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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

DL Capt. Milton P. Murdock

Military veteran, DL Capt. Milton P. Murdock
November 14, 1930 ~ February 19, 2018
Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Milton Parlier Murdock, age 87.  Captain Murdock joined Delta Air Lines 04-30-1956 and retired in 1990, based DFW.   Widowed in 2002, Captain Murdock is survived by his children and their families plus many other extended family members.
To view/sign the online obituary and guestbook please visit the funeral home website at 
Please see obituary below for service arrangements for Captain Murdock.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Milton Parlier Murdock, age 87, passed away peacefully at Canton Oaks Nursing Home in Canton, Texas surrounded by his children on Monday, February 19, 2018. He was born on November 14, 1930 in Statesville, North Carolina to Thomas Hoyt and Mattie Lou (Parlier) Murdock. Milton’s great passion was flying. At 17, he hopped a bus to Texas to join the Air Force, beginning his military career at Sheppard Air Force Base. He continued his service at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas where he attained the rank of Sergeant. After leaving the military, Milton became a pilot for American Flyers and then flew for Delta Airlines for 30 years where he was captain of the L-1011 for many years. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to share stories about his travels. On November 26, 1955, he married Neville June Mercer, whom he met at Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, while in a quartet there. They settled in Irving, Texas where they were happily married for 47 years until her death in 2002. Milton’s special interests and hobbies also included raising a family, fishing with his children and grandchildren, gardening with June and music, particularly singing hymns at church. He and June raised their family in a loving Christian home and taught their children by example. He was a generous giver and often helped people in need. Milton was also an avid caretaker of his home and yard and loved to do projects around the house. Some of his other favorite times were traveling with his family, visiting with his neighbors, tending to the old homestead in Statesville, North Carolina while visiting family there, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his children, daughter, Jana (Murdock) Woodard and son-in-law, Randy Woodard, of Irving, Texas and son, Jason Murdock and daughter-in-law, DeAnn (Mahaffey) Murdock of Wills Point, Texas; 5 grandchildren, Matthew Woodard, Heather (Murdock) Bender and her husband Jason Bender, Tommy Murdock and Samuel Woodard; 1 great grandchild, Colten Bender; one sister, Louise (Murdock) McIntyre and one brother, Bill Murdock; sisters-in-law, Elaine (Mercer) Chapman, Gloria (Mercer) King and Lana (Mercer) Maxey and Jeanie Murdock; brothers-in-law, Victor McIntyre, Donald King and Cecil Maxey along with a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, June (Mercer) Murdock, a son, Joel Murdock, and a brother, Henry Murdock; sisters-in-law, Wanda Mercer and Nan Mercer; brothers-in-law, Jack Mercer, Boyd Mercer and Sam Chapman. A visitation will be held at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, 5725 Colleyville Blvd, Colleyville, TX 76034, on Friday, March 2nd, from 6 -8pm. A family graveside service will be held there on Saturday, March 3rd, In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Compassion International. Milton will be remembered for his devotion to family, a kind and giving heart, his love of flying, sense of humor and deep faith.
Obituary for Neville June M. Murdock
    Date of Birth: Thursday  May  19, 1932
    Date of Death: Saturday  December  07, 2002
    Age at Death: 70 years, 6 months, 18 days

MURDOCK, JUNE.... a beloved mother and wife, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2002 in Dallas, Texas. Funeral service will be Thursday, December 12, at 12 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, 5725 Colleyville Boulevard, Colleyville, Texas. .......................... June was preceded in death by a son, Joel David Murdock and a brother, Jack Carter Mercer. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Milton Murdock; daughter, Jana Woodard and husband, Randy; son, Jason Murdock and wife, Deann, grandchildren; Matthew Woodard, Samuel Woodard, Heather Murdock, Tommy Murdock; sisters; Elaine Chapman, Gloria King, Lana Maxey; brother, Boyd Mercer. Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home Cemetery

