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Thursday, April 26, 2018

PNA/WAL Capt. Albert Bruce Ticknor Sr.

PNA/WAL Capt. Albert Bruce Ticknor Sr.
October 8, 1932 ~ April 20, 2018
Notification with the passing of retired Pacific Northern/Western pilot Captain Al Ticknor, age 85.  Captain Ticknor joined Pacific Northern Airlines 03-28-1960 and retired with Western Airlines, based SFO & SEA.  He is survived by his wife Meady, their children plus grand- and great grandchildren.
Memorial services for Captain Ticknor will be held tomorrow April 27th at Yarington's/White Center Funeral Home located at  10708 16th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA.  Please see information below. 
Should more news be received we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary..........................Albert Bruce Ticknor, Sr.
Albert (Al) Bruce Ticknor Sr. passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 in his Seattle home. He was 85. Albert was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is remembered for his trailblazing sense of adventure as a pilot, outdoorsman, farmer, tinkerer, maker & world traveler. Albert was born Oct. 8, 1932 in Centralia, WA, to Ada and Everett Ticknor. He grew up working with his family on a farm & dairy. Albert was the second of seven children. He played varsity baseball at Centralia High School until graduating in 1950. Albert met Meady Bernice Ticknor (nee Arrowsmith) at their high school candy shop, became sweethearts & were married Aug. 31, 1952 in Centralia. They were married 65 years.
Albert served in the Naval Air Reserve from 1951 to 1959. In addition, he worked as a farmer to put himself through Centralia Community College. From 1957 to 1960, he worked for Boeing Co. on 707 production in Renton, WA. In 1960, Albert became a Airline Transport Pilot for Pacific Northern Airlines in Anchorage, Alaska. Pacific Northern later merged with Western Airlines and Albert flew with Western for 25 years retiring as a captain in 1985. Albert, Meady and their three children lived in Anchorage until 1968. He built their home in the Spenard neighborhood of Anchorage, and his family survived the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. His three children remember him as an adventurer who took them hiking, camping, fishing, boating and on flying excursions in a Cessna 170 that he rebuilt himself.
In 1968, Albert and family returned to Seattle where he resided until his death. Albert was an original Seahawks season ticket holder. He was an avid sports enthusiast, playing baseball in high school, college and as a young adult. He loved golf and enjoyed watching sports of all kinds. Albert was a loyal friend, inspiring lifelong relationships with neighbors and colleagues. For decades, he rarely missed the Monday Lunch Bunch meetup with his aviation associates at the Sizzler near Southcenter Mall. He was a member of Quiet Birdmen (QBs) fraternal organization, Freemasons, Studebaker Club and Antique Studebaker Club. Albert restored two antique Studebaker cars in his retirement. He also developed a love for the arts, learning to play the organ in the late '80s and later dabbled in drawing and painting. He always had a green thumb and tended a well-cared-for garden of flowers, strawberries and vegetables. He traveled the world with his wife via cruise ships to Europe, the Panama Canal, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Russia and the Mediterranean. His grandchildren fondly remember fishing trips with him to Petersburg, Alaska, and camping road trips around the United States and Canada.

Albert is survived by his wife Meady; daughter Cecily and husband Dave; son Albert Jr. (Butch) and wife Debra; and daughter Carol and husband Jim. Albert has nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and another expected in May this year. He was preceded in death by grandson William. There will be a memorial and celebration of life at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 27 at Yarington's/White Center Funeral Home, 10708 16th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA. A reception will follow at the same location.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WA/DL Capt Robert Paul Herriott Sr. & wife Mary Lou

WA/DL Capt. Robert Paul Herriott, Sr.
December 9, 1942 ~ April 12, 2018
        and wife Mary Lou Houge Herriott
        August 11, 1944 ~ April 12, 2018

