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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DL Capt. Alvin F. Pannell

USMC veteran, DL Capt. Alvin ‘Al’ Pannell
February 16, 1943 ~ January 29, 2018

News has reached our group with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Alvin F. Pannell, age 74.  Captain Pannell joined Delta Air Lines 04-17-1970 and was based Atlanta.  He is survived by his wife Judy, their children and grandchildren.
To share memories online please visit the funeral home website at
Captain Pannell’s obituary below notes that services are planned for Saturday, February 3rd at First United Methodist Church, 980 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, Georgia 30501, with reception to follow in the Gathering Room. 
Should more information be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary............................ Alvin (Al) F. Pannell, age 74 of Gainesville, Georgia.
Born February 16, 1943 – Passed January 29, 2018.
Al passed peacefully in his sleep on Monday morning. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daisy and Reuben Pannell, and brother, Felton Pannell, all of Marietta, Georgia.
Al is survived by his wife of 38 years, Judy Pannell of Gainesville; daughter Liesl Pannell New, son-in-law Kevin New of Canton, Georgia; daughter Lauren Pannell McBride of Marietta, Georgia; stepson Christopher Soto and daughter-in-law Gina Arnone of Hillsborough, North Carolina; grandchildren Austin and Jordan New, Brianna and Alyssa McBride, and Sebastian and Emanuel Soto; sister Gladys Pannell Wyant and brother-in-law Joe Wyant of Gainesville, Georgia; sister Kathryn Pannell Wooten and brother-in-law William Wooten of Cartersville, Georgia; and three nieces and three nephews.
Al graduated from Marietta High School and attended Emory University. He left his pre-med studies at Emory to pursue his unbridled passion for flying. As a pilot and Major in the United States Marine Corp., Al’s small enemy reconnaissance aircraft was downed by enemy small arms fire on one of the initial takeoffs from an improvised air strip in Khe Sanh, Vietnam. Barely surviving this crash, he and his copilot were photographed by a battlefield correspondent and one of the more dramatic photos of this incident quickly appeared as the “Cover Shot” of Life Magazine. For his gallant efforts, Al received the Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Medal, and many other accolades and medals of valor recognizing his courage and distinguished service while on active duty, as well as his continuing service to his country as an active flier for the Marine Corp Reserves. He joined on August 4, 1964 and retired from the air reserves in 1981. Al’s flying skills earned him a rewarding career flying for Delta Airlines, where he flew both domestically and internationally, retiring after 32 years as a valued and acclaimed Delta Captain.
Befittingly known to his family and friends as “Big Al”, he is known for his huge heart, his sizable sense of humor and extensive lust for life. To his adored grandchildren, he is known as simply “Uumpa.”
Al sought the exhilaration and reward presented by a good challenge. He never ceased moving forward in learning and mastering new passions, hobbies or interests. Following his retirement from Delta and raising Chianina cattle, he researched, studied and mastered the art of Bonsai gardening. In the same vein, he became a Master Gardener with the Hall County Master Gardeners Association. Pursing other creative endeavors, he became a true artist and accomplished wood turner. As an avid golfer, he developed “game” and enjoyed playing in several groups associated with the Chattahoochee Country Club. On a spiritual side, both he and wife Judy loved their Aldersgate Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church. To round out his already exceptional set of “people skills,” Al was a beloved member of his weekly coffee clubs including fellow Marines, Delta pilots, and Sunday School friends.
Along with Al’s wife and his family, Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel has scheduled a celebratory service of Al’s life beginning at 11:00am on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, 980 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, Georgia 30501. A reception will follow in the Gathering Room.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Eagle Ranch ( 5500 Union Church Road, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542), CASA  (603 Washington St. SW, Gainesville, Georgia 30501), or Family Promise (1001 Riverside Drive Suite B, Gainesville, Georgia 30501).
Online condolences may be made at www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com

Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30501. 770-297-6200.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

