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Monday, November 19, 2018

WC/RW (NWA) Capt. James McEwan Cutler

~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, WC/RW (NWA) Capt. James McEwan Cutler
September 24, 1927 - November 17, 2018
 
Notification with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Captain James McEwan Cutler, age 91.  Captain Cutler first joined West Coast Airlines 04-22-1957 and made the various mergers during his commercial flying years.
Please see available information below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
Obituary...................
James (Jim) McEwen Cutler, age 91, of Issaquah, WA, died at home November 17th of respiratory failure.
 
Jim was born 14 September 1927, at Hood River, OR, the son of Prentiss Lincoln Cutler and Eleanor Virginia McEwen, of Dee, OR.
 
Growing up Jim lived at various locations in Eastern Oregon and Southern Idaho.  He was in the ROTC in High School, then joined the Navy's D-Five Aviation program.  As a civilian he continued to fly in Boise, ID, becoming a flight instructor, charter pilot and then an airline pilot in 1957.  His flying career brought him to the Seattle area in 1959, where he retired as a 757 captain for Northwest Airlines in 1987.
 
In 1970 Jim was awarded the Daedalian Civilian Air Safety Award and the FAA Distinguished Service Medal for actions as captain of an Air West Airlines passenger flight which caught fire over Eastern Washington in 1969.
 
Jim's favorite pastimes included playing with his dogs, amateur radio, computer games and crossword puzzles.
 
Jim married his wife of 31 years, Betty (nee Bassett) in Bangkok, Thailand.  He was previously married to Sheila Donnan of Spokane, WA. Children are Kathleen Willner, Gerald (Lesley), Donald (Cyndi) and Douglas (JoAnn).  Jim also has nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 
Jim is predeceased by his parents, sister Virginia Lee Cutler, twin brother Prentiss Lincoln Cutler and brother Philip Leo Cutler.
 

Services will be private at Jim's request; memorials may be made to the Issaquah Food Bank, issaquahfoodbank.org 

RC Capt. Frank J. Akers

~ IN MEMORY ~
WWII Air Corps, BO/RW/RC Capt. Frank J. Akers
August 23, 1923 ~ October 31, 2018
 
Notification with the passing of retired Republic pilot Captain Frank J. Akers, age 95.  Captain Akers first joined Bonanza Air Lines 10-15-1955 and due to various mergers he retired with Republic.  Please see available information below.
To view the obituary online please visit
Captain Akers was widowed in 1995 with the passing of his wife Billie Jean.  He is survived by his grand- and great grandchildren. 
Should more information be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
Obituary....................Frank J. Akers

Frank J. Akers passed away on October 31, 2018 at the age of 95. He was born in northern California and grew up in Chowchilla, CA where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Billie Jean Creager. They were happily married for over 51 years before her passing in 1995. Frank is survived by his five daughters, Billie Jean Nigro, Margaret McAnally, Barbara Jackson, Jackie Miller and B.J. Reed. He had nine grandchildren, several step grandchildren and a multitude of great grandchildren, all of whom he loved and cherished! Frank was 19 years old when he became a commissioned officer and pilot in the Army Air Corp during World War II. Frank flew as a commercial pilot with Bonanza Airlines, merging into AirWest; Hughes AirWest; and finally retired with Republic Airlines (which eventually became Delta Airlines). Frank was very active in the Masonic Lodge, El Zaribah Shrine (Captain of the Temple Guard) and drove a little red Indy car in multiple parades entertaining children and adults. He was also very active in the Order of Eastern Star where he was a Past Worthy Grand Patron for the State of Arizona. Frank J. Akers' Celebration of Life service will be held in his church at 10:00am on Saturday, November 24, 2018 - Church of Epiphany - Episcopal; 2222 South Price Road, Tempe, AZ 85282. A reception will follow.

DL Capt. Richard William Kearney

~ IN MEMORY ~
USAF veteran, DL Capt. Richard William Kearney
September 9, 1932 – November 18, 2018
 
Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Richard William Kearney, age 86.  Captain Kearney joined Delta Air Lines 11-10-1958 and was based Atlanta.  He is survived by his wife Kathleen, their children and grandchildren. 
To view Captain Kearney’s obituary online please visit
Service arrangements are not known. 
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
3781 NW 107th Ter., Sunrise FL 33351-8119.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 