Notification with the tragic deaths of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Robert Paul Herriott Sr., age 75, and his wife Mary Lou, age 73.  The Herriotts lost their lives April 12th when the vehicle they were traveling in was struck by another vehicle.  Captain Herriott joined Western Airlines 03-05-1973 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based 030/ATL. 
Services were held today April 25th in Georgia.  Please see information below. 
The Herriotts had most recently resided at  
1601 Star Point Road , Carrollton GA 30116-9587.
They are survived by their children and grandchildren plus many other family members.
Should more information be received we will be sure to update our memorial site. 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for he PCN
Obituary.......Robert Paul Herriott Sr.
Mr. Robert Paul Herriott Sr., 75, of Carrollton, Georgia died, alongside his wife, Thursday, April 12, 2018.
Mr. Herriott was born in Alameda, California, on Dec. 9, 1942, the son of the late Jack Adair Herriott (aka Charles Jack) and Viola Vivian Van Ornum Herriott. He was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot during the Vietnam War. He later retired from Delta Airlines as a Captain. He was a member and former president of the Golden K Kiwanis Club, advisor to the Action Club, and a member of Midway Church.
He is survived by his daughter, Robin Marie Moreland of Harrogate, England; sons, Robert Paul Herriott Jr. of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, and Darren Robert Herriott of Carrollton; grandchildren, Addison Herriott, Glenn Moreland, Connor Herriott, Benjamin Herriott, Sydney Herriott and Ethan Herriott.  Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Adair Herriott Jr.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Midway Church with Pastor Todd Wright officiating.
There will be a reception in the fellowship hall following the service.
Inurnment will be in the Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida.
Messages of condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com
Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton
Obituary for Mary Lou Houge Herriott...........................
Mrs. Mary Lou Houge Herriott, age 73, of Carrollton, Georgia died, alongside her husband, Thursday, April 12, 2018.
Mrs. Herriott was born in Memphis, Tennessee on August 11, 1944, the daughter of the late Alvin Lee Hogue and Grace Charlotte Lyons Hogue. She was a homemaker, an avid horse lover, and a member of Midway Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Robin Marie Moreland of Harrogate, England; sons, Robert Paul Herriott, Jr. of Princeton Junction, New Jersey and Darren Robert Herriott of Carrollton; grandchildren, Addison Herriott, Glenn Moreland, Connor Herriott, Benjamin Herriott, Sydney Herriott and Ethan Herriott; brother, William Allen Broughton; sisters, Margaret Katherine Wilkins, Linda Broughton Barr, and Kay Broughton Jones. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Richard Martin, Joseph Fredrick Broughton. She was also preceded in death by Mary Edith Martin Broughton.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 2 P.M. at Midway Church with Pastor Todd Wright officiating.
There will be a reception in the fellowship hall following the service.
Inurnment will be in the Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida.
Messages of condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com
Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton has charge of arrangements.
A Georgia man and woman in their 70s died in a crash in Clay County Thursday afternoon, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agnecy.  Robert Paul Herriott, 75, and Mary Lou Herriott, 73, died when the Toyota Avalon they were riding in was struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, trooper said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. They were from Carrollton, Georgria.  The driver of the Silverado, Arthur Ray Odem, of Goodwater, was taken to Russell Medical Center, troopers said.  The crash happened on Alabama Highway 9 at the 173 mile-marker at 2:35 p.m. Thursday.

CLAY COUNTY — A two-vehicle accident 10 miles outside of Ashland resulted in the deaths of two people from Georgia, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.The accident happened on Alabama Highway 9 at the 173 mile marker. Robert Paul Herriott, 75, and his passenger, Mary Lou Herriott, 73 – both of Carrollton, Georgia – were killed when the vehicle they were traveling in was struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.The two were pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the Silverado, identified as Arthur Ray Odem, was transported to a hospital with injuries.

Monday, April 23, 2018

NWA Capt. Don Moergeli

Military veteran, NWA Capt. Donald Francis Moergeli
June 17, 1932 ~ April 15, 2018
From: RNPA News  Sent: Monday, April 23, 2018 2:14 PM   Subject: Don Moergeli Has Flown West.

Friends and Colleagues,

NWA Captain Don Moergeli, age 85, passed away on April 15th. Don was hired by NWA on Jan. 15, 1959 and retired on 12/21/1987. His obituary can be found at:

At his request there are no services planned.

Bill Day

1932 - 2018 
Don Moergeli
Don was born June 17, 1932 at the Auburn hospital to Ernest and Alice (Thrane) Moergeli. He graduated in the first class of White River High School, Enumclaw Branch. Don attended Washington State College, Pullman, Washington and C.W. Pierce College, Canoga Park, California. He enlisted in the Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) and started pre-flight training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in October 1952. He made his six aircraft carrier landings aboard the USS Monterey CVL-26 October 1953. Don received his Navy wings and was commissioned Ensign April 1, 1954 at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas. Don was assigned to Patrol Squadron One (VP-1) based at Whidbey Island, Washington and was deployed for six months to the Far East November 8, 1954 operating out of Naha, Okinawa and Tainan, Formosa (Taiwan). Instead of returning to Whidbey across the Pacific, the squadron flew west, becoming the first squadron to circumnavigate the globe. On April 5, 1956 VP-1 deployed to Kwajalein, Marshall Islands to take part in Operation Redwing, hydrogen bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. He witnessed five blasts and described them as awe inspiring. The squadron returned to NAS Whidbey July 28, 1956. Don was released from active duty in September 1956 and he was hired by Trans World Airlines in October of that year. After training in Kansas City, he was assigned to New York and flew both domestic and international routes. In December 1958 he was hired by Northwest Orient Airlines and stayed with NWA for 29 years, retiring in 1987. He married the love of his life, Beverly Bassett Sloss, in Las Vegas in 1967 and immediately took on the responsibility of her five young children.

Don loved auto-racing and traveling. He had his own car, a Lotus Ford, and competed in Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia, winning the Wash/Ore championship in Formula C in his Lotus. He and Beverly traveled to England, Italy, South Africa and 18 times to Monaco, for Formula 1 races, although he said the later trips were for the food. In 1985 they started cruising and some 30 cruises and some 600 days at sea and having visited 88 countries later, he decided there wasn't anything he wanted to see, having been on two cruises to the Antarctic, two around-the-world cruises, three safaris in South Africa, twice each for transiting the Panama and Suez canals. Their last cruise in 2015 was a 64-day jaunt from LA to LA through the South Pacific. Don passed away on April 15, 2018 at the age of 85.

At his request no services, only cremation and burial. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, children, Dan Sloss, Patty Hickman (John), Steve Sloss (Sue), Tim Sloss (Joann), Tom Sloss (Janet), six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the NW Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 3035 Seattle, WA, 98114.

NEA/DL Capt. Ralph Raymond Furbush Jr.