DL Capt. Fred Griffin Hess

Update reminder memorial services April 20th...............
From:   Judy Kay Hess,  13860 NW 20th St., Pembroke Pines FL 33028
This is just an update on Fred's Memorial Service. Memorial Service for Fred G. Hess will be June 8th at 11 a.m. at the Palm Beach National Chapel, 10055 Heritage Farms Rd., Lake Worth , Fl. 33449....Honor Guard afterwards at the South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, Fl. which is next to the Chapel. A reception to celebrate Fred's life will be at the Sun Dream Yacht Charters, 2950 NE 32nd Ave., Ft.Lauderdale, Fl. Please let me know if you plan to attend , for catering count. Contact me at jkhess777@gmail.com  or phone/text at 954-558-3807.   
Ctc Judy Kay Hess ,  Email : jkhess777@gmail.com  Ctc Phone  954-558-3807

MEMORIAL SERVICES.....................
From: Judy Kay Hess   
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2018 
Subject: Fred G. Hess Memorial
The memorial for retired Delta pilot Fred G. Hess will be June 8th at 11:00 a.m. at the Palm Beach National Chapel....10055 Heritage Farms Rd., Lake Worth, Fl. 33449. He will be buried at the South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, Fl., which is next to the Chapel. Following the service, we will have a celebration of Fred's life in Ft. Lauderdale. Sun Dream Yacht Charters, 2950 NE 32nd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale. For catering count, please let me know if you plan to attend. You can contact me at....  jkhess777@gmail.com  , or my cell #954-558-3807.

In lieu of flowers, honor Fred with donations to Wounded Warriors, Vietnam Veterans, USO, or your favorite charity.

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 4:07 PM, David Plewes <davidplewes@att.net> wrote:

June 8th
Beach National Chapel
10055 Heritage Farms Road
Lake Worth, FL 33449

June 8th
South Florida National Cemetery
Lake Worth, FL

June 8th
Sun Dream Yacht Charters
2950 NE 32nd Ave
Ft Lauderdale

Judy Hess has posted notice of Fred's passing on PCN.
Subsequently Judy has twice posted the above info on PCN using the updated info feature with NO SUCCESS.
If anyone can help get this on PCN please contact Judy or me
Contact info for Judy:

I invite anyone to stay the night at my place after the Charter. Lots of room.

2750 NE 29th Street
Lighthouse Point FL 33064
954-786-8063 (h)
954-415-5799 (c)

This will be a really nice affair.
I have not seen the South Florida National Cemetery but it is nick-named "Arlington South"
The yacht charter will be First Class and should be a "joy of life" celebration.

Please RSVP to Judy or myself so an accurate head count can be estimated.

All the Best,

Dave Plewes


USAF veteran, DL Capt. Fred G. Hess
July 3, 1945 ~ January 10, 2018
Word has reached our group with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Fred Griffin Hess, age 72.  Captain Hess joined Delta Air Lines 11-27-1972 and was based MIA/FLL/SLC/PDX/ATL during his commercial flying career.  He is survived by his wife Judy Kay Brown Hess, his children and grandchildren, plus many dear friends and colleagues. 
Captain Hess’ obituary may be viewed and memories shared online at
Personal condolences may be sent to the Hess family at
 13860 NW 20th St. , Pembroke Pines, FL  33028-2614.
The family may also be reached at  jkhess777@gmail.com  ....  (954) 558-3807
Obituary information below indicates that memorial services for Captain Hess will be held at a later date, interment South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth FL.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
HESS, Fred Griffin, born on July 3, 1945, in Oil City, PA, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018, in Pembroke Pines, FL. The son of the late Norman D. Hess and Elizabeth J. Griffin. A proud veteran of the US Air Force and a successful pilot. He is survived by his beloved wife of 20 years, Judy Kay Hess; daughter, Nicole Walters and her husband, Jason; sons, Jordan Hess and his wife, Tricia and Jarrod Hess. Fred is also survived by four grandchildren. Pending service. Arrangements entrusted to Boyd-Panciera Family Funeral Care, University Drive Chapel.

