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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NWA pilot Berton ‘Lee’ Anderson

USAF veteran, NWA pilot Berton ‘Lee’ Anderson
Nov. 22, 1931 ~ Feb. 17, 2019
Notification with the passing of retired Northwest Airlines pilot Berton Lee Anderson, age 87. 
He is survived by his wife Alberta, plus their children and grandchildren.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook, Minnesota was entrusted with arrangements.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Berton (Lee) Anderson, 87, passed away on Feb. 17th at St. Croix Health & Rehab Center in New Richmond, WI. Lee was born to Berton and Minnie (Rautiola) Anderson in Hibbing on Nov. 22nd, 1931, spent much of his younger years on his grandparent's farm in Bear River and graduated from Alango High School in 1951. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951 and was honorably discharged as rank of S/SGT in 1954. Lee was united in marriage to Alberta aka "Berts" (Doroff) on Jan. 22nd, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cook and lived in Cook until moving to Minneapolis in 1959. Lee was employed as an airline pilot. He retired from Northwest Airlines in 1991. After retirement, he continued to train in simulators until 2008. His passion in life was flying and he really enjoyed his old tractors and working on his farm in Bear River.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents and Brother: Kenneth. He is survived by his Wife: Bert; Son: Patrick Anderson (Brenda Kroening); Daughter: Deborah (Greg) Freeman; Grandchildren: Jon (Kaycee) Ameter, Lynda Freeman (Matt Olson): Great-Grandchildren: Tenley and Brylee.

There will be a reviewal and memorial fellowship (with military honors) at Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook on Friday, Feb. 22 from 12 – 2 p.m. Interment will be in Morcom Cemetery in Bear River at a later date. To leave an online condolence visit www.mlakerfuneralhome.com

DL Capt. Edward J. McHugh Sr.

Military veteran, DL Capt. Edward J. McHugh Sr.
March 7, 1928 ~ February 24, 2019
Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Edward J. McHugh Sr., age 90.  Captain McHugh joined Delta Air Lines 03-05-1956 and retired with Delta in 1988, based Atlanta.  He is survived by his wife Elizabeth ‘Betty’ plus many other friends and dear family members.
Captain McHugh’s obituary may be viewed online at http://clevelandbanner.com/stories/edward-mchugh,95148 
You may share memories and condolences online at the funeral home website: 
The family will receive friends tomorrow February 28th from 5-7 PM at Serenity Funeral Home in Cleveland, Tennessee.  A Funeral Mass will be held March 1st at 11 AM at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church located in Cleveland TN. 
For those wishing,  personal condolences may be sent to the McHugh family at
3845 Westview Dr. NE,  Cleveland TN 37312-5057.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol
Capt. Edward J. McHugh Sr., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the age of 90. He was born March 7, 1928, to the late Edward Bernard McHugh and May Elizabeth Gilfoy McHugh. He died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family and is now resting with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He was born in Chicago, and served proudly as a sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from Delta Airlines in 1988, after 32 years as an airline pilot. He was a member of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church. He loved sharing stories about his adventures as an airline pilot. He was an avid traveler, whistler, tinkerer and lifelong learner. He was often referred to by his 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren as "Gramps the Boss."
He is survived by his most beloved wife of 69 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Healy McHugh; children: Donna (Vernon) Liebert of Dunwoody, Ga., Kathleen (David) Goldstein of Stuart, Fla., Patricia (Gary) Cason of Seneca, S.C., Betty (Timothy) Kelbel of Cincinnati, Ohio, Terri (preceded in death Jerry) Iven of Jenson Beach, Fla., Edward J. (Karen Christina) McHugh Jr. of Tampa, Fla., Timothy P. McHugh of Cleveland, Mary (Blake) Thomas of Johns Creek, Ga., and Michael (Jennifer) McHugh of Stafford, Va.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p..m. Thursday, at Serenity Funeral Home at 3010 N Ocoee St, Cleveland, with a Rosary service beginning at 6:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass celebrating Captain McHugh's life, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2019, at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, 900 Clingan Ridge Drive N.W., Cleveland. Columburial service will follow on the grounds of St. Therese Catholic Church, with military honors concluding the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Edward J. McHugh Sr. to Hearth Hospice, 1800 Rossville Ave., Suite 114, Chattanooga, TN 37408.
We invite you to send a message of comfort and view the family guestbook at www.serenityfunerals.com

Serenity of Cleveland Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

NWA Capt. William Shepard Gum

USAF veteran,  NWA Capt. William Shepard Gum
December 16, 1940 ~ February 19, 2019
Notification with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Captain William Shepard Gum, age 78.  Captain Gum joined Northwest Airlines 06-23-1969.  He is survived by his wife Joyce. 
To view the obituary online please visit 
A gathering of family and friends with services following will be held tomorrow February 26th at Aycock Funeral Home, Young and Prill Chapel in South Stuart, Florida.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary..............William Shepard Gum 
William Shepard Gum, of Hobe Sound, Florida passed away on February 19, 2019.
Born on December 16, 1940 in West Plaines, MO, Bill was an Eagle Scout in his earlier years, and graduated from Drury University in Springfield, MO with degrees in both Economics and Finance.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force where he was a pilot for 7 years, and completed 3 tours in the Vietnam War. Later, Bill became a 747 airline pilot for Northwest Airlines, which is now Delta for 30 years.
He enjoyed skiing, and boating-both sail and motor yachting. Bill and his wife, Joyce spent many weeks on their boat in the Bahamas.
He was an avid reader, a history buff and was always on the quest for further knowledge.
Bill is survived by his wife Joyce of 56 years and they renewed their vows 6 years ago aboard a Celebrity Cruise Line. He is also survived by his sister in law, Beverlie Scott of Port Charlotte, FL, and brother and sister in law, Rex and Laurie Linder of Peoria, IL.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 10:00AM-10:30AM with a Memorial Service to begin at 10:30AM at Aycock Funeral Home, Young and Prill Chapel in South Stuart.

