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Thursday, June 27, 2019

DL Capt. Jeffery M. Christman

USAF veteran, DL  Capt. Jeff Christman
March 22, 1962 ~ January 25, 2019

Belated news....as reported recently in the May issue of ALPA Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column, the passing of Delta pilot Captain
*Jeffrey Michael Christman (*note: funeral home spells it Jeffery), age 56.  Captain Christman joined Delta Air Lines 10-16-1997 and was based MSP.  Obituary information may be viewed online at
Captain Christman’s obituary indicates that services were held in Minnesota.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Jeffery M. Christman  
Christman, Jeffery M. of Mpls. Born March 22, 1962, in Madison, WI. Died Jan. 25, 2019, of pancreatic cancer. Although a native 'Scon, his heart and soul belonged to S. Mpls. Spent his youth at Pearl Park where he donned his first orange and blue jersey. 1980 graduate of Washburn HS. Excelled in hockey and baseball (and even played soccer). Member of 1979 state tourney hockey and soccer teams. In 1984 graduated from Boston U where he played four years of JV hockey. After a brief career in retail, he pursued his childhood dream and became a pilot. Flew for Zantop, Mesaba and landed at Delta AirLines in 1997. A simple man who lived a happy life. Some of his favorite things: view from his office or front porch, watching his kids play sports-alone, convertible rides, wiffle ball, bathing in the lake, cribbage, St. Pete Beach, Skippyball and a game seven of any "real" sport. Preceded in death by his father Jan and father-in-law Jack Witta. Survived by wife Annadell; son Henry; daughters Eleanor and Georgia; mother Lois; brothers Mark (Nancy), Phil (Julie), Jack (Janene); mother-in-law Nancy Witta, sister-in-law Carilee Warner; brothers-in-law Jack (Anita), Robert (Gail), Thomas (Kathy) - all Wittas; eight nieces and six nephews. Service will be held 4 pm on Jan. 31 with visitation two hours prior at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S. Private interment at Lakewood Cemetery.
 Jeff Christman, Pilot at Delta Air Lines
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Pilot : December 1991 – Present 27 years 7 months
Education : United States Air Force Academy
BS, Engineering Mechanics
1980 – 1984

Activities and Societies: 20th Squadron; 35th Squadron; Men's Volleyball Club

NEA/DL Capt. David K. Galloway

USAF veteran, NEA/DL  Capt. David K. Galloway
November 15, 1940 - March 22, 2019
Belated news....as reported recently in the May issue of ALPA Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column, the passing of retired Northeast/Delta pilot Captain David Kenneth Galloway, age 78.  Captain Galloway first joined Northeast Airlines 08-05-1968 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2000, based 031/ATL.  He is survived by his children plus grand- and great grandchildren.
Obituary information may be viewed online at
As noted below, no services are planned at this time.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
David Kenneth Galloway, age 78 of Bowdon, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019 in a local health facility. He was born in Pelzer, North Carolina, November 15, 1940, son of the late Edward Galloway and Helen Kelley Galloway. Mr. Galloway was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and was retired from Delta Air Lines after thirty two years serving as an Air Line Pilot.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sue Shirell and a brother, Terry Galloway.
Survivors include his three children, Marlo and Jason Robinson of Bowdon, Monica and Eric Kampel of Miami, Florida, Melanie and Drew Coleman of Peachtree City and their mother, Marilyn Galloway of Peachtree City; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time.

Share your thoughts and memories in the guestbook at www.hightowerfuneralhome.com 

DL Capt.Charles A. Kordowski

DL Capt.Charles A. Kordowski
August 18, 1932 - June 22, 2019
News has reached our group with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Charles A. Kordowski, age 86. 
Captain Kordowski joined Delta Air Lines 09-11-1956 and retired with Delta in 1992, based Atlanta.  Widowed in 2014 with the passing of his wife Catherine, Captain Kordowski is survived by his children and grandchildren.
To view the obituary online and share your memories please visit the funeral home website at
Services for Captain Kordowski are planned for June 30th in Georgia....please see details below. 
Also, the family may be contacted by email at lkordowski@aol.com     
should you have further questions or concerns.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Mr. Charles A. Kordowski, age 86, of Palmetto, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Kordowski; his brother, Stanley Kordowski. He is survived by his daughters, Linda Kordowski-Jones and her husband, Gary (Neal) of Newnan, Laura Huffmaster and her husband, David of Glennville; grandchildren, Charles Hayden Jones, Helen Catherine Huffmaster, Nathaniel Hall Huffmaster; sisters, Lucy Kordowski, Mary DeSente and her husband, John; brothers, Walter Kordowski and his wife, Janetta, John Kordowski and his wife, Yetta. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 4 o’clock in the Chapel of Parrott Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Parrott Funeral Home, 770-964-4800.
Visitation : JUN 30. 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Parrott Funeral Home & Crematory
8355 Senoia Road, Fairburn, GA 
Memorial Service : JUN 30. 4:00 PM
Parrott Funeral Home & Crematory
8355 Senoia Road, Fairburn, GA 30213
Catherine Kordowski