Fred Griffin Hess 72, lost his battle with cancer on January 10, 2018 at his home in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Fred was born on July 3, 1945 in Oil City, Pennsylvania to the late Norman D. and Elizabeth J. Griffin Hess of Seneca, Pennsylvania. Fred graduated from Cranberry Area High School and later received a B.S.degree in psychology from Grove City College in Pennsylvania, where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the R.O.T.C. Program. Upon graduating from Grove City College, Fred began his Air Force career receiving his pilot wings at Webb AFB, Texas. He was assigned to the F-4 aircraft and a year tour of duty in Vietnam. During his tour of Vietnam, Fred received 3 Distinguished Flying Cross awards and the Air Medal with 8 oak leaf clusters. After his tour of Vietnam, Fred was assigned to the C-141 at McGuire AFB in New Jersey. Fred fulfilled his life long dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot when he was employed with Delta Airlines on November 27, 1972. During his career he was based in Miami, Salt Lake City, Portland and Atlanta where he enjoyed flying Delta's world wide destinations. Fred retired as Captain on the B-777 in 2005. Fred is survived by his wife Judy Kay Brown Hess; daughter Nicole Hess Walters and her husband Jason, grandsons Griffin and Gray; son Jordan Hess and his wife Tricia, grandsons Braden and Nolen and son Jarrod Hess.  Memorial service will be held at a later date where he will be interred at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida.  

DL Capt. Wayne Franklin Sherman

Navy veteran, DL Capt. Wayne F. ‘Bronco’ Sherman
June 28, 1936 ~ January 22, 2018
Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Wayne Franklin Sherman, age 81.  Captain Sherman joined Delta Air Lines 10-03-1966 and retired in 1996, based 030/DFW.  He is survived by his wife Bonnye, plus many other dear friends and family members.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit 
Memorial services for Captain Sherman are planned for Tuesday, January 30th at the Old Church in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas......reception to follow at Brookhaven Country Club.  
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
14353 Valley Hi Circle, Dallas TX 75234-3858. 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary.............................SHERMAN, Wayne Franklin 'Bronco'
Wayne Franklin 'Bronco' Sherman died peacefully on January 22, 2018 in Dallas after a valiant struggle with Alzheimer's. He was born on June 28, 1936 in LaCrosse, WI and grew up in Grand Rapids, MN. He joined the Minnesota National Guard in 1954, and graduated Itasca College in 1956. That same year, he joined the U.S. Naval Aviation Cadet Program and began flight training in Pensacola, FL. He received his commission in the Marine Corps in 1958 as a Second Lieutenant and "Wings-of Gold" designation as a flight officer in fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Wayne served in several squadrons and on Navy carriers along the East Coast before being transferred back to Pensacola as a flight instructor, where he was honored in 1962 as HTG Squadron Flight Instructor of the Year. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan and California, where his squadron served in Viet Nam from 1962 to 1966. He flew both helicopters and KC-130 transports and was awarded numerous medals for meritorious service. After ending his military career with the rank of Captain in 1966, Wayne became a Delta Airlines pilot, where he excelled for 30 years before retiring as a 767 Captain in 1996. Wayne's vocation was flying, but his passion was hunting and fishing the world over, communing with nature and keeping his family and friends supplied with wild turkeys for countless Thanksgivings. A natural competitor and athlete, he was a man of many and diverse talents, from coaching football in the Marines to completing marathons, cartooning with Al Capp and serenading with Danny Boy in a fine tenor voice. He had a marvelous dance in his shoes, a wit and a generous capacity for storytelling that will be missed beyond measure. We remain in grateful anticipation of our happy reunion someday in "His" Happy Hunting Grounds. Wayne is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bonnye Norwood Sherman; his daughter, Caryl Sherman-Gonzalez and her husband, Jose Gonzalez; his grandson, Evan Sherman; his sister, Kay Tangen and her husband, Bob; his niece, Ronee Wronna, and her daughter, Danielle Triggs; his nephew, Tom Carter; his brother-in-law, Richard Norwood, and his wife, Susan; his niece, Sheryl Trevino, and her son, Tyler; his niece, Kelly Norwood and numerous cousins and friends worldwide. The family are eternally indebted to Matt Rice, Alyne Johnson and the superb caregivers of Sonoma House for their loving support throughout his struggle with Alzheimer's. A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Tuesday, January 30, at the Old Church in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234. Reception to follow at Brookhaven Country Club. A private inurnment will be held at the National Cemetery in Dallas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.

.Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 28, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

DL Capt. Robert A. Nicotri

DL Captain Robert ‘Bob’ Nicotri
March 9, 1953 ~ January 17, 2018
Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Robert Anthony Nicotri, age 64.  Captain Nicotri joined Delta Air Lines 03-09-1979 and was based 030/ATL.  He is survived by his wife Nancy, plus many other family members and friends.
To view the obituary online and sign the guestbook, please visit the funeral home website at
The obituary is also available online at
For those wishing to send a personal note, the family residence is listed in whitepages as
2450 Ballantrae Cir # 17 , Cumming GA 30041-6394.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 
Robert (Bob) Anthony Nicotri, age 64, of Cumming passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Benjamin and Charlotte Nicotri; and his nephew Ryan Nicotri. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years Nancy Lee Nicotri; his son and daughter-in-law Todd and Lindsey Slinker; his beloved grandchildren Hannah and Owen Slinker; his sister and brother-in-law Dr. Bette Nicotri and Dr. Bill Jones and their children Wayne and Nicki; his brother and sister-in-law Jim and Sarah Nicotri and their daughter Heather; as well as many more family members and friends who all loved and adored his gentle, sweet spirit.
Bob was born in Amityville, NY in 1953 and graduated from Canastota High School in 1971. He traveled to warmer weather to attend The University of Miami and graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. Bob found a love for flying airplanes and obtained his private pilot license flying small planes from South Florida to the Bahamas.
He decided to make flying his profession and moved to Atlanta where he gained employment with Delta Airlines. After working as a pilot with Delta for over 26 years he retired as a Captain on a Boeing 767. Bob not only had a love for flying, but also a love for the water. He was happiest when he was boating or fishing with Nancy and their friends.
The family will have a graveside service in Senoia at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to The Oral Cancer Foundation to help aid in the detection and research for oral cancer.
Funeral Home:  Ingram Funeral Home
210 Ingram Avenue, Cumming, GA  30040

(770) 887-2388

DL Flt. Instruc. Capt. William E. Vaden

Military veteran, EAL, DL Flt. Instruc. Capt. William E. Vaden
December 23, 1936 ~ January 9, 2018 
Notification with the passing of military veteran, Eastern Airlines pilot, international pilot, and retired Delta Air Lines Flight Instructor Captain William Emil Vaden, age 81.  
To view/sign the online obituary/guestbook, please visit the funeral home website at
                         Thank you,
                                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary.................................William Emil Vaden
Captain William Emil Vaden, 81 passed away at his home with his wife and his daughter by his side on January 9, 2018.
Born on December 23, 1936 in Carthage, Tennessee, he was the first born child of Charlie and Mable Vaden.
After graduating from Litton High in Nashville, he attended Tennessee Tech and then enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Upon finishing his tour of duty, he flew international flights for Eastern Airlines for 35 years and then flew for airlines in Austria and the Netherlands briefly before returning to his home in Stone Mountain, Georgia.  After 15 years with Delta Airlines, as a flight instructor, he took a medical retirement making 50 years in commercial aviation.
He had a quiet personality that could sneak up and play a trick on you without notice. He and his close friends from high school were often “cohorts” in crime.  They remained close friends and gave him an 80th birthday party in Nashville on December 23, 2016.
William is survived by his wife, Judith Cleveland-Vaden, his sons Charles and Kristian Vaden, daughter Vikki Vaden of Atlanta, GA., sisters Beverly Blancto (Dan) of Canton and Anne Russell (Joe) of Nashville, TN., brother Kenneth Lowry (Diane) of MS., a brother-in-law Charlie King (Connie) and special nephew, fellow pilot Greg King (Scarlett) all of Peachtree City, GA., nieces Canyn Russell, Dara Russell, Rebecca Howard (John) of Nashville, TN. and Rena Kazy (Bill) of North GA.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 11am to 12pm at the Johns Creek Baptist Church, 6910 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta, GA 30005 where a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will follow at 12 Noon in the church sanctuary with the Rev. D.J. Johnson officiating.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mcdonaldandson.com
Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886.9899;


