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Thursday, January 30, 2020

DL Capt. Jack E. T. Saux II

Military veteran, DL Capt. Jack E. T. Saux II
May 2, 1942 ~ January 28, 2020

The family of Capt. Jack Saux sends us this sad news of the loss in their family…..word with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Jack Emile Saux II, age 77.  Captain Saux joined Delta Air Lines 01-06-1969 and was based DFW and MSY.  He is survived by his wife Yvonne, his children and grandchildren, plus many other close friends, family members and aviation colleagues.  Friends write: “Retired DAL Capt. Jack Saux died 28 Jan 2020. He spent most of his career flying out of the MSY base where he was born and grew up.  Jack was in intensive care at the St Tammany hospital.”

The family writes that a Celebration of Life event is planned for Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church, 130 Baronne St., New Orleans, Louisiana …..please see all information below.
For those who may wish to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
424 Rosa Ave.,  Metairie, LA 70005-3420.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

On January 28, 2020, Jack Saux, after more than 77 years’ entertaining family, friends and always himself, has taken his sense of humor and personality to the next level of existence, the greatest venue of all.

Jack is survived by his beloved wife, Yvonne Graffagnino Saux, whom he met in 8th grade. Their over-fifty years of marriage were blessed by three children, Jack III, MD, Jennifer Saux Perry, and Stephanie Saux Desjardins, and the addition of nine wonderful grandchildren, Margret, Paul Jack, Virginia Claire, Isabella, Ben, Stephen, Dominic, Thomas Jack, and Michael. All featured prominently in Jack’s favorite stories of family adventures and events.

Jack’s life, while filled with humor, was also punctuated by service to his family, friends, country, and Church.

After graduation from Jesuit High School in New Orleans and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Jack was a pilot in the *U.S. Air Force for five and half years, including a year tour in Viet Nam. During that service, he was awarded two Air Medals, an Air Force Commendation Medal, a handful of Vietnamese decorations, and was the not-so-proud recipient of a unique foot fungus.

After the military, Jack’s next career step was as a pilot with one of the nation’s major airlines. He flew for that company for 27 years, 17 years domestically and 10 years on international routes. His favorite aircraft was the DC-9. While flying the line he also served 10 years as Chairman of the local pilots’ union and 4 years as an Executive Vice President of the national union.

Jack’s early retirement from the airline allowed him to devote time to writing and publishing six of his novels. In payback for the wonderful life he was given, he volunteered in service at Jesuit Church on Baronne Street. He served as Chair of the Parish Council for over 10 years.

Katrina came during that time, and the trunk of Jack’s car became the parish office as he, Fr. Ron Boudreaux S.J. and Bro. Walter Eckler, S.J. worked to repair the damage to the 160-year-old building. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Harry Tompson Center, a social outreach to the homeless, from its beginning until his death.

During these years of retirement and volunteering, his former airline declared bankruptcy and his pension was cut by 95%. Jack returned to the workforce, once again in service to others, selling real estate with Engle and Volkers’ Realtors, adding many clients and other realtors to his long list of friends.

A celebration of a life filled with love, service, and commitment, interspersed with vast periods of laughter will be held at Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church, 130 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA on Monday, February 3, 2020. Visitation will begin at 1:00pm – 2:30pm. The rosary will be recited at 2:30pm. Followed by Mass at 3:00pm. Private burial at a later date at USNA.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Harry Tompson Center c/o Immaculate Conception Church, 130 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70112.

Obituary written by Jack E. Saux, Jr. and edited by Keith Wolf (as was their habit).

Jack Saux family

From: jacksaux@hotmail.com Sent: 1/24/2020
Subject: re Jack Saux in intensive care
Please let everyone know I have read all the well wishes that have been sent to Dad
and he asked me to send a thank you reply.
All the prayers are greatly appreciated.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Jack, a true rebel, came to the Naval Academy straight from Jesuit High with a determination to "set the place straight" in his mind. Although he never quite succeeded in doing so, he never gave up his attempts. Academics were no trouble for Jack, and although his grades were better than average, he still found time to devote to the LOG, the Lucky Bag, and sailing. Not one to forget about the finer things in life, Jack is known for being a connoisseur of wine, women, and song, and he can always be counted upon to take part in any merrymaking which may arise. Jack's dreams for the future are housed around "jockeying a jet." We all know that regardless of the game he plays, Jack can be counted on to come out a winner.
Class of 1963
Jack Saux  (Current Data, dated 9-15-2013)
After graduation, and I was one of the ones who switched to USAF, Yvonne and I went to flight school in Lubbock Texas, spent two years hauling trash over the Pacific, a year in Vietnam, and a year as a flight instructor before leaving the service for the airlines.
I flew for an airline for 27 years and took an early retirement to devote time to writing.
I have had two novels published, one as an ebook and one in paperback, third due out this fall.
We have three children and nine grandchildren and still live in the New Orleans area.

