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Monday, July 29, 2019

NWA pilot Robert M. Matta

Military veteran, NWA pilot Robert Michael Matta
August 4, 1932 ~ July 18, 2019

Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Robert Michael Matta, age 86.  Bob joined Northwest Airlines 04-23-1959.  He is survived by his wife Marilyn, plus their children and grandchildren. 
To view/sign the online guestbook for Bob please visit
Services were held in Northfield, Minnesota. 
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
1103 Cannon Valley Drive, Northfield MN 55057-1303.
Thank you,
~  Carol for the PCN

Obituary…………………. for Robert “Bob” Matta
Robert Michael Matta, of Northfield, passed away on July 18, 2019 at the age of 86.  Bob was born on the family truck farm in what is now Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on August 4, 1932.  He was the sixth and youngest child of Slovak immigrants, Mike and Anna (Humenik) Matta, and the baby brother of five doting, older sisters who ranged in age between 8 and 18 years his senior.  According to oft-told family lore, when Bob was born his father was so excited to finally have a son that he literally skipped across the fields to the neighbors yelling “It’s a boy!  It’s a boy!” in his native Slovak.  Yes, Bob was spoiled!
It wasn’t too many years later that the family decided to give up truck farming and moved back to Minneapolis into a home they’d purchased in the “Seven Corners” neighborhood near Augsburg College.  At home and with friends, Bob’s family spoke only Slovak. Even the family’s church was Slovakian and thus Bob was confirmed in Slovak with his Slovak Bible.  It wasn’t until he started 1st grade that he learned English.
Despite having little money, especially after his father passed away when Bob was only 14, Bob had a wonderful childhood.  His was an exceedingly close, crazy and fun-loving family— but the good kind of close, crazy and fun-loving.  His sisters married wonderful men who readily stepped in after Bob’s father passed, helping to raise Bob and, most of the time, setting good examples and providing wise counsel for Bob.  The large family often shared multi-generational housing, something Bob & Marilyn happily continued when Bob’s mother lived with them for 14 years.  With the Mattas, family was always welcome, an invitation was never required, and another place could always be set at the dinner table!
Bob graduated from South High School in 1950.  He attended the University of Minnesota for two years (intending to be a dentist) before joining the U.S. Navy just two days before the Army called to inform him he was being drafted.  Bob trained to be an aircraft carrier pilot and served on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Korea.  Following four years of active duty Bob received his first honorable discharge in 1956.  He returned to Minneapolis and, on December 15, 1956, married Marilyn Paul at St. James Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
During the mid-1950s, Bob also began a career as a commercial pilot at United Airlines, later flying for Western Airlines and, finally, Northwest Airlines.  In the late 50s and early 60s, Bob was caught up in layoffs, and, in 1962, he returned to active duty with the Navy as a transport pilot, evacuating wounded soldiers from Vietnam among many other duties.  In 1965, upon his second honorable discharge from active duty, he returned to the Naval Reserves and to Northwest Airlines.  All told, Bob spent 23 years in the Navy (7 years active duty) and retired in 1975 as a Navy Captain.   While at Northwest Airlines, although Bob held various positions in the Training Department and as the Director of Flight Training, at heart he was first and foremost a “Line Pilot.”  He retired from Northwest in 1992 after 33 years.
Due to Bob’s Navy and airline careers, Bob and Marilyn made their home in many places around the United States and Japan before finally settling down in 1976 on an old, circa 1873 farm west of Northfield.  It was there that Bob began his 3rd career as a grain farmer, tending 176 acres of tillable land.  After 20+ years in the fields, Bob retired from active farming.
Bob adored his wife, Marilyn, as well as their four children, eight grandchildren and their great-grandson.  He loved flying; farm life; rebuilding and restoring classic cars; dancing, entertaining and traveling with Marilyn; winters in Tucson, AZ; and his fun-loving and close-knit extended family and friends.  He was a long-time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Bob never turned down a party invitation, a second helping, or a dance with his wife.  He told a fabulous story and loved to laugh.
Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn; their daughters Lori (Abraham) Middeldorp, Lynn Matta, Michele (Nathan) Knutson; son Bryan Matta; eight grandchildren: Katerina (Dave Flynn) and Alexandra Middeldorp; Matthew, Will, Seth and Genevieve Knutson; Doug (Ashley Sodergren) and Robert Matta; one great-grandson, Dominic Matta; and many dear relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters and their husbands:  Mary & Joe Hudak; Ann & George Mital; Helen & Tony Smentek; Dorothy & Einar Mattson; and Millie & Norm Hansen.
If desired, memorials are preferred to Laura Baker Services Association, Epic Enterprise, or St. John’s Lutheran Church, all of Northfield.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

Sunday, July 28, 2019

WA/DL Capt. Richard C. Abel

Military veteran, WA/DL Capt. Richard C. Abel
JUNE 8, 1936 ~ JULY 24, 2019

Notification with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Richard Charles Abel, age 83.  Captain Abel joined Western Airlines 02-03-1969 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based SLC.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit  
Obituary information is also available online at
Memorial services will be held August 4th at 4:30 PM, at Sandy Kingdom Hall, 9936 S. 300 E. Sandy, Utah.
Thank you,
~  Carol for the PCN