Monday, January 15, 2018

NWA/DL pilot David Delano Barstad

Military veteran, NWA/DL pilot David Delano Barstad
May 29, 1942 ~ December 30, 2017

Notification with the passing of retired Northwest pilot David Delano Barstad, age 75.  Please see obituary information below.
Arrangements are not known....if more is learned we will be sure to pass that news along.
Whitepages notes the most current contact for the Barstad family as
4105 Tahoe Vista Drive, Rocklin CA 95765-5091  .... (916) 632-2545.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
NWA hire date 02-21-2000.
Obituary ....................David Delano Barstad
David Delano Barstad was born May 29, 1942 in Iowa and passed away on December 30, 2017 of pneumonia, He was a 3-year survivor of Multiple Myeloma and a stem cell transplant. Preceded by parents Chester & Effie Barstad, brother Doug and sister Brenda. Survived by loving wife, Marsha, his children Daria (Dan) Lovette, Debra (Scott) Wiesner, and grandchildren Callie, Jillian, Gracyn, and Colin. Also survived by Marsha';s children James (Gale) Bird, Steven (Linda) Bird, Leslie Bird and 8 grandchildren. Graduated from San Juan High School. 1960. Member of Auburn Elks, VFW and Auburn Navy League. A Vietnam Navy veteran who served his country 26 years retiring as Commander. He started a second career as a pilot for Northwest Airlines. He enjoyed playing poker and golfing with his four-some Dennie, Gene and Bob. He will be missed by his fur-buddy Skipper. Dave was a Christian and a patriot and supported many military organizations. Celebration of Life 11:00am Lincoln Hills Community Church 950 E. Joiner Pkwy, Lincoln, Reception to follow at Springfield at Whitney Oaks Clubhouse, 2801 Springfield Dr. Rocklin.
In lieu of flowers, please say a kind word to someone, as Dave would.

.....Sacramento Bee, The (CA) - Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

DL Capt. William 'Bill' F. Brindell

DL Capt. William ‘Bill’ Brindell
June 26, 1936 ~ January 11, 2018
Word has been received with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain William Fred Brindell, age 81.  Captain Brindell joined Delta Air Lines
 10-03-1966 and retired in 1996, based 030/ATL.  He is survived by his wife Loretta, their children and grandchildren.
To view the obituary online and sign the guestbook please visit the funeral home website at 
Services for Captain Brindell are planned for Saturday, January 20th at
Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church in Huntley, Illinois.
For those wishing to send personal condolences to the family, whitepages notes their residence as
12777 Woodgrove Drive, Huntley IL 60142-7648.
                    Thank you,

                                ~ Carol for the PCN 
William F. Brindell, 81, passed away at his home in Huntley, surrounded by his family on January 11, 2018.
He was born June 26, 1936 the son of Charles and Marjorie Brindell. He graduated from San Diego University. He served 8 ½ years in the United States Marine Corp as a fighter pilot. On February 14, 1960 he married Lorretta Tofteland. Bill retired as a Captain with Delta Airlines after 30 years.
He enjoyed his retirement with family, grandkids and friends in Sun City, Huntley, and Florida. He was actively involved in his Church, Sun City Marines and three bands where he continued to play the saxophone.
Bill is survived by his wife and high school sweet heart, Loretta, his three daughters, Leslie (Bret), Bonnie (Mark), Michelle (Jeff) and by his 8 grandchildren, Melissa (Chris), Alexandria, Austin, Brandon, Hunter, Dustin, Michael, Katherine and by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard Brindell.
The family will greet friends on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10-11am at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, 10805 Main Street, Huntley, where there will be a Memorial service celebrating Bill’s life at 11:00am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church building fund, to help with the expansion of their new Church building.
For further information please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or on-line condolences may be directed to www.defiorejorgensen.com
From: dwskjerven@aol.com   Date: 01/14/18 Subject: Fwd: Bill Brindell's Obituary
Capt Brindell's obituary.  
What a fantastic Captain to fly with.  
David W. Skjerven