Obituary...........Mr. Richard William Kearney, passed away at age 86 on November 18, 2018 in Plantation, Florida. He was born on September 9, 1932 in New York, New York and grew up in Brandon, Florida. From 1951 to 1957, Richard served in the Air Force. Later, he worked as a pilot employed by Delta Air Lines for 33 years. When he retired in 1992 he was flying L1011's to Europe . Richard was the beloved husband of Kathleen for 57 years. He is survived by his wife, son Kevin and wife Elizabeth, daughter Suzanne and husband Bobby, son Brian, and son Brett. He is also survived by grandchildren; Shannon, Meghan, Alyssa, and Geena and step-grandchildren Aly and Anthony.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

DL Capt. John D. Lindstrom

~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, DL Capt. John D. Lindstrom
July 30, 1934 ~ November 5, 2018 
 
Word has reached us with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot and Navy veteran Captain John Douglas Lindstrom, age 84.  Captain Lindstrom joined Delta Air Lines 04-17-1961 and was based 030/LAX.  He is survived by his wife Jan, their children and grandchildren plus many other dear friends and family members.  Services for Captain Lindstrom are planned for tomorrow November 15th in California....please see all available information below. 
Condolences may be shared online at at the funeral home website:
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at 
30301 Calle La Reina , Bonsall, CA 92003.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
Obituary...............John D. Lindstrom
-----Celebration of Life:  Nov. 15th at 11:00 AM, Emmanuel Faith Community Church, Escondido CA
 
John Douglas Lindstrom, 84, was born a farmer, died a farmer, and loved a lot in between. He passed away November 5, 2018 in a tractor accident at home in his cherished avocado grove in Bonsall, CA. Born July 30, 1934 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of the late John and Sigrid (Johnson) Lindstrom, he was raised on a dairy farm in Braham, MN where he enjoyed twice-daily milking, 4H projects, skiing up-hill both ways to the one room school house, and enduring the antics of his beloved older brother Devore.
 
John received his BS in Agriculture in 1957 and his MS in Agricultural Economics in 1961 from the University of Minnesota. A member of Alpha Gamma Rho, he met the love of his life, Janice Ogren, at an undergraduate fraternity social, but was slow to close the deal and instead took a three year detour to get his wings in the Navy.
 
John and Jan met again and later married on August 27, 1960 in Almelund, MN, beginning a life of adventures that brought them ever closer together. Their first daughter, Jana, was born in Atlanta where they had moved after John joined Delta Airlines. Jill and Jodie came later after they had moved to Dundee, IL. They traveled the world, both as a couple and as a family. Looking back on family photos, John’s biggest smiles came whenever he was out supporting his daughters and grandchildren in whatever they did. He was incredibly proud of them.
 
John’s faith in Christ was the center of his life, and informed all his actions. It led him to an attitude of service in the church, the community, and in our country.
 
During his 30 years in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve, John amassed more than 10,000 hours of military flight time. First as Commander then as Captain, John held multiple commands before retiring in 1986. Under his leadership as Commanding Officer of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 51 (VR-51), the squadron won the Noel Davis Trophy (Battle Efficiency Award).
 
Starting in 1961, John spent 33 years flying for Delta Air Lines. Starting out as a DC-3 Flight Engineer, CAPT Lindstrom Captained many types of planes, finishing up on the MD-11. He served as Chief Pilot, Line Check Airman, Lead Line Check Pilot, Air Line Pilots Association Local Executive Council Chairman, and as base safety representative. By the time he retired, CAPT Lindstrom had flown 25,000 hours of flight time and was regarded as a “Pilot’s Chief Pilot.”
 
John was an avid and passionate skier, both downhill and cross-country. He was a certified downhill skiing instructor and founded the Delta Air Lines Ski Club. He participated in numerous cross-country races both around the country and around the world and was the U.S. cross-country representative for the Federation of International Skiing. He also officiated the cross-country ski events at the 1980 Lake Placid and 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, and was on the board of directors
for the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame & Museum.
 
All this time, John still harbored a dream to return to the land. In 1989, that dream became reality. The couple moved to Bonsall, CA and John transformed six acres of barren land into a lush avocado grove trusted by University of California researchers to try out new varietals. Always seeking to go deeper, he served on the boards of Index Fresh, the Avocado Society, the Hass Avocado Board, and the California Avocado Commission. He also regularly attended the World Avocado Congress and in 2008 received the avocado industry’s most prestigious award, the California Avocado Society Award of Honor.
 
