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Sunday, January 28, 2018

DL Capt. Wayne Franklin Sherman

~ IN MEMORY ~
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.
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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

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