Military veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Ralph Raymond Furbush, Jr.
June 15, 1919 - April 21, 2018  
Notification with the passing of retired Northeast/Delta pilot Captain Ralph Raymond Furbush, Jr., age 98.  Captain Furbush joined Northeast Airlines 07-05-1951 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1979, based Boston. 
Widowed with the passing of his wife June, Captain Furbush is survived by his children plus grand- and great grandchildren.
Services are planned for Wednesday, April 25th at Badger Funeral Home located in Littleton, Mass.  Should more information be received we will be sure to pass it along.
             Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary.................................Ralph Raymond Furbush, Jr.
Ralph R. Furbush Jr. age 98 of Framingham, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham.
Born on June 15,1919 in Framingham, Ralph was the son of the late Ralph R. and Margaret H. (Downes) Furbush. Raised and educated in Framingham. Ralph attended Framingham high school before enlisting in the United States Army in 1940.
Ralph proudly served his country in WWII as an Army Air Force Pilot. While in the service, he was in the invasion of Normandy and many other missions in the European theater. On a mission over Germany, His plane was shot and with engine failure, he was forced to jump from the plane using a parachute and subsequently captured by the Germans and later released. He earned a membership to The Caterpillar Club which is awarded to all flyers who save their lives by using a parachute. Upon his return home and together with his wife June, raised their loving family. He completed his reserve requirements and then pursued a career in commercial aviation as an airline pilot, retiring from Delta airlines. Ralph was a life long member of the Framingham Heart Study beginning in 1948. He was a long time member of the ALPA and the 435th troop carriers.
Ralph was predeceased by his loving wife June and his brother Richard. He is survived by his five children Lynne Bouchard of Leesburg FL, Ralph Furbush III and his wife Norma of The Villages FL, Cheryl Lemon and her husband John of Mendon, MA, Wendy Diotalevi and wife Christine Conran of Upton, MA and Holly Furbush of Framingham, MA. Ralph is also survived by his siblings Dorothy Hernandez of Alexandria, VA and Raymond Furbush of Utah along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Ralph on Wednesday, April 25 from 10:00-11:00 am in the Badger Funeral Home, 347 King St., Littleton. His funeral service will follow at 11:00 am. Burial with United States Army Military Honors in South Cemetery, Boxborough.
In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to:
Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Place , Memphis, TN 38105 ...  www.stjude.org

St. Joseph's Indian School , P.O. Box 326 , Chamber Lane, South Dakota 57326 ...  www.stjo.org 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

NEA/DL Capt. Richard John Boyens

November 3, 1938 ~ February 10, 2018
Belated news has reached us with the passing of retired Northeast/Delta pilot Captain Richard John Boyens, age 79.  Captain Boyens joined Northeast Airlines 05-02-1966 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based 030/ATL.  Please see obituary and information below.  Captain Boyens’ obituary and guestbook may also be viewed online at http://www.asturner.com/obituaries/Richard-John-Boyens?obId=2959561
For those wishing to send a personal note to the family, whitepages notes the Boyens residence address as
1800 Clairmont Lk Unit 327  ,  Decatur GA 30033-4038  ...   (404) 294-7945.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
From: David L. Roberts Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2018 12:43 PM   Subject: Death of retired NE/DL Captain Richard John Boyens
Thanks to retired Captain Jeff Pickett for sending the obituary for Dick Boyens.............. Dick was hired by NE on 5/2/1966...............



November 3, 1938 - February 10, 2018

Richard John Boyens
  • Obituary for Richard John Boyens

    Richard John Boyens, 79, of Decatur, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2018. Born in Brooklyn, NY, November 3, 1938, he was the son of the late Clarence and Esther Jacobsen Boyens. Richard learned to fly before the age of 16 at Marine Park Seaplane Base in Brooklyn and was flying before he could drive. He became an air traffic controller at Laguardia Airport when he was 20 and went on to be a commercial pilot for Pepsi Cola before finally joining NortheastAirlines which later merged with Delta. He retired as a captain from Delta after over 20 years. In addition to flying, Richard enjoyed golfing, tennis, bird watching, and spending time with his family.

    Richard is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marguerite Coffrin Boyens; his daughter Bonnie Boyens Craft and her husband Ronald; his son Timothy Richard Boyens; and his daughter Jennifer Boyens Victor and her husband, William; grandchildren, Ethan Craft and Eliza Craft, and Julia Victor; and many more loving family and friends.

    In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward and Robert Boyens.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crossroads Hospice, https://crhcf.org/Donate/.
    Feel free to leave the family your condolences via the guestbook provided.
"High Flight (An Airman's Ecstasy)"
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds ­ and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of; wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sun-lit silence. Hovering there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air;
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
Where never lark nor even eagle flew;
And while, with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
            John Gillespie Magee Jr. (1922-1941)

Memorial Contributions suggested to  CROSSROADS HOSPICE, 1957 Lakeside Pkwy #500 , Tucker, GA 30084