Obituary……………….Richard Charles Abel
Richard Abel, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away July 24, 2019 at home after a long fight with heart disease. He was born in Detroit, Michigan to Julia and Charles Abel. He was married to Jeri Lynne Huffman-Dean on March 30, 2001. He was proud to have attended the Navel Academy and earned a masters in meteorology, and then served in the Air Force for 7 years. He flew as Captain for Delta Airlines. Dick became one of Jehovah's Witnesses in his 60's and enjoyed teaching Bible truths for many years.
He was very loved by his sister, Pat (George) Giza of Detroit; and his blended family of two daughters, Leslie (Monte) Marvian and Julie Abel, his step children Jesse (Dinee) Dean, Katie (Ryan) Robertson, and Jonathan (Lindy) Dean and all his grandchildren.
A memorial will be held on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4:30 PM. Sandy Kingdom Hall, 9936 S. 300 E. Sandy, Utah.
Online condolences www.cannonmortuary.com

Saturday, July 27, 2019

WA/DL Capt. David T. Kerr

Military veteran, WA/DL Capt. David T. Kerr
July 12, 1946 - June 24, 2019

Word has reached our group with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain David T. Kerr, age 72.  Captain Kerr joined Western Airlines 11-27-1978 and retired with Delta Air Lines.  Widowed a year ago with the passing of his wife Evelyn, Captain Kerr is survived by their grandchildren and many other family members and friends.
To view the obituary online please visit the funeral home website at
Services have taken place in Virginia….please see details below.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Obituary…………….David Kerr of Castleton, VA, a devoted husband, father, pilot and friend, made his final landing on Monday, June 24, 2019. He concluded his journey the same way he had traveled it: shaped by faith, surrounded by family, marked by good humor, and committed to life itself, without surrender. He was 72.

Throughout his life, David demonstrated the pilot’s ability to be present in each moment while also having limitless horizons. Born into a missionary family on July 12, 1946, he traveled globally, living and working in the West Indies, Barbados, Guyana, and India. Through these travels and years at Kodaikanal International School in Tamil Nadu, India, David developed his passions for people, culture, travel, cuisine, and a good story. He learned to love the Maker, and everything He made.

His family returned to the West Coast where he graduated from Fremont High School and then from Warner Pacific College, with a B.A. in Biological Sciences. Upon graduation, David enlisted in the U.S. Navy to pursue his interest in aviation. He was commissioned in 1968, earned his Wings of Gold in 1969, and served through 1972.

David once described aviation as a tapestry of ability, technology, and romance and said he relished the range of perspectives it provided. These attributes defined his life. He met Evelyn Marie Everhart, a flight attendant, in September of 1973. They were married on June 7, 1975. Together they continued to explore and share the world with their family, in part through David’s long career as a Captain with Delta Airlines. He remained active until the end, working on advances in aviation technology as a contractor to the Federal Aviation Administration.

When on the ground, David cherished spending time with his grandchildren, reading, running, hiking the trails of Rappahannock with his beloved dog Emmie, and refueling on the beaches of the Outer Banks. He and Evelyn were early parishioners of St. Peter Catholic Church in Amissville, VA and ushers and frequent patrons of the Castleton Festival.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron and Kathryn Kerr, and his wife, Evelyn. He is survived by his brother Philip and three children (Christopher Matthew and his wife Diana of Ashburn, VA; CariAnne and her husband Daryl Kreml of Sudbury, MA; and Keirsten Davena and her husband Paul Brown of Amissville, VA). He was the proud Pop Pop to eleven grandchildren.

David loved life and wanted it for others. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

A visitation will be Sunday, June 30, 2019 from 6-8pm at Moser Funeral Home, Warrenton, VA (540-347-3431). A Funeral Mass will take place Monday, July 1, at 10:30am with a burial and reception to follow at St. Peter Catholic Church, 12762 Lee Hwy, Washington, VA. On-line condolences can be made at moserfuneralhome.com
Evelyn Marie Kerr
September 9, 1946 - June 1, 2018
Born in Baltimore, Maryland
Resided in Castleton, Virginia
………………….A deep love of the good things in life came from her love of life itself, and devotion to its Maker. Baptized Evelyn Marie, the daughter of Virgil and Elinor Triplett Everhart, she would go on to be an early parishioner of St. Peter Catholic Church in Washington, VA where she taught religious education. She was the wife of David Kerr from June 7, 1975 until her death, and the mother of three children (Christopher Matthew and his wife Diana of Ashburn, VA; CariAnne and her husband Daryl Kreml of Sudbury, MA; and Keirsten Davena and her husband Paul Brown of Amissville, VA). She was the proud grandmother of eleven grandchildren…………………………………

From: Carl Lowry <carl.lowry.bsa@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:47 AM  To: death.flwnwst@gmail.com

Not sure the death David Kerr, my Western Air Lines new hire classmate, has been reported.  I just recently
Learned of his passing and wanted to share.  Please also share with ALPA.

Carl Lowry
Captain, Delta Air Lines - Retired

Friday, July 26, 2019

DL Capt. Paul Emanuel

Military veteran, DL Capt. Paul Emanuel
April 11, 1951 ~ July 22, 2019

Word has reached our group with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Paul Andrew Emanuel, age 68.  Captain Emanuel joined Delta Air Lines 08-21-1987 and retired with Delta in 2016, based ATL.   He is survived by his wife Katharine, their children and grandchildren, and his siblings.
Obituary information may be viewed online at
From Facebook page:  The Emanuel family invites you to a Celebration of Life for Paul Emanuel. The service will be held this Sunday, July 28th 4:30pm at:
Grace Church
164 Flat Creek Trail
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Immediately following the service, there will be finger foods and a time of visiting with the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association of Georgia.
                            Thank you,
                                           ~ Carol for the PCN 
Paul Andrew Emanuel was born in Tokyo, Japan on April 11, 1951, the second child of Baptist missionaries Bill and Rebekah Sue Emanuel. Raised in Japan and the Philippines, Paul received appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, ultimately choosing to attend the former because of his lifelong love of flying.