November 24, 1936 - September 13, 2014

DL Captain Ronald J. Knott

US NAVY Veteran LCDR - DL Captain Ronald J. Knott
July 17, 1937 ~ June 26, 2019
News of his passing, from the family of retired Delta pilot and author Capt. Ron Knott.....
please see obituary and service information below. 
Should you have questions/concerns or wish to share a memory,
daughter Kristi may be contacted at chatwithkristi@gmail.com
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
-------Original Message-------
Services:   Delta Captain - Ron Knott's Obituary
US NAVY Veteran LCDR - DELTA Captain Ronald J. Knott
Memorial Service - Tuesday July 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm 
Location: The Ranch Of Lonesome Dove 
2299 Lonesome Dove Rd, Southlake, TX 76092

On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 8:24 PM Kristi Knott < chatwithkristi@gmail.com > wrote:
US NAVY Veteran LCDR - DELTA Captain Ronald J. Knott
July 17, 1937 - June 26, 2019
Notification with the passing of Navy military veteran and retired Delta Captain Ronald J. Knott age 81. Ron joined Delta Air Lines 01-03-1967 and retired with Delta in April 1997 as Captain, based at DFW. He is survived by his wife Sharon and four children; Keith Knott; Kimberly Yates, Kerry Knott, and Kristi Knott. One twin Brother, Roland B. Knott. He has 5 grandchildren; Josh Yates, Haley Conkle, Hannah Yates, Alexie Knott, Kaylea Knott and 2 great-grandchildren, Harper Conkle and Jayden Yates.
The Knott Twins were raised in Noble, LA. And both graduated from Northwestern University, Natchitoches, LA. Roland was commissioned in the USAF and Ron entered was commissioned the Navy at Flight School in Pensacola, FL. Ron flew many types of jet fighters in the navy, but the F-8 Crusader was his favorite. After seven years in the navy, Ron flew 30 years for Delta Airlines. He owned many private aircraft during this period.
Ron was an author, publishing 6 books, such as “Trophies of Heaven” (a study on how to witness for Jesus). “Supersonic Cowboys” (stories of flying in the navy), “Jesus Christ – Who is He?” (the true God), “God’s Guarantees for Giving” (how to give the Bible way), “Testimonies for the Soul” (Amazing real-life miracles), “Born Again the Bible Way” (Bible instructions), and many other Bible Studies.
Ron and his brother Roe, were also land developers, home builders, automobile dealers, oil & gas production, ranchers and many other ventures. Most importantly was the fact that Ron had weekly Bible Studies in his home for more than 25 years. He and Sharon were able to lead many to Jesus during that period. They also made mission trips to Russia, Romania, Philippines, Korea, and Germany. 
Ron said, “most of us only consider ourselves as human beings, with a small spiritual experience, when in fact, we are spiritual beings, with a short human existence. But what we do spiritually, during our human existence, will determine our spiritual address forever. Our human existence is usually over in 3 score and 10 (more or less) but our spiritual life will last forever. We should enjoy the former but not forget about the latter.” And one of Ron’s favorite scriptures in the Bible is; “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalms 116:15). Ron would say, “Don’t stand over my grave and weep, for I am not dead, I do not sleep, I am more alive than I have ever been.”
Please, my friends and family, take advantage of this free gift of salvation; just repent (act of faith), be baptized in Jesus Name (Bible command), and receive the Lord’s Spirit (see Acts 2:38). He was quick to say, “I am not a holy Joe, just a sinner saved by grace."


