan), Mitch (Valerie), Dan (Anne), and daughter Kathy (Bob) Shaw; seven grandchildren Jim (Rebecca) and Eric Wainwright, Bennett, Baylee, and Abby Wainwright, Katie and Jamie Shaw; and two great grandchildren, Kate and James Eyre III; as well as his youngest brother Gene.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday Dec. 22 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Gig Harbor. Interment will be at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Gig Harbor.
From: RNPA News   Sent: Monday, December 18, 2017 12:39 PM   Subject: Jim Wainwright Has Flown West.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

NWA pilot James Wainwright passed away Friday, December 15, 2017. His memorial service will be held at 10AM, Friday December 22nd, at ST. Nicholas Catholic Church, 3510 Rosedale St. NW, in Gig Harbor, Washington. Check Monday’s Tacoma News for further details and for his family obituary.

James Wainwright was 92 years old and was hired by NWA on July 26, 1949. He retired on April 30, 1985 and was a RNPA member. Special thanks to Ralph Christ for the advanced information.

Respectfully submitted,  
William Day
 eContrails obituary editor 

DL Capt. Gerald 'Jerry' D. McNaughton

DL Capt. Gerald ‘Jerry’ McNaughton
May 21, 1933 ~ December 9, 2017

News has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Gerald D. McNaughton, age 84.  Please see information below ... as was Captain McNaughton’s wish, no services are planned.  Memories may be shared online at the funeral home website.  This link should take you directly to Captain McNaughton’s obituary and online guestbook 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
From: David L. Roberts   Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2017 9:21 PM   Subject: Death of retired Delta Captain Gerald D. McNaughton
CARES AND CONCERNSThank you to Mrs. Laura McNaughton for sending the sad news of the death of her father-in-law, retired Delta Captain Gerald D. McNaughton, 84.  Captain 'Jerry' was born 5/21/933 and was hired by Delta 1/16/1961.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to his family by email at Laura Mcnaughton < mcnaughton.laura@gmail.com > or her telephone at 786-747-7526.  
You may sign or view the online Guest Book at the funeral home web site
Gerald "Jerry" McNaughton
Gerald “Jerry” McNaughton, 84, of Jensen Beach, Florida passed away, Saturday December 9, 2017 at his home.
Jerry was born May 21, 1933 in Gardiner, Maine, and honorably served in the United States Air Force. He later joined Delta Airlines where he proudly worked and retired as a commercial airline pilot as the Captain of the well-known L-1011 aircraft. Throughout his career Jerry lived in various parts of the country including Georgia, Florida and Utah.
In addition to flying the skies, he spent a great portion of his life as an avid boater enjoying North America and the Caribbean waters. Jerry experienced life to the fullest and traveled the world extensively.
He is survived by his three sons, Robert, Gregory and Bert McNaughton and four grandchildren, Tyler, Crystal, Cody and David McNaughton that reside in Florida and Hawaii. He will be truly missed by those that loved him.
Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
Those wishing to offer their condolences may do so online at www.treasurecoastseawinds.com

From: Laura Mcnaughton mcnaughton.laura@gmail.com  Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2017 Subject: Gerald D. McNaughton

Hello Mr. Roberts, my name is Laura McNaughton and I am the daughter in law of Gerald D. McNaughton.  I am married to Jerry's youngest son Bert.  As you already know Jerry passed away on Saturday December 9th.

Jerry did not wish for a funeral service but we did prepare an Obituary on the funeral home website so out of town family and friends can leave their condolences.
Treasure Coast Seawinds Funeral Home  www.treasurecoastseawinds.com
I am also attaching it to this email should you want to update the Delta Pilot Network group on our behalf.  Please feel free to provide them with my number and email address. 

Thanks in advance.