After graduating from the Air Force Academy and completing pilot training, Paul requested to be stationed anywhere but Japan, as he had been raised there and wanted to see other parts of the United States or the world – so, naturally, his first duty station was Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. Fortunately, the Lord knew what He was doing there: while at Kadena, Paul flew C-130s with the 33rd Rescue Squadron and met his future wife, Katharine (Gail) Fosback, who was also stationed on Okinawa as an elementary school teacher for the Department of Defense. Paul and Gail were married on July 8, 1978, and by 1987 they had four sons: Jeff, James, John, and Joe.

A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a die-hard Oklahoma Sooners football fan, Paul temporarily left active duty in 1980 to complete a Master’s Degree in Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma. He served four more years on active duty as a C-130 instructor before leaving the military in 1987, moving to Georgia, and becoming a commercial pilot with Delta Air Lines, where he retired as a captain in April 2016.

Paul’s passions included college football, math, and whatever his children were interested in. An avid runner and community member, he was a member of the Peachtree City Running Club’s “1,000 Mile Club,” a frequent patron of Peachtree City’s many tennis courts, and a longtime member of Grace Church in Fayetteville.

Paul was diagnosed with ALS in 2017, and passed away due to complications from the disease on July 22, 2019, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and siblings.

A celebration of life will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Grace Church, 164 Flat Creek Trail, Fayetteville, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association of Georgia (http://bit.ly/ALS-GA).

Retired Captain Paul Emmanuel passed away 7/21/19. Services Sunday
7/28/19 at Grace evangelical church, flat creek trail, Fayetteville ga.

Friday, July 19, 2019

SO/RC/NWA pilot Thomas D. Jackson

Military veteran, SO/RC/NWA pilot Thomas D. Jackson
October 24, 1941 - July 14, 2019
Notification with the passing of retired Southern Airways/Republic/Northwest Airlines pilot Thomas Douglas Jackson, age 77.
To view the obituary and sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
PO Box 15156 , Panama City FL 32406-5156  ... (850) 769-7664
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary :  Thomas D. Jackson, 77, raised in Chipley, FL, died on 14th, July 2019. He graduated from Chipley High School, Chipola Jr. College, and Troy University, and learned to fly in the U.S. Navy; then began his flying career flying for Southern Airways, Republic Airlines, and Northwest Airlines. He married Susan A. Stephens, a flight attendant from Memphis, TN.
A private graveside service was held at Rock Hill Cemetery. Brown Funeral Home is in charge of Arrangements.
Brown Funeral Home & Blue Lake Crematory
1068 Main St.
Chipley, FL  32428


Thursday, July 18, 2019

M. Ernestine ‘Ern’ Stewart, widow of C&S/DL Capt. Edwin R. Stewart

M. Ernestine ‘Ern’ Stewart, widow of C&S/DL Capt. Edwin R. Stewart
August 30, 1924 - June 09, 2019

Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member Ernestine Stewart, widow of C&S/Delta pilot Captain Edwin Roy Stewart. 
Obituary information and guestbook may be viewed online at
Arrangements were entrusted to Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville, Arkansas.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary:  Ernestine Stewart
Marion Ernestine Stewart, age 94, passed away comfortably in her sleep in Roswell, Georgia on Sunday June 9, 2019.  She was born on August 30, 1924 in Blytheville, Arkansas to Ernest and Tina Mae Lyons Halsell. She often jokingly described the location as “Behind Flakes Fruit Stand”. But Ern was no Flake!  Raised in Blytheville she would grow to become a spirited, devoted, loyal and loving Daughter, Wife and Mother.
Her parents founded the Rustic Inn in Blytheville and with great success established the go-to place for outstanding Pork Barbeque, a family tradition which was to continue through the years even to this day at the famous Dixie Pig Restaurant. During her school years at Blytheville High school she was the head majorette of the Blytheville Band and worked in the family business where she often recalled barking out “Two pigs and a Coke!”.  Over the years and in supporting her family with the many Georgia baseball teams, Ernestine was loved and known by the teams, their families and her grandchildren affectionately as “Memaw”, a title she was very proud of. She also reportedly learned the art of “Hog Smooches”, which she frequently administered to flinching children and grandchildren (sorry Nelson). Still she was loved by all.
In 1943, Ern entered Lindenwood College, but soon opted for matrimony in 1944 to her U.S.  Army Corps and future Delta Air Lines Pilot, Captain Ed Stewart, who prematurely left this life in 1988.  “Aunt Ern” as so many friends and family fondly called her, established roots with her loving husband Ed in Blytheville, Arkansas, Memphis, Tennessee and finally Atlanta, Georgia, all the while raising their three sons; Ron, Don and John.
Sadly, over the years, her beloved parents; husband of 44 years, Ed Stewart; brothers, Melvin, Roy and Buddy Halsell; and sister, Annie Lee Halsell Scrape, preceded her in death.
Ern’s children, Ron and Carol Stewart of Scottsdale, Arizona, Don Stewart of Marietta, Georgia, John and Lindsay Stewart of Peachtree Corner, Georgia; brother, Johnny Halsell of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren, Kristie Nolen of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Andrew and Mary -Ann Maloney Stewart of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Stephanie Stewart of Tucson, Arizona and Nelson Stewart of Peachtree Corners, Georgia; four great-grandchildren, Maddie Nolen, Blake Nolen, Griffin Stewart and Cooper Stewart and numerous nieces, nephews and friends all survive her.
A celebration of her wonderful life will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel, 603 West Main Street, Blytheville, Arkansas, 72315 with the Rev. Mike Wey officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. Although there will be no formal visitation, there will be a gathering of friends and family to remember her Friday evening, June 14th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Dixie Pig in Blytheville.  If able to attend please bring a smile and a funny story or two to celebrate the life of this special lady.
  C&S/DL Stewart, Edwin Roy Captain 
DOB : 10-Jul-1919
Date of death : 25-Sep-1988 (age 69)
Joined Chicago & Southern 03-05-1951, retired with Delta Air Lines in 1979, based ATL

