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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

WA/DL Capt. Dennis Paul Zenger

Military veteran, WA/DL Capt. Dennis Paul Zenger
September 27, 1944 ~ May 18, 2019
Notification with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Dennis Paul Zenger, age 74.  Captain Zenger joined Western Airlines 02-19-1979 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2004.  He is survived by his wife Peggy Dormer Zenger plus many other family members, friends and aviation colleagues.  Obituary information and photos may be viewed online at
As noted in obituary below, a ceremony will mark Dennis' interment at Miramar National Cemetery on May 28th at 9AM, followed that day by a Celebration of Life and a reception hosted aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego at 11AM. 
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
3489 Gentle Knoll St.,  Carlsbad CA 92010-5552.
Should more information be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Dennis Paul Zenger of Carlsbad, retired airline captain and proud Naval aviator

Dennis Zenger passed away in Carlsbad, California, at the age of 74 on Saturday, May 18th, surrounded with the love of his family. Despite living under a cancer diagnosis for the past decade, Dennis's strength and optimism were an inspiration to all his Sigma Chi fraternity brothers, his fellow aviators from VF151 and beyond, his countless golf buddies, and the friends and family saddened by his loss. Dennis was born to Elmer and Frances Zenger in Portland, Oregon. He fondly remembered childhood fishing trips along the Oregon coast with his father and elder brother, Dean, a tradition he continued with his own children decades later. Upon graduating from Madison High School in 1962, Dennis entered the University of Oregon and earned a degree in Economics in 1966. While serving as an F4 pilot on the USS Midway, Dennis's second deployment in 1972 included dangerous missions over North Vietnam, which he chronicled in a contribution to the book "Vietnam to Western Airlines, Volume 2." As he wrote, "I was just as scared as everyone else but determined to do my duty. One of my biggest motivations was to do anything I could to help our fellow airmen in those Hanoi prisons get released." Following his military service, Dennis joined Western Airlines in 1979. Later, as a captain for Delta Airlines, he covered the country until his retirement in 2004. In his free time, he explored the world by tracing his family roots back to Switzerland, plus trips including Italy, England, France, Ireland, Germany and Australia...and even two rounds of golf at St. Andrews in Scotland. Following a 2017 cruise to New Zealand, he and his wife Peggy joined friends for a summer cruise to Alaska just last year, living his life to the fullest. Dennis is survived by his wife Peggy Dormer Zenger, his brother Dean Zenger and wife Kaye, his daughter Stephanie Knudsen and husband Brad, his stepson Jeff Dormer and wife Sarah Coulter, grandchildren Noah, James, Hailey and Stella, and numerous members of his extended family in San Diego, Portland and beyond. A ceremony will mark Dennis's interment at Miramar National Cemetery on Tuesday, May 28th at 9am, to be followed that day by a Celebration of Life and reception hosted aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego at 11am. In lieu of flowers, we ask for donations in Dennis's memory to Disabled American Veterans ( dav.org ) or Informed Prostate Cancer Support Group ( ipcsg.org ).