From: flying_fliver@cox.net   Sent: 1/13/2018 Subject: Bill Brindell's Obituary
His daughter would like you to send this along to the pilot group.
It’s a website for his funeral home......
DefioreJorgesen - William "Bill" Brindell Obituary

DL Capt. Carl P. McCallum Sr.

Military veteran, DL Capt. Carl P. McCallum Sr.
May 9, 1937 ~ January 5, 2018
News has reached our group with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Carl Paul McCallum Sr., age 80. Captain McCallum joined Delta Air Lines 08-15-1969 and retired with Delta in 1997, based 030/ATL.  He is survived by his wife Marilyn, their children and grandchildren, plus many dear friends and colleagues. 
To view the obituary online and share memories please visit 

Services for Captain McCallum are planned for Saturday January 20th, at
John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia.

For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
295 Millbrook Farm Road , Marietta GA 30068-3766.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN  
From: Jon B     Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2018 2:59 PM    Subject:  Carl McCallum
 local Naval Academy Alumni Chapter (Atlanta) website...

Carl P. McCallum of Marietta, GA passed away peacefully on January 5, 2018. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 9, 1937. Carl grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Mariemont High School. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1960. Carl served in the Navy from 1960 to 1968. He was first stationed at Patuxent River, MD and flew the first generation P3 Lockheed Orion.
Later in his military career, he flew for the Department of Defense as a test pilot for Lockheed in Palmdale, California. Carl served as President of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, Atlanta Chapter, and was a Trustee at the United States Naval Academy. Carl began his 30-year career as a pilot with Delta Airlines in 1968, retiring as Captain in 1997.  Carl was an active member of his church and served as an Elder for many years at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Marietta, GA. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Marilyn (Bach) McCallum; his sons Cary McCallum (Susan), Christopher McCallum (Elizabeth) and Carl (Chip)  McCallum, Jr.; granddaughters Kaitlyn, Kelsey, Erin, Kelly, Parker, Macy, Julia; and great granddaughter Camryn. He was preceded in death by his parents Douglas and Verna (McKeeth) McCallum and son Kevin McCallum.
Visitation is at John Knox Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 20th at 10:00am and funeral services at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, USNAF Gift Processing, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
CASA - Christian After School Academy, John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30067.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

WA/DL Line Ops Mgr Richard 'Dick' H. Mitchell

WAL/DAL LAX Line Ops Mgr. Dick Mitchell
May 16, 1936 ~ January 9, 2018

News with the passing of Delta Pioneer member retired Western/Delta agent Richard ‘Dick’ Heath Mitchell has reached us.  Dick was 81 years of age at time of passing.  Dick joined Western Air Lines in May 1964 and retired with Delta Air Lines in June 2001, based LAX as Line Ops Mgr., Dept. 062.  He is survived by his wife Carol.  Please see obituary information below. 
Online condolences may be shared at
Memorial services for Dick are planned for February 3rd in Los Angeles.
For those wishing to send a personal note, condolences may be sent to the family at 
4865 Patrae St.,  Los Angeles CA 90066-6726.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
From: S.K. FRANKS Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2018 12:42 AM  Subject: Richard Heath Mitchell May 16, 1936 - January 9, 2018