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

WA/DL Capt. Reese Earl Gullickson

USAF veteran, WA/DL Capt. Reese Earl Gullickson  
February 11, 1935 ~ June 30, 2019
Notification with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Reese Earl Gullickson, age 84.  Captain Gullickson joined Western Airlines 01-20-1964 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based Seattle.  He is survived by his sister, his children and his grandchildren.
The obituary article is available online at 
Other news related articles are noted below.  Obituary information notes no services.
Captain Gullickson had most recently resided at Skamokawa, Washington.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  

Obituary:  Reese Gullickson   ...  Daily News, The (Longview, WA) - Saturday, July 13, 2019
Reese Earl Gullickson, longtime resident of Skamokawa, WA, died in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at the age of 84.
Born Feb. 11, 1935, in Port Angeles, WA, to Clarence and Emma Genevieve Gullickson, Reese grew up in the Longview Kelso area and attended R.A. Long High School. After a move to California in 1953, he graduated from Fort Bragg High School in Fort Bragg, CA. He joined the Air Force in 1954 and served for a period of 13 years as a jet fighter pilot and a member of the Flying Tigers. He later studied at Portland State University and the Oregon Technical Institute.
Following his time in college, Reese became a pilot for Western Airlines, which later became Delta. He retired at the age of 55 after an exemplary career as a Captain for Delta Airlines.
A true patriot and proud American, Reese loved God and his country. He valued his family and the many friends who will miss his captivating storytelling and engaging humor.
Reese spent his retirement doing all of the things he loved... visiting flea markets and car shows, vegetable gardening, wildlife observation and motorcycle riding.
Survivors include his sister, Darlane Caputo; his daughters, Dianne and Jody; his son, Reese; and four grandchildren.
At his request, there will be no memorial services. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or any non-profit animal shelter.
Skamokawa motorcyclist dies in Sunday afternoon crash near Woodland
The Daily News  Jul 2, 2019  ............................
A Skamokawa man died after a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon while out for a ride near Woodland, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Reese Gullickson, 84, was driving in the southbound late of State Route 503 about nine miles east of Woodland when he lost control of his 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle at a curve in the road, according to a state patrol news release.
The release says Gullickson hit the guardrail along the highway. His motorcycle slid under the rail, but Gullickson was “ejected over” it, the release said. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
It was unknown Monday whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, and State Patrol is currently investigating the case, according to the release.
Motorcycle Death

Reese Gullickson, 84, of Skamakowa is dead after a motorcycle crash that took place yesterday afternoon on the Lewis River Highway east of Woodland.  The State Patrol reports that the crash happened at about 12:35, about nine miles east of Woodland.  They say that Gullickson was riding southbound when he lost control in a curve, and then went into the guard rail.  The bike slid under the guard rail, while Gullickson was ejected over the rail.  Gullickson was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center, where he was declared dead.  The cause of the crash is under investigation by the State Patrol.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

PAA/DL pilot Clarence ‘Jake’ Jacob Dieter

Military veteran, PAA/DL pilot Clarence ‘Jake’ Jacob Dieter
JANUARY 7, 1939 ~ JULY 9, 2019 
Notification with the passing of retired Pan Am/Delta pilot Clarence Jacob Dieter, age 80.  F/O Dieter joined Pan American 05-08-1967 and retired with Delta Air Lines, I believe based ATL/031 at time of retirement.  He is survived by his wife Alexandra ‘Alix’, their children and grandchildren, plus many other family members and friends.
To view the obituary and share your memories online please visit the funeral home website at
Obituary may also be viewed at
Service arrangements are noted in obituary text ... please see information below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary:  Clarence Jacob Dieter, 80, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in his home in St. Augustine after a fierce battle with multiple myeloma. Family and friends knew him as either Sonny, Dee, or Jake. He leaves his wife of 46 years, Alexandra (Boggs) Dieter; his daughters, Jennifer Dieter, Michelle Brandt, and Margaret Hoffman; two sisters, Patricia Iannaci and Irene Huey; seven grandchildren; and many close family and friends. Born and raised in Dexter, Missouri, Jake was the son of Lillian (Litzler) Dieter and Clarence Jacob Dieter, who died two months before his birth. He was educated in a one-room schoolhouse through the 8th grade and graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1961 with a degree in Sociology. He then went on to join the Navy where he trained as a pilot and flew sea planes during the Vietnam War. After 5 years in the Navy, he went to work for Pan American Airlines. It was at Pan Am where he met his wife, Alix, a Flight Attendant for the airline. Jake flew for Pan Am for 25 years and eventually retired from Delta Airlines in 2000. Jake had a deep love of family, fishing, playing bridge, building rock walls, and playing softball. Last fall, his team won the 80+ bracket at the World Championship in Las Vegas where Jake was named tournament MVP. He was still playing senior softball earlier this year. He lived life to the fullest and always maintained a positive outlook. Jake was the first to lend a hand in any situation. He was involved in every community in which he lived and was loved by so many. As a close family friend said, "It's hard to imagine a world without Jake Dieter". Jake will be buried in his hometown of Dexter, MO on Saturday, August 10th. There will be a public viewing at Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 2 - 3:30 p.m., followed by the funeral. As Jake was a life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan, his family will attend a game in St. Louis on Friday, August 9th at 7:15 p.m. (CST) and encourages anyone interested to join them at the game or watch it on TV in Jake's honor. A celebration of life will be held in Bend, OR on Saturday, August 17th at the Sunrise Village Lodge from 2 - 4 p.m. A celebration in St. Augustine, FL will take place at a date and time to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 1235 South Clark Street Suite 910, Arlington, VA 22202, www.vvmf.org/Support-VVMF or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, PO Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238, www.themmrf.org/donate