Laura McNaughton

Direct 786-747-7526


Friday, December 15, 2017

Jan Butler McNatt, widow of Capt. Art 'Butch' McNatt

Jan McNatt, widow of NAL/PAA/DL Capt. Art ‘Butch’ McNatt
Notification with the passing of Jan McNatt, widow of National/Pan Am/Delta pilot and military veteran Captain Arthur A. McNatt III who passed in 1994.  To view/sign the online guestbook for Jan, please visit the funeral home website at http://www.moorefuneral.com/obituaries/Jan-Butler-Mcnatt/ 
Services are planned for today December 15th in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Both obituaries appear below.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 
Jan Butler McNatt, cherished mother, grandmother and dear friend, 76, of Miami Lakes, FL, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, surrounded by her three children, Kimberly, Dawn and Arthur. Born September 23, 1941, Jan grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Santa Barbara, California, before moving to Tulsa and attending Central High. Jan began college at Stephen's in Missouri, before transferring to Tulsa University, where she was Track Queen; a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority; and met the love of her life, Art McNatt, whom everyone called "Butch." Butch, a pilot with National, Pan Am and Delta Airlines, and Jan decided to move to Miami, Florida, in the 70s where she contributed to junior women's groups and raised her three children. Butch predeceased her in 1994.
 Jan's greatest joy was being with her children and their families to whom she dedicated her life. Her tireless energy led to the nickname of "Scooter"; her love of fashion and entertaining always included great taste and a terrific sense of wit. Friends would see her through the years at her favorite place to meet, Beverly Hills CafĂ© in Miami Lakes. More often than not, Jan was accompanied there by her beloved dogs Sedona, her lab; Indigo, her French bulldog; and finally, Beverly whom she rescued and enlisted her dear friend, Dennis, to walk.
 Jan is survived by her daughter, Kimberly McNatt; her daughter, Dawn McNatt Fraine; her son, Arthur McNatt; and her two grandchildren, Hannah Hall and Kayla Rose.
 A graveside service will be at noon on Friday, December 15 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any charity serving veterans.     Moore's Southlawn 918-0663-2233 share memories at moorefuneral.com
Capt. Arthur A. McNatt
Date of Birth:  October  13, 1941, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Date of Death:   July  23, 1994, Milan, CittĂ  Metropolitana di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Age at Death: 52 years, 9 months, 10 days
In Memoriam - Arthur "Art" A. McNatt III with photos
Arthur "Art" A. McNatt III lived in my Miami Lakes neighborhood with his wife Jan and three children. He was from Oklahoma and educated at Tulsa University. He served as a pilot in the U. S. Air Force from 1963 to 1967. He joined National Airlines after the Air Force and was a captain with them until Pan Am bought National in 1980 and he became a Pan Am captain and instructor pilot. When Delta bought the Pan Am Airbus A-310's he was an A-310 captain and he moved over to Delta when they offered Pan Am's A-310 flight crews jobs with Delta.
Art also served his community for 17 years by working shifts as a reserve police deputy sheriff with full law enforcement powers for $1 a year for the Metro-Dade County Police Department.
Art's daughter Kim was a friend of my family, his son Arthur "Forth" A. McNatt IV mowed my yard and his younger daughter Dawn babysat for us. All three of them turned out to be fine productive citizens.
Tragically Art died at the age of 52 while flying a Delta B767 on approach to an airport in Italy on July 23, 1994. He was a fine pilot, a great family man, a good neighbor and all around good guy who many of us still miss to this day. Please click on the last photo to read his obituary. RIP Art!
Art McNatt's Obituary  ... 
McNatt, Arthur A. III, 52 of Miami Lakes, passed away Saturday, July 23, 1994. A long-time Miami Lakes resident, beloved husband, father and friend. Arthur began his 25 year flying career as a pilot with National Airlines back in the 1960s and subsequently flew with Pan American World Airways and currently, Delta Airlines. Arthur had a long and distinguished career as both a Captain and instructor. Educated at Tulsa University, and a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Arthur served his country as a pilot in the Air Force from 1963-1967. In 1977, he volunteered in the Metro Dade Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer where he served for the past 17 years. An active Harley Davidson enthusiast, Art was known for his love of riding with his son and fellow Harley friends, and is known to many and loved by all. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jan; his son Arthur and daughters Kimberly and Dawn.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DL Capt. Jack G. Blaz