NWA Capt. Bradford Allen Newell

USAF/ANG veteran, NWA Capt. Bradford Allen Newell
January 28, 1937 ~ November 11, 2017
Belated notice with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Captain Bradford ‘Brad’ Newell, age 80.  Captain Newell joined Northwest Airlines
04-11-1966.  He is survived by his wife Judy, their children and grandchildren.
Captain Newell’s obituary may still be viewed online at
For those wishing to send a personal note, the family residence is listed in whitepages as
141 Jackson Lane, Port Ludlow WA 98365-9609.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
On Jan 28, 1937 Portland, Oregon experienced a snowstorm that shut down city buses. That was the day Brad chose to enter the world. He left it on Nov 11, 2017 another nasty weather day; a very windy, rainy day. Guess he liked entrances. His parents Corlis Newell and Virginia graham were both grandchildren of Oregon pioneers. His maternal great-grandmother came across the Oregon Trail in 1859. Brad grew up in Portland going to Washington High School, where both of his parents had gone.
After graduation he joined the Oregon Air National Guard (OREANG) and qualified for pilot training graduating from the same in 1958. That was the same year he met his future wife Judy Nicolarsen, whom he married in 1961. Both went to Portland State (then) College. Brad received his BS in Physics in 1963. By then he had acquired a love for sailing and had purchased his first of 7 sailboats. At 29 he opted for the airlines (Northwest) rather than a PHD, besides an airline salary could pay for his new love... bigger sailboats. Two children followed: Doug in ‘66 and Wendi in ‘69.
1976 was a big year. The family moved to Port Ludlow. Also in 1976 the OREANG went to Tyndall AFB in Florida for the international William tell Weapons Meet. He and his back-seater Don Tonole won in the F101 category. He had 22 years in the OREANG and retired.
He sailed the local waters for 20 years, including two circumnavigations of Vancouver Island, several trips with fellow members of Port Ludlow Yacht Club, which he joined in 1975. Commodore in 1981. Flying was working. All free time was boat time.
After 27 years of airline flying, he said “I have had it; Seattle to Asia is not fun, I want to go sailing” and he quit. Wendi had just graduated from WSU. She opted to go sailing with her parents. In June of 1993 the three of us set off for the South Pacific via yet another rounding of Vancouver Island and Mexico. Wendi departed the crew in New Zealand, where she met the love of her life. One crew member short we headed back to the islands and thence to Australia. Home via the The Solomon’ sand Tarawa. Brad, a WWII history buff, knew more of the local history than the tour guides. Lost the mast 880 miles SSW of Honolulu. Interesting 880 miles. Refueled via a Norwegian soy bean oil tanker mid-ocean; thanks to the help of USCG and the beauty of GPS. Honolulu is no place to break down. Home June 1997 almost to the day we left.
Continued sailing with the yacht club and Cruising Club of America. Brad also spent 15 plus years with the Coast guard Auxiliary doing boat inspections and patrols.
Brad is survived by his wife of 56 years Judy, son Doug Newell (Crystal) of Lake Tapps, daughter Wendi Dawson (Andrew) of Melbourne, Australia, grandchildren Jack Dawson (16) Charlotte Dawson (12) both of Melbourne and brother Graham Newell (Patsy) of port Ludlow. He was preceeded in death by his sister Gayle Newell and half-sister Sara Newell. Many thanks to the ladies of Jefferson Healthcare and Hospice for their help in keeping Brad comfortable at home. There will be a celebration of life in February.
From: RNPA News   Sent: Friday, December 01, 2017 8:19 AM  Subject: RNPA News: Brad Newell Has Flown West.
It is my unpleasant duty to inform our members that NWA pilot Bradford ‘Brad’ Newell...... passed away on 11 November, 2017. He succumbed to Alzheimer’s in Port Ludlow, Washington. Brad was an USAF/ANG veteran, having flown fighters at the Portland ANG Base. He was hired on April 11, 1966. Brad and his wife Judy had been married 56 years. They met at the Portland State University where Brad earned a degree in physics. He was also a serious salt water sailor and yacht club member.
There is a tentative celebration of life service planned for February. I will pass along those details when they become available.

Bill Day 

NWA Capt. Paul R Pompermayer

Military veteran, NWA Capt. Paul Richard Pompermayer 
January 1, 1932 ~ February 6, 2018

