~ IN MEMORY ~
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.
~ 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.
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.
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.