Please visit his online obituary at www.youngandprill.com

Sunday, February 24, 2019

WAL Capt. Edward P. Oswald

Military veteran, WAL Capt. Edward P. Oswald
October 19, 1925 ~ December 22, 2018

Belated notification with the passing of retired Western pilot Captain Edward Peter Oswald, age 93.  Captain Oswald joined Western Airlines 05-07-1953 and retired with Western, based SEA.  Widowed in September 2018, he is survived by their seven children.....please see notices  below.  To view the obituary notice online please visit
As our information is limited....any additional information and/or corrections are always appreciated.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary.....................Edward Peter Oswald
Edward P. Oswald, age 93, of NE Tacoma, passed away December 22, 2018, of natural causes. Edward is survived by his 7 children. A memorial service will be held at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Fife, WA. on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 11:00 am.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Feb. 24, 2019.
Jane’s obituary notice......................Jane Kathryn Oswald

Jane Kathryn Oswald, age 87, of NE Tacoma, passed away September 18, 2018, following a brief illness. Jane is survived by her husband, Edward P. Oswald, and their 7 children. A memorial service will be held at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Fife, WA on Wednesday, November 14th at 11:00 a.m.

From: Bill & Gloria Koll     Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2019 5:52 PM
To Whom...
Saw an obit for Captain Ed Oswald in the Sunday Seattle Times today (2/24)  Service to be held April 1, in Fife 

NAL/PAA Capt. W. Patrick Ledford

Dear friends of USAF veteran & retired National/Pan Am pilot Capt. Pat Ledford...........
From: ROBERT J LINDA CRAWFORD   < crawgarden@msn.com > 
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2019  Subject: Pat Ledford NAL/PAA pilot
NAL/PAA Captain W. Pat Ledford 
DOB Jan 3, 1930      DOH Feb 19, 1964      DOD Feb 22, 2019 
USAF Korean War Veteran 
Note: Services scheduled for Monday Feb 25, 2019 11:00 
   JANUARY 3, 1930 - FEBRUARY 22, 2019
Thank you,

~ Carol for the PCN  

DL pilot Thomas D. Gibbons

DL pilot Thomas D. Gibbons
December 13, 1940 - February 17, 2019
-----Original Message-----
From: rduato < rduato@aol.com >  Sent: Sun, Feb 24, 2019 Subject: Tom Gibbons
     Just wanted to pass the word out to the troops that my good friend ,Tom Gibbons, passed away approximately two weeks ago. Tom had been living in Sarasota for the last year. He had appeared to be in good heath at the time & came as a shock to me as well as his family. Tom was based at various times at DFW, ATL & MIA .
Tom was 77 & his passing was thought to be from natural causes. A memorial service will be held at a later date .
Tom leaves behind two daughters & a son. If anyone would like to drop a note to his daughter her email : joannagibbons@ventura.org 
        Best to all,
            Sam Duato
Note: Tom joined Delta Air Lines 06-02-1969.  He had reached his 78th birthday this past December.  If more news is received as to memorial services, we will be sure to pass that along to you.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Thomas D. Gibbons
Gibbons, Thomas
Dec 13, 1940 - Feb 17, 2019
Thomas Gibbons, of Sarasota, Florida, died on Feb 17, 2019.

Funeral arrangements by: Sound Choice Cremation & Burials.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Julie James, widow of DL Capt. Bill James