Word has reached us with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Paul Richard Pompermayer, age 86.  Captain Pompermayer joined Northwest Airlines 12-01-1958.  He is survived by his wife Rita, their children, plus many other family members and aviation colleagues.
To view the obituary online please visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?n=paul-richard-pompermayer&pid=188288386  A  Funeral Mass will be held at St. Monica Catholic Church, 4301 88th Ave SE, Mercer Island WA,
on Friday, March 2nd at 11:00 AM. 
If more information is received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
Obituary............  Paul Richard Pompermayer
Paul flew west on February 6, 2018 surrounded by his loving family during his final hours. Paul died from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.
Born at 12:02 a.m. on January 1, 1932, in Salida, Colorado, Paul would go through life saying, "I ruined my mother's New Year's Eve." Paul spent his childhood in La Junta, CO. Raised by his mother, as Paul's father was disabled and lived in a Veteran's home, Paul began working at a very young age to help support the family. By age 12, he had a paper route and was buying all of his own clothing. Upon graduating from La Junta High School in 1950, Paul worked the 3-11 pm shift in a steel mill while attending Pueblo Junior College. Paul would later say, "Working in the steel mill was the best education I ever received." It was difficult, dangerous work and taught Paul that an education would be his key to success. While in college, Paul qualified for the ROTC and joined the Navy. From there, he soared through basic training, became a legal officer as well as a Navy pilot. He was proud to serve and grateful for the outstanding training he received as a Navy pilot.
After serving in the Navy, Paul finished college at Seattle University on the GI Bill. He would continue to serve in the Ready Reserve for 8 years. While attending Seattle University, he met the love of his life, a beautiful stewardess named Rita Gleason. The young couple married in 1957. They settled on Mercer Island in 1968 where they raised four children.
Paul would spend the majority of his professional career with Northwest Airlines. He became a Captain and check pilot on the State-of-the-Art 747, and made many lifelong friends at Northwest.
Paul enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, birdwatching, tennis, and travel with Paris being his favorite city. Poetry was always foremost in his mind. In later years, Paul could still recite Cyrano by heart. Paul loved spending time with his "Reedee," his wife of 62 years, his children, grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who knew him as "Uncle Paulie." He loved them all very much.
For the last two and a half years, Paul was lovingly cared for by the outstanding staff of Sunrise Assisted Living on Mercer Island. Making the best of every situation, Paul used to say, "Bloom where you're planted." He participated in trivia, crossword puzzles, bingo, and Scrabble right up to the end.
Paul is predeceased by his parents, Nick and Jenny, brothers Nick Jr. and Peter, and infant sister Dorothy. He is survived by wife Rita, sons Mark (Melissa) of Beaverton; Steve of San Francisco; Marty (Carolyn) of Seattle, and daughter, Lisa (Peter) Casterella of Mercer Island. He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren (Dana, Drake, Katharine, Andrew, Kelly, and Erik), numerous close friends and family members. He will be missed by his Welsh Corgi, Oscar Mayer, family dogs Reggie and Hazel, and Moose the celebrity canine at Sunrise.
Donations may be made in memory of Paul Pompermayer to: The Alzheimer's Association (Alz.org) or The Seattle Humane Society (Seattlehumane.org).
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Monica Catholic Church
4301 88th Ave SE on Mercer Island on Friday, March 2 at 11:00 am.
Reception to follow.
From: RNPA News Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:53 AM   Subject:  Paul Pompermayer Services.
Regarding the passing of NWA captain Paul Pompermayer,

The family advises there will be a funeral mass for Paul Pompermayer at 11 AM, March 02, at St. Monica’s Catholic Church on Mercer Island. The church is located at 6849 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA and the church website can be found at:   https://www.stmonicami.org/.  Assistance with locating the church and funeral schedule can be found on this website.

Special thanks to Harry Bedrossian and Wayne Stark for this information.

With regrets,

Bill Day
Ferndale, WA
(360) 303-6020

From: RNPA News   Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2018 1:34 PM   Subject: Paul Pomermayer Has Flown West.
Bill Day writes.

I have been advised by friends of the family that NWA Captain Paul Pompermayer has passed away at age 86. He was hired by NWA on December 01, 1958 and retired in 1992. Paul succumbed to dementia. I will be forth coming with more information as it becomes available.