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Jack G. Blaz
December 15, 1936 ~ December 12, 2017
Word has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Jack Gebhardt Blaz, nearing his 81st birthday.  Captain Blaz joined Delta Air Lines 12-17-1962 and retired with Delta, based 031/DFW.  He is survived by his wife Ann, their children and grandchildren plus many dear friends and colleagues. 
For those wishing, personal condolences may be sent to the Blaz family at
3401 Lee Pkwy, Apt. 401 , Dallas, TX 75219-5219  .... 
or by email at anncab@sbcglobal.net
To honor the life of Captain Blaz, all are invited to attend a reception this Friday, December 15th in Dallas...please see information below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Celebration of life event..........................
From: 60th Bum Group redsplitwindow@gmail.com  Subject: Jack Blaz Obituary
All who would like to honor Jack are invited to a reception in his honor
Friday, Dec 15, 2017 at the Park City Club from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Park City Club
5956 Sherry Lane
Suite 1700
Dallas, TX 75225
                    Roger Lewis
                        60th Bum Group 
 Obituary...........................JACK GERHARDT BLAZ
"Miss me a little, but don't mourn; I had a great trip"
Born December 15, 1936 into the Manweiler family in Hoisington, Kansas, adopted into the Blaz family.
A resident of Dallas Texas since 1963 he made his last "move" on 12 December 2017. He is survived by his wife Ann;  daughter Corey Catherine  "Katie" Ahearn;  son in law Mike Ahearn,  grandchildren Madeline and Graham Douglas;   brother Roland Rush Blaz, nephew David Blaz and family;  nephew Christopher Blaz his wife Kelly and daughter Chloe;  stepson Bert Schwab his wife Jill and their daughters Allie,  Mattie and Sophie;  stepdaughter Stephanie Kelln and her children Becky and Carl.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents Berk and Elaine Tindall Blaz and his beloved son Douglas Talmage Blaz.
Jack was a career aviator with five years of service in the USAF followed by flying cargo in Australia, corporate flying,  and then a long career as an airline pilot for Delta Air Lines.  During his 34 years with Delta, 27 as captain, he flew DC-6, DC-7, C-46, CV-440,  DC-9, DC-8, L-100, B-727, B-757 and L-1011, retiring off  the Honolulu run.  Jack retired at age 60, Jan 1, 1997.
Jack was active for many years in the Air Line Pilots Association serving as  a member of the ALPA Board of Directors, contract negotiator , seniority arbitrator, grievance arbitrator, as well as other elected and appointed positions.   He served on the St.  Mark's School of Texas Board of Trustees,  twice was Episcopal School of Dallas annual fund chairman and was for many years  a Hockaday School for Girls annual fund chairman,  and a long time member of the Preston Hollow Methodist Church where  he was a trustee and served on the administrative council.
Jack was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution through the wartime military service of his ancestor Obadiah Tindall, a soldier in the Virginia Militia.  He was also a member of the American Legion and the National Rifle Association.  In 1995  he was appointed by then Governor George Bush to a six year term on the Texas Health Care Information Council  and in 2002 was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve for four years on the One Call Board of Texas.
None of Jack's positions or activities ever meant as much to him as the love and pride he felt for his two children Doug and Katie and his wife Ann.
A reception in his honor will be held at the Park City Club on Friday, December 15 from 3 to 5 pm.
Jack's instructions specifically prohibit any lengthy or serious mourning...in fact he approved of medium grade revelry as being entirely appropriate.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Jack's memory to the Episcopal School of Dallas, 4100 Merrell  Road,  Dallas Texas 75229 or other worthy institutions of your choice.
From: Ann Blaz  Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 10:20 PM  Subject: Jack Blaz
I want to notify the Delta pilots of the passing of Jack Blaz today from a massive stroke. 
Private services are planned in the future.
The family can be reached at either of the following:
Ann Blaz
3401 Lee Pkwy, Apt. 401
Dallas, TX 75219