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janice, daughters Jana (Russ) Allen of Coronado, CA, Jill Lindstrom of Bethesda, MD, Jodie (David) Frerichs of Los Altos, CA, brother Devore (Janet) of Cambridge, MN, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Celebration of life service to be held at Emmanuel Faith Community Church, 639 E 17th Ave, Escondido, CA, Thursday, November 15, 2018, 11:00 with a reception following at the church.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the John Lindstrom SPAN Scholarship Fund, Minnesota SPAN Association, 774 Social Science Bldg. - U of M West Bank, Campus delivery code: 7173, 267 - 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
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From: Kenneth Thomas    Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:40 PM
 

PCN; I just received a phone call from one of John Lindstrom’s daughters. She wanted to make sure the pilot group was aware of John’s death; I forwarded Leo Bezdek’s email to her and told her I was pretty sure that Delta PCN was informed. To insure the notice is distributed I am forwarding it to PCN also. 
Keep up the good work PCN.       Ken Thomas

Monday, November 5, 2018

NWA Capt. Edwin Lynn 'Kelly' Carson

~ IN MEMORY ~
USMC veteran, NWA Capt. Edwin Lynn ‘Kelly’ Carson
September 28, 1940 ~ September 19, 2018
 
Notification with the passing of retired NWA pilot Captain Edwin Lynn ‘Kelly’ Carson, age 77.  Captain Carson joined Northwest Airlines 02-12-1968.  To view Captain Carson’s obituary online, please visit   
The online guestbook is also available at
Should more information be received we will then pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
Obituary...........................CARSON, Edwin Lynn "Kelly"

age 77, passed away on September 19, 2018 at his home in Tucson, Arizona. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018, graveside at Rideauvale Cemetery, Kars Ontario, Canada. Isobel Eastman will be the host. Funeral arrangements are being handled by EASTERN ONTARIO CEMETERY MEMORIALS in coordination with Donna McCallum. Kelly was born in Gulf Port Mississippi, on September 28, 1940 and graduated Pontiac High School in 1958. From there, Kelly attended and received a bachelor degree from Michigan State University. At college Kelly fell in with a fun-loving group that he referred to as the "bum boys" and he remained friends with many of them. One of his professors at the university wrote a book based, in part, on the adventures of the bum boys. This book was later adapted into the 1960 movie "Where the Boys Are". After college, Kelly began his service to our country in the United States Marine Corps, flying helicopters during the war in Vietnam where he saved many lives. When his military service was over, Kelly joined Northwest Airlines (now Delta) and retired as a captain after 35 years of service. During this time he also married Drucilla Anderson with whom he spent many wonderful years. Kelly excelled at several other successful business endeavors and enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially mountain and cross country bicycling throughout his entire life. Kelly was fascinated by stories of the old west which might explain why he settled in Tucson Arizona for the last part of his life. He lived there in the Rincon Country East RV Resort with his partner, Judy Hansen where he had many close friends who will miss him dearly. Kelly is survived by his sister, Eleanor Jean Carson; many friends, and family who loved and miss him very much. Kelly is preceded in death by his parents, Colin and Mary Carson of whom his remains will be laid to rest with.

WC/RW (NWA) Capt. Donald C Hawley

~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, WC/RW (NWA) Capt. Donald C. Hawley
February 16, 1919 ~ October 21, 2018
 
Word has reached us with the passing of military veteran retired pilot Captain Don Hawley, age 99.  Captain Hawley joined West Coast Airlines 08-16-1952, and retired from commercial aviation in 1979.  Obituaries for Captain Hawley may be viewed online at https://www.marlattfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Donald-C-Hawley?obId=3394711
Read more of Captain Hawley’s military service at https://airandspace.si.edu/support/wall-of-honor/donald-c-hawley
Please see funeral and service arrangements below.....services will be held in Kent, Wash.
            Thank you,