Bill Day

Connie Nevadomski, widow of DL Capt Andy Nevadomski

Connie Nevadomski, widow of DL Capt. Andy Nevadomski
July 7, 1932 ~ February 26, 2018
Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member Constance ‘Connie’ Nevadomski, widow of Delta Air Lines pilot Captain Andrew John Nevadomski who passed in January 1995.  To view/sign the online guestbook for Connie, please visit
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 6th at St. Andrew Church, 9950 NW 29th Street, Coral Springs FL.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Constance Mary (Domin) Nevadomski 
Constance “Connie” Mary Nevadomski passed away peacefully at her home while in hospice care on February 26, 2018. She was surrounded by love, warmth and peace. She is survived by five of her eight children: Laura Abate (Frank) [Chicago], Michael Nevadomski (Charlene) [Coral Springs], Stacie Berdan (Mike) [Glastonbury, CT], Matthew Nevadomski [Coral Springs], and Ellen Nevadomski [Margate]; 12 grandchildren who called her “Bopshee” Michael (Melissa), Adam (Laura), Marina, Morgan, Amanda, Drew, Mackenzie, Andrea, Parker, Mason, Connie and Betty; and one great grandson, Gabriel Jacob, who was born to Michael and Melissa one week before she passed and whom she met via FaceTime; and a sister, Clara Victoria McGrath [Hazleton, PA].
She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew John Nevadomski, and three children, Andrew John Nevadomski, Jr., Nadine Nevadomski Dickerson and Amy Kathryn Nevadomski.
Born July 7, 1932, in West Hazleton, PA, she was the youngest daughter of Michael Jacob Domin and Mary Juda Domin, Polish immigrants who came to this country in the early 1900s. Her father was a coal miner, her mother a homemaker determined to help her children have a better life. Connie spoke Polish in the home before she learned English in school. She was the youngest of six children and the first in her family to attend college. She graduated from Immaculata College in 1955 with a degree in Biology and began doing research at Lederle Labs in NY. She married her hometown sweetheart, Andy, on April 14, 1956. His career as a pilot for Delta Airlines took them to Pearl River, NY, Houston, and then South Florida, where they settled in Coral Springs in 1972.
Connie was first and foremost a mother, loving her children and grandchildren immensely and selflessly. She took tremendous pride and joy in providing a comfortable home where the food was always delicious and plentiful; she passed her culinary skills and traditional dishes on to her family. She was an excellent seamstress who made most of her children’s clothes; she was particularly adept at prom dresses and Halloween costumes. She had a beautiful smile and was a sweet and caring woman who was loved by all who met her. Connie loved to travel and explored a good deal of the world, first with her husband, then her children.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 6, at 10 am at St. Andrew Church, 9950 NW 29th Street, Coral Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her name be made to Catholic Hospice for Home Health Services Broward.
Captain Andrew J. Nevadomski
    Date of Birth: Thursday  September  01, 1927
    Date of Death: Tuesday  January  31, 1995
    Age at Death: 67 years, 4 months, 30 days

Delta Air Lines hire date 04-30-1956

Monday, February 26, 2018

DL Capt. Don G. Gerloff

DL Capt. Don G. Gerloff
*August 22, 1933 ~ February 11, 2018

Word has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Don Gerald Gerloff, age 84.  Captain Gerloff joined Delta Air Lines  07-24-1961 and retired with Delta in 1993, based Atlanta.   He is survived by his wife Margaret plus many extended family members.  Captain Gerloff’s obituary may be viewed online at
also at
A memorial service honoring Captain Gerloff is planned for March 17th at Island Community Church, Islamorada FL.  A second memorial service is planned for March 24th in Temple TX. 
Personal condolences may be sent to the Gerloff family at
87903 Old Hwy , Islamorada FL 33036-3023.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
*note DOB correction as our rosters showed date as 08/02/1933
Don G. Gerloff of Islamorada, Florida went home to heaven on February 11th following a massive stroke on February 5th. Born on August 22, 1933, the son of the late Otto and Helen of Waco, TX, Don was a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Masters degree in industrial engineering. He retired on 8/22/93 from Delta Airlines as an L1011 captain after a 32-year career. Don was a most generous, caring, Christian man, a true gentleman. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret; brother Glenn of San Angelo, Texas (Joan); nephew Robin Ballard (Debbie); niece Diana Ballard (Travis); 6 Godchildren and friends around the world. He was preceded in death by his sister Marsha Ballard and nephew Glenn Ballard. We will celebrate Don's life with joy and his stories at a memorial service on March 17th, 1pm at Island Community Church, mile marker 83, bayside, Islamorada in the Florida Keys.. A second service will be on March 24th in Temple, Central Texas. In lieu of flowers, honor Don with a donation to Island Community Church; 83520 Overseas Highway; Islamorada, FL 33036.
Published in the Miami Herald on Feb. 25, 2018
Subject: Death of retired Captain Don G. Gerloff
Received this from retired MIA Captain John Morgan.  Don Gerloff was born 8/2/1933. hired 7/24/1961.  The obit says DOB 8/22/1933 but Delta says 8/2/1933 in multiple places including the WAL/DL merger list.........................
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2018    From: jmorgan667@aol.com  Subject: Don Gerloff passed
.... obituary is in Sundays Miami Herald 2/25/18......................

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

RC (NWA) Capt. Harry H. Spear Jr.