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

NWA Capt. Captain John C. Carlson

Military veteran, NWA Capt. Captain John C. Carlson
July 28, 1934 – December 22, 2018
Belated news....as reported recently in the March issue of ALPA Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column, the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest Airlines pilot Captain John Clarence Carlson, age 84.  Captain Carlson first joined Northwest Airlines 09-01-1959.  You can read more of Captain Carlson’s military service at https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/bib/loc.natlib.afc2001001.80645
 Please see available obituary and death notice information with links below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Captain John Carlson, age 84, passed away on Dec. 22, 1018 following a fall at home. He was born in Litchfield, MN to Clarence and Mary Donnelly, their only child. John’s father was in the tire business, which included aircraft tires. This led to John taking his first airplane ride at age four in an early all metal cabin aircraft at the St. Cloud (MN) Municipal Airport. The family has a wonderful photo of him, clad in a short pants suit complete with matching cap, leaning on the steps as if he owned the aircraft! John knew then that he would fly someday.
   John's father volunteered for US Army service in 1941 and given his past logistical experience was assigned to a huge military depot in New Orleans. For two years he directed the shipment of war materials to Europe before being transferred there himself. John attended grade school in New Orleans until his father shipped out for Europe, then mother and son moved to St. Paul, MN.
   Scholastically, John was gifted at all things mathematical. He tutored high school math students while attending Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. John went out for football, although he himself admitted he was "too light to be important and not fast enough to be exciting.” Obit Photo John Carlson 2 As a teenager John enjoyed playing tennis and had a mean serve until injuring his shoulder playing football. While still a high school student, John began small boat sailing on the Minneapolis city lakes in a 17' sloop. In summers he enjoyed fishing with his family at their cabin on the beautifully wild St. Croix River in Wisconsin. Socially he had a tight group of friends with whom he remained close all his life.
   Minnehaha Academy was followed by two years of studies at the University of Minnesota. Like a lot of future NWA aviators, John enlisted in the Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet. After completing flight training at NAS Pensacola, John was awarded his gold wings and a commission in the USMC. His first operational unit was VMA-324 at Opa-Locka Air Station, Miami, FL. VMA-324 was an attack squadron flying the AD-4B – the Douglas Skyraider. That explains John’s oversized right leg. 
   A Marine aviator’s life is not solely stick, rudder, and spit shine. It was at Miami Springs, FL that John met Louise Neville who hailed from Tyler, Texas. John and Louise were married on August 28, 1957. This union of 61 years produced a daughter, Sharon (McDonald) and a granddaughter Emma Giusto.
   John also served at MCAS Cherry Point, El Toro, CA and Iwakuni, Japan before separating from the active force and transferring to the Marine Reserves at NAS Twin Cities, MN. On September, 01, 1959 John was hired by Northwest Airlines. Can you imagine starting work on Labor Day? Only at NWA.
When he started in 1959 furloughs and layoffs were common.  It took John so long to get through his first probationary year that returning to active USMC service was looking attractive. In 1961 John was one of several furloughed NWA pilots who were ‘loaned’ to Western Airlines and based in Salt Lake City. During his time with Western he flew the Boeing 720B. In 1965 John returned to NWA and after considerable difficulty managed to retain his original hiring date and seniority.
   During his almost 35 year career, John flew the DC-4, DC-6, Boeing 707 series, the Boeing 727, the DC-10, and the classic Boeing 747.  Rarely done today, John spent his entire NWA career based in MSP. Minnesota life agreed with John and Louise, he held onto his youthful passion for sailing and gradually added footage, larger lakes, and racing experience
   John continued serving with the Marine Corps Reserve until retiring with twenty-two years of service.  In addition to his reserve duty, he doggedly pursued an education at the University of Minnesota completing a B.S. in Business Administration.
   Being of good Minnesota stock John also pursued winter sports. He downhill skied until breaking his leg while on a ski trip with his daughter. Not oblivious to warmer climates, he had his eye on the west coast of Florida which held possibilities for almost unlimited sailing. It was a record breaking blizzard in 1989 that inspired John and Louise to sell the Minnesota home and move south to the Fort Meyers, Florida. He commuted to MSP until 1994.
   Arriving at age sixty, John closed out his log book and retired from NWA on July 28, 1994. At the time he was flying the classic 747.
   After retirement John decided to take up golf, which tested his patience as nothing else ever had done. For about ten years he played for "companionship and lunch" until advancing health issues dictated otherwise.  Louise learned to sail and the couple always cruised and crewed together. Port Charlotte Harbor is about midway between Sarasota and Ft. Meyers, there they moored their 34' cruising sloop. Taking turns at the wheel, the couple explored the Gulf of Mexico, the Keys, the Atlantic Coast and crewed in the Abacos, the Caribbean and the Pacific Coast. In 2012 John took up astronomy, taking classes and hauling his telescope to places not light polluted, visually traveling the sky in which he no longer flew.
   Even in retirement John’s life was not all play. He committed himself to joining Louise in seeking and assisting young people achieve their educational goals. John fell into a supportive role for Louise who was a scholarship chairperson seeking high achiever high school girls. As a classic Dad and Grandpa of girls, he had a special place in his heart for any girls, especially the deserving needy.
  Our colleague John Carlson was also a dedicated care giver, seeing to it that both his and Louise’s mothers (both widows) were not merely comfortable, but also enjoying the special things of life. He even cared for a childless widowed neighbor during the last three years of her life by managing her funds, overseeing her medical needs and demonstrating a patience beyond belief as her mental abilities deteriorated.  His post death memorials cite John as a kind, patience, funny, responsible, and good-hearted being. No one could ask for more.
(-Bill Day)
In Memory of JOHN C. CARLSON
JULY 28, 1934 - DECEMBER 22, 2018

John Carlson passed away on December 22, 2018. Funeral Home Services for John are being provided by Neptune Society - Fort Myers of Ft. Myers, FL.

SO/RC (NWA) Capt. Carl J. Hesse, Jr

SO/RC (NWA) Capt. Carl J. Hesse, Jr
August 31, 1932 ~ February ?, 2019
Belated news....as reported recently in the April issue of ALPA Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column, the passing of retired Southern Airways/Republic Airlines pilot Captain Carl John Hesse Jr.  From what I can determine Carl first joined Southern Airways, was 86 years of age at the time of his passing, and is survived by wife Betty. 
But I was not able to locate an online obituary so my information is to the best of my knowledge.
Per whitepages listing, Carl had most recently resided in Tennessee: 
possible address 8438 U.S. Hwy 70 Arlington TN 38002  ...  (901) 385-0545
If anyone has more details to share, your information is always appreciated.
            Thank you,

                ~ Carol for the PCN  

NC/RC (NWA) Captain James E. Kiedrowski

Military veteran, NC/RC (NWA)  Captain James E. Kiedrowski 
September 2, 1928 ~ June 21, 2018
Belated news....as reported recently in the ALPA June/July Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column, the passing of retired North Central/Republic pilot Captain James Edward Kiedrowski, age 89.
Captain Kiedrowski’s obituary may still be viewed online at 
Our information is very limited....should we receive further news and/or corrections, we will pass it along to you.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary................Kiedrowski, James E. 