former SO F/A Julianne ‘Julie’ James, widow of DL Capt. Bill James
April 15, 1936 ~ February 20, 2019
Word has reached our group... news with the passing of Julie James, widow of Delta Captain William Oswell James.  Julie was 82 years of age at the time of her passing.  Captain James joined Delta Air Lines 01-30-1950.  He passed in January 2006....both obituaries appear below.
Memories and condolences may be shared online at the funeral home website
Family will receive friends March 2nd from 4:00-6:00 PM at Parrott Funeral Home, location
8355 Senoia Road in Fairburn, GA 30213....(770) 964-4800.
Memorial Services for Julie will be held March 3rd at 3 PM at Southwest Christian Church.
Please see all obituary information below. 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Mrs. Julianne (Julie) James of Fayetteville went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 20, 2019. Born April 15, 1936 to George Sanders & Myrtle Gill, she was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. She attended Auburn University before becoming a flight attendant with Southern Airways. She married the love of her life Bill in 1957, and they raised their family in College Park and Fayetteville. Julie & Bill were active members of Southwest Christian Church since 1972. Through the church, they volunteered at Southwest Christian Hospice and ministered to hundreds of individuals in alcohol & drug recovery through programs such as Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences & Northstar Recovery. Julie was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Oswell James and is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Jeff) Sanders James of Sharpsburg; William Wesley (Wes) James of Fayetteville; Vicki Kathryn James of Lawrenceville; Dave Lamar James of Lawrenceville; grandson, Brian James Welsch and great-granddaughter, Reagan James Welsch.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3 o’clock at Southwest Christian Church with Ministers Craig Kingston & James White officiating. In honor of Julie, guests are invited to wear blue, Julie’s favorite color, to her service. In lieu of flowers, Julie requested that donations be made to Southwest Christian Church (Newnan, GA), The Bedford School (Fairburn, GA), or Arise Recovery (Fayetteville, GA). Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at www.parrottfuneralhome.com  The family will receive friends Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory, 770-964-4800.
Capt. William O. (Bill) James, age 78, of Fayetteville, GA, died January 31, 2006. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Julie James; children, Dave James, of California; Vickie James of Lawrenceville; Wes James of Fayetteville; and Jeff James of Smyrna. Bill was a retired Delta Air Lines pilot of 38 years. He also served in the Navy. Bill was a faithful servant of God. Visitation will be held at Southwest Christian Church on Thursday, Feb.2 from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Friday, Feb.3 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 at Southwest Christian Church, 4330 Washington Road, East Point, 404-766-1673. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the "Southwest Christian Building Fund", 4330 Washington Rd., East Point, GA 30344. Metro Crematory, Peachtree City, 770-631-4101.
-----Original Message-----
From: marcy eisenburg   marcy@eisenburg.com 
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2019    Subject: Wife Of Deceased Captain Bill James
Julie James, widow of deceased Delta Captain Bill James of Fayetteville,
GA, passed away yesterday. Arrangements are being made by Parrott
Funeral Home in Fairburn GA

Marcy Eisenburg

Friday, February 15, 2019

NEA/DL Capt. Courtney ‘Court’ Lundquist

Update:  obituary from family...............
Military veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Courtney ‘Court’ Lundquist

January 19, 1929 ~ January 6, 2019

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019 1:50 PM, b j STACEY LUNDQUIST <bjstacey_lundquist@yahoo.com> wrote:

Courtney Lundquist was born in Boston on January 19, 1929 the son of John E  and Ebba (Soderlund) Lundquist of Arlington, MA. Both parents were born in Sweden.

Courtney served in the 24th infantry while serving in the Army of Occupation in Japan, after graduating from Arlington High School.

After being discharged from the Army , Courtney attended Boston University in conjunction with New England Aircraft School.

Court, as he liked to be called, was hired by Northeast Airlines as a mechanic in 1951 and hired again by Northeast Airlines as a pilot in 1953.  Northeast Airlines was then to become Delta Airlines where Court was based in Boston, MA

Court bought Winnipesaukee Airlines out of Laconia, NH flying Navaho aircraft to Boston and to the islands on Lake Winnipesaukee in his Republic See Bee.  He loved the Volmer Amphibian he built Lil Yellowbird.  He commuted to his home in Melvin Village in both his amphibious aircraft.

After retirement in 1989 from Delta flying international on the L-1011, Court joined the airshow flying vintage aircraft all over the United States and Canada,  with the Memphis Bells (movie B-17) B-24, B-25 and also the C-47.

Court was a proud member of the Delta Pioneers, Quiet Birdmen,  Yellowbird and the Experimental  Aircraft Association.

Courtney leaves behind his wife of 41 years BrendaJane (b j) Lundquist, his sister Merna Tontat (Niem) of Chesterfield, VA, his brother Wesley J Lundquist (Judi)  and 2 nieces Kelly and Kristina and nephew Erik and 5 Grandnephews and one Grandniece 

Private services will be held at a later date as he wished.  

Military veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Courtney ‘Court’ Lundquist
January 19, 1929 ~ January 6, 2019

Word from family was just recently received... this news with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Northeast/Delta pilot Captain Courtney John Lundquist, age 89.  Born/raised in Massachusetts to parents John C. & Ebba Lundquist and a military veteran, Captain Lundquist was just shy of his 90th birthday at the time of his passing.  Although the pilot roster indicates a seniority date of 6/11/1953, Captain Lundquist actually first joined Northeast Airlines 10-15-1951.  He retired with Delta Air Lines January 1989 and was based ATL at the time of his retirement.  Captain Lundquist is survived by his wife of 41 years ‘Bj’ Stacey Lundquist plus many other dear friends and family members.  Arrangements are not known but for those wishing to send a personal note, condolences may be sent to the family at
  2149 Mooresville Pike, Culleoka TN 38451-2163.
Please do share your stories and memories on our blogspot and if more information is received on our end, we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,