Dick Mitchell passed away Tuesday, January 9th, 2018. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he grew up in Watertown with his parents and older siblings;  sister, Lucille and brother, Paul. After graduation he enlisted in the Army and served in Boussac, France where he became a train engineer at the supply depot. Upon completing his service, he  chose to work for the airlines. He joined Pan Am and worked on the ramp, then decided to move to a location with warm winters. So, he and Bill Ward packed all their belongings in his car and drove to California. Finding a job was not easy; so he applied for the least desirable job...scheduling. Thus began his career with Western Air Lines and its amazing family. During that time he married; bought a home and settled in Hermosa Beach. He was single when Western was near bankruptcy; so he made plans to settle in Costa Rica. When Delta bought Western and created his Line Operations Manager position, he remained until his retirement in 2001. He met and married Carol in March of 1991 at the Inn of the Seventh Ray. Her daughters Katherine and Michele were instantly a major part of his life. With a honeymoon in Paris, they began their travels around the world. His organizational skills made every trip pure pleasure. Dick considered it an honor to be invited to the Silver Chiefs and Wallybirds reunions each year.  The calendar was planned around those events. Time spent with all the people from work filled his heart with joy. Alzheimer’s, diagnosed in 2007, progressed slowly until September of 2017 when he could no longer stand, walk or feed himself. The “Promises Kept” Board and Care home provided  loving care. Carol & Katherine were with him in his final moments.  A spectacular rainbow appeared as he left the home.

Dick is survived by his wife, Carol, and daughters Katherine Curto and Michele Edwards; his nephew Lance Beloungie (Nancy) Erica Noyes and Michele Marabella, nieces Luanne (Jack) Monahan, Erin and Johnny; and Laurel, Kelly and Kristen Everett and by many dear friends who will miss him greatly. 

The memorial service will be held at Bel Air Presbyterian Church; 16221 Mulholland Drive; Los Angeles, CA 90049 at 10:30 am, Saturday, February 3, 2018 followed by a reception in the Discipleship Center. 

Charitable contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles (www.alzgla.org) or your favorite charity.

Friday, January 12, 2018

WA/DL Capt. Martin 'Marty' F. Tynan Jr.

Obituary for Captain Tynan below ...services are pending.....
~ Carol for the PCN

WA/DL Capt. Martin ‘Marty’ Tynan

September 24, 1935 ~ December 30, 2017

Born in El Paso, Texas, the eldest son of Betty C. Tynan and Martin F. Tynan, Sr. Soon after his birth, Marty’s Mother returned to San Luis Potosi, Mexico where his Father was a Manager for Mines for America Smelting and Refining Company.

Marty’s early education was Home Schooling until the age of twelve when he was sent to New York and Pelham School.

Marty attended and graduated high school at the St. Edwards Military Academy in Texas. He spent his freshman year of college at the University of Arizona. After one year of college, he then enlisted into the Army and spent two years with 21st Infantry Division as a forward observer for a heavy mortar outfit fighting in the Korean War.

Upon returning to El Paso after the war, Marty enrolled at Texas Western (UTEP) and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. During this time he worked for American Airlines as a Fleet and Cabin Service Agent during days and attended school during the nights. Three months prior to his graduation he met his future wife to be, an American Airlines Stewardess named Mary Sue Anderson. After a short courtship they married in June of 1963. Marty moved to Los Angeles and continued working for American until August 1963 when he became a High School teacher and Junior Varsity baseball coach at South Torrance High School.

The airlines were not hiring at this time, but he continued to fly earning his Commercial and Instrument Tickets.

Finally in 1966, Marty applied to Western Airlines and was invited to join them for the Lockheed Electra Class commencing on May 16, 1966. Two years’ probation for all new hires and finally the third year meant flying a regular schedule and continued to move up to other aircraft.

Marty became interested with union and contract negotiating and he was elected co-pilot representative for council 16 in LAX.

While greeting a senior pilot on his last flight, Marty was struck by the fact that there was no retirement organization in place for retirees. Knowing that in a period of 25 years or so he would be retiring too, he went to the MEC Chairman and asked if he could gather the retired pilots together to see if there was any interest, and there was a resounding yes. Hence, the Silver Chiefs of Western Airlines was formed, and continues to this day.

Marty continued with the Union work and was elected MEC Chairman in 1975, the first co-pilot to receive this honor. Doing union work and continuing to upgrade to new aircraft and finally becoming a Captain, every pilot’s dream. Marty left office in 1980 prior to the Western-Delta merger and continued to fly his trips and loving every moment of flying the line.