Kiedrowski, James Edward Age 89 of Roseville, passed away on June 21, 2018. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Frances; 5 children: Karen (Jim) Hobart of Roseville, MN; Marcia (Marty) Lee of St. Louis Park, MN; Dale (Leslie) Kiedrowski of Edina, MN; Mark Kiedrowski and Linda Doherty of Spicewood, TX; and Jamie (Loretta) Kiedrowski of Bloomingdale, Ohio. Also survived by sister Diane Shereck of Grand Forks, ND. Jim leaves behind 11 loving grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Jim was born and raised in the North Dakota Red River Valley. He was a WWII veteran. He was a retired commercial airline Captain/pilot after working 32 years for North Central and Republic Airlines based out of Minneapolis. He was also a lifetime member of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association). Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM on Monday (July 2) at Catholic Community of St. Odilia, 3495 N. Victoria, Shoreview, MN. Visitation one hour prior to mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Catholic Community of St. Odilia or memorial of your choice.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

DL Capt. Timothy John Moran

DL Capt. Timothy John Moran
December 18, 1968 – April 21, 2019 
Notification with the passing of Delta Captain Timothy John Moran, age 50.  Captain Moran joined Delta Air Lines 08-12-1999 and I believe was based ATL.  Captain Moran’s obituary may be viewed online at
....   also at
Services are planned for June 29th in Framingham, Massachusetts....please see obituary details below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Timothy John Moran
Miramar Beach, Florida
Timothy John Moran, of Ashland, Massachusetts, born on December 18, 1968 in Framingham, Massachusetts, to Germaine Moran and the late Francis Moran, passed away at age 50 on April 21, 2019 in Miramar Beach, Florida. He graduated from Boston College. He was a captain at Delta Airlines. Timothy was the loving husband of Rebecca Moran. He was preceded in death by his sister, Renee Donahue. Timothy is survived by his brothers, Dennis Moran and Kevin Moran; and sister, Susan Chapman. Friends and family are welcome to attend the funeral service on Saturday, June 29 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bridget's Church, Framingham, Massachusetts.

Flowers gratefully declined. Memorialization by cremation.

DL Capt. Ralph W. Simmons

DL Capt. Ralph W. Simmons
September 29, 1931 ~ June  , 2019
News has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Ralph W. Simmons, age 87.  Captain Simmons joined Delta Air Lines 04-30-1956 and retired with Delta in 1991, and was based LAX at time of retirement.  He is survived by his wife Bobbie. 
Please look for more information to follow, and please see email below. 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
-----Original Message-----
From: Nicholas Gentile [mailto: cpt_nick@bellsouth.net ]
Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2019 1:59 PM   
Subject: Ralph Simmons

Please notify the DGW folks of the passing of Captain Ralph Simmons. Ralph
and his wife had been residing In Mexico. Ralph was the former Chief Pilot
of The Houston base and recently passed. We have no further information at
this time.
Nick Gentile

The last address we have for him in Mexico is:

Calzada de La Presa 88
San Miguel, Mexico 66364

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

DL F/A Sue Myracle, wife of DL Capt. Bob Myracle

DL F/A Sue Myracle, wife of DL Capt. Bob Myracle
June 5, 1946 ~ June 10, 2019

Word has just reached us... this news with the passing of Shirley Sue Myracle, age 73, wife of delta Golden Wings member retired Delta Air Lines pilot Captain Robert G. Myracle.  Sue is survived by her husband Bob, their children and their grandchildren.  Services for Sue are planned for July 13th in Tennessee ... please see below.
To view the obituary online and share your memories please visit the funeral home website at
For those wishing to send a personal note, condolences may be sent to the family at
564 Sunny Point Rd.,  Baxter TN 38544-6815
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
A celebration of life service for Mrs. Shirley Sue Myracle, age 73 of Baxter, will be held Saturday July 13th at 11:00 am at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Dr. Charles McCaskey and Rev. Christian Smith will officiate.
Mrs. Myracle passed away Monday, June 10, 2019 at her residence.
She was born June 5, 1946 in Cookeville to the late E.C. and Johnnie Reba Hoosier Whitson.
Sue grew up in Memphis, TN where she graduated from Southside High School, and completed training as an x-ray technician at Methodist Hospital. Soon afterward, she was hired by Delta Airlines, beginning a 23-year career as a Flight Attendant. She married husband Bob in 1976, and they moved to Senoia, GA making many friends and surviving all the issues with living in a house that was built in 1896. She attended Senoia United Methodist Church and enjoyed many trips to the Scotts Flea Market in Atlanta while living in Senoia and continued that tradition after moving to Cookeville.
She and Bob returned to Tennessee in 2001 and constructed a home overlooking Center Hill Lake near Cookeville, TN. She attended First Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was a dedicated mother, grandmother and friend to many wonderful people and neighbors. She was a member of the Collectors Club and Friends of Cookeville/Putnam Co. Animals.
After initially surviving breast cancer, it returned 12 years later in 2018 and treatments began, however this time overcoming the cancer was not successful.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Robert Gaylon Myracle; daughter, Paige Glasgow of Hermitage, TN; stepson, Greg Myracle and wife Jodi of Orange, VA; stepdaughter, Lesa Myracle Smith and husband Ed of Street, MD; grandchildren, Sarah Bailey Glasgow of Denver,Co., Meredith Glasgow of Hermitage,Claire Glasgow of Hermitage, Jordan Myracle of Va., Tess Myracle, Orange,Va., Carys Myracle, Orange,Va., Trey Smith Baltimore,Md., Savannah Smith, Houston,TX.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 10th St., Cookeville, TN 38501 and/or Friends of Cookeville/Putnam Co. Animals, P.O. Box 2615, Cookeville, TN 38502
Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (931)526-6111.