                ~ Carol for the PCN

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

DL Capt. George R. Ross

Military veteran, DL Capt. George R. Ross
December 1, 1922 ~ February 8, 2019
So much can be written.....but the bottom line is that we will miss our friend Captain Ross.  At the age of 96, Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain George Randolph Ross was a walking history book of life experiences.   Born/raised in Ensley AL, USN ret in 1964, Captain Ross joined Delta Air Lines 08-21-1951 and retired with Delta 12-01-1982, based ATL.   He was widowed in 2009 with the passing of his beloved wife Mary (obituary below).  Captain Ross is survived by their children and grandchildren plus many other family members.  Along the line he acquired us.... his many friends, aviation colleagues, and email buddies.  The best we can each do is remember Captain Ross in our own special way and pass along a good deed in his memory. 
Please click on at our memorial site  ..... leave a story and share your memories.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
From: Buck Stevens Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2019   Subject: Death of Delta Captain George Ross - age 96
    I received an email from a close friend of George’s advising me that George died suddenly around 5:45am this past Friday, February 8th from a heart attack. He will be buried next to his wife Mary at The Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA. 
    I had the pleasure of flying with George on the CV-880 and DC-8 in 1970 and early 1971. George was not only a gifted pilot, but a thoroughly professional one as well. Always the consummate southern gentlemen -  both the Flight Attendants and guys who flew with him loved and admired him.
He lived in Dunwoody and when he retired he gave me some brand new white uniform shirts he had purchased but never worn. After retirement from Delta he never looked back, and went to work full-time in a print shop in the little Dunwoody mall near the Post Office and loved what he did since he had done some of that before the Navy and joining Delta. He certainly didn’t need to work since he was receiving both a Navy and Delta pension (back when there was no lump sum). He told me it kept his mind busy and he used all the money for some great vacations with his wife who he fondly called Queen Mary.
    George always maintained that love for flying and had several model Delta aircraft and pictures as well in his assisted living home in Birmingham. He had a full page ad from the AJC framed showing him in his uniform carrying his flight bag along with some great narrative stating how professional he was, how many Delta aircraft he had flown and how many total flight hours, etc. It was a great ad for Delta and they ran it quite often in the seventies saying basically come fly with us and all the professionals at Delta like George.
George was an email buddy to a host of retired pilots and his mind was extremely sharp along with his always present clever wit.
As soon as I have more details about his service, etc. I will let you know.
                -- Bucky Stevens
Feb. 13 update:  just received the latest update from a very close friend of George. ......................
There will be no service in Birmingham. George's son, Bob, left this afternoon going to Atlanta to leave his dad's ashes
in Duluth, GA at the Head Funeral Home. There they will be sent to Canton, GA (National Military Cemetery). This was all planned by George. There is no obit.  Bob mentioned that any service there would be at some future time.
wife Mary’s obituary........ROSS, MARY "MIMIA" MAHALAS STRITIKUS
Mary "Mimia" Mahalas Stritikus Ross, 85, passed away September 18, 2009. She was born in Wylam, AL, on October 28, 1923, to Condilo and Gerasimo Mahalas, and was one of six children. Mary was married to Steve Stritikus of Ensley, AL, until his passing in 1958, and, since 1974, has been a devoted wife to George R. Ross of Alpharetta, GA.
Mary managed the Lane Bryant Shop in Birmingham, and retired after 2 decades as a Special Agent with the Prudential Insurance Company in Atlanta. She was a member of the Philoptochos women's organization of the Greek Orthodox Church.
Mary is survived by numerous loving family members and friends, including husband, George, daughter, Carol, son, Bob, and grandchildren, Jesse, Greg, Lauren, and Robbie. A gathering in her honor will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, as a tribute to Mary's ever generous and nurturing spirit, donations can be made in her name to the Foster Children's Foundation, P.O. Box 2469, Duluth, GA 30096, or AceraCare Hospice of Atlanta (770-698-8785) or your local hospice.
Sweet Mary ~ Mom ~ Mimia

Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Eris ‘Bea’ Black, widow of WAL Capt. Eugene ‘Gene’ Black

Eris ‘Bea’ Black, widow of WAL Capt. Eugene ‘Gene’ Black
Dec. 11, 1922 ~ Feb. 4, 2019