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

SO/NWA Capt. Larry Willard Fussell

USAF veteran, SO/NWA Capt. Larry Willard Fussell
December 2, 1947 ~ May 10, 2019
Notification with the passing of retired Southern/Northwest pilot Capt. Larry Willard Fussell, age 71.  Captain Fussell began his commercial flying career with Southern Airways and due mergers would have retired with Northwest Airlines.   He is survived by his wife Françoise, his  sons and his grandchildren.
To view the obituary online please visit
To the best of my knowledge, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
210 Playground Rd., Walhalla SC 29691-1532.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary for Mr. Larry Willard Fussell
Larry "Willard" Fussell died on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at his home in Walhalla, SC and will be dearly missed.
The Life Celebration for Larry will be held on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at 3pm at Crystal Lake in Mountain Rest, SC. The address for the event is 421 Paradise Cove Drive, Mountain Rest, SC 29664. Larry would not want anyone dressed up, so please come wearing casual attire or dress comfortably for the (outdoor) event at the lake.
Larry was born in Americus, GA to George Fussell and Maude Ölkers on December 2nd, 1947. He was a good student and enjoyed playing basketball for his school. He moved with his mother to Walhalla, a city founded by his German ancestors, for high school where he was a star player on the high school basketball team.
He knew from a young age that his calling wasn't to be a farmer as many others in his small town planned to be, but rather he wanted to be a pilot. He decided to go to the University of South Carolina for their Air Force ROTC program. In 1970, he graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina where he met his wife, Francoise Mary Hipp of Beaufort, SC. After much cajoling, he convinced Francoise to marry him, a decision that would keep them together and happy for the next 49 years. Lacking time and money for a honeymoon, they moved to Louisiana for Francoise to complete work on a Masters Degree at LSU and soon afterward, Larry traveled to Columbus, MS to attend Air Force flight school.
Larry flew KC-135 refueling planes for the Air Force. He was deployed several times as part of Operation Young Tiger in Thailand during the Vietnam War.
After the births of his first two sons, he found a position at a small airline which, through a series of mergers, is now called Delta Airlines. He flew millions of passengers safely around North America for almost 30 years.
While not flying above the clouds, he enjoyed spending time with his family, vacationing at Edisto Island, drinking coffee, watching Andy Griffith, and supporting his wife and sons in any way he was able. Buying gifts for Larry was nearly impossible. He wasn't big on possessions and was happiest when he was the one doing the giving, whether it was a favor, a steak, or a surprisingly stiff cocktail.
Larry is survived by his wife, Françoise, his four sons, Christopher, wife Robin, Michael, wife Melissa, Patrick, wife Joselyn, Thomas, partner Mandolin, and his nine grandchildren, Emily, Daniel, Ethan, Alexa, Lily, Presley, William, Astrid, and (one-month-old) Bear. He is also survived by dogs and grand-dogs Zuzu, Beau, Groot, Rosie, Walter, Darwin and Willie Nelson.

He cared deeply for children and dogs alike so the family requests that any memorial charity donations be sent to St. Jude's Hospital or the ASPCA.


September 8, 1940 ~ May 11, 2019

Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Capt. Douglas Sherwood Tremblay, age 78.  Captain Tremblay joined Northwest Airlines 08-07-1967 and retired in the year 2000 as noted below.  He is survived by his wife Patricia plus their children and grandchildren.  To view the obituary online please visit
 also at   
Arrangements were entrusted to Palm Northwest Mortuary and Cemetery,
6701 North Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89131  ...  (702) 464-8460.
For those wishing to send a personal note, condolences may be sent to the family at
5112 Wild Marigold Drive, Las Vegas NV 89130-0174.  
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN

Douglas Sherwood Tremblay, 78, of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on May 11, 2019. Douglas was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine to his parents, Joyce and Roland Tremblay. He graduated from University of New Hampshire and enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was a Pilot from 1962 – 1967 and flew KC135 Refueler over Vietnam. In 1967 he joined Northwest Airlines (MSP) and then retired from Delta Airlines in 2000. Upon retirement Douglas and his wife, Patricia moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. In his free time Douglas enjoyed being an ABC bowler, golfer, hiker and poker player. Douglas was preceded in death by his parents, Joyce and Roland (Maine) and his first wife, Wendy (MN). Douglas is survived by his 3 children, Mike (Tina) of Ohio, Sean (Liz) of Minnesota and Pam of Minnesota; his wife of 26 years, Patricia Haggenmiller-Lavell and her 2 children, Tiffani of Minnesota and Sean (Barbara) of Minnesota and their 9 grandchildren. Douglas will be laid to rest in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