Military veteran, Pacific/RC (NWA) Capt. Harry H. Spear Jr.
May 11, 1922 ~ November 11, 2017
Belated news with the passing of WWII veteran retired Republic Airlines pilot Captain Harry H. Spear, age 95.  The Pacific Airlines roster indicates a hire date of 08-20-1948 for Captain Spear.  Should more information be received we will be sure to pass it along.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN  

Captain Harry H. Spear

May 11, 1922 – November 11, 2017
World War II Veteran, Lt. Col. USAF 

Harry was born in San Francisco and raised in Berkeley, CA.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1942 and flew B-25’s in World War II with the
57th Bombardment Wing, 12th Air Force, in the European Theatre.

After the war Harry flew for commercial airlines (NATS Air Transportation Service,
Southwest Airways, Pacific Airlines, Airwest and Hughes Airwest.
He retired in 1982 from Republic Airlines.)

As an Air Force Reservist he served as a transport pilot with the Military Airlift Command.

While with Hughes Air West, he hired staff for their Federal Credit union
and served several years on their Board of Directors. 
He also worked on committees at the ALPA.

Harry’s hobbies were photography and music.
He was a member of the Professional Photographers of America,
Professional Photographers of California
and the Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area.

Although he played the drums in his teenage years, he picked up the banjo after retiring
and played in several banjo bands in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.

He and his wife, Dorothy, moved to Palm Desert, CA in 2001. 
For several years thereafter, they traveled while Harry pursued his hobbies.
His health began to decline in 2009 and he died at home on Veterans’ Day 2017.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

NWA Capt. John Manocchio


The Manocchio and Vath Families
celebration of the lives of
Barbara & John
May 19, 2018
2PM - 5 PM

Pajaro Dunes 
Sandpiper Center
105 Shell Rd., Watsonville, CA
Mary Jane Manocchio  2mjm@comcast.net
or Frank Manocchio 650.703.8931  
Donations may be made to
Fisher House, Palo Alto VA
3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Thank you...
~            ~            ~ 

Military veteran, Pacific/RW/NWA CAPT. JOHN MANOCCHIO
January 17, 1931 ~ February 5, 2018
“John MANOCCHIO passed away on February 05, 2018.  Funeral Home Services for John are being provided by Neptune Society of Northern California - Belmont of Belmont, CA.”  Captain Manocchio first joined Pacific Airlines 03-31-1966 and made the various mergers.  He was widowed in June 2017. 
”A Celebration of the lives' of both John and Barbara will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 2 PM in Prescott, Arizona.  Please contact a family member for location or email 2mjm@comcast.net  Details for the California Celebration are pending.”
Please see information below.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 

In Memory of...
Captain John Manocchio
John Manocchio Obituary
JANUARY 17, 1931 - FEBRUARY 5, 2018
John MANOCCHIO passed away on February 05, 2018. Funeral Home Services for John are being provided by Neptune Society of Northern California - Belmont of Belmont, CA.

After a sudden illness, John Manocchio passed away on February 5, 2018 in Palo Alto, Calif. His family was at his bedside.

John was born in Akron Ohio, January 17, 1931 to Frank and Anna (Spallino) Manocchio, who had emigrated to America from Italy. He attended St. Vincent School, West High School and Kent State. He joined the 
United States Air Force in 1951 becoming a pilot who flew F-86 Sabre Jets. He was an early member of the 'Mach Buster's Club', for exceeding the speed of sound in an F-86. His military career spanned 26 years of both active and reserve duty, flying a variety of aircraft and he rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel.

After active duty, John managed a General Tire Store in Parma, Ohio but decided to build a career in commercial aviation. He moved with his family to California in 1967 and became a pilot for Pacific Airlines, was a very active member of the Air Line Pilots Association.  John progressed through the mergers...Air West, Hughes Airwest, Republic and ultimately retired from Northwest Airlines.

John moved to Arizona for his work and lived in the Phoenix area where he met his life partner, Barbara Vath, who died in June of 2017. John and Barbara also made their home in Prescott, AZ where he and Barbara operated a B&B for some time.  Together they traveled the world and leave behind a grieving network of friends around the globe. He seldom met a stranger, became fast friends with people regardless of status and he acquired lifelong friends around the world from seemingly chance encounters.

John enjoyed cooking and entertaining with Barbara, loved to swim and was a member of the Quiet Birdmen, Prescott Hangar.

John is survived by his five children: Frank Manocchio (Mary Mansson), Steve Manocchio, Lou Ann Ashton (Jerome Ashton), Jean Manocchio (Rob Modeste), Mary Jane Manocchio (Richard Braunstein); former wife, Louise (Esposito) Manocchio; three grandsons: Nicholas Manocchio, Jordan Ashton and Jason Ashton; and Barbara's son, Charles Vath and granddaughters, Victoria and Rebecca. His family in Akron also mourns him: his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Vicki Manocchio; his nephew, Charles Manocchio, Jr. and his niece, Angela Dodds.