Monday, December 11, 2017

DL pilot Richard House, and his father Wayne

Military veteran, DL pilot Richard Allen House
November 5, 1974 ~ December 2, 2017

Richard joined Delta Air Lines 09-02-2014 and was based ATL. 
Survived by his wife Patti and their children, whitepages list the family residence as
PHONE :  (662) 796-1814
ADDRESS :  1735 Sherwood Lane , Southaven MS 38671-8879.
                                    Thank you,
                                          ~ Carol for the PCN

DL pilot Richard House, and his father Wayne

Notification with the passing of Delta pilot Richard House and his father Wayne due to an aircraft accident.  Richard's obituary notes that he was a pilot for Delta Air Lines since 2014.  If more information is received we will then pass it along. 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary...............Richard House, of Southaven, MS
Richard House, 43, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 as the result of an aircraft accident which also claimed the life of his father, Wayne House. Richard was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church, a pilot for Delta Airlines and a former pilot for Pinnacle Airlines. A graduate of Delta State University, he was a former member of the Army Reserve and enjoyed motorcycles. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Presbyterian Church in Olive Branch. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Christ Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service. Survivors include his wife, Patti House; daughters, Mikayla House and Carmen House, all of Southaven, parents, Ray and Kathy Swilley of Hattiesburg; sister, Robyn Whitehead (Todd) of Nacogdoches, TX. Hernando Funeral Home (662) 429-5260  www.BrentwoodFuneralServices.com 
 — The two men killed in a weekend gyrocopter crash have been identified by authorities.
The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department identified the pair as 70-year-old Wayne House and his son, 43-year-old Richard House.
They were killed Saturday when their two-seater experimental aircraft crashed coming in for a landing at a private air strip on Malone Road in Hernando.
A father and his son died while trying to land a gyrocopter at an airport in Mississippi, authorities said.
Wayne House, 70, and his son, Richard House, 43, were killed when the two-seater experimental aircraft crashed while coming in for a landing outside Eagles Ridge Airport, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Alex Coker told the Clarion-Ledger.
Love Volunteer Fire Chief Shawn Witt said his department responded to the incident at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday after initial reports of a grass fire.
“While checking the perimeter I saw a large fire and thought it was just some brush, but once I got closer I saw the propeller and one of the victims,” Witt told the newspaper, adding that the crash site was about 500 yards from the airport.
It’s unclear which man was piloting the aircraft, but Richard House had been a commercial pilot for Delta Air Lines since 2014, according to the Commercial Appeal, citing his Facebook profile.
“They’re usually a one- or two-seater,” Coker said of the small aircraft. “They’re not commercial grade, by any means. It’s more a hobbyist-type of smaller aircraft, something every person can own.”
A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the aircraft was destroyed by fire.
The FAA will investigate the incident, a spokesperson told The Post.
It’s still unclear what caused the accident.

The FAA is investigating the matter.

Death of DL Capt. Robert Earl "Bob" McDowell, 81

~~ In Memory ~~
Capt. Robert Earl "Bob" McDowell
May 26, 1936 -- Dec 10, 2017

I wish to thank Linda, Dick Quayle and David for passing along the sad news about Bob.  Capt Bob was infamous at ORD and loved by all.  May his family realize all the condolences and well wishes coming their way in this time of loss.  Please see below for service information and sharing your condolences.