Please sign the online guestbook at www.pontevedravalley.com

PAA/DL pilot Maurice "Morie" LeGare

Military veteran, PAA/DL pilot Maurice "Morie" LeGare
MARCH 20, 1933 ~ JULY 12, 2019 
Word has reached us with the passing of retired Pan Am/Delta pilot Maurice "Morie" Turner LeGare, age 86.  Morie joined Pan American 06-05-1967 and retired with Delta Air Lines, I believe as S/O based ATL/030 at time of retirement.
Obituary information/guestbook and photos may be viewed online at the funeral home website: 
MEMORIAL SERVICE : Friday, July 19th from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary:  Maurice “Morie” Turner Legare, was the only child of missionary parents, the Reverend Maurice B.S. Legare, and Katherine Veronica (Turner) Legare. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but lived in Stockton, California for his early through high school years, where his father started and was head pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church. He had many memories of the vibrant Filipino community in which he lived and worked, and which nurtured him to adulthood. The Legare Family contribution to the Stockton Christian community and the Trinity Presbyterian Church was honored in the church’s 65th anniversary dedication of the Legare Chapel within the church.
Morie attended Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington, where he participated heavily in the Young Life ministry, and excelled in sports and academia, graduating in 1955.  After graduation from Whitworth, he joined the U.S. Navy, went to flight school, and became a Naval Aviator. He was a combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam, and in 1966, was appointed Officer in Charge of Search and Rescue Detachment 5, and flew missions from the USS King (DLG-51). He and his men (dubbed “Legare’s Bears”) participated in many heroic rescues, but one memory he often shared was when he and his crew made two water rescues of F-105 pilots who were hit over North Vietnam, and managed to ditch or parachute into the Tonkin Gulf. It was an important and historic event, which is recorded in the operational history of the USS King. For this and other feats, Morie earned the Air Medal, the Vietnam Service and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, along with the National Defense Service Medal. He earned the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and served in the Navy for 10 years.
After his military career, Morie served as a Flight Engineer (FE) for Pan American World Airways from 1967-1991. His family loved hearing about the many adventures, life-saving calculations, and narrow landing victories Morie experienced in that role. When Pan Am was sold to Delta Airlines in 1991, Morie was able to transfer to Delta, and was a senior FE until his retirement in 2002.
Morie was a lifelong learner and earned two master’s degrees, one from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in 1964, and the second from Chapman University in Orange, California, in 1971. His family will also remember Morie as a lifelong dabbler (and sometimes gambler) in the stock market, as a brilliant man of many talents, and as someone who loved to find cheap gas and a good Chinese Buffet. More importantly, he loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and sought to share his faith whenever possible. He was a respected Bible scholar within his Christian community and was an excellent Bible teacher.
He also loved and is survived by his four children, Marc and Anne (Peterson) LeGare, Lisa-Noelle LeGare, Danielle (LeGare) and Aaron Myers, and J. Michael and Leela (Modjallal) LeGare, two stepchildren, Amy and Jason Mushorn, and 14 grandchildren. His wife Ann, was the joy of his final years, and loved him well.

Morie lived a full and rewarding life, and is enjoying his heavenly reward. He would be so happy if instead of giving flowers, you instead donate in his name to the church his father planted, Trinity Presbyterian Church, in Stockton, California. His place of interment is yet to be determined, but his real and forever home is in heaven.

Monday, July 15, 2019

DL Capt. Robert D. Gottis

Military veteran, DL Capt. Robert D. Gottis
March 30, 1956 - July 5, 2019
Notification with the passing of Delta pilot Captain Robert David Gottis, age 63.  Captain Gottis joined Delta Air Lines 07-10-1987 and I believe was based NYC.  He is survived by his sister and his children.
To view obituary and guestbook information online please visit the funeral home website at
As noted below, a celebration of Life event is planned for July 16th at Linnemann Funeral Home of Erlanger, KY.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary.............NKyTribune.com (KY) - Friday, July 5, 2019
Robert D. Gottis, of Florence, KY, passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospice Center on July 5, 2019, at the age of 63. Bobby G, or Captain Bob, as he was often called, spent most of his life either in the sea, by the sea, or over the sea. He served as a Naval Aviation Officer, Patrol Squadron Eight, based out of Naval Air Station-Brunswick. Bobby G flew the P-3 Orion, an antisubmarine, maritime surveillance aircraft. He served three deployments over the seas during his military career. After his retirement from the USN, he continued his aviation career, flying 32 years with Delta Airlines, once again flying over the seas, as a transatlantic international pilot. He is survived by his sister, Denise Wiloch, of Florence KY; and his three children, Matthew – Cincinnati, OH; Lexi Ayers (Carson) – USMC Camp Pendelton, CA; Jonathan – USMC Camp Lejeune, NC.
Please join us in a celebration of his life on Tuesday 7/16/2019 from 4-7, at Linnemann Funeral Home- Erlanger, KY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Elizabeth Hospice Center – Erlanger, KY.