A Celebration of the lives' of both John and Barbara will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 2 p.m. in Prescott, Arizona.
Details for the California Celebration are pending.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Good Samaritan Hospice Marley House, 1063 Ruth St., Prescott, AZ 86301

Fisher House, Palo Alto VA, 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94303 Or 
your favorite charity
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Feb. 18, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

NWA Marlene Burriss, widow of NWA Capt. David Burriss

Donna ‘Marlene’ Buriss, widow of NWA Capt. David Reed Buriss
October 12, 1938 ~ February 10, 2018
Notification with the passing of RNPA member Marlene Burriss, widow of NWA pilot Capt. David Burriss who passed in September 2005.
Should more information be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Burriss, Donna "Marlene"
After a long and brave battle with COPD, Marlene Burriss died on February 10, 2018, at the age of 79. Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Virginia Lundberg, and her husband, David Burriss. During the glory days of the airline industry, Marlene and her many friends in the Northwest Airlines Pilots Wives Club organized extravagant events to raise funds for the Minnesota Heart Association. She also devoted her time to volunteering for the Mound Westonka School District. Marlene and David shared a passion for travel and were fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit all parts of the world during their 47 years together. Marlene is survived by her two sisters; Joan Kern of Marquette, KS, and Joyce (Larry) DaCosta of Seattle, WA; her son Rod (Cathy) Burriss, daughter Jenny (Steve) Semen-kewitz, beloved grandchildren Lisa (Chris) Mangefrida, Jackie and Brian Burriss; great-grandson, Caleb, and many life-long friends. Near the end of her life, Marlene said she didn't want those left behind to grieve. In her own words, she requested no tears, just cheers for the life she lived and loved. A funeral service will be held at Good Shepherd Church in Navarre; Friday, February 16, 2018; 3:00pm. Memorials preferred to the Good Shepherd Church Youth Ministry.
Obituary................David Reed Burriss
Birth  :  24 Aug 1935 Steubenville, Ohio
Death  :  12 Sep 2005
Capt. David Reed Burriss, 70, who retired in 1995 after 30 years of service as a commercial airline pilot for Northwest Airlines, died Monday at home.
Mr. Burriss, an Air Force veteran, was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and came here four months ago from Tennessee. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He enjoyed travel, cruises and flying.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Marlene; a son, Rod; a daughter, Jenny Semenkewitz; a brother, John; and two grandchildren. Lohman-Palm Coast, is in charge. 

WA/DL Capt. Kenneth Leslie Smith

WA/DL Capt. Kenneth L. Smith
April 23, 1940 ~ February 9, 2018
Notification with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Kenneth Leslie Smith, age 77.  Captain Smith joined Western Airlines 08-29-1966 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2000, based 031/Atlanta at the time of his retirement.  He is survived by his wife Noelle and their children.  Please see information below. 
To view/sign the online guestbook and to view the family photo gallery,
please visit the funeral home website at 
Memorial services for Captain Smith are planned for April 21st......
as more information is received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary..............Kenneth Smith
Kenneth L. Smith, age 77, of Livingston, Texas died, Friday, February 9, 2018. There will be a Celebration of Life on April 21, 2018 at his home.
He was a native of Halfway, Texas. Mr. Smith was a retired airline pilot for Western and Delta Airlines. He was a member of the EAA, AOPA, and the Burning Man FAST Team.
Survivors include his loving wife of thirty-six years; Noelle Smith; son, Ronnie Smith (Tammy) and family; daughters, Marleyne Smith and Amber Smith; and brother, Neilan Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amedisys Dream Foundation or your favorite charity.
An online guest registry can be signed at morrisonfuneralhomes.com 