Saturday, April 21, 2018

NC/NWA Capt. Thomas Henry Irlbeck

Military veteran, NC/NWA Capt. Thomas Henry Irlbeck
May 31, 1943 ~ April 14, 2018
Notification with the passing of retired North Central/Northwest pilot Captain Tom Irlbeck, age 74.  Obituary below notes that Captain Irlbeck joined North Central Airlines in 1972 and retired with Northwest Airlines in 1996.
To view the obituary online please visit
Friends and family will join in the celebration of Tom's life today Saturday, April 21st from 5PM-7PM at the EAA Building, Page Field Airport, Fort Myers, Florida.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary.......................Thomas Henry Irlbeck
Tom Irlbeck left this world suddenly on April 14th, 2018. He was 74 years old, was in good health and spirit, and lived a full life in Cape Coral, FL and Bayport, MN. Tom will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 48 years Katy, and his two sons, Jon "Nancy" of Sciota, PA, Kevin "Gina" of Stillwater, MN. Tom was a loving grandfather to his five grandchildren, Michael, Emily, Avery, Mya, and Wyatt. He is also survived by his four siblings, Bob " Sonya" of White Bear Lake, MN; Gloria " Gary" of Chisago City, MN; Paul "Cathy" of Wabasha, MN; and Angie Retka of Inver Grove Heights, MN; along with several nieces and nephews. Born on May 31st, 1943, in Hinckley, Minnesota, he was the son of the late Henry and Gladys (Lieberg) Irlbeck. Tom grew up in St. Paul, MN where he attended Edgerton Elementary and St. Jerome Catholic School. He engaged in numerous youthful adventures: camping outside during snow storms, playing cowboys and Indians, and loved to sail his homemade family toboggan. Tom was very close to his father and brothers, and they experienced many fond memories hunting together at the family camp in Sandstone, MN and fishing on Caribou Lake in Northern Minnesota. Tom attended Roseville High School, formerly known as Alexander Ramsay, where he was involved in track, cross country running, and gymnastics. He started flying airplanes in high school, soloed at age 16, and also learned to fly a float plane. In 1964 after two years of college at the University of Minnesota, Tom joined the Navy under the Naval Aviation Cadet program and served six years flying the F-4 Phantom. He was stationed on the USS Enterprise and flew combat missions into Vietnam with the fighter squadron VF-92. After returning to San Diego, he was invited to join the newly formed Fighter Weapons School as an instructor, this school was later renamed Top Gun. During his time in San Diego, Tom met Katy Carlson. They eventually married, settled in Somerset, WI and had two sons. Tom left the Navy in 1970, and began his career as an airline pilot with North Central Airlines in 1972 as a Convair 580 First Officer. As his sons were growing up, Tom volunteered with the Boy Scouts, taught his older son to fly, and assisted his younger son by volunteering for the Somerset Youth Hockey Association. After 26 years with the airlines, he retired in 1996 as an Airbus A320 Captain for Northwest Airlines. Following his retirement, Tom spent the next two years building a Vans RV-8 airplane. He and Katy began spending winters in Florida where they established many fond friendships and enjoyed boating together. Also in Florida, Tom also became involved with the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles Program where he shared his passion for flying. In 2012 Tom began flying gliders, in both Wisconsin and Florida. He obtained both his commercial and instructor glider ratings and was well regarded for advancing safety procedures.
Tom was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and true friend, who will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched. Friends and family are welcome to come and celebrate Tom's life on Saturday, April 21st from 5pm-7pm at the EAA Building, Page Field Airport, Fort Myers, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the EAA Chapter 66 Hanger Fund, C/O: EAA Chapter 66, P. O. Box 60204, Fort Myers, FL 33906.

.Published in The News-Press on Apr. 20, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

NWA Capt. Arnold C. Calvert

USAF veteran, NWA Capt. Arnie Calvert
November 30, 1934 ~ April 3, 2018
Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Arnold Conrad Calvert, age 83.  Captain Calvert joined Northwest Airlines 04-04-1959.  He is survived by his wife Linda, his children and grandchildren.
As noted below, memorial services for Captain Calvert will be held May 17th at 10:00 AM, Fort Snelling Chapel, 200 Tower Ave., St Paul MN, with interment at Ft Snelling and a reception to follow. 
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family’s Florida address as
5196 Spyglass Ct.,  Oldsmar FL 34677-1931.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: RNPA News
Arnie Calvert

Calvert, Arnie ... Passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, April 3, 2018. An Air Force veteran and Reservist with the 96th Troop Carrier Squadron, he was a 36-year Northwest Airlines pilot retiring as a 747-400 Captain. A resident of Oldsmar, FL and St Paul, MN, he enjoyed spending his summers at various athletic fields and dance studios cheering on his four grandchildren. He is survived in death by his beloved wife of 34 years, Linda, his brother Richard (Pat), children Scott (Angela), Kim (Jeff) and Steven (Stephanie); and grandchildren Kyle, Ryan, Katie and Chris. A memorial service will be held May 17, 10:00 AM at the Ft Snelling Chapel, 200 Tower Ave, St Paul with internment at Ft Snelling and a reception to follow. The family would like to thank the staffs at Walker Methodist and The Alton Memory Care for their compassionate care. Memorials preferred to the Lewy Body Dementia Assoc.
Published on April 8, 2018


From: RNPA News  Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 8:58 AM  Subject:  Arnie Calvert Has Flown West.
Steve Towle writes.

After a lengthy delay Arnie Calvert finally received clearance to “Fly West” He departed at 6:50 central time this evening. Details will be forthcoming later.