Share memories and condolences at www.hhhfunerals.com  

Monday, June 17, 2019

DL Flt. Control retiree G. Barry Braender

DL Flt. Control retiree G. Barry Braender
Mar 10, 1941 - Jun 15, 2019
Word has reached our group with the passing of Delta Pioneer member retired Delta Sector Manager-Ops Control (033/ATG) George Barry Braender, with Delta Air Lines from June 1961 to December 2001.  After retiring with Delta, Barry continued in aviation and  was currently serving as Chief Instructor with Falcon Aviation. Barry was 78 years of age at the time of his passing.  He is survived by his wife Linda, plus their children and grandchildren. 
To view the obituary online and share memories please visit the funeral home website at
Services for Barry will be held June 22nd at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City GA..... please see details below.  
Arrangements entrusted to Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home of Peachtree City, GA.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

George Barry Braender, 78, of Peachtree City passed away June 15, 2019. Barry was born on March 10, 1941 to the late George Braender and Geraldine Nash Braender in Chatham, NJ. He graduated from the University of Miami, where he played soccer. Barry worked numerous positions at Delta Airlines for 41 years and retired from Flight Control in 2001. He then began working at Falcon Aviation Academy, where he established an aircraft dispatcher course for which he was the chief instructor. Besides airplanes, Barry’s other interests included The Master Gardner Program, especially The Plan-A-Row, golfing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. He also loved coaching soccer in the Peachtree City area. Barry loved the Packers and both the GA Bulldogs and the Miami Hurricanes. A loving father, grandfather, and husband, Barry will be remembered for his warm heart, his enthusiasm for life, and his positive outlook. Barry is survived by his wife, Linda Braender; daughters, Corinne (Jeffrey) Oliver and Sheryl (David) Bush; step-daughters, Alison (Jon) Williamson and Emily (Robert) Gossett; grandchildren, Patrick Cunningham, Davis Bush, Isabella Oliver, Bryant, Ansley and Andrew Gossett; and a number of cousins. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Peachtree City. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 PM prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org  

Sunday, June 16, 2019

NWA Capt. William David ISAACSON

Military veteran, NWA Capt. William ‘Bill’ ISAACSON
February 20, 1943 ~ May 24, 2019

Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Capt. William David ISAACSON, age 76.  Captain Isaacson joined Northwest Airlines  10-07-1968.  Widowed in December 2013 with the passing of his wife Chrysmarie, Captain Isaacson is survived by his son Jon Ray and his sister Gael. 
Read more of Captain Isaacson’s military service at
Obituary information may be viewed online at 
Please see below for military services which are planned for July 8th in Minnesota.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary.................William David ISAACSON
Age 76 of Ft. Myers Beach, FL Formerly of Lake Vermillion, MN.  Passed away peacefully at home on May 24, 2019. Vietnam marine fighter pilot and retired Northwest Airlines 747 Captain. Preceded in death by wife, Chrys. Survived by son, Jon Ray; and sister, Gael Henneberry. Service Monday, July 8, 1:30PM at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Meet at 1:15PM at Cemetery, Assembly Area 4. Reception to follow at Everett McClay VFW, 311 W. 84th St. Bloomington, MN 55420.
NWA  F/A  Chrysmarie Janet neé Sherwood Isaacson, wife of NWA Capt. William D. Isaacson
October 24, 1949 ~ December 11, 2013
Word has been received with the passing of NWA F/A Chrysmarie Isaacson, wife of retired NWA pilot and RNPA member Captain William David Isaacson.  It was just a year ago that Chrysmarie along with family and friends threw a surprise parade and motorcycle escort for decorated Vietnam veteran Captain William ‘Willie’ Isaacson, a belated welcome-home celebration for her husband.  Chrismarie, with the aid of the Yellow Ribbon Alliance of the Lower St. Croix Valley, planned for many weeks to pull off the surprise event. 

Born/raised in Minnesota Chrysmarie was 64 years of age..........................

Friday, June 14, 2019

WA/DL Capt. Fred Guenzel

Military veteran, WA/DL Capt. Fred Guenzel
July 5, 1939 ~ May 25, 2019
News has reached our group...news with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Frederick Martin Guenzel, age 79.  Captain Guenzel joined Western Airlines 04-03-1969 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1999, based SLC/030. 
Frederick M. Guenzel
BIRTH:    5 Jul 1939
DEATH:    25 May 2019 (aged 79)
BURIAL:    Burial Details Unknown
MEMORIAL ID :   199540863 
Should more information be received we will pass it along.  To the best of my knowledge and per whitepages listing, Captain Guenzel had most recently resided (near Berkeley CA) at  
5605 Military Ct., Fairfield CA 94533-9725. 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Passing of Captain Fred Guenzel

I received this today from Duane Meier. Will forward any info as soon as I receive it. Dick
Hi Dick   It is with much sadness that I just received word that Fred Guenzel passed away yesterday, Details are pending. I will advise when they are available.   Duane