NEA/DL Capt. Robert E. Patterson

USAF veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Robert E. Patterson
September 20, 1932 - January 29, 2020

To view Capt. Patterson’s obituary online and share memories, please visit
Please see arrangements below.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

From: JON J MAYNARD <jjmaynard@usa.net> 
Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2020 2:03 PM
Subject: Passing of Captain Robert Patterson NEA/DL BOS YELLOWBIRD

PATTERSON, Capt. Robert E. Of Arlington, January 29.
Beloved husband of Maureen (Zanfani) for 65 years. Loving father of Robert Patterson, Jr. and his wife Belle, Nancy Crowley and her husband Tom, Michael Patterson and his wife Jennifer. Loving grandfather of Corey and Jeremy Patterson, Katherine, Caroline, Grace and Brian Crowley and Zhara Patterson. Dear brother of Dr. Wilfred Patterson and his wife Stacy and the late Kenneth Patterson. Funeral from the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St. (Rt. 60, adjacent to St. Agnes Church), ARLINGTON, on Monday, at 9 am. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Eulalia's Church, Winchester, at 10 am. Relatives and friends invited. Visitation Sunday, 2-6 pm. Burial in Mount Auburn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's memory to American Friends of the Drama, 22 Academy Street, Arlington, MA 02474. Former Captain for Delta Airlines and Air Force veteran of the Korean War. For directions or to send a condolence, visit www.keefefuneralhome.com

View the online memorial for Capt. Robert E. PATTERSON
Published in The Boston Globe from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2020

Captain Patterson joined Northeast on 9/6/1966 and retired in 1992

For Condolences:
The Patterson Family
66 Kennsington Park
Arlington, MA  02174-8039

Jon J Maynard 
President Yellowbird Chapter of Delta Pioneers 
First Vice President of Delta National Pioneers 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

NWA Capt. Allen L. Teasley

NWA Capt. Allen L. Teasley
July 11, 1933 ~  December 22, 2019

News has reached us with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Allen Lemay Teasley, age 86.  Captain Teasley joined Northwest Airlines 02-12-1958.  Widowed in February 2014 with the passing of his wife Jean, Captain Teasley is survived by his children and grandchildren.
To view the obituary online please visit
Perhaps the best contact for the family would be c/o son Brian listed in whitepages at
1630 Royal Palm Dr S Apt A , Saint Petersburg, FL 33707…..(727) 381-7914
If more is learned we will be sure to pass along any new information.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Obituary……………… Teasley, Allen
Teasley, Allen, died peacefully in St. Petersburg, Florida on Sunday, December 22nd at the age of 86. One of 11 children, he grew up on a farm in Apison, TN. When he was nineteen, at the local airport he encountered a gleaming silver Douglas DC-3 airplane piloted by a white-scarfed aviator. He knew instantly what he wanted to do with his life. His first flight was a military transport to join the U.S. Marines. He was part of the "Checkerboard" squadron and met Imogene (Jean) Pederson on a blind date at Naval Air Station Pensacola. After marriage she convinced him to move to the frozen land of Minnesota where he joined Northwest Airlines (NWA). He started on the DC-4 and finished 33 years later on the 747. He was a Viking season ticket holder at Metropolitan stadium and an avid golfer, winning the local senior club championship at age 75. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean and is survived by his daughter Tonia, son Brian, and grandsons Justin and Morgan. Service at Zion Lutheran Church, Odin, MN on Saturday, January 11 at 1:00 PM. Interment at Zion Cemetery.