Obituary for Robert Earl "Bob" McDowell

SUN PRAIRIE-Robert Earl “Bob" McDowell, age 81, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. He was born on May 26, 1936, in Madison, the son of Earl and Flossie (Henry) McDowell. Bob graduated from Madison East High School in 1954. He married Sharon Whitefoot on May 15, 1965.  Bob attended the UW-Madison and worked for the Carnes Corporation. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1955 and flew the T33, F89, and F102 for the Air National Guard until 1966. He joined Delta Airlines in 1964, and flew 31 years as a captain, co-pilot and flight engineer.  Bob was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Marshall, where he served as an usher, councilman, and counter. Bob's Christian faith and generous spirit was apparent to all who knew him. He was a member of the Marshall Lions Club and proudly served his community for over 20 years.  Bob is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Cindy (Peter Esch) of Surprise, Ariz., and Michelle (Damon Bryant) of Monona; granddaughter, Tiffany; grandsons, Evan and Mason; sisters-in-law, Arline Hoenecke and Wilma Whitefoot; and many nieces and nephews to whom he was "Uncle Bob".  Funeral services will be held at ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 204 Deerfield Road, Marshall, at 11 a.m., on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, followed by a ceremony at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Memorial Park and Chapel Mausoleum in Monona.  Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, and at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday.  Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church or to the donor's charity of choice. 


I understand Gunderson Funeral Home East is in Charge of arrangements and that condolences may be put on line at:  www.gundersonfh.com.  I also understand that a full obituary will run in the Wednesday edition of the local newspaper.  If someone wanted more information the number for the funeral home is 608-221-5420.


Mark Sztanyo, PCN Dir

DL Capt. James Chester Tillman Jr.

DL Capt. James Chester Tillman Jr.
April 17, 1941 ~ November 29, 2017
Please see obituary and information below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
From: David L. Roberts Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 8:07 PM  Subject: DEATH of retired Captain James C. Tillman

CARES AND CONCERNSThank you to Mrs. Gayel C. Tillman, widow of the late retired Delta Captain James Chester Tillman, Jr., 76, who passed away November 29, 2017.  He was hired by Delta 6/2/1969 and retired 1/1/1998.  To view or sign the Online Guest Book, click on http://www.mowellfuneralhome.com/obituaries/James-Jim-Tillman-Jr?obId=2749793#/celebrationWall .  Expressions of condolence may be sent to Mrs. Tillman and family at 1303 Redwine Road, Fayetteville, GA 30215.  Services information is in the obituary below.

From: "Jim Tillman" <jimtill1@bellsouth.net>To: <robertsDL@mindspring.com>
Subject: James C. Tillman, Jr. – 280034  Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 16:07:54 -0500

Mr. Roberts,

My husband, James C. Tillman, Jr. (Delta ID # 280034), passed away on 11/29/17.  I know he was a member of the retired pilots’ group you represent.  I just wanted you to be notified so that you could update your records.  If there is anything else we should do in regards to your organization, please me at your convenience.

Thank you,
Gayel C. Tillman

James C. Tillman, Jr., age 76, of Fayetteville

By The Citizen on December 4, 2017
James Tillman James Tillman

James C. (Jim) Tillman, Jr., age 76, of Fayetteville passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Jim was born on April 17, 1941, in LaGrange, Ga., to the late James C. Tillman, Sr. and Floy Gore Tillman. He was a high school graduate of Georgia Military College, a college graduate of Georgia Tech, and he earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California.

After serving five years in the Air Force as a B-52 pilot, he became a pilot for Delta Air Lines and retired as a captain after more than 28 years.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gayel Caraway Tillman; daughter, Karol Tillman; son, Brett (April) Tillman, and son, Russell (Michele) Tillman. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Shane (Philip) Kent, Lenox Tillman, Hannah Tillman, Joshua Tillman, Marissa Tillman, Chandler Tillman; and two great-grandchildren, Dylan Duke and Miles Kent.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on December 16, 2017 at Legacy Christian Church, 1150 Rockaway Rd., Senoia, Ga., with Pastor Roy Roberson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday evening, December 15, 2017 at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Crossroads Hope Academy www.crossroadspg.org, a forever home and charter school for lost boys ages 12-18 who have been failed by the foster care system and which Jim personally and financially supported.

Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville – www.mowellfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

DL Capt. Ralph Edward 'RE' Frizzell

DL Capt. Ralph Edward ‘R.E.’ Frizzell
September 1, 1938 ~ November 29, 2017
Notice with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Ralph Edward ‘R.E.’ Frizzell, age 79.  Captain Frizzell joined Delta Air Lines 10-02-1967 and was based New Orleans.  Captain Frizzell’s obituary notes his retirement in 1992.  He is survived by his children and grandchildren
To view/sign the online guestbook and to view the family photo gallery please visit the funeral home website at
Services for Captain Frizzell were held today in Robertsdale, Alabama.    
Should more information be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary...................Ralph Edward "R.E." Frizzell 
Ralph Edward "R.E."Frizzell, age 79, a native of Foley, AL and a resident of Daphne, AL passed away, Wednesday, November 29, 2017. R.E. was a two-sport athlete and 1956 graduate of Foley High School. He received an Associate Degree from Perkinston Junior College (now Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College). He continued his education by earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in 1961. Following graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and entered flight school at NAS Pensacola. He earned his Naval Aviator Wings in 1962. Serving at multiple locations across the Pacific Ocean, R.E. achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander before being honorably discharged in 1966. After serving, R.E. joined Delta Air Lines in 1967 where he made a wonderful career as a pilot, retiring as Captain in 1992. During retirement he maintained a second residence in Kenai, AK often fishing for salmon and halibut. He enjoyed sharing fellowship with family, visiting friends and neighbors. R.E. was an active member of the Kenai Fellowship Church of Christ in Alaska. He was a First Generation Member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (AL).
R.E. was a true "Auburn Man" and loved watching his Tigers perform. The passionate cry of "War Eagle" was frequently uttered to honor his Alma Mater. R.E. was an adventurous soul and never met a stranger. He had a generous spirit and was always one to provide comfort and care to others.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry A. Frizzell, Sr. and Vivian R. Frizzell, brothers, Henry A. Frizzell, Jr., and George E. Frizzell and wife, Anna Frizzell. Mr. Frizzell is survived by the mother of his children, Marion T. Frizzell and three children, Michael Frizzell of Atlanta, GA, Todd (Geralyn) Frizzell of Robertsdale, AL, Susan (Donald) Dobson of Foley, AL; step children, John (Ita) Richerson, Jr. of Robertsdale, AL, Stephen (Lona) Richerson of Dadeville, AL, Cheryl (Bill) D'Andrea of VA, Denise (Dennis) Perkins of Robertsdale, AL, John (Mary) Ross of Robertsdale, AL; three grandchildren, Travis, Danielle, Ryan and six step grandchildren, Jacqueline, Justin, Stephanie, Steven, Samuel and John Douglas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Mack Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Arthur E. Bosarge, Jr. officiating. A visitation will be held Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Mack Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Old Cooper Cemetery, Robertsdale, AL. In lieu of flower, please consider donating to St. Jude'sChildren'sHospital, 501St. JudePlace, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are by Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, HWY 59, Robertsdale, AL 36567. www.mackfuneral.com