NEA/DL Capt. Norman W. Abare Sr

Military veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Norman W. Abare Sr.
March 29, 1927 ~ May 8, 2019
--- Captain Abare was hired by Northeast on 12/18/1957 and retired from Delta on 04/01/1988 
Norman W. Abare, Sr. passed away on May 8, 2019. Norman was the beloved husband of 61 years of the late Rosemarie Abare. Born in his cherished hometown of Winchendon, Massachusetts on March 29, 1927, Norman was the son of the late Louis N. Abare and Helen (Corbett) Abare. Norman graduated from Murdock High School in 1945, was drafted into the United States Army and served in Germany during World War II. When he returned from the war, he attended radio and television repair school in Cambridge. He worked for many years at his family’s business, The Louis N. Abare Company, selling and fixing furniture and appliances. After discovering a love for flying on his Aeronca Chief, he became an airline pilot for Northeast Airlines and eventually Delta Airlines, where he worked for nearly thirty years. But, the real love of his life was his wife, Marie. Together they built a beautiful home and family in Winchendon. In recent years, Norman and Marie also enjoyed spending time with their family in Farmington, CT. Norman was a devoted husband and father, a loyal brother and brother-in-law, a loving grandfather, a good friend and a man who drew strength from his deep Catholic faith. What was most important to Norman was spending time with his family and taking care of them. He was known to invariably have a project going at home or at the home of his children and was always there to help. 
Norman was predeceased by his wife Rosemarie and his daughter Joan Marchi. He is survived by his children Rose-Ann Abare of Farmington, Mary Lenehan and her husband Kevin of Cheshire, Helen Liguori and her husband Mike of Pittsburgh, son-in-law Brian Marchi of Somers, Norman Abare and his wife Jenna of West Hartford and Kathryn O'Connell and her husband Greg of West Hartford; grandchildren Kathryn Lenehan, Kevin Lenehan, Patrick Lenehan, Elena Liguori, Cecilia Liguori, Lucia Liguori, Regina Liguori, Michael Liguori, Connor Marchi, Joseph O'Connell, Timothy O'Connell, Caroline O'Connell and Zachary Abare. He also leaves behind his sister, Marilyn Abare, sister-in-law Theresa Smith and brother-in-law Leo Smith. He was pre-deceased by his brother Robert Abare, sisters-in-law June Smith, Ellen Pepi and Claire Abare, brothers-in-law Paul Smith, Henry Smith and Jerome Pepi. Norman also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to the Molloy Funeral Home at 906 Farmington Ave. West Hartford on Monday May 13th from 4:00-7:00 PM. A mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, May 14th at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church 872 Farmington Ave. West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to HARC, Inc. 900 Asylum Avenue Hartford, CT 06105.  
Jon J Maynard 
President Yellowbird Chapter of Delta Pioneers 
First Vice President of Delta National Pioneers 
(H) 121 Tremont St # 212, Brighton, MA 02135      
(H) 617.787.2620 
Death Notice: Rosemarie C. 'Marie' Abare   (1932-2017)

Rosemarie C. Abare passed away on October 12, 2017. Marie was the beloved wife of 61 years of Norman W. Abare, Sr. Born on August 23, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Henry F. and Roseanne (Kenney) Smith. Marie graduated from Dorchester High for Girls in 1950, then worked for the Massachusetts Transit Authority in Boston until 1956. Marie relocated from Boston to Winchendon, MA to marry Norman and together they made a beautiful life and home. In recent years, Marie and Norman enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren in Farmington, CT. Marie was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. Her life was taking care of her family and making them happy. Marie is survived by her husband, Norman of Winchendon; her children Rose-Ann Abare of Winchendon, Mary Lenehan and her husband Kevin of Cheshire, Helen Liguori and her husband Mike of Pittsburgh, son-in-law Brian Marchi of Somers, Norman Abare and his wife Jenna of West Hartford and Kathryn O'Connell and her husband Greg of West Hartford; grandchildren Kathryn Lenehan, Kevin Lenehan, Patrick Lenehan, Elena Liguori, Cecilia Liguori, Lucia Liguori, Regina Liguori, Michael Liguori, Connor Marchi, Joseph O'Connell, Timothy O'Connell and Caroline O'Connell. She was pre-deceased by her daughter Joan Marchi, her sister Ellen Pepi, her brothers Paul Smith and Henry Smith, brother-in-law Robert Abare and sisters-in-law Arlene Smith and June Smith. Marie also leaves behind her brother Leo Smith and sisters-in-law Marilyn Abare, Claire Abare and Theresa Smith and many beloved nieces and nephews............