Imogene F. ‘Jean’ Teasley, wife of NWA Capt. Allen ‘Al’ Teasley
April 21, 1932 ~ February 8, 2014

NWA Capt. Don Allen Keener

USAF veteran, NWA Capt. Don Allen Keener
September 25, 1956 - December 5, 2019

Notification with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Captain Don Allen Keener, age 63.  Captain Keener joined Northwest Airlines 08-09-1985.  He is survived by his wife Nancy, also by their children and grandchildren.
A video tribute and family photo gallery along with Captain Keener’s obituary may be viewed online at
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

Obituary……….Don Allen Keener, 63, of Destin, FL formerly of Highlands, N.C. went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 5, 2019. He was born September 25, 1956 in Sylva, N.C., to the late John H. and Hester Hedden Keener.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Keener, his three daughters, Brandy Highsmith and husband, Omar Highsmith, Kalee Renee Keener, Paige Marion Keener and two grandsons, Knight and Simeon Highsmith all of Destin, FL. Don was preceded in death by his father, John H. Keener and his mother Hester Hedden Keener; a brother Terry Dean Keener; and a sister Renee Gwen Treyvig.

Don’s passion for life was contagious and he enjoyed spending his time with family and friends. He loved dancing with Nancy, and watching his daughters compete in Equestrian competition, he enjoyed riding motorcycles with his friends, and loved collecting classic Ford cars.

Don was an accomplished man and received many awards for outstanding achievements during his life. He graduated high school as valedictorian. Following his graduation in 1974, Don had the prestigious accomplishment of being accepted into the Air Force Academy. Don graduated with honors from the Air Force Academy and flew as a fighter/tank pilot from 1978 to 1982. During Don’s service in the Air Force he achieved the rank of Captain and received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Training Ribbon, Air Force Training Longevity Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Following Don’s military service, he moved to Destin, FL and started his career flying for the commercial airlines. He flew for Northwest and Delta Airlines from August 1985 to December 2019, where he was flying international routes as a Captain. In addition to his flying career, Don was an accomplished custom builder in Destin.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Yellow Mountain Baptist Church with Carl Stepp officiating. Burial will be in Stewart Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the Church. Flowers may be sent to Macon Funeral Home, Franklin, N.C.

Pallbearers will be Paul Schmitt, Taylor Schmitt, Bruce Belser, Toby Theodore, Ted Love and Jon Shelton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Greg Floyd and Jim Moody.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stewart Cemetery Fund, C/O Carl Stewart, 3295 Yellow Mountain Road, Cullowhee, NC 28723.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com

WA/DL Capt. Budd J. Kelly

WA/DL Capt. Budd J. Kelly
March 5, 1940 ~ December 17, 2019

We have learned of the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Budd Joseph Kelly.  Captain Kelly suffered a heart attack and was 79 years of age at the time of his passing.  Captain Kelly joined Western Airlines 03-27-1967 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2000, based 030/ATL.
Friends write:  “We have lost one of the WESTERN "GOOD GUYS" - BUDD KELLY.  Budd passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2019.  He was an amazing pilot and truly one of the good guys. He loved his family, friends and Western. He will be sorely missed. Photo: Budd's retirement flight on the DAL L-1011 with Ann Flaskamp Herring and Budd's son, Scott, now a UAL Captain. “
We understand that a Memorial Service for Captain Kelly is planned for Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at 3:00 PM, at ChristLife Community Church in Franktown, Colorado.  https://www.christlifecc.org/ 
Church location/ctc:  5451 E Highway 86 , Franktown, CO 80116
Phone: 303-688-5351   E-mail: office@christlifecc.org
If more information is received we will be sure to pass it along.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Monday, January 20, 2020

PAA/DL Capt. Hudnalle B. McLean, Jr.

USAF veteran, PAA/DL Capt. Hudnalle B. McLean, Jr.
June 29, 1934 - July 25, 2018

Passing along this just received belated news….the passing of retired Pan Am/Delta pilot Capt. Hudnalle Bridges McLean, Jr., age 84. Captain McLean joined Pan American 02-28-1966 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1994, based 030/CVG.
Obituary information is still available online at
Survived by his wife Mittie Mclean, their children and grandchildren, whitepages notes Mittie’s address as
PO Box 627 , Blythewood, SC 29016-0627  …..  (803) 553-9326  (803) 786-2668.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

Obituary……………… Hudnalle B. McLean, Jr.
Hudnalle B. McLean, Jr., 84, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Born in Richland County, SC, he was the son of the late Hudnalle B. McLean, Sr. and Helen Allen McLean. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a retired commercial airline pilot. Mr. McLean was a devoted member of Sandy Level Baptist Church.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Mittie; children, Kristina, Kathryn Menchinger (Mike), Kenneth (Janae); grandchildren, Kristen Abart (Jerit), Tess Mize (Wesley), David, Kelly, Helen, Alex, Little Hud, Ian; great grandchildren, Emma, Elena, Ethan, Evelyn, Lillian Blythe; brothers, Tom McLean (Meg), Jim McLean (Frankie); aunt, Evelyn Moore; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The funeral service for Mr. McLean will be held 11 o’clock, Monday, July 30th, at Sandy Level Baptist Church, with the Rev. Chris Hanley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday July 29th from 4 pm until 6 pm, at Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, 7600 Trenholm Road Ext., Columbia.