NWA Capt. Robert G. Brown

Military veteran, NWA Capt. Robert G. Brown
June 6, 1933 ~ July 8, 2019
Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Robert G. Brown, age 86.  I believe Captain Brown first joined Pacific Airlines 11-25-1957, made the merger with Hughes AirWest, and retired with Northwest Airlines.  Widowed in January 2014 with the passing of his wife Ida, Captain Brown is survived by his children and grandchildren. 
Obituary information and guestbook may be viewed online at
Services for Captain Brown were held in Falmouth, Massachusetts....please see below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary.................Robert G. Brown, 86
Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, MA) - Wednesday, July 10, 2019
EAST FALMOUTH, MASS. - Bob passed away, Monday July 8th of Pancreatic Cancer. He was preceded by his wife of 56 years, the love of his life, Ida M. Pingree; and leaves his son, Jeffrey Brown and his wife, Kristen Brown, of Franklin, MA and his two beloved grandchildren, Christopher and Michaela Brown. He also leaves his son Scott Brown of New York, NY and leaves a brother, Al Brown and sister-in-law, Linda of Surprise, AZ. If you ever met Bob, you loved him. His many friends, neighbors and co-workers will miss him dearly.
Bob was born and raised in Creston, Iowa on his parent's farm, but farming was not in his future. Bob followed his dream and enlisted in the Navy as a cadet, completed flight training and received his wings. After flight school he was based at Naval Air Station in Alameda, CA (VF-111) flew F9s off the U.S.S. Lexington and then became a flight instructor at North Island. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Bob started his career in commercial aviation in 1957 and flew for 35 years, retiring as a 747 Captain with Northwest Airlines. Flying was his passion and he often said, "I never worked a day in my life".
In retirement, he spent time with his family, was a member of the John Wesley United Methodist Church and volunteer at the Falmouth Service Center and Meals on Wheels.
A Memorial Service will be held at the John Wesley United Methodist Church on Friday, July 12th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Falmouth Service Center or Meals on Wheels.
For online guestbook, obituary and directions, visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com
Ida Mae Brown
June 17, 1931 - January 13, 2014

East Falmouth, Massachusetts

Friday, July 12, 2019

DL pilot John Anthony Goodman Roberts, Jr.

DL pilot John Anthony Goodman Roberts, Jr.
November 28, 1968 ~ June 27, 2019
Notification with the passing of Delta pilot John Anthony Goodman Roberts Jr., age 50.  Mr. Roberts joined Delta Air Lines 05-22-2000 and I believe was based NYC.  He is survived by his wife Jacqueline, plus his siblings and their families.
To view the obituary and guestbook online please visit
Obituary text is also available online at
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
7 Richard Wilson Dr.,  Coatesville PA 19320-5102.
Should more news be received, we will pass along that information.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
John Anthony Goodman Roberts, Jr., or “Tony” as he was affectionately called, passed away at age 50 on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at his home in Coatesville, PA.
He was the husband of Jacqueline I. Roberts, with whom he shared a beautiful 14 year marriage. Tony was the love of Jackie’s life.
Born in Barbados in 1968, he was the son of the late John Anthony Goodman Roberts, Sr. and the late Angela U. Gomes Roberts.
Tony graduated from Unionville High School in 1987 and spent his summers in the Bahamas working as crew on his Uncle John’s fishing charter boat.
Tony continued his education at West Chester University where he graduated with a degree in Marketing in 1992. While in college he worked to get his flight ratings at Chester County Airport. During that time, he also worked at the airport fueling and prepping airplanes and gaining as much experience as he could. He flew many private and corporate jobs before being hired by Delta Air Lines on May 22, 2000. Tony flew the Boeing 727, MD-88, and finally the Boeing 757/767 both domestically and internationally.
Tony was extremely dedicated to his career and worked diligently to become a success.
In his free time, Tony enjoyed hunting with his friends and family in Pennsylvania and on his 42 acre property in Ohio. His hobbies included flying RC model airplanes, collecting diecast model airplanes, fishing, and enjoying the company of his adoring family, his dogs, and close friends.
Tony is survived by his loving wife, Jacqueline; his three sisters, Carol Hargroves, Linda Myers and Gail Beare; as well as three brothers, Bruce Roberts, Jerry Roberts and Derek Roberts.
You are invited to visit with Tony’s family on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. A second Visitation will be held the following morning on Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 9:00AM to 10:00AM at the Christian Life Center, 125 Saginaw Road, Lincoln University, PA 19352. Services for Tony will begin at 10:00AM. Interment will follow at Faggs Manor Cemetery, 508 West Street Road, Cochranville, PA 19330.

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.

NWA/DL F/O James F. Gutmann

NWA/DL F/O James F. Gutmann
April 21, 1949 ~ February ?? , 2019
Belated news, as reported recently in the June/July issue of ALPA Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column, the passing of retired Northwest/Delta F/O James F. Gutmann, age 69.  F/O Gutmann joined Northwest Airlines 01-20-1989.  ALPA noted his retirement with Delta Air Lines in April 2014. 
Whitepages lists the family’s most recent address as  
 7602 72nd Dr NE , Marysville WA 98270-5907... (360) 659-0749.
If anyone can help us with more information, we would appreciate hearing from you.
            Thank you,