Notification with the passing of former Western Airlines stewardess Eris ‘Bea’ Brady Black, age 96.  Bea was widowed in 2010 with the passing of her husband Western Captain Eugene ‘Gene’ Black.  Bea’s interesting life story appears below along with Gene’s obituary. 
To view Bea’s obituary online please visit
Arrangements entrusted to Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service: www.dokkennelson.com 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary....................Eris "Bea" Black, 96, our sweet, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, February 4, 2019, in Bozeman, MT.
She was born on December 11, 1922 in Sandy, UT, to Silas Lindsay and Mary Zilpha (Bateman) Brady. She was the youngest of five children, with one brother and three sisters.
Bea spent her childhood and school years in Salt Lake City, UT, graduating from East High School, attending one year of business college and becoming a comptometer operator.
Starting in her teen years, her family spent summers in their cabins in West Yellowstone, MT. She cherished this yearly tradition, spending time with family and friends for most of her life. In 1944, she became a stewardess for Western Airlines based out of Cheyenne, WY. After two years she was transferred to Denver, CO as the Chief Stewardess where she met and fell in love with a handsome co-pilot, Gene Black. They married in 1947, had two daughters, and lived in Denver until Gene was transferred to Los Angeles, CA in 1957. They lived in Corona del Mar, CA, still spending summers in West Yellowstone. During the '70s, she and Gene lived part-time in Honolulu, HI where he was then based. In 1982 they bought a home in Bozeman and split their time between Montana and California. They joined Riverside Country Club in Bozeman, made many wonderful friends, and enjoyed playing lots of golf.
Bea was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) which gave her peace and comfort. She was very active in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and spent years as a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader. She was an avid Bridge player and enjoyed bowling, tennis, gardening, traveling, big band and swing era music, and especially loved to dance. She was a bit of a social butterfly and would liven up any gathering.
Her family and friends, and even acquaintances, meant the world to her. She was admired and treasured by all of them. They would often say that she was gracious, caring, kind, always positive, classy, fun and non-judgmental. They enjoyed her humor; she made everyone feel good. People feel lucky to have known her, as she brightened their lives.
Bea is survived by her daughters, Bonnie (Phil) Maurer of Wilsall, MT and Vickie (Larry) Minkoff of Bozeman; four grandchildren, Billy (Marcia) Leach of Bozeman, Alisha (Shahin) Etebar of Palm Springs, CA, and Ryan and Evan Minkoff of Bozeman; and one great-grandchild, Gabriella Grace Leach of Bozeman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene; parents, Silas and Mary; brother, Lynn Brady; sisters, Grace Allen, Hazel Kevitch, and Mary Dent Stam; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Bea lived a long and blessed life, often admitting, with a smile and "that twinkle in her eyes", to being a tad spoiled.
We have lost a very special lady who will be missed by many.
The family would like to thank the staff at Springmeadows, Hospice of Bozeman Health, First Choice Home Care, and especially Alice Bergenheier, her dear friend and caregiver.
A celebration of Bea's life will be planned at a later date.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
USAF veteran, WAL Capt. EUGENE ‘GENE’ BLACK, 1923-2010
Eugene "Gene" Black, 87, a loving and loyal son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, in Bozeman.
He was born on April 1, 1923, at the Beer Mug Ranch in Difficulty, Wyo., to William and Hertha (Wendelburg) Black. He spent his childhood and school years in Blackwell, Okla.
During his first semester of college at Oklahoma A&M, he joined the U.S. Air Force and became a pilot. During World War II, he was an instructor on the Douglas A26 Invader. In 1945, he was hired to fly for Western Airlines, which merged with Delta Airlines in 1987. Capt. Black retired in 1988 after 42 years as a highly respected commercial airline pilot.
During his first year with Western Airlines, he met a lovely stewardess, Eris Bea Brady, who became his wife of almost 63 years. After the birth of their two daughters in Denver, Colo., he was recalled by the Air Force for the Korean War and flew 52 missions as a squadron commander on the Martin B26 Marauder Bomber receiving multiple honors and medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross.
After the war and during the rest of his piloting career, he lived with his family in Denver, Corona del Mar, Calif., Honolulu, and Bozeman; spending many summers in West Yellowstone.
Gene was a country boy and outdoorsman at heart. He was an Eagle Scout. He loved farming and ranching, fishing, bird hunting, gardening, golfing, skiing, and glider flying. He enjoyed playing bridge and poker, racquetball and tennis. He was a great all-around handyman and mechanic, and especially took pleasure and pride in his yard work. He loved his wife and family, friends and faithful dogs.
Gene was a member of Kiwanis, Riverside Country Club since 1982, and belonged to the Elks Club for 34 years. He shared his love for flying and worldwide travel with his family and close friends. Gene was a true gentleman, respected and loved for his honesty, kindness, generosity, helpfulness, sense of humor and strength of character. He will be remembered and missed by many.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Bea of Bozeman; daughters, Bonnie (Phil) Maurer of Wilsall, Vickie (Larry) Minkoff of Bozeman; grandchildren, Bill (Marcia) Leach of Bozeman, Alisha (John) Boston of LaQuinta, Calif., and Ryan and Evan Minkoff of Bozeman.
Special thanks to the staff at Cottonwood Case Management, Hospice of Southwest Montana, Highgate, and Spring Creek Memory Care.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel. A celebration of Gene's life will follow the services.

DL Capt. Earl G. Ballard

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Earl G. Ballard
September 19, 1937 ~ February 10, 2019
Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Earl George Ballard, age 81.  Captain Ballard joined Delta Air Lines 07-19-1965 and retired with Delta, based PDX/030.  He is survived by his wife Jeanne plus many other family members and friends.
To view the obituary online and share memories please visit the funeral home website at
Visitation and Mass of Christian burial is planned for Feb. 15th at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Hot Springs Village, Ark.  
Interment: Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.
For those wishing to send a personal note, condolences may be sent to the family at
63 Loyola Drive, Hot Springs Village AR 71909-7787.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Capt. Earl Ballard slipped the surly bounds of earth on Feb. 10, 2019. He passed away at the age of 81 at Good Sam's after a brief and courageous battle with brain cancer.
His life began on Sept. 19, 1937, in Kerrville, Texas, but included many stops along the way because his stepdad was a military man. His education includes Frankfurt High School in Germany, graduation at Austin High School in El Paso, Stephenville Junior College and finally Texas A&M. Earl's flying career started with the United States Air Force, learning to fly in the Air Force Cadet class of G61, then flying missions to Turkey, France and Bangkok. His career ended after 32 years of flying and line check training with Delta Air Lines, where he retired as an "International Pilot." Earl always said he wanted to fly the biggest planes made!! Even after moving to Hot Springs Village in 2000, he continued to meet monthly with his Delta flying buddies for lunch.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Barnhart and Martha Ann Hamilton Ballard, and his stepfather, E.H. Ballard; his sister, Dixie Marie McClellan.
He is survived by the "love of his life," Jeanne, with whom he just celebrated their 40th anniversary; a sister, Linda O'Connell; three children, Timothy, Matthew and Mitchell; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, many nieces and nephews.
Capt. Earl loved to reminisce about all his days of flying and had a lot of stories about all the famous people that had been on his flights. He loved playing golf with his friends and his wife and they made many golfing trips. Earl spent a lot of his free time playing "freecell" on his computer, playing euchre with friends and snuggling up in the recliner with his dog, Dexter. Earl also had a passion for the piano and he spent hours playing the oldies. Earl was a kind and gentle soul who will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Hot Springs Village, followed by the Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m.
Interment will be at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Pallbearers: Mitch Ballard, Matt Ballard, Rob Bowers, Clint Lunsford, Rex Brewer and Dan Quandt.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Endowment with the Hot Springs Village Community Foundation, or to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home of Hot Springs Village, Ark.