                ~ Carol for the PCCN  
 
Captain Donald C Hawley
February 16, 1919 - October 21, 2018

Donald C Hawley was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 16, 1919. His father Russell and mother Mary raised Don in New Glarus, Wisconsin where he was baptized at the Bethel Church. Russell was a dairyman and Don had wonderful memories of farm life and his beloved horse Billy.
The family moved to Greenville, Illinois where Don was an excellent athlete and held the Illinois State High School record for the mile. One of his best memories was travelling to nearby St. Louis to see the St. Louis Browns play the New York Yankees where he got to see Babe Ruth in one of his final games.
In 1937 Russell accepted a position with Pet Milk and moved the family to Portland, Oregon. This became a region that Don would call home for the remainder of his life. He loved the mountains and lakes of the Northwest. He became an athletic member of the Multnomah Club where he wrestled and took part in other activities, and also attended Lewis and Clark College.
It was his job as a soda jerk at the famed Jolly Joan fountain in downtown Portland, however, that would shape his life from then on. There he met a pretty young blond named Darlene Parker in the spring of 1941. Don had joined the Oregon National Guard and was sent to Fort Lewis that fall.
Darlene was not going to let him go that easily. She and her mother Vetha moved to Seattle to be as near him as possible. Don got a job at Boeing and enrolled at the University of Washington for winter quarter. Then came December 7, 1941.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor he was placed on active duty and immediately sent to the Washington coast to watch for any enemy activity and to support military installations. During the next month he and Darlene had no communication whatsoever.
Upon his return to Seattle and faced with the incredible uncertainty of the time the young couple decided they wanted to spend whatever future they had together. They drove to Olympia and were married on January 10, 1942, just over a month after Pearl Harbor.
The couple spent the next year plus travelling to different military schools after Don was accepted as an Officer Candidate and pilot trainee. On June 26, 1943 their daughter Donna was born, and although Don had not yet been sent overseas he was not able see her prior to his departure for New Guinea on August 28th. He then spent the next 18 months flying a total of 314 combat missions.
By far his most harrowing experience came when flying paratroopers in Australia. The right engine began to vibrate and eventually tore away from the wing altogether. Don along with his co-pilot managed to steady the plane enough to crash land in a field and save countless lives. For this and other acts of heroism he was awarded a Bronze Star, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and other citations.
After his return stateside in 1945 Don remained in the Air force and again travelled the country going to military schools. He had an opportunity to return to the Seattle area in 1948 where he worked in air traffic control and he and the family lived in Renton Highlands.
But on a routine check flight Don flew over a small lake south of there and thought it looked like a nice area to live. They contacted a realtor in the area, Skip Ketchum who remained a dear and life-long friend, and purchased an acre with a small house on Lake Meridian where they would remain until 2004.
On April 7, 1950 their son Jim was born and soon after Don was hired by West Coast Airlines where he would spend the rest of his career even though the airline’s name changed to Air West, Hughes Airwest, Republic, Northwest, and now Delta Airlines. Don loved returning from trips to his beloved home on the lake. His nightly tradition in almost any weather was to go down to the dock in the evening with drink in hand just to think and take in the beauty that surrounded him.
There were many milestones over the next decades; graduations and marriages, Jim to Kathy and Donna to Gary. There were get togethers with countless friends on the Fourth of July and other holidays. Don cherished his relationships both personal and professional.
A bittersweet moment came on February 16, 1979 when he was forced to retire from flying at age 60. He did, however, fill his life with many activities including skiing, horse racing, and many trips to Mexico. And on February 14, 1982 he was blessed with his only granddaughter
Talia whom he loved dearly. And when Talia was married to Ryan Butler in 2008 Ryan became every bit a part of the family.
In January 2004 they decided it was time to move from the lake and they became the first residents of The Chateau at Valley Center. As always Don and Darlene made many friends and enjoyed the activities offered. They were long time members of the Kent United Methodist Church and managed to remain active for a number of years after their move to the Chateau.
One of Don’s highlights was a trip to Washington D.C. on the Puget Sound Honor Flight. While there he and his son Jim visited many of the sights including the recently added World War II monument. Don was honored at the Air Force Memorial with a flag that was flown over the site and then ceremoniously folded and presented to him in recognition of his service. The flag has a prominent place in their home.
On January 10, 2017 Don and Darlene were honored by many friends and family on their 75th wedding anniversary. The celebration held at the Chateau and was attended by many friends and family and included a wonderful video tribute produced by Gary’s son Tracy.
In spite of somewhat failing health Don was able to laugh and joke with family and friends throughout the past few years. Thanks to the wonderful care given by Darlene with help from the VA Visiting Angels and Providence Hospice services he remained pain free and comfortable. Don passed peacefully on Sunday October, 21, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.
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The services for Don will be
Friday, November 9, 1 PM-2PM,  at
Kent United Methodist Church,
11010 S E 240th St, Kent 98030
 
The Burial will be
Wednesday, November 14th, 1:30 PM,at
Tahoma National Cemetery,
18600 S E 204th St, Kent 98042
 
~            ~            ~
 
Lieutenant United States Air Force (ret.). Veteran of WW II Asiatic Pacific Theater. C-47 Pilot and flew over 300 combat missions.
 