PNA/WA/DL Capt. Alan L. Leineke

PNA/WAL/DAL Capt. Alan ‘Al’ Leineke
January 14, 1938 ~ April 4, 2018
Notification with the passing of retired PNA/WA/DL pilot Captain Alan Lance Leineke, age 80.  Captain Leineke joined Pacific Northern Airlines 03-15-1965 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based ATL.  A Celebration of Life event is planned for this Sunday, April 22nd at 2:00 PM, at the Farmhouse at Waterfall in Georgia. http://www.vincesfarmhouse.com/   as noted in obituary information below. 
Venue phone number :  706.782.9834.
Captain Leineke’s obituary is available online at 

As more information is received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Alan L. Leineke
Clayton Tribune, The (GA) - Thursday, April 19, 2018
Alan L. Leineke, a resident of Clayton, died April 4, 2018.
Al had a work ethic that propelled him through life. One day years ago in Barbers Point, Hawaii, where Al was a naval photographer he was flying with a rather bored Officer pilot who told him to fly the plane. He knew nothing about flying but with a little coaching from the pilot that interchange was enough to have Al realize his dream of being a pilot. He began taking lessons while still in the Navy, later, he joined the Army as an aircraft mechanic and obtained his instrument and flight instructor ratings.

After being discharged from the Army Al went to work for Pacific Northern Airlines (PNA) as a cargo handler and from there was promoted to pilot after achieving the required licenses and hours. PNA merged with Western Airlines, who later merged with Delta, the company from which Al retired some 36 years later. As a pilot, Al served in many additional roles for Western and Delta; simulator and flight instructor, line check airman, and flight manager, he also helped launch the MD-11 aircraft into the Delta fleet.

A time came in Al's life when the fast lane got to be a bit more than he could handle. So, he took it upon himself to take positive action to turn his life around through a program called Alcoholics Anonymous. He did so in spectacular fashion, while helping himself he helped others with addiction problems, this became one of his greatest accomplishments. He was paramount in establishing intervention programs for private industries, the Airline Pilot's Association and the airlines. During Al's life he helped hundreds, if not thousands, of people through recovery. For years Al maintained an extensive email list to which he sent out daily inspirational quotes.

Born January 14, 1938 in Berkeley, Calif., Al grew up mostly in the Sacramento, Calif. area. His career took him around the globe and he made his home in many cities across the U.S. finally coming to rest in Clayton, Ga. It was among this community that Al made his last impact. He was a spiritual man, but not religious and was fascinated with our great Universe. Al was larger than life to many of us, and so it is only fitting that on April 4, 2018 he left to spend eternity in the vastness of the cosmos.

We will celebrate his life on Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at the Farmhouse at Waterfall. http://www.vincesfarmhouse.com/ 

......................published in The Clayton Tribune, April 19, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

NWA Capt. Edward Myron Thomas

obituary online  https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/obituaries/   or   go directly to
Edward Thomas
May 20, 1939 ~ April 04, 2018
Edward M. Thomas, age 78, was born on May 20, 1939, and passed away April 4, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Caroline; and sister, Harriet (Kearn). Ed is survived by his wife, Vonna; brothers, Steve and Jeffrey; sister, Julie; 3 children, (Christine, Brian and Mark); 2 stepsons, (Paul and Scott); 3 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; as well as nephews and nieces.
Ed (Buzz) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Minneapolis and Crystal, graduating from Robbinsdale High School in 1957. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in Civil Engineering and as a member of the Army ROTC. Soon after college, he went into full time service with the Army, and was stationed in Oklahoma, Alabama and Germany before tours of duty in Vietnam. In Vietnam, he flew reconnaissance and other missions in a Bird Dog aircraft. He had attained the rank of Captain when he left active duty.
When he returned to the states, he continued his flying with Northwest Airlines where he was employed from 1967 to 1997. Through his career with Northwest, he flew the 707, 727, DC-10 and 757. He became Captain in 1984 and retired as a Captain on the 757. One of the joys he had was training other pilots in the simulator during his last few years at Northwest.
As his kids were growing, the family spent time in the summer at Lake Ida in Alexandria, Minnesota, enjoying time with family, fishing, water skiing and going to the Saturday night stock car races. After his kids were grown, he moved to Montana, living in Missoula and Bozeman, where he spent his retirement. He really enjoyed the trout fishing in Montana and was talented in tying flies. He also enjoyed bird watching, golfing and his model train hobby. He was very good at joke telling and making people laugh.
Faith was important to Ed, and he and Vonna attended Hope Lutheran Church regularly, where Ed sang in the choir and helped Vonna monthly with communion. His faith grew during this time, and his favorite verse was John 3:16. His love of God and his faith in Jesus showed brightly through to his last days.
Ed and Vonna's life together was a genuine short love affair for whom nothing was more important than each other's company. He will be missed by his wife of only three years who is eternally grateful he chose her to accompany him in his later years.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 7, at 1 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 Graf Street, Bozeman. Should you desire, memorials in his name may be sent to Montana Cancer Support Community, 102 S. 11 Avenue, Bozeman, Montana 59715.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com


NWA Capt. Edward ‘Ed’ M. Thomas
May 20, 1939 ~ April 04, 2018
Word has reached us with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Edward Myron Thomas, age 78.  Captain Thomas joined Northwest Airlines 07-10-1967.  We understand that memorial services for Captain Thomas will be held at a later date yet to be determined. 
Condolences may be shared online at this funeral home website:  
As more information is received, we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Funeral home death notice........................................
Edward Thomas
Edward Thomas, 78, of Bozeman passed away Wednesday, April 4. 
Services will be held later this Summer.