NWA/DL F/O William John Rempe

NWA/DL F/O William John Rempe
November 30, 1962 ~ February 14, 2018
Notification with the passing of Northwest/Delta Air Lines pilot F/O William ‘Bill’ John Rempe, age 55.  Per obituary notice, “Bill earned his pilot's license in 1985 and first worked for East Hampton Air in Long Island, then Business Express where he became Captain. Bill then worked for Northwest Airline (NWA hire date 04-19-1996, based NYC....CF) which later became Delta Airlines. At the time of Bill's passing he was a 1st Officer for Delta Airlines.”
Please see obituary information below...services are planned for this Monday February 19th in New York.
To view the obituary online and sign the guestbook please visit http://www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com/notices/William-Rempe
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
William John Rempe, 55, of East Hampton, beloved husband of Jodi (Pandisher) Rempe died Wednesday February 14th at Hartford Hospital. Born Nov. 30, 1962 in Greenport, L.I. he was the son of Stacia (Januick) Rempe and the late John E. Rempe. Bill grew up in Long Island and was a graduate of Greenport High School and then Florida Institute of Technology where he trained to become an Airline Pilot. Bill earned his pilot's license in 1985 and first worked for East Hampton Air in Long Island, then Business Express where he became Captain. Bill then worked for Northwest Airline which later became Delta Airlines. At the time of Bill's passing he was a 1st Officer for Delta Airlines. Bill loved music and guitar playing, Cuban Cigars, traveling the world, entertaining family and friends and sharing his chicken wings. Bill was always the life of the party and would light up a room. Bill is survived by his mother Stacia Rempe of Greenport L.I., his wife Jodi Rempe of East Hampton, his two sons John Rempe of Los Angeles, Luke Rempe of East Hampton, a sister Lori Dibble and fiancé Michael Crosby of NY, his niece and God daughter Michele Dell Croce (John), sisters-in-law Geri Lynne Carnelli (Raymond), Gina Scelza, GiGi Fox (Bill), Jacki Baranowski (Peter), nieces and nephews Jeremiah (Dana), Jordan Marie, Jacob, Blaire, Hailey, and great nephew Austin. He was predeceased by his father John and his infant son Scott. A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Monday Feb. 19th at 10:30 AM in St. Patrick Church East Hampton. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. Bill's wishes were that memorial donations be made to the Go Fund Me page set up for Basrep Inc. which has been operated by Jodi for 26 years. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com
 "Rempe 55 flying west, final destination, I Love You."

.Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 16, 2018

C&S/DL Capt. Vernon C. Whitman

C&S/DL Capt.
Vernon C. Whitman
December 31, 1924 ~ January 21, 2018

Word has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired C&S/Delta pilot Captain Vernon C Whitman, age 93.  Captain Whitman first joined Chicago & Southern 04-19-1951 (adjusted date? 05-15-1951) and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1984, based Atlanta. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, their children and granddaughters, and one great granddaughter.  
The obituary notice and online guestbook for Captain Whitman may be viewed at
For those wishing to send a personal note, condolences may be sent to the family at
6455 Tanacrest Court, Atlanta, GA 30328-2856,
or by contacting daughter Patty at Lavieenrose7851@aol.com
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Vernon C. Whitman, Sandy Springs, Georgia
Vernon Whitman passed away on January 21, 2018.  
Funeral Home Services for Vernon are being provided by Sandy Springs Chapel of Sandy Springs, GA.

Begin forwarded message:    From: Plato Rhyne <plato2@bellsouth.net>  
Date: February 13, 2018 at 12:35:02 PM EST  Subject: Death notice
.............................. just got word that retired C&S/Delta Captain Vernon C. Whitman, 93, passed away at home in Atlanta on Jan. 21. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, his daughter, Patty, two sons, Terry and Gerry, two granddaughters, Lauren and Jackie, and one great granddaughter, Clare. Anyone wishing to send a note or card may do so to Dorothy at 6455 Tanacrest Court, Atlanta, GA 30328-2856.
or Patty Fryer at email Lavieenrose7851@aol.com
Also anyone wishing to make contributions in Vern's memory may do so to the following organizations:
Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation
PO Box 782
Farmington, NJ 07727

Shepherd Center SHARE Military Initiative
2020 Peachtree Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

If you need any more info, my contact is
Dr. Robert Fryer at email   Robertfryer999@gmail.com