Saturday, May 4, 2019

NWA Capt.Thomas D. Klemens

Military veteran, NWA Capt.Thomas D. Klemens
November 26, 1934 ~ April 25, 2019 
Notification with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Capt. Thomas Donald Klemens, age 84.  Captain Klemens joined Northwest Airlines 10-31-1958.  He is survived by his companion Tonia Clark plus his children and grandchildren.
To view obituary information online please visit
Plans for a memorial service are pending as noted below.
Should more news be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Bothell - Thomas D. Klemens, age 84, died on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Royal Anne Senior Care Home in Bothell, WA. Thomas was born on November 26, 1934 in Great Falls, MT. He spent all of his youth living there until he left for college to study Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Colorado. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Cadet, in the Pilot Training Program for the Montana Air National Guard, where he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. His love of flying led him to a 35 year career as a pilot for Northwest Airlines. He was a longtime Captain, first on the McDonnell Douglas DC-10, and later on the Boeing 747. Tom was admired by his aviation peers for his expertise and dedication to the profession. He was remarkable in his studies and received a degree in Economics at the University of Washington, and a Law degree from LSEU. He passed the California Bar Exam and practiced law in Palm Springs. Foremost an explorer and always an adventure seeker; he was self-taught in many of his endeavors. He climbed to the summit of Mt. Rainier, competed in downhill ski races, and was a member of the Rocky Mountain National Ski Patrol. Tom was an avid hiker, competitive tennis player, and an expert sailor. He enjoyed sailing his beloved Seraphim and flying his Aero Commander. He mastered piano at a young age, and in later years learned to play the bagpipes. He enjoyed traveling and learning foreign languages.

Thomas is survived by his companion of 33 years, Tonia Clark of Edmonds, WA; and his four children, Danette (Patrick Looney) Klemens of Marysville, WA; Karyn (Mark) Sokolowski of Sanford, FL; Michelle (Patrick) Davich, Kansas City, MO; and Joe (Penny) Klemens of Waynesboro, VA; and four grandchildren, Matthew Sokolowski, Alison Sokolowski, Emily Davich, and Lukas Davich. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and June Klemens of Great Falls, MT. A memorial service will be held at a future date. The Klemens family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Royal Anne for caring so tenderly for their father and grandfather in the final days of his journey. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Thomas's name to the Alzheimer's Association.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

NWA pilot Michael Richard Butler

Military veteran, NWA pilot Michael
Richard Butler
August 5, 1940 ~ April 7, 2019
News has reached our group with the passing of Northwest Airlines pilot
Richard Butler, age 78.
Obituary information may be viewed online at
A more complete obituary may be viewed at
As more news and/or updates are received we will be sure to advise.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Friends and Colleagues, 
NWA pilot Michael R. Butler, age 78, passed away on April 7, 2019. He resided in East Aurora, New York. Michael was hired by NWA on March 03, 1969 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. In the past Michael had been a RNPA member, therefore there will be an obituary posted on the RNPA website. In the meantime the funeral home notice is posted below. 
Submitted by: NWA Bill Day 

BUTLER - Michael R.
April 7, 2019, of East Aurora, NY. Loving husband of Glenys (nee Maschoff); special cousin of Linda (Jack) Butler-Bliar, Laura Butler and Steven  Butler; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family present for visitation Thursday from 3-7 PM at the KENNETH HOWE FUNERAL HOME, 64 Maple St., East Aurora, where a service will be held at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora, the East Aurora Educational Foundation or the SPCA serving Erie County. Mike was a former U.S. Marine, a retired Commercial Pilot and a very kind, humble, adventurous and respectful person. Mike loved people, dogs and East Aurora!