From: RNPA News Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2018 3:23 PM
Subject:  Ed Thomas Has Flown West...... 

        Just learned that Ed Thomas passed away last week in Bozeman, MT. Ed was wintering in MESA, AZ and was fighting the last stages of lymphoma cancer. When it was determined that there was nothing else that could be done and the end was near, Ed opted to return to Montana.  He passed peacefully, shortly thereafter.
        A  memorial will be celebrated this summer.

    Chuck Rogers - BZN

NWA Capt. Douglas E. Behm

Military veteran, SO/RC/NWA Capt. Douglas E. Behm
March 12, 1939 ~ March 28, 2018
Notification with the passing of retired pilot Captain Douglas Edwin Behm, age 79.  Captain Behm is survived by his wife Beth, their children and grandchildren.
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Arrangements were entrusted to Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis TN.
Should more information be received, we will be sure to forward it on.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Douglas Edwin Behm, 79, who was born on March 12, 1939 in Pomona, CA, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Doug was a graduate of Long Beach State University with a degree in Industrial Arts, where he was a member of the 1961 California State Champion Swim Team, as well as a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After graduation, Doug was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he served as a naval aviator. He was licensed to pilot several aircraft, including being a twice-commended rescue pilot on the H-2 Seasprite during multiple Mediterranean cruises on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and USS Shangri-La. He then began a 28-year career as a commercial airline pilot, where he worked for Southern Airways, Republic Airlines, and Northwest Airlines, retiring as a captain on the DC-9 with over 22,000 hours of flight time. He was a member of Germantown United Methodist Church and the Seekers Sunday School Class. His love of the deserts of the Southwest could be seen in his collection of artifacts and rocks assembled from many visits there, in his custom furniture and sculpture, as well as his silver and stone jewelry creations. His greatest passion was sharing adventures with his wife Beth. He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin Henry Behm and Elma Genora DeFrance Behm of Ontario, California. Survivors include his beloved wife of 52 years, Beth Behm; daughters Kristen Behm of Lookout Mountain, TN; and Lauren Truett (Wes) of Germantown, TN; son William Behm (Tracy) of Newnan, GA; grandchildren Will Truett, Julia Truett, Ellie Behm, Weber Behm, Katie Behm, and Charlie Behm; and sister Beverly Markle and family of Huntington Beach, CA. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar. Funeral Services will be at 11a.m. at Germantown United Methodist Church with a private burial at West TN Veterans Cemetery immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Art Program. The family is especially thankful for the caring staff of West Cancer Center and Methodist Hospice. Doug said that “My life has been made a joy with the love of the Lord, Family and Friends.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WA/DL Capt. William Edward Miller

USAF veteran, WA/DL Capt. William 'Bill' Edward Miller
December 24, 1941 ~ April 13, 2018
Notification with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain William Edward Miller, age 76.  Captain Miller joined Western Airlines 02-24-1969 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based LAX/030.  Obituary information notes that he is survived by his wife Anne.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
For those wishing to send a personal note to the family, whitepages lists their residence address as
4215 Kekuanaoa Lane, Princeville HI 96722-5105  ...  (808) 826-7784.
Should more information be received, we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary..........................William 'Bill' Edward Miller
William "Bill" Edward Miller, 76, of Princeville, passed away at home on April 13, 2018. He was born in Missouri on December 24, 1941, a Veteran of the United States Air Force and retired as a Captain with Delta Airlines.
William is survived by his wife, Annie Miller; daughter, Terri Denice (Eric) Goddard; 2 granddaughters and 1 brother.
Services will be announced at a later date.
Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
4716 Maalo Road, Lihue, HI 96766  ...  Tel: 1-808-245-3661

.published...  Garden Island, The (Lihue, HI) - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

NWA Capt. George Wilbur Bucks

NWA Capt.  George W. Bucks
August 1, 1942 ~ April 3, 2018

Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain George Wilbur Bucks, age 75.  Captain Bucks joined Northwest Airlines 04-21-1969, and retired in 2002.  He is survived by his children plus many other family members and dear friends.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at 
Obituary may also be viewed online at
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Bucks, George W.
After a valiant battle against ALS, Captain George Bucks left the bounds of earth to fly amongst the heavens on April 3, 2018. Born August 1, 1942, in Saginaw, Michigan, he spent most of his youth in upstate New York. With a life-long passion for aviation, he got his private pilot license at age 17. Upon graduating from Poughkeepsie High School in 1960, he studied Aeronautical Engineering at Utah State then was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1964 and earned his Navy wings in 1965. He served out of Guam flying C-121s in Vietnam and tracking typhoons. He transitioned from active duty to Navy Reserve service in February 1969, ultimately retiring as a Commander in 1985. He was hired as a pilot for Northwest Airlines and his career spanned from 1969 to 2002, flying over 30,000 hours in many aircraft types, including his favorite the 747. Upon retiring, he fulfilled a life-long dream of building his own RV-7A airplane at Chino airport. Before ALS took his voice he logged over 57 years of flying. He was a member of the EAA, AOPA and Retired Northwest Pilots Association. George was also a licensed HAM radio operator under the call sign W0NXI. George is survived by his three children, Cadie Bennett and twins James and Grant Bucks, and a multitude of other family and friends who will miss his wit and love. George was cremated and his ashes will be interred with full Naval honors at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota later this summer. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be done in his name to the ALS Association.
Thomas Miller Mortuary - Corona, CA
From: RNPA News Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 9:28 AM  Subject:  George Bucks Has Flown West.
NWA Captain George Bucks passed away Tuesday, April 03, 2018 in Corona, California. George succumbed to a rare variant of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He had arrived home from the hospital a few hours before his passing. Family was present with him at the end.
George was a USN Aviator and a graduate of Utah State University. More details in a RNPA eContrails obituary to follow.
Notice of his memorial service will be disseminated once details are completed.
With regret,