One of his most noted achievements was successfully landing a C-47 that had an engine literally fall off the wing. More than 20 men were on board, 18 parachuted out, and 5 stayed with the plane. All but 2 who jumped survived and all who stayed with Lt. Hawley survived.
 
His Decorations included the Bronze Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and two Air Medals.
 
After a post-war stint with the FAA, Lt. Hawley became a commercial pilot and Captain for West Coast Airlines and its eventual merged partners in Seattle, Washington. After a successful career and logging over 30,000 hours, Captain Hawley retired from the airlines on February 15, 1979.

SO/RC/NWA Capt. T. Fred Lipscomb

~ IN MEMORY ~
SO/RC/NWA  Capt. T. Fred Lipscomb
February 1, 1940 ~ October 14, 2018
 
Notification with the passing of retired Southern/Republic/Northwest pilot Captain Thomas Fred Lipscomb, age 78.  Captain Lipscomb is survived by his children and grandchildren....please see available information below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
Obituary.......................
Thomas Fred Lipscomb, 78, died October 14, 2018 at home in Memphis, TN. He was born in Houston, TX to the late Norris Ivy Lipscomb and Leon Brewer Lipscomb.
 
He attended Lamar High School and Sam Houston State University where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He graduated from Hull School of Aviation and was an airline pilot 31 years with Southern Airways which then became Republic Airlines and finally Northwest Airlines. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Hernando, volunteered with Community Foundation of North Mississippi and went on multiple mission trips to Honduras with Living Waters Mission.
 
He enjoyed attending NASCAR races, riding motorcycles, snow skiing, hunting, camping and most of all, flying. He enjoyed monthly luncheons with other retired pilots and enjoyed spending time with friends. He also owned and operated a farm for many years in Abbeville, MS.
 
He is survived by his daughter Michelle Lipscomb (Gary Hutcherson), his son Thomas Lipscomb, Jr (Holly), grandchildren Cameron Dooley, Henry Lipscomb and John Lipscomb, his brother Norris "Bubba" Lipscomb and his special friend , Gladys Jenkins.
 
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 19, 2018 at 2:00pm at Hernando United Methodist Church, 1890 Mt. Pleasant Rd in Hernando, MS with visitation beginning at 1:00pm. He will be laid to rest in Hempstead, TX.
 

In Lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Rotary Club of Hernando, MS "Honduras Water Well" P.O Box 231 Hernando, MS 38632 or Hernando Methodist Church.

WA/DL Capt. James Paul Gibbs

~ IN MEMORY ~
USAF veteran, WA/DL Captain James P. Gibbs
May 28, 1938 ~ October 2, 2018
 
Notification with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain James Paul Gibbs, age 80.  Captain Gibbs joined Western Airlines 06-05-1967, retiring early due heart issues.  He is survived by his wife Eileen, their children and grandchildren. 
Captain Gibbs’ full obituary may also be viewed online at  
Services for Captain Gibbs were held October 22nd in Mission Viejo, California.
As more information is received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
Obituary..........................James P. Gibbs

Gibbs, James P., born May 28, 1938, in San Diego, raised in National City, CA, died October 2, 2018 at his home in Mission Viejo. Jim attended St Augustine's High and Sweetwater High and then graduated with a B.S. In Political Science from Loyola University, an active member of Alpha Delta Gamma Fraternity. In 1960 he received a Regular Commission in U.S Air Force. Primary and Basic flight training were at Bartow Air Base, Fla. and Reese Air Base, Tex flying T33's and T37's. Assignments followed in C133's at Cape Kennedy Canaveral, the Pacific arena and Vietnam in C123's. In 1966 he became an instructor of R.O.T.C. At University of Southern Calif. As a Captain with seven years of service, he received 24 Air medals, and was honorably discharged. In 1967 he trained to fly the Electra, 737, 727, 720, 707, and DC10 with Western Airlines, retiring after 19 1/2years. Through it all, he pursued his interest in Real Estate, in sales and management of his rental homes. Pride of his life were his five children, Susan, David, Paul, Denis and Cara. Camping, boating and water sports brought all the family out for fun. Jim is survived by his wife, Eileen, married 57 years; daughters, Susan Lund (Greg), Cara Thompson (Jason); son, David (deceased); daughter-in-law, Jeanne Oakley; sons, Paul (Denise) Gibbs, Denis (Jennifer) Gibbs; and seven grandchildren.