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

DL Capt. Stephen L. Carey

Military veteran, DL Capt. Stephen L. Carey
Sept 12, 1961 ~ June 5, 2019
Notification with the passing Delta pilot Captain Stephen L Carey, age 57.  Captain Carey joined Delta Air Lines 11-08-1990 and I believe was based LAX.  Obituary information may be viewed online at 
Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks Funeral Parlor of Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Please see service information below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary............Stephen L. Carey
Our beloved father, grandfather, son and brother, Captain Stephen L. Carey age 57, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Salt Lake City Utah.
Stephen is preceded in death by his father Neal Carey. He is survived by his children Craig and Erica, his granddaughter Amelia, his mother Norma (née Kirk), and his sisters Cheryl and Sandra, as well as his extended family.
He was a generous loving man, who will be missed not only by his family but by his many friends and associates. He served his country with honor as an officer and aviator in the United States Marine Corps. He had a fulfilling career with Delta Airlines and served as a leader and mentor to others during his tenure.
Stephen embraced life through aviation and world travel. He loved the thrills and excitement of acceleration and found great pleasure in skiing, running, fast cars and motorcycles. He enjoyed many hobbies over his lifetime. His joyous smile will always remain in the memories of those who knew him.
Services will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 11:00 am at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 S 900 E, Salt Lake City. Guests are encouraged to use the complimentary valet parking on the north side of the building. Stephen will be laid to rest following the service where there will be a Marine Honor Guard Ceremony at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 17111 S Camp Williams Rd, Bluffdale UT, 84065.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice in memory of Captain Stephen L. Carey.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

DL Michael William Wolber

Military veteran, DL Michael William Wolber
June 6, 1952 ~ June 1, 2019

Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Michael William Wolber, nearing his 67th birthday at the time of passing.  *Michael joined Delta Air Lines 07-16-1990.... please see obituary below for more of his aviation career.  He is survived by his wife Denise, their children and grandchildren.
To view obituary and service arrangements, you may click on at 
Michael’s obituary notes that funeral services will be held June 11th in Dallas TX with visitation the evening prior. 
As more news is received we will be sure to pass it along. 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
 *Correction:  Michael joined Delta Air Lines 07-16-1990.
Michael William Wolber, a retired aviator and devout Catholic, passed from this earthly life on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He was surrounded by his beloved wife and family, who together humbly entrusted him into the hands of our Lord and His Blessed Mother.
Mike was born on June 6, 1952 in Salinas, California. During his childhood years, he moved with his family to Alaska and then to Indonesia. In 1966, when his family moved to Libya, Mike moved back to the States to attend boarding school at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California. After graduating from Bellarmine in 1970, Mike attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of the Air Force ROTC. He graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry.
He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force (USAF) in January 1976 and graduated from pilot training in 1977. During his 14+ years in the Air Force, Mike flew many planes, including the T-33 T-Bird, F-106 Delta Dart, T-38 Talon and the F-15 Eagle. He was stationed in and deployed to many parts of the world, proudly serving his country, and was honorably discharged in June 1990.
Following his service in the USAF, he and his family moved to the Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) metroplex where he began flying for Delta Air Lines. In his 27 years with the airlines, he was based in DFW from 1990 to 2007, and Atlanta from 2007 until his retirement in June 2017.
Mike loved life and lived it to the fullest, going from team roping in his younger years to backpacking with his sons Garth, Kurt and Pete in the Sierras and the Rockies. He was a Boy Scout leader, baseball coach, Little League umpire, docent at the Japanese Botanical Gardens in Ft. Worth, and a member of the American Legion Post 82 in Ellijay, GA. Other hobbies included model railroading, competition shooting, and especially riding Harleys and traveling with the love of his life, his bride and best friend, Denise of 40 years.
But all throughout his life, his faith in and devotion to God was of utmost importance to him and to who he was. He was very active in the church (Our Lady of the Mountains in Jasper, GA) where he volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul society and served on the Parish Council. His strong and enduring faith was the greatest gift he bestowed upon his family.
Mike was predeceased by his father, B.W. “Pete” Wolber, and his sister, Susan Martin who passed away in July 2018. He is survived by his devoted wife, Denise; three sons and daughters-in-law Garth Wolber (Kristy) of Colleyville, TX, Kurt Wolber (Katie) of Dallas, TX, and Peter Wolber (Noelle) of Ramstein AB, Germany; loving mother, Madilyn Wolber of Salinas, CA; granddaughters Rylee, Reagan and Reese Wolber; grandson Garrett Wolber; sister, Brenda Wolber of Carmel, CA; many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his most trusted, loyal friend, Lawrence J. O’Neill.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 11 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas, TX (Rosary at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m.). He will be interred with military honors at 2:00 p.m. at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. There will also be a visitation on Monday, June 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home in Dallas, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.