Bill Day 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

NWA/DL pilot Lauren Charles Harveson

Military veteran, NWA/DL pilot Lauren Charles Harveson
December 28, 1952 ~ April 2, 2018
Notification with the passing of Northwest/Delta Air Lines pilot Lauren Charles Harveson, age 65.  Lauren joined Northwest Airlines 08-31-1984.  He is survived by his wife Denise.  Obituary information notes that a celebration of Lauren’s life will be held May 20th at
The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain, location Goffstown NH.  https://www.gardensatuncanoonuc.com/
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://csnh.tributes.com/obituary/show/Lauren-Charles-Harveson-106008754 
Obituary information may also be viewed online at
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Lauren Charles Harveson was born on December 28, 1952, in Houston, Texas. Lauren served his country first in the Marine Corps and then as a member of the New York Air National Guard. He was a highly decorated Lieutenant Colonel having flown numerous missions, including Desert Storm and in Rwanda during his 25-year military career. He went on to become a commercial airline pilot for Northwest Airlines, and then Delta after the two organizations merged. He continued his love of flying – especially the 747 taking passengers to Amsterdam, Tokyo and other Asian countries. In retirement, Lauren continued to travel with his wife Denise, but also spent much of his time with his faithful companions Hunter Jones, Princess Sydney and the Pooks. Lauren finally succumbed to his battle with a neurological disease on April 2nd with Denise and Hunter by his side. He is survived by his wife Denise, his brother Lloyd and his wife Christie, and several nieces and nephews. Those lucky enough to know Lauren will miss his wry sense of humor, his smiling eyes and the sound of his infectious laughter. Lauren was a cool dude and has finally found the peace he deserves. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the New Boston NH Fire Dept, Whipple Free Library or The Food pantry of New Boston NH.  A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held on May 20th 1 to 4 PM at the Gardens of Mt Uncanoonuc in Goffstown NH.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Vera Lyons LeFevre, widow of DL Capt. Byron H. LeFevre

Vera Lyons LeFevre, widow of DL Capt. Byron H. LeFevre
August 9, 1929 ~ March 26, 2018

Notification with the passing of Vera LeFevre, widow of Delta Air Lines Captain Byron H. LeFevre.  Vera was 88 years of age at the time of her passing.  Captain LeFevre joined Delta 05-02-1956 and retired in 1988, based Atlanta.  He passed in June of 2017.
Services for Vera were held last Saturday in Gainesville, Georgia.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Vera Lyons LeFevre, 88, of Gainesville, passed away on March 26, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Dr. Bill Coates will officiate. The family will receive friends after the service at the funeral home.
Vera Lyons LeFevre was born on Aug. 9, 1929, in Birmingham, Ala. She was the daughter of Jack and Vera Lyons. Vera was raised in Birmingham, Ala., and graduated from Woodlawn High School.
On Dec. 27, 1952, Vera married Byron Hugh LeFevre and the two were happily married for 64 years. Vera was a loving wife and wonderful mother. She and Byron were the proud parents of three children: Tom, David and Linda.
During the first years of their marriage, the two traveled around the country as Byron served in the United States Air Force. After Byron completed his service, they moved to Atlanta, Ga., where Byron became a pilot for Delta Airlines.
In 1973, Vera and Byron moved to Dahlonega, Ga., where Vera loved all things outdoors. Those who knew Vera would attest to her love for animals. She could frequently be found outside wrangling her chickens and feeding all types of various wildlife. When visiting, you were sure to be greeted by dogs, cats, chickens or guinea hens.
When Vera moved to Dahlonega, she pursued her interest in ventriloquism and studied to learn the skill. She became a member of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians and affectionately became known as "The Puppet Lady" all across North Georgia. Vera participated in countless Vacation Bible Schools and carried her puppets (Roscoe, Jingo and Grandpa) all over the area to nursing homes, churches and schools. She made weekly visits to the nursing home in Dahlonega for almost 40 years.
After Byron retired from Delta Airlines, the two enjoyed traveling the Southeast in their motorhome and spending time with their seven grandchildren.
Vera was preceded in death by her husband Byron Hugh LeFevre; her parents Jack and Vera Lyons and sister Peggy Lyons Eargle. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Susan LeFevre of Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law David and Pat LeFevre of Douglasville; daughter and son-in-law Linda and Trent Conner of Dahlonega; granddaughter, Ashley (Allen) Ligon; granddaughter, Jennifer (Alan) Schuetze; grandsons, Scott LeFevre, Richard LeFevre, Michael Conner, Brian (Ally) LeFevre; granddaughter, Jillian (Chris) Toombs; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Iott of Salem, S.C.
Vera was a wonderful person with a sweet spirit, and her family and friends will miss her greatly.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to North Georgia Church, 74 Dill Lane, Dawsonville, GA 30534; TLC Humane Society, 1735 Red Oak Flats Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533; or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be made at www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com  Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-297-6200.
USAF veteran, DL Capt. Byron Hugh LeFevre
July 11, 1929 ~ June 19, 2017
Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Byron Hugh LeFevre, age 87.  Captain LeFevre joined Delta Air Lines 05-02-1956 and retired with Delta in August 1988, based Atlanta...................