Thursday, February 15, 2018

DL pilot James Marvin Freeman

Military veteran, former DL pilot  James Marvin "Sonny" Freeman
January 31, 1942 ~ February 10, 2018
Notification with the passing of former Delta Air Lines pilot James Marvin "Sonny" Freeman, age 76.
Please see information below...services are today in Henderson KY.  http://www.bellfieldbaptist.com/ 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
For those wishing to send a personal note, Whitepages lists the family address as
8904 E 133rd Pl S , Bixby OK 74008-3446.
           Thank you,
                     ~ Carol for the PCN
James Marvin "Sonny" Freeman, 76, Bixby, Oklahoma, passed away February 10th at Clarehouse Community Home for the Dying in Tulsa Oklahoma.
He grew up in Henderson County and later joined the Army, where he was a Medic and Surgery Assistant. After serving in the Army, he became a pilot and flew for Delta Airlines for many years until the tragic hijacking at Dallas-Ft. Worth in 1974, where he lost a best friend and co-worker. After becoming disabled from flying, he went into the computer programming business where he wrote programs for large industries, including Delta. He remained in the computer business until he became disabled due to Parkinson 's disease.
He was preceded in death by his parents Marvin and Marie Freeman, grandparents, and his nephew Tommy Nelson.
He is survived by his sister, Helen "Sissy" Freeman Nelson of Henderson. He is also survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; children Lisa Simpson (Donnie) of Harrisburg, Il; Cindy Merrill (Lance) , Jeff Freeman (Michelle) and Phillip Freeman (Adrienne) of Bixby Oklahoma, 7 grandchildren, nieces Diana Jackson and Amy Coney of Henderson, and other nieces, nephews and cousins.
A time of visitation and remembrance will be held at Bellfield Baptist Church, Thursday Feb 15th from 6-8pm.
.Published in The Gleaner from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2018
Hijacking incident....................  death of DL pilot F/O Fred D. Jones,  Feb. 22, 1974
United States February 22, 1974: Samuel Byck shot and killed Maryland Aviation Administration Police Officer George Neal Ramsburg before storming Delta Air Lines Flight 523 to Atlanta. When informed by pilots Reese (Doug) Loftin and Fred Jones they could not take off until wheel blocks were removed, he shot them both and grabbed a nearby passenger, ordering her to "fly the plane." Jones died as he was being removed from the aircraft after the event was concluded; Byck was mortally wounded when Charles Troyer, an Anne Arundel County police officer on the jetway, stormed the plane and fired four shots through the aircraft door at with a .357 Magnum revolver taken from the deceased Ramsburg. Two of the shots penetrated the thick window of the aircraft door and wounded Byck. Before the police could gain entry to the aircraft, Byck committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Bycks motive was to hijack the aircraft and crash it into the White House, in an assassination attempt on President Richard Nixon.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DL Capt. Robert Fuhrmann Myers

DL Capt.  Robert F. Myers
September 3, 1929 ~ February 14, 2018

Word has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Robert ‘Bob’ Fuhrmann Myers, age 88.  Captain Myers joined Delta Air Lines 04-30-1956 and was based New Orleans and Atlanta.  He is survived by his wife Gae Kiefer Myers, their children plus grand- and great grandchildren.
To view/sign the online obituary and guestbook please visit  www.ejfieldingfh.com 
Visitation/services for Captain Myers is scheduled for this Saturday February 17th at
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 N. Marigold Dr., Covington, LA 70433  http://www.myholytrinity.org 
Personal condolences may be sent to the Myers family at
2100 W 21st Ave.,  Covington LA 70433-7413.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Robert F. Myers passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at his home in Covington, LA. He was born on September 3, 1929 in Goodbee, LA to the late Walter Myers and Vivian Fuhrmann Myers.
Bob was married to his beloved wife, Gae Kiefer Myers, for 67 years. He was the loving father of Robert “Greg” Myers (Lisa Menetre Myers), Robyn M. Bossom (Joseph Bossom), Terri A. Myers, and Melinda M. Breaux (Barry Breaux). He was the proud grandfather of Will Myers, Bryan Myers (Lauren), Ainsley B. Faulk (Benjamin), Ashley B. Jarreau (Cameron), Gavin Breaux, and Macie Breaux. Bob was the great-grandfather of Beau and Bennett Myers. He was the brother of the late Leah F. Bennett.
Robert retired as a commercial international airline pilot, flying for Delta Airlines, after 34 years of service. During his life, he enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing, gardening, furniture making, going to the gym and, most of all, family gatherings.
Relatives and friends are invited to the Funeral Service at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 N. Marigold Dr., Covington, LA 70433 on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 3:00 PM with visitation from 1:00 PM until service time. Interment will follow the service at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Covington, LA. Please Share a Memory on the Tribute Wall at www.ejfieldingfh.com 

From: skydad@bellsouth.net  To: THFoster6@aol.com
Sent: 2/14/2018 6:27:48 PM EST  Subject: Death

...   Bob Myers son called me this afternoon and told me that Bob passed away last night.  He had been very ill for a good while.  Visitation will be on Saturday, February 17th at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 North Marigold Drive, Covington, LA from 1 until 3 p.m. with the burial following at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, 2280 West 21st Avenue, Covington.  Would you please forward this to someone at Delta.  Thanks.