                ~ Carol for the PCN

DL Capt. Elmer Elton ‘Junior’ Hinkle Jr

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Elmer Elton ‘Junior’ Hinkle Jr.
April 6, 1941 ~ April 28, 2019
Belated news, as reported recently in the June/July issue of ALPA Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column, the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Elmer Elton Hinkle Jr., age 78.  Captain Hinkle joined Delta Air Lines 03-14-1969 and retired with Delta in 2001, based 031/ATL.
He is survived by his wife Linda and their two sons.
All information below and photos are available online at
Captain Hinkle’s obituary information notes that a Celebration of Life will be held August 24th at Christ Methodist Church, Plano TX 75075.
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence address as
13251 Bodega Trl.,  Frisco TX 75035-0062.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
CPT. Elmer Elton “Junior” Hinkle, Jr
BIRTH  :  6 Apr 1941.....Morrisville, Polk County, Missouri, USA
DEATH :   28 Apr 2019 (aged 78)....Frisco, Collin County, Texas, USA
BURIAL  :  Christ United Methodist Church Columbarium, Plano, Collin County, Texas, USA;
Junior married his childhood sweetheart, Linda, on September 8, 1962. He graduated from Missouri University, Columbia, Missouri in 1963 and received a commission in the United States Air Force through the ROTC.
In March 1964, Junior and Linda arrived at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma where he became a member of Class 65-F. He was assigned to 3575th Pilot Training Wing, 3576th Pilot Training Squadron, Flight 3, 'Speedy' where he flew the T-37B 'Tweet', with Wayne Yohe as his instructor. Part way through our T-37B training, the class was split in half and Junior was reassigned to the Flight 4, 'Warlock' in the 3576th Pilot Training Squadron. While in Warlock flight, his instructors were Emery Cushing and William Butler. In advanced flight training, he was assigned to Flight 1, 'Mojack' where he flew the supersonic T-38A 'Talon', which was also known as 'The White Rocket'. His instructors were James Wilhelm, Harold Mund and Donald McCarter.
On Saturday morning, March 20, 1965, he graduated and was awarded his Pilot Wings. He was an Outstanding Officer Graduate for having ‘”excelled in flying, academics and military performance.” Junior accepted an assignment to Pilot Instructor Training and became a T-38A Instructor Pilot at Vance Air Force Base where he remained until March 1967 when he was reassigned to Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas instructing German students. He was not happy with the assignment as he did not volunteer while numerous others did and yet he was sent there against his will.
In November 1967, he ferried an F-5 to Europe after a brief check out at Williams AFB, Chandler, Arizona. What was to have been an eighteen-day trip turned into a month. Junior came away with a bad feeling about the TAC pilots who led the whole mess. He ended up spending a week in Morroco until he wrangled a USAF air evacuation flight to Portugal, as he did not have a passport
When he was not offered a regular commission in the USAF, he left the Air Force and joined Delta Airlines in March 1969. Based on class seniority he got his choice of Dallas as his home base. He was a Second Officer on DC-8 for about eight months and then went back to Atlanta for DC-9 First Officer training. He flew First Officer on DC-9, B-727, L-1011, and Captain on B-737, B-727, B-757, B-767, and MD-11. He flew 29 years out of Dallas and final 3 years out of Atlanta on MD-11 international. In the course of his flying with Delta, he flew to Tokyo, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Athens, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo.
Mostly routine flying during his 32 years with the exception of an early, foggy departure out of Savannah, GA. The runway had a crown at mid-point which preventing seeing a flock of sea gulls that decided to lift off just as he rotated for takeoff. He took gulls in both engines and had no choice but to set it back down. It was a B-737 and a 6000 ft runway and he was able to stop with the nose wheel just at the end of the runway. He flew his retirement flight on March 31, 2001 from Frankfurt to Atlanta. Linda went on the trip and the First Officer went back and brought her to the cockpit and strapped her in the center jump seat for the descent and landing. She was thrilled and still talks about the experience.
His first 10 years with Delta were spent flying, playing golf, tennis, and the usual things around the house. In 1980 he decided to start a home construction company as his dad and granddad had been in construction. He did the preliminary design and never built the same home twice. Linda worked in the office and decorated the spec homes and worked with clients on custom homes. He built about 100 homes during the 11 years. They moved to Shell Knob, Missouri in 1994 and built their retirement home.
In 2010, Jr and Linda set up and hosted the first reunion for class 65-F in Branson, Missouri. The reunion was a tremendous success due to the detailed planning of Jr and Linda.
Several years later, they moved to Frisco, Texas to be nearer their children. Jr then built a new retirement home in Frisco.
After retirement from Delta they enjoyed taking cruises to Alaska, New Zealand & Australia, Panama Canal, Hawaii, Scandinavia & Russia, and a Mediterranean cruise. One of his most enjoyable and rewarding trips was to Normandy, France where they visited Omaha Beach, Utah Beach and the town of Bayeux which was the first town liberated on D-Day. It was something that he had always wanted to do and it proved to be more rewarding than imagined.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years and two sons, Wade and Chris.

A Celebration of Life will be held August 24th, 2:00pm at the Christ Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road, Plano, TX 75075.

NWA Capt. Lee N. Penniston

USAF veteran, NWA Capt. Lee N. Penniston
July 7, 1938 ~ June 29, 2019
Word has reached our group with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Captain Lee N. Penniston, age 80, nearing his 81st birthday.  We understand that he suffered medical complications due a stroke.  Captain Penniston joined Northwest Airlines 04-26-1965.  I believe he had most recently resided in Port Orchard, Washington. 
Our information is very limited....if more is learned, we will pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN

Gone But Not Forgotten

Mr. Lee Penniston - Class of 1961CS-01
Deceased on June 29, 2019 - Informed on July 2, 2019
Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. No services will be held in accordance with Mr. Penniston's wishes. He will be cremated and his ashes scattered at his family's convenience. It has been suggested that memorial donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Best Friends Animal Society; 5001 Angel Canyon Rd; Kanab, UT 84741; (435) 644-2001; www.bestfriends.org