NWA Capt. David Joseph Roth

Military veteran, NWA Capt. David J. Roth
May 24, 1936 ~ November 29, 2017
Word has reached our group with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Captain David Joseph Roth, age 81.  Captain Roth joined Northwest Airlines 04-08-1968.  Widowed with the passing of his wife Martha in December 2015, Captain Roth is survived by his children and grandchildren plus many dear friends and other family members. Both obituaries appear below.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at 
Services for Captain Roth are planned for Monday, December 4th at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at Hope Presbyterian Church,
7132 Portland Ave. S., Richfield MN 55423. 
The Roths had most recently resided in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary............................David ‘Dave’ Joseph Roth
David J. Roth, age 81, of Apple Valley, formerly of Burnsville, took flight on his final journey peacefully November 29, 2017. David was preceded in death by the light and love of his life, Martha, after 60 years of marriage. He is also preceded by his parents, Elmer and Phyllis, and his beloved brother, Elmer “Skeets” Jr. He is survived and will be deeply missed by his devoted children, Tami Roth, Thomas (Karen) Roth and Nancy (John) O’Brien; his 6 treasured grandchildren, Benjamin, Shannon (Conor) Ryan, Michael, and Claire Roth, and Erin and Meg O’Brien, who truly were the joys of his life. David is also survived by his loving brothers and sisters-in-law, Wanda Roth, Daniel (Judith), Paul (Linda), Samuel (Sue), Jane Guest, and Mary Jane Demeree, as well as many loving nieces, nephews and longtime cherished friends.
David graduated from Houghton Academy and received his B.A. in 1960 from Houghton College, Houghton, NY. He was accepted into Officer Candidate School and received his designation as a Naval Aviator in 1962. David proudly served his country flying reconnaissance missions along the Atlantic Coast during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a proud flight crew member who transported U.S. commanders to some of the first NATO talks in Paris, France. In 1968 David joined Northwest Airlines and flew as a commercial pilot for 28 years. He was very proud of the fact that, for 36 years, he got his Navy crew mates and Northwest Airlines passengers safely where they needed to go. After retirement Dave and Marty enjoyed spending time at their ”happy place,” their lake home in Wisconsin and traveling the world with family and friends. David loved the Lord, his family and his country. He enjoyed helping those he cared for in any way he could. He was a deacon at his church and combined his love for building and fixing things by volunteering his incredible talents with Habitat for Humanity. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Ecumen Seasons of Apple Valley and St. Croix Hospice, who became family over the years, for their loving care and kindness of our Dad. Our words can never express how grateful we are for the selfless care you provided for both of our parents.
A visitation and funeral service will be held at Hope Presbyterian Church, 7132 Portland Ave. S., Richfield, MN, on Monday, December 4, 2017. Visitation will begin at 10AM, with a funeral service at 11AM, followed by lunch at the church. Private interment will take place at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Wounded Warrior Project. (woundedwarriorproject.org).   White Funeral Home 952-432-2001

Obituary ......... wife Martha Louise Roth (December 13, 1933 - December 13, 2015)
Martha L. Roth, age 82, of Apple Valley, formerly of Burnsville, passed away suddenly at her home on December 13, 2015. Martha is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Grace; and brother, Robert Guest.
She is survived by the love of her life, her “Pilot” and loving husband of 60 years, David; devoted children, Tami Roth, Thomas (Karen) Roth and Nancy (John) O’Brien; her 6 grandchildren, Benjamin, Shannon, Michael, and Claire Roth, and Erin and Meg O’Brien, who truly were the “lights of her life”; loving sister, Mary Jane (Dick) Demeree; adored brothers and sisters-in-law; many loving nieces, nephews and longtime cherished friends.......................................interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery..................... www.whitefuneralhomes.com
From: William Day   Sent: Friday, December 01, 2017 4:50 PM   Subject: NWA pilot David Roth
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Again I have the onerous duty of informing you of the passing of another NWA pilot. My friend David J. Roth, age 81, of Apple Valley, MN, passed away on November 29, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife Martha after 60 years of marriage.
Dave was originally from New York state. He earned his USN wings of gold in 1962 and hired by NWA on April 08, 1968. Dave had been a long term RNPA member; therefore his obituary will appear in eContrails.
A visitation and funeral service will be held at Hope Presbyterian Church, 7132 Portland Ave. S., Richfield, MN, on Monday, December 4, 2017. Visitation will begin at 10AM, with a funeral service at 11AM, followed by lunch at the church. Private interment will take place at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Wounded Warrior Project. (woundedwarriorproject.org).

Bill Day