Friday, June 7, 2019

WA/DL Capt. Thomas G. Goldt

Obituary:  https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/eastbaytimes/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-gerald-goldt&pid=193197453&fhid=2211 

Thomas Gerald Goldt
October 8, 1940 – June 1, 2019

Tom Goldt, 78, of Danville, CA, passed away on June 1 from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was born and raised in Alameda, CA by Roy and Kathleen Goldt. 
Tom attended St. Mary's University and eventually graduated from St. Louis University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. 
Tom is survived by his wife Marin and their children Steve and Cristina Goldt, Lara and Steve Dutto, Kourtney and Curtis Cunningham, Jeff and Mimi King, and Craig and Emily King. He is also survived by his 12 grandkids Justin, Madeline, Nicholas, Tyler, Genet, Connor, Molly, Chase, Ryder, Brighton, Mackenzie and Sally.
Tom had a passion for flying that started when he was growing up with his brother Roy near Alameda Naval Air Station and Oakland Airport. He completed two tours of duty in Vietnam flying F4 Phantoms off the USS Enterprise. After retiring from the Navy, he flew for Western Airlines and eventually for Delta Airlines. He retired in 2000 and became a full time Grandpa. 
His faith was a big part of his life. For decades, he was a parishioner of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon, CA. As a member of that community, he treasured the friendships and always looked forward to being with the Sunday Donut Group.
He loved his large family. His favorite times included vacations to Hawaii and the Sierras. He played Santa Claus for 18 annual Christmas breakfasts. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching his grandkids athletic endeavors. Many a referee and coach received well intentioned, yet unsolicited free advice from Tom. 
Tom will be remembered as a kind man with a sweet smile and humble demeanor. He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend. We love you Tom!
Services: Memorial Mass – St. Joan of Arc, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, CA Friday June 28 at 11 AM.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice East Bay because of the wonderful support they provided to Tom and Marin. https://www.hospiceeastbay.org/

Online memorial:  https://www.lastingmemories.com/memorial/thomas-gerald-goldt

WA/DL Capt. Thomas G. Goldt
OCTOBER 8, 1940 ~ JUNE 1, 2019 (AGE 78)
News has reached us with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Thomas ‘Tom’ Goldt, age 78.  Captain Goldt joined Western Airlines 03-03-1969 and retired with Delta Air Lines.
The funeral home website indicates Tom’s date of passing as June 1, 2019.
Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley have been entrusted with arrangements:.
825 Hartz Way, Danville, CA 94526  (925) 272-9947
All information available to us is noted below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Funeral arrangements for Tom Goldt

I just received this from Paul Browne. Dick Thomas G. (Tom) Goldt passed away on June 2nd.A Mass Of Christian Burial will be said at 1100hrs on Friday June 28th, Saint Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd.San Ramon, CA  94583

Passing of WAL/DAL Captain Tom Goldt

AS soon as I receive any new info about services etc. I’ll pass along. Dick Sad news…Tom Goldt passed away this morning (Saturday the 1st at 2:45).   Hal Begin forwarded message:From: mulligoldt < mulligoldt@comcast.net >Subject: Re: High FlightDate: June 1, 2019 at 5:16:47 AM PDTTo: Hal Cody halcody@sbcglobal.net..... .. Tom passed away this morning at 2:45am….Marin  

Rita Kwan Akelis, wife of WA/DL Capt. Tony Akelis

Rita Kwan Akelis, wife of WA/DL Capt. Tony Akelis
May 31, 1934 - June 2, 2019

Notification with the passing of Rita Kwan Akelis, wife of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Anthony Akelis.  Rita was 85 years of age at the time of her passing.  She is survived by her husband Tony and her children.
Obituary information for Rita may be viewed online at
Also at
Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home of San Mateo CA has been entrusted with arrangements.
Should more information be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Rita Kwan Akelis
Born in Hong Kong May 31, 1934.
Died June 2, 2019 In Burlingame, of heart failure.
Rita graduated Mary Knoll Catholic High, Kowloon, and attended nursing college in London. She returned to Hong Kong and became a Flight Attendant for Cathay Pacific Airways. Later, she was recruited by an American carrier, TransOcean Airlines, for her fluency in Chinese dialects. When TransOcean Airlines ceased operations, she was hired to continue her career by United States Overseas Airlines.
Rita met her future husband, a pilot, Captain Anthony Akelis of Delta Air Lines, who at that time was a Flight Engineer for United States Overseas Airlines. While flying the Pacific, Rita dated Tony. They married in Hong Kong in 1962 at a Catholic church.
She was a very talented designer and artisan, making flower arrangements and custom-stitched quilts, handbags, jewelry boxes, decorative ornaments, and other fabric creations, including knitting one-of-a-kind scarves. All her handmade items were sold at a co-op store in Palo Alto, CA. Her skills first started as a hobby and later became a full-fledged business.
She also had a green thumb, growing many flowers and plants at home herself, which she then included in her fabric projects.
Rita enjoyed walking, hiking, skiing, and attending outdoor and indoor events. She volunteered at Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco as a docent, and served as host at various flower and plant parks in the San Francisco area.
Rita raised two children, daughter Aline, who became a court reporter, and son Vincent, who became an airline pilot, almost on her own as Tony was away half of the time flying for the airlines.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Tony; her two children; her sister, Norma; her brother, Man Woo.