DL Capt. Donald J. Kerley

~ IN MEMORY ~
USAF veteran, DL Capt. Donald J. Kerley
December 27, 1951 ~ November 1, 2018
 
News has reached our group with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Donald Jeffrey Kerley, age 66.  Captain Kerley joined Delta Air Lines 09-12-1980, and was based NYC.  He is survived by his wife Denise plus many other family members and dear friends.
To view the obituary online and sign the guestbook please visit https://www.remickgendron.com/obituaries/Donald-Kerley-2/ 
For those wishing to send a personal note, condolences may be sent to the family at 
  4 N Shore Road , Hampton  NH  03842.
Services for Captain Kerley are planned for November 7th in Hampton NH....please see obituary notice below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
 
Obituary for Donald J. Kerley..........................
 - Donald J. Kerley, 66, of Hampton passed away Thursday November 1, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Indianapolis, IN on December 27, 1951, the son of the late Robert and Clara Mae (Stadtman) Kerley.
 
A 1970 graduate of Kings Park High School in Kings Park, NY, he was a 1974 graduate of The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and he proudly served 20 years in the United States Air Force. In 1980 Don became a pilot with Delta Airlines where he worked for 36 years before retiring in 2016.
 
Family and travel meant the world to Don and he loved sharing adventures with those close to him. The house became the focal point for impromptu “power feeds” of all the children and their friends. He had a great appreciation for life, friends, sports and most of all his country. He was a modest man who was involved in many community activities.
 
He is survived by his wife Denise, of Hampton as well as his daughters, Jill of New York, NY, Kim & David of Sarasota, FL, and Courtney & Tyler of Westerly, RI; brother, Robert of Conyers, GA and sister Andrea of Fontana, WI, sister in law Michelle & Ed of North Berwick, ME and brother in law Marc & Debra of Swampscott, MA and his 4 nephews.
 
A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the United Church of Christ 295 Atlantic Ave North Hampton. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vets Count New Hampshire, vetscount.org/nh/support-us/make-a-donation/
 
Celebration of Life:
NOV. 7th  at 10:30 AM
United Church of Christ
295 Atlantic Avenue
North Hampton, NH, US, 03862
 
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From: John Battagliola [ jwb732@yahoo.com ]    Saturday, November 03, 2018 
Subject: Donald J Kerley Funeral Arrangements
To whom it may concern,
I am a retired Delta pilot and my friend Donald J Kerley also a retired Delta Pilot passed last week. I was wondering if you could pass his funeral arrangements to the retired Delta Pilots that belong to your organization.
Thank You,
John Battagliola 908-419-8317
 
 Deceased full name  Donald J Kerley
 Date of Birth  Dec 27, 1951
 Date of Death  Nov 1, 2018
 Relationship  Pilot
  Retired , Domicile  NYC 
 Age at death  66
 Cause of death  Cancer
 Living Spouse Denise Kerley 
 Address  4 N Shore Road , Hampton  NH  03842
 Airline  DAL

 Contact Name  John Battagliola   Email  Jwb732@yahoo.com  Phone  908-419-8317 

WAL Capt. William 'Bill' Anderson Plaskett

 
~ IN MEMORY ~
WAL Capt. William ‘Bill’ Anderson Plaskett
January 7, 1927 – October 23, 2018
 
Word has reached our group with the passing of retired Western pilot Captain Bill Plaskett, age 91.  Captain Plaskett joined Western Airlines 09-07-1954, and was based LAX.  
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
4370 Park Corona, Calabasas CA 91302-1766.
Our thanks to Jerry Miller for keeping us informed and as more information is received, we will be sure to follow up.  
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry Miller ..... Monday, October 29, 2018  Subject:  Bill Plaskett
 
I have been informed by the son of Western Air Line Captain Bill Plaskett, his dad “Went West” October 23, 2018 at the age of 91. Captain Plaskett’s son will be providing a tribute to his father to be posted for his Western Airline fellow pilots. No other details are available at this time. When I receive his tribute, it will be posted.