Complete obituary: 
Michael Richard Butler died in his East Aurora home on Sunday, April 7 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 78.
Born on Aug. 5, 1940, the son of Barrett and Mary (née Lippert) Butler, Mr. Butler was raised in East Aurora. He lived in Minneapolis, Minn. from 1969 to 2014, when he returned to East Aurora. He was a graduate of East Aurora High School class of 1958 and University at Buffalo Class of 1962.
Mr. Butler started working at the age of nine sweeping floors at Thomas Drug Store. Twenty-seven jobs later, including bartending, taxi driving, flight instructing and working for the steel mill and railroad, he became a pilot for Northwest Airlines, retiring in 1999.
From 1961-1966, Mr. Butler served his country proudly as a US Marine.
He was an active community member serving in Kiwanis Club and volunteering for many community organizations. He was also a member of Frontier Skydiving Club from 1960 to 1965.
A kind, humble, adventurous and respectful person, Mr. Butler loved people, dogs, especially thoroughbred pedigrees, and East Aurora. He played the trumpet and liked big band music. He was fond of a good deal from the dollar store, and enjoyed pick-up basketball games. He supported the Boys & Girls Club of East Aurora. A favorite pastime was sitting on his front porch listening to and sharing his stories of East Aurora life. He never forgot a name or a baseball statistic.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Butler was predeceased by his aunt Dee (Robert) Hinman and uncles Richard Butler and Robert Hinman
He is survived by his wife Glenys (née Maschoff); cousin of Linda (Jack) Butler-Blair, Laura Butler, Steven Butler, Pete Hinman and Mark Hinman sister-in-law Linda (Larry) Becker; brothers-in law Marlo Maschoff and Eldean Maschoff; and many nieces and nephews.
All arrangements were entrusted to Kenneth Howe Funeral Home, 64 Maple Road, East Aurora.
Family will be present for visitation on Thursday, April 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, where a service will be held at 7 pm.
Memorial donations may be made to The Boys & Girls Club of East Aurora by mailing to 24 Paine St., East Aurora, NY 14052; the East Aurora Educational Foundation, by visiting www.EastAuroraEducationalFoundation.org; or the SPCA serving Erie County by visiting www.yourspca.org.
Kenneth Howe Funeral Home offers a site to share online condolences with family and friends at www.howefuneralhome.com

DL Capt. John Campbell Pierce

Military veteran, DL Capt. John Campbell Pierce
March 6, 1938 ~ April 15, 2019
Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain John ‘Jack’ Campbell Pierce, age 81.  Captain Pierce joined Delta Air Lines 10-03-1966 and retired with Delta in 1997, based 030/ATL.  Widowed in September of 2010, he is survived by his children plus grand- and great grandchildren. To view the obituary online please visit
Visitation will be held May 19th from 2:30-5:30 PM with a Memorial Service at 3 PM at Cherokee Veterans Park, 7345 Cumming Hwy., Canton, GA 30115....please see obituary information below.
Should more news be received we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
John "Jack" Campbell Pierce passed away peacefully at his home in Canton on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the age of 81.
Jack was born in Smyrna, Ga. on March 6, 1938 to the late James Leslie Pierce, Sr. and Mary Esther Pierce. He was widowed in 2010 with the passing of his beloved wife, Linda Underwood Pierce. He is also predeceased by his siblings, Jimmy Pierce, Richard Pierce, Jean Pierce, Bob Pierce, Cotton Pierce and Frank Pierce.
Jack is survived by his daughters, Vanessa Parker (Scott), Laura Adams (Joshua Clay); 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Jack graduated High School from Campbell High School. He attended Georgia Tech and The Air Force Academy. He was hired by Delta Airlines October 3, 1966 and retired as Captain on the L-1011 on April 30, 1997. Before being hired by Delta he was a crop duster. When he retired from Delta he went to Florida and got his Seaplane License.
Jack's love of Music, Trains and Hiking started with his Boy Scouts Jamboree trip in 1953, when he was 15. He was a drummer in the band from the Cobb County Boy Scouts. They traveled by train from Atlanta to California, where they made frequent stops to enjoy and hike.
Jack with his family owned and rode horses for several years in Newnan, Ga. Jack and Linda moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains and raised miniature Australian Shepherds. Their last two, Pixie and Addy, were with him when he passed.
A gathering of Family and Friends will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 3 p.m. at Cherokee Veterans Park, 7345 Cumming Hwy., Canton, GA 30115.
Linda Underwood Pierce  3/9/1944 - 9/6/2010

Linda Underwood Pierce, 66, died Monday, September 6, 2010 at her home in Newnan, GA. She was born in Calhoun, GA to the late D.F. Underwood & Mary Phipps Underwood. She was a member of Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church in Young Harris, GA. Mrs. Pierce worked as an Executive Secretary for The Coca-Cola Company and she was a Certified Appraiser and Real Estate Broker. She enjoyed riding horses, quilting and raising her Australian Shepherds. The funeral service is Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel of McKoon Funeral Home...................