Thursday, July 11, 2019

DL Capt. Malcolm ‘Mal’ Harper

DL Capt. Malcolm ‘Mal’ Harper
May 15, 1936 ~ July 9, 2019
News has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Malcolm L. Harper, age 83.  Captain Harper joined Delta Air Lines 09-10-1962 and retired with Delta in 1996, based 031/ATL. To date we’ve not been able to locate on online obituary, but a Celebration of Life event is planned for Captain Harper this Saturday the 13th...please see information below.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
126 HUFF DALAND CIR.,  GRIFFIN  GA 30223-6827
If anyone has more information to share, we would surely appreciate hearing from you.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
-------- Original message --------
From: susanbhutson@aol.com Date: 7/10/19 16:01 (GMT-06:00)
To: jelbar@frontier.com Subject:  Malcolm
A Celebration of Malcolm Harper's Life Will Be Held
Saturday July 13, 2019
6 - 8 pm
at the Harper's Hangar
Brook Bridge
126 Huff Daland Circle
Griffin, GA  30223
Please Come and Share a Story
in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to
The Leukemia Society

Monday, July 8, 2019

NC/RC/NWA Capt. Larry C. Vigdal

NC/RC/NWA Capt. Larry C. Vigdal
April 14, 1940 - July 02, 2019
Notification with the passing of retired Northwest Airlines pilot Captain Larry Carl Vigdal, age 79.   Obituary information may be viewed and memories shared online at http://www.ohalloranmurphy.com/obituary/larry-vigdal  Captain Vigdal is survived by his wife Carol. plus their children and grandchildren.  For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages indicates the most recent residence address as
1800 Highland Pkwy, Saint Paul MN 55116-2113.
Should more news be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary:  VIGDAL Larry C. , age 79 of St. Paul Passed away on July 2, 2019 surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by his father, Harry; brothers, Robert and Paul. Survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol; daughters, Holly (Kurt) Schultz and Joy (Ron) Christopherson; mother, Margaret; brother, Dan (Deborah); grandchildren, Jessica (Justin) Harken, Alec (Katelyn) Schultz, Sarah (Andrew) Toay, Ellen (Trevor) Weis, Wyatt Schultz; great grandchildren, Jackson, Jonathan and Eleanor; sister-in-law, Kay and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Born in Armstrong, IA. Larry was a pilot for 27 years with North Central, Republic, and finally Northwest Airlines. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, Nascar fan and a baseball fan of all levels, as well as a lifetime season ticket holder of St. Paul Saints Baseball. Larry and Carol enjoyed traveling to all parts of the United States together. Funeral service Monday, 11 AM at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1807 Field Ave., St Paul. Visitation Sunday 4-8PM at O'Halloran & Murphy, 575 S. Snelling Ave., and one hour prior at the church. Interment Acacia Park Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the American Lung Association, St. Luke Lutheran Church.


Wanda Vance, wife of DL Capt. Kenson R. Vance Jr.

Wanda Vance, wife of DL Capt. Kenson R. Vance Jr.
August 27, 1938 - June 26, 2019
News has reached us with the passing of Wanda Nell Vance, wife of retired Delta Captain Kenson Reeves Vance Jr. 
Wanda’s obituary information is available online at https://www.lucasfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Wanda-Vance/#!/Obituary .
Services for Wanda have taken place ... Lucas Funeral Home of Keller, TX was entrusted with arrangements. 
For those wishing to send a personal note, Captain Vance’s address is
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary:   Wanda Nell Vance, 80, of North Richland Hills went to be with the Lord on June 26, 2019 at Sagecrest Hospital. Wanda was born on August 27, 1938 to Noel and Mabel Heard of Henrietta, Texas. She married Kenson Reeves Vance, Jr. on December 8, 1961.
Wanda was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She spent countless hours as a community volunteer. Wanda lived her life showing love to all those she was around and was the consummate host. Her calming presences was one of her best qualities.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Noel and Mabel Heard of Henrietta, brother Eddie Heard of Henrietta, and granddaughter Katie Lynn Vance of Alvord.
Survivors: husband Kenson Reeves Vance, Jr, sister Winzella (Sug) McKee and husband Charles McKee, daughter Jana Vance Mueller and husband Frank Mueller, son Kenson Vance III and wife Brenda Vance, grandchildren Bria Mueller, Jacob Mueller and Kenson Vance IV along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services for Wanda will be held at Lucas Funeral Home in Keller, TX on Sunday June 30th, at 2:30PM--
From: 60th Bum Group < redsplitwindow@gmail.com >
Subject: Passing of  Wanda Vance - Wife of Captain Kenson Vance
Wanda Vance, wife of retired Captain Kenson Vance passed last night at 10pm.  Her services will be as follows:
Visitation will be at Lucas Funeral Home in Keller on Saturday, June 29 from 6pm to 8pm.
Services will be held on Sunday June 30 at Lucas Funeral Home at 2:30:
Kenson's address is:8317 Forest Glen N, North Richland Hill  76180
Thanks to Wanda Haskins for passing this very sad news.


NEA/DL Capt. Allen Granger Brady Jr.

NEA/DL  Capt. Allen Granger Brady Jr.
October 3, 1926 ~ November 8, 2017
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 Allen Granger Brady Jr., age 91.  From what I can determine, Captain Brady was born/raised in North Carolina, was an Army Air Corps veteran, and first joined Northeast Airlines 12-18-1957 based Boston.  This document ( https://legals.businessobserverfl.com/legal-notice-uploads/2017-12-22-Collier.pdf ) indicates the date of his passing as November 8, 2017 and that he had most recently resided in Florida.  Should you have more information and/or corrections, we would appreciate hearing from you.
Thank you for any updates,

    ~ Carol for the PCN