Jerry Miller

DL F/A Marty Gardner, wife of DL Capt. Jim Gardner

~ IN MEMORY ~
DL F/A Marty Gardner, wife of DL Capt. Jim Gardner
January 6, 1934 ~ October 30, 2018
 
Please visit the online tribute and photo gallery for Marty at 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
From: David L. Roberts Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:39 PM  Subject: DEATH of Mrs. James B. 'Marty' Gardner

CARES AND CONCERNSThank you to retired Delta Captain James B. Gardner for sending the sad news of the death of his dear wife Margaret 'Marty' Gardner, 84.  Margaret was a retired Delta Flight Attendant, a published author, a business woman and a loving wife who loved to travel with Jim, mostly on their motorcycle.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to Captain Jim and family at 3371 Turtle Lake DR, Marietta, GA 30067, (706) 782-5359 or his email address below.  Please keep their family in your thoughts and prayers.  Dave

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Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2018 From: "mailforjim@yahoo.com" To: "David L. Roberts" <robertsdl@mindspring.com>,
       
I have the bad news to report my little Marty has  passed away. She fought the good fight but Alzheimer's won at the end. At least she died at  peace in bed. I am going to really miss  her.
You both do a wonderful service to the Pilots and Flight Attendants and we all owe you a debt of gratitude.
Would you place this obituary on your respective web sites ?
I would like all her friends to know.

My deepest thanks
Jim



MARGARET 'MARTY' GARDNER
Margaret Gardner (Marty) passed away October 30, 2018. Marty was born in Greenville Mississippi on January 6, 1934. Shortly after birth she and her family moved to Texas. While there she attended Texas Tech collage. A stewardess career looked good to her and she was accepted by Delta Airlines. Marty flew five years before a move to Atlanta. She met Jim Gardner at a square dance and was married a short time later. Marty was active in the community and did volunteer work with battered women. She started Derma Clinic, a skin care business to teach new aesthetician’s in the beauty trade.
Marty participated in the Ms. Senior Georgia contest and won Miss Congeniality twice and really enjoyed her life. After the pageant she joined the Dazzling Dames. This is a group of senior ladies who perform a variety show at nursing homes, churches and other events. She got great pleasure in this endeavor. 
She loved to ride on the back seat of a motorcycle with her husband and rode  over 150,000 miles in Nova Scotia,  Key West, Washington state, New Zealand, as well as the European Alps and many states.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at the Mays Ward Dobbins funeral home in Marietta Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM
There will be a short reception following the service for all who would like to attend. The internment will be at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton Georgia Monday, November 5, 2018 for immediate family.
Surviving family are her son Butch Ruffin of Lebanon, Tennessee and her daughter Reggie Ruffin of Marietta, Georgia where she spent the last remaining days being lovingly cared for.
 In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Alzheimer’s research.
We are all going to miss Little Marty and heaven just received a wonderful addition.
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From: Sue Zino < dcw@memberclicks-mail.net>  Date: October 30, 2018 
Subject: Passing of DCW member Marty Gardner
 
We regret to inform you of the passing of Marty Williams Ruffin Gardner (FA class 11/01/1954).  Marty was a DCW member for 46 years and served as DCW President 1973-1974.
 
I have included an email from her husband, Jim, and her obituary below.  Service arrangements are included in the obituary. 
 
Please keep Marty's family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time.
 
Address for Jim: 3371 Turtle Lake Dr., Marietta, GA 30067-5091 | mailforjim@yahoo.com
 
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From: Jim Gardener <mailforjim@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 3:55 PM
Subject: Marty Gardner passing
 
I have the bad news to report, my little Marty has passed away.  She fought the good fight, but Alzheimer's won at the end.  At least she died at peace in bed.  I am going to really miss her.
 
Would you please place this obituary on your website?  I would like all her friends to know.
 
My deepest thanks.
Jim
 
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Obituary
 
Margaret Gardner (Marty) passed away October 30, 2018.  Marty was born in Greenville, MS on January 6, 1934.  Shortly after birth she and her family moved to Texas.  While there, she attended Texas Tech college.  A stewardess career looked good to her and she was accepted by Delta Air Lines in 1954.  Marty flew five years before a move to Atlanta.  She met Jim Gardner at a square dance and was married a short time later.  Marty was active in the community and did volunteer work with battered women.  She started Derma Clinic, a skincare business to teach new aestheticians in the beauty trade. 
 
Marty participated in the Ms. Senior Georgia contest and won Miss Congeniality twice and really enjoyed her life.  After the pageant she joined the Dazzling Dames which is a group of senior ladies who perform a variety show at nursing homes, churches and other events.  She got great pleasure in this endeavor. 
 
She loved to ride on the back seat of a motorcycle with her husband and rode over 150,000 miles in Nova Scotia, Key West, Washington state, New Zealand, as well as the European Alps and many states.
 
A service to celebrate her life will be held at the Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home on Saturday, November 3rd at 4:00pm.  Address: 180 Church St., Marietta, GA 30060 | (770) 428.1511
 
There will be a short reception following the service for all who would like to attend.  The internment will be at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA on Monday, November 5th for immediate family. 
 