DECEMBER 26, 1939 - OCTOBER 13, 2018
Please forgive this belated notice....we have just heard of the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Robert Warren Cummings, age 78.  Captain Cummings joined Northwest Airlines 01-06-1969.  Captain Cummings’ obituary  may still be viewed online at
Obituary information notes that Captain Cummings is survived by his wife Suzanne ‘Suzy’ plus many other family members and friends.
Should more information be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Robert W. Cummings, age 78 of Seminole, FL, took his last flight heaven bound from Suncoast Hospice, Palm Harbor, FL on October 13, 2018 surrounded by loving family and friends . Born December 26, 1939 in Duluth, MN, he graduated from Denfield High School and UMD. His love of flying spanned his lifetime; Duluth Civil Air Patrol, AFROTC, Interceptor Pilot training on the F-102 and RF-101, the Voodoo, 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at TanSonNhut, Vietnam, Air Command, and Minnesota Air National guard. He retired as a Lt. Colonel from the Air Force in 1968, a decorated Vietnam Veteran, having received numerous medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. He will long be remembered as "A pilot's pilot." He was a pilot and captain for Northwest Airlines, retiring after 27 years. Bob was a devoted member of his beloved Harborside Christian Church in Safety Harbor, FL, serving many years on the Safety and Security team. He was a long time member of The Albert Whitted Preservation Society, and volunteered with Eagle Scouts, Tampa Bay Watch, and JAARS in mission events and organizing airport events and speaking opportunities in local Christian Schools. He is survived by his wife, Suzy, her two children, Shannon Haagsma (Carl) of Palm Harbor and Mark Haagsma of Indian Rocks Beach, 3 daughters, Vickie Moening (Jeff) of Rogers, MN., Barbara Habiger of Minn., MN, Tracy Halle (Louis) of Portsmouth, N.H., a sister, Linda O' Connor (Dave) of Duluth, MN, a brother, Don Cummings (Karen) of Eagan, MN, and 8 grand-children. A Celebration of Life will be held at Harborside Christian Church Chapel, 2200 Marshall Street in Safety Harbor, on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice Foundation.org or Alz.org (Alzheimer's Association).

Monday, February 11, 2019

NWA/DL Capt. Harry E. Skirm


Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary.............Harry Edmund Skirm 9/8/54 - 2/8/19
Harry ";Bagger"; Skirm was unexpectedly killed in a fatal car accident the morning of Feb. 8 in Wisconsin. A dedicated aviator, husband, and father, he was 64 years old. Born to Navy Cmdr. George Louis Skirm Jr. and Rosemary Bradford Skirm, Harry was the fourth of six children in a nomadic family. He graduated from a Department of Defense high school in Yokosuka, Japan and got his bachelor's in mathematics from the University of South Carolina. Harry served as a Navy pilot from 1976-1985. He was assigned to the USS Midway, flying the A-7 with VA-93, and later to China Lake, California, as a test pilot for the F/A-18 with V-X5. There he met his wife, Stacy, and they were married at McChord Air Force Base in 1984. They raised their three children in Puyallup, WA. In 1985 Harry was hired by Northwest Airlines, mainly flying the B747, and in 2009 he transitioned to Delta, later flying the A350. Harry purchased a Cirrus SR22T aircraft in 2015, becoming a dedicated member of the Cirrus Owners &; Pilots Association and C2A. Harry valued education: he was a parent volunteer and founded three scholarships. He will always be remembered for his warm heart, big smile, and love of a good joke. He is survived by his wife, Stacy Fenton-Skirm; his three children, Briana Kelly, Logan Skirm, and Brittany Skirm; his siblings, Kathleen Woodhouse, Capt. George Skirm III, Rosemary Hellene, Michael Skirm, and Elizabeth Skirm, MD; and his extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to the Tailhook Educational Foundation toward the ";LCDR Harry &; Stacy Skirm, Defying the Odds Scholarship"; ( www.tailhook.net/donate-now).