DL Capt. Jack Shinn

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Jack Shinn
May 30, 1950 ~ May 30, 2019

Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Jack W. Shinn, who passed on his birth day at the age of 69.  Captain Shinn joined Delta Air Lines 11-02-1979.  He is survived by his wife Mary and their children plus many close friends and aviation colleagues.
Obituary information may be viewed online at
For those wishing to send a note with condolences, 
whitepages lists the family residence as
2570 Sunny Slopes Drive, Park City UT 84060-7034.
If more news is received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Our beloved husband, father and friend, Jack Shinn, passed away peacefully in his Park City home on Thursday, May 30th, his 69th birthday, after battling lung cancer for the last year. Jack was surrounded by his wife, Mary, son, Ty, daughter, Alyson and son-in-law, Dave.
Jack grew up in Walnut Creek, California with 6 brothers and sisters. He attended San Diego State University where he made many lifelong friends. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Airforce and spent 7 years as a pilot, serving his country and traveling the world. His natural aptitude for leadership led to an early promotion to Captain, making him the youngest Captain in the U.S. Airforce. Jack eventually pursued a career as a commercial pilot, spending over 25 years with Delta Airlines. There he met Mary and the two had an instant connection. Jack often told Mary that his life was great from the day he met her. They married in 1985 and started a family in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, welcoming their daughter, Alyson, in 1986.
The family moved to Park City in 1988 where Ty was born a year later. Jack's adventurous, fun-loving and active spirit found harmony with the mountain lifestyle of Park City. He was an avid skier, golfer, cyclist, sailor, wine enthusiast and all-around explorer. He said that salt-water, sunshine and fresh air were some of nature's best medicines. He had a deep affection for animals and gratitude for nature. You would often see him riding in a golf cart with the family dog, Gustavo, or in the lawn, inspecting flower beds and sprinkler heads.
Jack's love of learning was evident in his knack for picking up new hobbies and sports. His family teased that he was the only consumer that read the full instruction manual for anything he purchased. His keen ability to listen and understand people, coupled with his wealth of knowledge, made him an excellent teacher. He helped teach fellow pilots the art and science of flying in both the Airforce and at Delta. He loved mentoring and sharing his worldly wisdom with young people and helping friends and neighbors with their projects. He truly cared for others and took pride in helping them realize their greater ambitions. As a natural story-teller, he had a gift for joining wisdom and humor into a single sentence. Despite his fight with lung cancer, he demonstrated strength and willpower, even heli-skiing in Canada while receiving treatment. His composure was admirable, and his strength of character was paramount.
Jack, his big personality, contagious laugh and affectionate heart will be missed dearly by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity that reminds you of Jack or The Jack Shinn Patient Advocacy Program at askican.org/donate.

Published in The Park Record on June 8, 2019

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Wanda Coker Byrd, wife of DL Capt. Lester M. Byrd

Wanda Coker Byrd, wife of DL Capt. Lester M. Byrd
July 29, 1937 ~ June 3, 2019

From: David L. Roberts Sent: Monday, June 03, 2019 1:36 PM   Subject: Death of Mrs. Lester M. Byrd
CARES AND CONCERNSInformation has come to us of the death this morning of Mrs. Wanda June Coker Byrd, 81, wife of retired Delta Captain Lester M. Byrd, who was hired by Delta January 3, 1967 and retired in 1997.  June was born July 29, 1937 in Mississippi and married Les on December 30, 1960.  She had been very ill for the past few months with pneumonia and other illnesses and had been home under hospice care only a few days until her death this morning, June 3, 2019.  Funeral plans are being discussed and she will be buried in her home town of Pontotoc, MS. 
Expressions of condolence may be sent to Captain Byrd and their family at 5503 Arch Bridge Court, Arlington, TX 76017, telephone 817-999-0087, email < les@bhh.cc >.  I will send her obituary when it is published.  Please keep the Byrd family in your thoughts and prayers. 
Les and I were new-hire classmates in 1967 but he spent most of his career at DFW while I was based in ATL.
Wanda June Byrd, Arlington, TX
Wanda passed away on Monday, June 3, 2019. Wanda was a resident of Arlington, Texas at the time of passing. She graduated from Pontotoc High School and attended Itawamba College. June and Les travelled widely while Les served as a pilot in the US Navy, including long stays in Japan and California. Burial will be in the Pontotoc City Cemetery on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10 am. Donations in memory of June can be sent to Habitat for Humanity, 13 W. Washington St, Pontotoc MS 38863 or the charity of your choice.
utor Memorial Funeral Home,
Pontotoc, MS 38863  

June Byrd, neé Coker, of Arlington, TX, 81, passed away June 3, 2019 peacefully at home. She graduated from Pontotoc High School and attended Itawamba College.  She married Lester Byrd on December 30, 1960.  June and Les travelled widely while Les served as a pilot in the US Navy, including long stays in Japan and California.  They settled in Arlington Texas to raise their two sons, Jeff and Scott, when Les became a pilot for Delta Airlines in 1967.  In Les’ retirement years, they spent more time in Pontotoc with family and friends. June was an avid bridge player, reaching the Life Master level, and was a formidable cook and seamstress.  Burial will be in the Pontotoc City Cemetery on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10 am. Bro. Marcus Coward will officiate.  Survivors: husband-Lester Morgan Byrd, son- Jeff (Ellie) Byrd, 3 grandchildren- Rachel Byrd of New York, NY, Natalie Byrd and Aaron Byrd of Burlingame, CA. Preceded in death: son- Scott Byrd. Donations in memory of June can be sent to Habitat for Humanity, 13 W. Washington St, Pontotoc MS 38863 or the charity of your choice.