He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Elizabeth McLean Ballow; and his second mom, Gladys Harris “Meme” McLean.

Memorials may be sent to Sandy Level Baptist Church, 408 Blythewood Rd, Blythewood, SC 29016 or to the Veteran’s Charity of one’s choice.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

NWA Capt. Larry Alan POTTON

Military veteran, NWA Capt. Larry Alan POTTON
July 6, 1940 ~ January 12, 2020

Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain  Larry Alan Potton, age 79.  Captain Potton joined Northwest Airlines 09-05-1967.  He is survived by his wife Linda, their children and their grandchildren plus many other extended family members.
A brief online obituary notice may be viewed at
For a complete obituary and guestbook, please go to the funeral home website at
For those wishing to send a personal note, the family is listed in whitepages as
PO Box 181 , River Falls WI 54022-0181.
Services for Captain Potton are planned for January 16 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls, WI.  Please see obituary notices below for more details.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

Obituary……………….. Larry Alan POTTON
Age 79, of River Falls, Wisconsin Died at his home surrounded by his family Sun, Jan 12, 2020, after stoically battling cancer. He earned his Wings in 1964, serving five years as a Naval Aviator with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HC-2). He flew 33 years for Northwest Airlines. Survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda Potton; 4 children; and 9 grandchildren. Celebration of Larry's Life Thurs, Jan 16, 2020 5 pm Ezekiel Lutheran Church, 202 S 2nd St River Falls, WI, visitation 3-5 pm at church. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery 10:15 am assembly lane #5 Fri, Jan 17, 2020. Bakken-Young River Falls 715-425-8788 www.bakken-young.com.......................................
Larry Alan Potton, age 79, of River Falls, Wisconsin died at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 12, 2020, after stoically battling cancer. Larry was born in Clinton, Wisconsin on July 6, 1940, the third child of Howard and Martha (Roberts) Potton. Larry spent his youth in Avalon, Wisconsin hunting and fishing with his father and two brothers, Bill and Dale, and tormenting his little sister, Ruth Ann. He graduated from Clinton High School, class of 1958, and from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 1962.  He earned his Wings in 1964, proudly serving for five years as a Naval Aviator with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HC-2), also known as the “Fleet Angels”. He and Linda Millman, of Platteville, Wisconsin, eloped and were married at Lakehurst Naval Air Station on June 12, 1964. While flying for the Navy he was hired as a commercial pilot and flew 33 years for Northwest Airlines. He retired as a 747 Captain, with bases in Minneapolis and Anchorage. Larry loved spending time at his old orchard tinkering on tractors and hunting with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s concerts and sporting events. Larry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda; his four children, Cynthia (Scott) Kuenzi of Madison, Stephanie Brown of River Falls, Howard (Katie) Potton of Anchorage, and Sarah (Andrew) Graff of Chicago;  brother William (Thelma) Potton of Detroit, and his sister Ruth Ann (Dan) Clark of Neillsville; and his nine grandchildren: Ashley and Megan Brown; Glen, Reid and Tess Kuenzi; Nicholas and Danielle Potton; and, Abbie and Sylvie Graff. Larry is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Dale Potton. The family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice for their exceptional care.  A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 5 pm at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, River Falls, with a visitation from 3-5 pm at the church. Larry’s remains will be interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at 10:15 am assembly lane #5 on Friday, January 17, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Ezekiel Lutheran Church.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

PAA/DL F/A Perdita Clements, wife of NAL/PAA/DL Capt. Charlie Clements

From: National Airlines Buccaneers  Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2020 Subject: Sad News-PAA/DAL Flight Attendant Perdita Clements

PAA/DAL Flight Attendant Perdita (Dobinchick) Clements wife of NAL/PAA/DAL Pilot Charlie Clements
DOB Nov 29, 1948       DOD Dec 30, 2019

Perdita was Charlie's long time caregiver. She died following a diagnosis of cancer. Charlie is in a long term care facility.  Our thanks to Joe Claytor and Hart Kelley for Perdita's information.