Obituary:  Byron Hugh LeFevre, of Dahlonega, passed away on June 19, 2017. Byron was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, on July 11, 1929. He was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a member of Omicron Chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.  After graduation, Byron was a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force serving in the 46th Fighter Interceptor Squadron during the Korean Conflict. Upon leaving the Air Force, he was a captain with Delta Air Lines, where he flew from 1956 through 1988....................

WA/DL Capt. Carl L. Poschwatta

USAF veteran, WA/DL  Capt. Carl L. Poschwatta
February 5, 1937 ~ March 29, 2018
News has reached our group with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Carl LeRoy Poschwatta, age 81.  Captain Poschwatta joined Western Airlines 01-09-1967 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1997, based 030/LAX.  He is survived by his wife Carol plus many dear family members and close friends.
To view the obituary online and sign the guestbook please visit
A Celebration of Life event for Captain Poschwatta will be held at Evergreen Sky Ranch hangar in Auburn, Washington on April 21st from 2:00-4:00PM.  For those wishing to send a personal note to the family, condolences may be sent to  
17620 SE 295th St.,  Kent  WA 98042-5711.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary............Carl LeRoy Poschwatta
Carl was born February 5, 1937, Albany, Oregon to Carl C. and Opal Poschwatta, and died on March 29, 2018 in Covington, WA. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, great grandfather, and friend to so many.
Carl's parents moved the family to Sisters, OR from Albany, OR and then to Canby, OR where he graduated from Gresham High School in 1955. After high school, He joined and proudly served in the U. S. Air Force Reserve. Carl married Carol Nance, his high school sweetheart, on September 20, 1957 and had two sons, Jeff and Joe. About the same time, he started learning how to fly and had to work two jobs to support both his family and flying habit. Carl was an avid aviator, starting his career as a flight instructor at Troutdale, OR and Hillsboro, OR. Once he had the requisite experience, he was hired in 1967 by Western Airlines. Carl and Carol's young family started out in Oak Grove, OR, but moved wherever Carl's aviation career took them, eventually ending up in Federal Way, WA in 1968. He was a professional pilot for his entire career, retiring from Delta Airlines in 1997. When he wasn't working, Carl's spare time was spent in the air or working on airplanes. Along the way he taught his two sons, Joe and Jeff, to fly as well as Jeff's wife Kim.
Carl and Carol bought a house at Crest Airpark in 1976 and later moved into a house they built across the street. Carl spent the last 42 years of his life enjoying his family and friends in the Crest Airpark community. He was a consummate story teller and possessed a wealth of knowledge; an affable soul with a hearty laugh.
Carl is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carol, sister Betty (Jack), son Jeffrey (Kim), brother-in-law Douglas (Beth), three grandchildren, Lisa, Faith and Kelsey, great grandchild Jaden, niece Meagan, nephew Mathew, and great-niece Audrey. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert and son Joseph.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 37256 204th Ave. SE, Auburn, WA 98033, at Evergreen Sky Ranch hangar, April 21, 2018 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM. Donations can be made to the Puget Sound Antique Airplane Club scholarship fund (PSAAC, PO Box 731369, Puyallup, WA 98373).
From: Wallybird eNews   Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2018 12:10 PM
Subject: Passing of WAL/DAL Captain Carl Poschwatta
Today at 10.48 am I lost one of my dearest friends, Captain Carl Poschwatta went that a way.  A better man there never was.
Will let you know of the arrangements when I know something.
A note or card to his wife Carol should be sent here:
Just a note the family is going to plan a memorial for Posh at a later date.  I will give you all the details so we can all attend.
Carol Poschwatta
17620 SE 295th
Kent, Wa 98042
Ph.  253-631-3167

        Dave Barber

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

DL flt instructor Edward K Wooke

EAL pilot/DL flt instructor Edward K. Wooke
December 30, 1933 ~ March 30, 2018
Notification with the passing of retired Delta Air Lines Flight Instructor Edward Kermit Wooke Sr., age 84.  Edward is survived by his wife Barbara. 
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The obituary may also be viewed online at
Our information is limited to obituary details below....additional information is always welcome.
For those wishing to send a personal note to the family, whitepages lists the residence address as
3503 Habersham Club Dr # 8 , Cumming GA 30041-8002.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
Obituary...............................WOOKE, Edward K.

Edward K. Wooke, age 84, of Cumming, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018. He was a United States Airforce Pilot and was a Commercial Pilot with Eastern Airlines and a retired Flight Instructor with Delta Air Lines. He had coached many baseball and softball teams in Forsyth County and was an umpire and referee for many baseball, football and basketball games. He was an avid runner and ran in 25 consecutive Peachtree Road races. He was preceded in death by his son, Edward Kermit Wooke. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Wooke of Cumming; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Alice Wooke of Dacula; brother, Chuck Wooke of Statesboro; sister, Lorraine Peterson of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Christina Rene Wooke, Karen Michelle Wooke, Craig Allen Wooke, Tonya Wooke Allgood. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 2:00 pm at Ingram Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gerald Blackburn officiating. Interment will follow on at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. The Family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home on Monday from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com