Surviving family are her son, Butch Ruffin of Lebanon, TN and her daughter, Reggie Ruffin of Marietta, GA, where she spent the last remaining days being lovingly cared for. 

DL Capt. Harry D. Spataro

~ IN MEMORY ~
DL Capt. Harry ‘Horse’ Spataro
September 15, 1929 ~ October 4, 2018
 
Please forgive this belated notice with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Harry D. Spataro, age 89.  Captain Spataro joined Delta Air Lines 09-10-1956, and was based Chicago.  He is survived by his wife Patricia ‘Pat’, their children plus grand- and great grandchildren.  Memorial services for Capt. Spataro were held in Downers Grove, Ill.  Interment was private. 
For those wishing to send a personal note, condolences may be sent to the family at  
8607 Main St., Downers Grove IL 60516-4814.
An online guestbook is also available at
Should we receive further updates we will be sure to pass them along.
            Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
Date rcvd Oct. 19, 2018 
Subject: The passing of Capt. Harry Spataro DL ORD Pioneer
 


Harry D. Spataro Delta Captain
Harry D. Spataro, age 89, passed away at his home October 4, 2018.

Beloved husband of Patricia Spataro, nee Aiken; loving father of Carol (the late Don) Hendrick, Kathy (Ed) Forst and Judy Callans and step-son, Jon Scheidemantle; cherished grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 2; dear brother of Rose (the late Fred) Dillner, and the late Joseph P. Spataro.

Harry was a prominent area citizen of Downers Grove, retired Delta Airlines Pilot, former teacher, coach of many sports, Downers Grove Councilman and member of Downers Grove Lions for many years. He was an avid golfer and member of Village Greens Men's Club for 40 years. Harry was the Owner of Harry's Sweat Shop in Darien and Spataro's Sports Connections in Slippery Rock, PA. He was a 1951 Graduate of Slippery Rock College, and a Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball and Steelers Football fan all his life.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, October 20th, at 11:00AM at Divine Savior Church, 6700 Main St., Downers Grove, IL 60516. Interment Private.

Arrangements by Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home, Downers Grove. 630/968-1000 or www.adamswinterfieldsullivan.com  ...

DL Capt Linwood Merle Baggett


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Linwood Merle Baggett

JANUARY 4, 1920 – OCTOBER 24, 2018

Obituary of Linwood Merle Baggett


Linwood Merle Baggett was born on January 4, 1920 and passed away on October 24, 2018

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10/26/2018
CARES AND CONCERNS
Thank you to Dennis Baggett, son of retired Delta Captain L. Merle Baggett, 98, for sending us the sad news of his death Wednesday, October 24th.  Captain Merle was the oldest living "originally hired by Delta" pilot at 98+ years and was still very active even though Macular Degeneration had ended his driving capability.  He had no difficulty getting rides to activities though and was warmly welcomed by all of us who loved and respected him.  He was a stalwart Alpha Soda ROMEO breakfast meeting member and loved Delta Golden Wings.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to the family at:  Merle Baggett, 7920 Chancery Ridge, Duluth, GA 30097
Dave


From: "Dennis Baggett" <dc_baggett@tds.net>
To: "'David L. Roberts'" <robertsdl@mindspring.com>
Subject: Capt Baggett's Passing
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2018 11:24:53 -0400


Good morning Dave. I hope all is well with you and yours.

I’m sorry to have to tell you that Dad passed away yesterday morning. The last several weeks have been a blur of hospitalization (3 hospitals and 3 ambulance rides in the first 48 hours of this episode) and rehab as he fought off 3 infections (another UTI, cdiff and ecoli), and had both a temporary and permanent pacemaker implanted.

He was transferred from St Joseph’s Hospital to Dunwoody Rehab last Wed and was making very good progress (as usual). Yesterday, after a restful night’s sleep and a good breakfast, he was in good spirits and eager to proceed with the first PT session of the day.

While walking down the hall with the therapist, he suddenly collapsed. CPR and a trip to the St Joe’s ER were to no avail. He was w/o a pulse and non-responsive from the moment he collapsed in that hallway, so he passed away suddenly and without delay – pretty much the way he had hoped for (#1 choice was to simply sit down for a nap and ride that recliner off to heaven, but short of that, I know that he would be quite satisfied with checking out while taking a stroll).

We will be working on funeral arrangements today and I will update you when finalized . Please pass the word to the group and remember Dad in your prayers. 

Dennis Baggett