Never to be idle for very long, he became involved with his community Little League, first as a manager and then President of the league.

Continued his support of the Silver Chiefs and playing golf at the Palos Verdes Golf Club finally relaxing and enjoying life.

Marty and Mary Sue moved to Palm Desert, CA after living 43 years in Palos Verdes Estates.

He leaves his wife, Mary Sue of 54 years, a daughter Kristin of Escondido, and son Thomas of Palm Desert, a sister Mary Tynan Willis of Dallas Texas. He was pre-deceased by his brother Michael.
Services are pending.


WA/DL Capt. Martin ‘Marty’ Tynan
September 24, 1935 ~ December 30, 2017

Word has reached our group with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Martin Francis Tynan Jr., age 82.  Captain Tynan joined Western Airlines 05-16-1966 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based Los Angeles.  He is survived by his wife Mary Sue.  Arrangements are not yet known but memories and condolences may be shared online by clicking on one of these links:
Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary, Beaumont, CA.
As more information is received we will be sure to pass it along.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 
-----Original Message-----
From: S.K. FRANKS Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2017 1:12 PM
Subject: WAL/DAL Captain Martin F Tynan
WAL/DAL Captain Marty Tynan took his final flight west this morning  [Saturday 30 Dec 2017] from undetermined causes at this point.  More information will be forthcoming in the next few days.  Please do not contact the family at this time.
If  you have any questions, contact me at the email below and I will respond this evening when I return.
Stan Franks


Thursday, January 4, 2018

DL Capt Gerald 'Jerry Carr

Military veteran, DL Capt. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Carr
April 10, 1928 ~ January 2, 2018
Word has reached us with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Gerald Everard Carr Jr., age 89.  Captain Carr joined Delta Air Lines 03-05-1956 and retired with Delta in 1988, based Atlanta.  Widowed in July of 2015, Captain Carr is survived by his children plus grand- and great grandchildren.  Services for Captain Carr are planned for this Saturday January 6th at 1:00PM, at 
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home located in Peachtree City, Georgia.....visitation one hour prior to services.
To view the online obituary and sign the guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
The Carrs had most recently resided at
201 Crosstown Dr. Apt. 2037 , Peachtree City GA 30269-3463.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
Obituary.................... Gerald Everard Carr
Gerald E. Carr, Jr., 89, of Peachtree City, passed away January 2, 2018. Captain Jerry was born on April 10, 1928 in Youngstown, Ohio, but spent most of his life in Peachtree City, Georgia. He served his country in World War II and Korea in the United States Marine Corp. He joined Delta Airlines in 1956 and retired in 1988. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Peachtree City, Georgia.
Jerry was predeceased by his beloved wife, Jackie Saunders Carr of Peachtree City, Georgia. He is survived by his sons, Michael J. (Kristie) Carr of Indian Rocks Beach, FL and Christopher B. (Kari) Carr of Cornelius, N.C.; daughter, Patricia (Ken) Bragg of Burleson, TX; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sister, Rose Bertolini.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Mowell Funeral Home, Peachtree City with Pastor Billy Rowe officiating. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:00 PM prior to the service. Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to dementia research or a local hospice of your choice.
Obituary for Jacqueline Saunders Carr...............................
Mrs. Jacqueline Saunders Carr of Peachtree City, GA, died July 15, 2015.
Mrs. Carr was born in Goldsboro, NC, and was a 1944 graduate of Goldsboro High School. After graduation, she attended Mrs. Crumpers Secretarial School and worked as a secretary for Signal Radio Supply before her marriage to Gerald E. Carr of Youngstown, Ohio. She was an active member of Evergreen Church in Peachtree City, GA............................
From: Julian Black Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 10:46 AM
Subject: Passing of Delta Golden Wings Member Captain Jerry Carr

Information by retired Captain Joe Ivey that was passed to him by Patty the daughter of Captain Carr:

Captain Jerry Carr, past DGW President, passed away this morning.

Service will be Saturday JAN 6, 2018 at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home in Peachtree City

Viewing at 12 noon.

Service at 1pm.