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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......................

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