USN ret., NWA/DL pilot Harry E. Skirm
September 8, 1954 ~ February 8, 2019
We are hearing this news of a tragic fatal vehicle accident involving NWA/DL pilot Captain Harry Edmund Skirm, age 64.  Captain Skirm joined Northwest Airlines 03-08-1985 and continued  with Delta Air Lines, based DTW.  Captain Skirm had most recently resided in Puyallup, Washington.  What we know so far is just from news sources.  
Arrangements and services for Capt. Skirm are not yet available....we will keep you updated.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
3-vehicle highway crash in western Wisconsin kills pilot from Washington state
He was driving an airport courtesy car when he crossed the centerline and hit an oncoming truck, authorities said.
A Washington state pilot died in a three-vehicle highway crash shortly after he landed at a western Wisconsin airport, authorities said Monday.
Harry Skirm, 64, of Puyallup, Wash., was killed in the collision about 8 a.m. Friday on Hwy. 48 just east of Cumberland, according the Barron County Sheriff’s Office.
Facebook members of an aviation group noted that Skirm worked as a commercial airline pilot and served in the Navy.
Skirm landed in Cumberland and was given an airport courtesy car while in Wisconsin, said Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.
According to the Sheriff’s Office:  Skirm was driving west on Hwy. 48 about 3 miles from the airport, crossed the centerline and hit a truck being driven by Dennis Jergenson, 60, of nearby Comstock.
Another vehicle heading east, driven by Dennis Jacobson, 71, of Cumberland, struck the back of Jergenson’s truck.
Multi-Vehicle Crash Near Cumberland Results In Fatality
Authorities received a 911 call of a three-vehicle accident on Hwy 48.
BARRON COUNTY — A three-vehicle crash near Cumberland, Wisconsin on Friday resulted in the death of one person, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.
(Press Release) — On Friday, February 8, 2019, at 8:06am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a three vehicle accident on Hwy 48 just east of Cumberland.
Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cumberland Police Department, Cumberland Fire Department, Cumberland Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter all responded to the scene.
Initial report shows a vehicle traveling westbound driven by Harry Skirm, 64 from Puyallup, WA, crossed the center line and stuck a truck traveling eastbound driven by Dennis Jergenson, 60 of Comstock. A third vehicle traveling eastbound driven by Dennis Jacobson, 71 of Cumberland, struck the back of the Jergenson truck. The Jacobson vehicle had two passengers, Pam Jacobson, 65, and Shaun Jacobson, 41, both of Cumberland.
Skirm was transported to Cumberland Hospital where he was pronounced deceased and all the other drivers and passengers were checked out at the scene and released.
The Wisconsin State Patrol was called in to reconstruct the accident scene and the Barron County Highway Department closed Hwy 48 for two and one-half hours.

This accident remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Marjorie Pinson Black, wife of DL Capt. Reuben Black

Marjorie Pinson Black, wife of DL Capt. Reuben Black
November 17, 1936 ~ February 6, 2019
Word has reached our group, this news with the passing of Marjorie ‘Marge’ Pinson Black, wife of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta Air Lines pilot Captain Reuben Black.  Marge is survived by her husband Reuben, their children, their grand- and great grandchildren plus many other dear friends and family members.  Services for Marge were held yesterday in Gainesville, Georgia.
To view Marjorie’s obituary online and to share memories, please visit
For those wishing to send a personal note, condolences may be sent to Captain Black 
c/o Arbor Terrace Assisted Living, 170 Marilyn Farmer Way, Athens GA 30606-3141.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary.........Marjorie Joyce Pinson Black died peacefully on Wednesday, February 6th, surrounded by her family. She was 82. 
Marge was born on November 17th, 1936, one of three daughters of Lester and Cora Pinson. She lived in Chicopee Village, Georgia, graduated as valedictorian from Gainesville High School, and earned a degree in education from North Georgia College.
She married her sweetheart, Reuben Black, on June 9th, 1957. Marge and Reuben's greatest joy was spending time with their grandchildren, most notably during their 26 years hosting Grancamp week, with a different theme every summer.
Marge dedicated her life to mentoring and supporting others through Friendship Force International and numerous community and church programs. She and Reuben hosted several international students in their home, forging long-lasting relationships that continue to this day.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister and brother-in-law, Merle and Lewis Gaines. She is survived by her husband of nearly 62 years, Reuben Black; her sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Steve Mooney; her children and their spouses, Kathy and Roger Stansell, Patti and Robby Pitts, Jeff and Robyn Black, Tim Black and Patricia Babuka, and Baris Savas; thirteen grandchildren and their spouses; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the Chapel of Memorial Park North Riverside, 989 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, Georgia, 30501. A reception celebrating Marge's life will follow at the home of Baris Savas and Christina White.
She loved all kinds of flowers but would also be honored by contributions made in her memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at michaeljfox.org.
Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel 989 Riverside Dr. 770-297-6200

Gainesville,Georgia 30501 in charge of arrangements.

DL Capt. William Poddick Jr.

Military veteran,  DL Capt. William Poddick Jr.
October 14, 1938 ~ April 18, 2018

Belated news... as noted this month in ALPA’s magazine In Memoriam Column, the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain William Poddick Jr., age 79.  I believe born/raised in Florida and a military veteran, Captain Poddick joined Delta Air Lines 06-13-1966 and retired with Delta in May 1997.  He was based earlier at Miami and DFW, then 031/ATL at the time of his retirement.  Captain Poddick had most recently resided in Tavernier, FLorida.  No other details could be found. 
If anyone has additional information to share, corrections/updates are always appreciated.
            Thank you,

                ~ Carol for the PCN   

From: Gerald B Smith [mailto:geraldbsmith38@gmail.comSubject: William Poddick
Bill was a good friend for many years when we flew out of Dallas for Delta. He was a member of the Navy Skeet Team and taught Carolyn and I to shoot sheet before we both began a long stretch of competetive skeet shooting. He was also an expert in shooting International Skeet and live pigeons. Bill and I also did a lot of bird hunting in Texas and shared a rather perilous goat hunt in Alaska. He was a unique individual.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

DL Capt. Jeffrey M. Dirks

Lt. Col. USAF ret., DL Capt. Jeffrey M. Dirks
August 14, 1948 - September 19, 2018
Belated news... as noted this month in ALPA’s magazine In Memoriam Column, the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Mark Dirks, age 70.  A veteran of the USAF, Captain Dirks joined Delta Air Lines  09-04-1989.   He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, his children and grandchildren plus many other friends and family members.  Please see obituary information below. 
Captain Dirks obituary may still be viewed online at the funeral home website 
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
745 Valley View Ct., Argyle TX 76226-1719.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, at Denton Bible Chapel for Jeffrey Mark Dirks of Argyle.
    Jeff, 70, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Medical City Hospital in Dallas, following a courageous battle with cancer.
     Jeff was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend.  He will be remembered as a man of many talents—athlete, fighter pilot, marksman, engineer, motorcycle rider, scholar and musician—but more importantly for his quiet strength, humility, wit, wisdom and reliance on God.  A mentor, role model and listening ear to many, he will be deeply missed.
    Jeff was born on August 14, 1948, St. Louis, Missouri to Kenneth Ray and Betty Jean (Worsham) Dirks.  As the son of an Army surgeon, Jeff was raised in California, Washington, England, Germany and Maryland.
    Jeff married Elizabeth Ann Martin, on February 11, 1992, and the couple has since resided in Argyle, Texas.  He had previously retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service to his country.  He later flew for Delta, attended classes at Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated from Texas A&M law school.  Jeff and Elizabeth were active members of Denton Bible Church, volunteering as regular toddler Sunday School teachers and premarital counselors.  He also served as a leader in the Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) children’s ministry for over a decade.
    In addition to being survived by Elizabeth, Jeff is survived by five daughters: Kori Voller of New Blaine, Arkansas; Lacy Claire and husband John of West Lafayette, Indiana; Lisa Moore and husband Jeremiah of Waxahachie, Texas; Carrie Henderson and husband Bryan of Dallas, Texas; and Marcie Pulley and husband Martin of Plano, Texas.
    He is also survived by his mother, Betty Dirks of Bryan, Texas; sister Debbie Dorcus and husband Harry of Oakton, Virginia; and sister Melissa McConnell and husband Bill of College Station, Texas.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Susan Huffman, and brother, Timothy Dirks.
    He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren: Kayla, Holly, Jace, Reagan, Noah, Miles, Michael, Lizzy, Charis, Annabelle, Emmeline, L.G. and Benji, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
    Tommy Nelson will officiate at the memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, at Denton Bible Chapel, 2300 E. University Drive in Denton.  A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 24, at Mulkey-Bowles Montgomery.  A private burial will follow at a later date at the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Woman to Woman Pregnancy Center at www.dentonprc.org, BSF International at www.bsfinternational.org/support/give-to-bsf or Denton Bible Children’s Ministry.

PAA/DL Capt. Fred C. Losen

Military veteran, PAA/DL Capt. Fred C. Losen
September 22, 1939 ~ September 29, 2018
Belated news... as noted this month in ALPA’s magazine In Memoriam Column, the passing of Pan Am/Delta pilot Captain Frederick Cyril Losen, age 79.  Born in New York state and a military veteran, Captain Losen joined Pan American Airways 01-19-1966 and retired with Delta Air Lines.  
Online death notices for Captain Losen may be found at
Arrangements were entrusted to M. A. Connell Funeral Home of Huntington Station, New York. 
Should more news be received we can then update our memorial site.
            Thank you,

                ~ Carol for the PCN  

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

DL Capt. Jerry Lee Gordin

DL Capt. Jerry Lee Gordin
October 6, 1938 ~ January 31, 2019 
Notification with the passing of Delta pilot Captain Jerry Lee Gordin, age 80.  Captain Gordin joined Delta Air Lines 03-14-1966 and was with Delta until the spring of 1986, based ATL.
To share memories and to view the obituary online please visit
Please see obituary for services.  Arrangements entrusted to  
Ingling Williams & Lewis Funeral Home of South Charleston, OH.  ( https://www.jacksonlytle.com/ )
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Jerry Lee Gordin passed away on January 31, 2019 at his home in Punta Gorda, FL. Jerry was born in London, Ohio on October 6, 1938.
He was a retired Delta Airlines Pilot and an active farmer in Ohio with his lifelong friend and business partner John Davison.
He was a member of the Free Masons and York Rite for 52 years and a perpetual member of the Punta Gorda Lodge 115.
Jerry was fond of playing the part of Santa Claus for many years, for the Noerr Corp in our local malls. He loved sailing and lived for many years on his sailboat in New Orleans.
He is lovingly missed by his wife Denise Gordin of 14 years. He had two daughters: Julie Ellerbee a teacher, and Dr. Kristi Gordin and three grandchildren: Kristen Ellerbee an artist, Garrett Ellerbee and wife Analize both active USAF and McClain Ellerbee an airman in USAF. He is also survived by his sister Marcia Cornell and family.

A visitation will be held at Kays Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, Punta Gorda, FL on Thursday February 7, 2019 from 4pm to 6 pm with a service to follow at 7pm. A further service shall also be held at InglingWilliams & Lewis in South Charleston, Ohio on Saturday February 9, 2019 from11 - 2 pm. Jerry will be laid to rest at Greenlawn Cemetery beside his father and mother, Ray and Frances Gordin.