Perdita Lee (Dobinchick) Clements, age 71 of St. Augustine, FL died December 30, 2019 at the Bailey Family Center for Caring. She was a retired Delta Airlines flight attendant. She was an avid oil painter and loved all ocean activities, she was a certified scuba diver and enjoyed boating and flying with her husband Charles W. Clements, Jr., a retired Delta pilot.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sister, Jessie Dobinchick, Honolulu, Hawaii.
At Perdita's request her ashes will be taken to Hawaii and scattered off the waters of Waikiki, that she loved so much.

Friday, January 10, 2020

NWA Capt. Richard A. Hauff

Military veteran, NWA Capt. Richard A. Hauff
November 18, 1940 - December 9, 2019

Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Richard ‘Dick’ Anthony Hauff, age 79.  Captain Hauff joined Northwest Airlines 04-21-1969.  He is survived by his wife Carol plus many aviation colleagues and friends.
To view the obituary online and share your memories please visit
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family’s Florida residence as
20066 Wolfel Trl # 2101 , Estero  FL 33928.
If more is learned we will be sure to pass along all updates and/or corrections.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Obituary……………Richard A. Hauff
A lover of country, church, and Carol, his wife of twenty years, Dick Hauff cherished all until his quiet death on December 9, 2019. Born November 18, 1940, and raised near Philadelphia, he graduated West Chester and Temple Universities, became a Navy Seal, and subsequently a pilot for Northwest Airlines. Retirement to Florida brought the chance for much fun and worldwide travel including visits to see Pop Pop's grandchildren in Hawaii.

Dick remained strong in his faith so it is most fitting that a memorial mass will be held in his honor on January 11, 2020, 12:30 PM, at Our Lady of Light Catholic Community Church in Estero, Florida.

Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.ShikanyFuneralHome.com
Arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home.

Memorial Mass :  JAN. 11 at 12:30 PM
Our Lady of Light Catholic Community
19680 Cypress View Dr
Fort Myers, FL, 33967-6201

From: William Day <wlday@comcast.net>
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:24 PM
Subject: The passing of Richard 'Dick' Hauff

Retired NWA captain Richard passed away peacefully in his sleep last night at age 79. Dick and his wife Carol reside in Estero, Florida.

Dick was hired by NWA on April 21, 1969. He had a long history of service with the U.S. Navy.

More details to follow………………….

NC/RC/NWA Capt. Richard C. Phillips

USAF veteran, NC/RC/NWA Capt. Richard C. Phillips
June 25, 1937 - January 09, 2020

This news was received via our website…..
notification with the passing of retired North Central/Republic/Northwest Airlines pilot Capt. Richard Crandall Phillips, age 82.  Captain Phillips is survived by his wife Sarah, his children and his grandchildren.
Obituary and guestbook information is available online
Services for Captain Phillips are planned for January 17 at White Funeral Home of Burnsville, Minnesota.
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
73 Birnamwood Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Obituary………… Richard C. Phillips, age 82 of Burnsville, passed away on January 9, 2020. Survived by wife Sarah; children Mark, Heather (Jim) Frye, Alan (Andrea) and Frederick (Dagmar) and 10 grandchildren. Memorial service 2:00 PM Friday, January 17, 2020 at White Funeral Home 12804 Nicollet Ave S. Burnsville, MN. Visitation 1 hr prior to service. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

 Dick Phillips was born 6/25/37 in Lake Forest, Ill. To Harry and Mary Phillips.  They lived in a house attached to the Deerpath station of the Chicago North Shore Railroad. His parents both worked for the railroad and Dick grew up in that station. He grew up very involved in Boy Scouts earning his Eagle Scout and had a passion for photography. After finishing school, he went to the Art Institute of Chicago for photography. After his first semester at the school, the teacher approached him and told him that obviously he didn’t need to be there as he knew everything already. He refunded his tuition and gave him a job as the dark room instructor for the second semester. 

 Dick then joined the Airforce and wanted to be a photographer for the Airforce. After taking all his entrance test, he scored too high and was told he could not be a photographer but instead would be in air traffic control. He was very proud to be involved in the S.A.C. during his service and even became the Boy Scout leader for his base scout troop while stationed in England.

Dick met his first wife Fransizka in Europe and after his service moved back to Chicago where his son Frederick was born. He married his second wife Sarah and had three children Mark, Heather and Alan raising his family in Apple Valley, MN.

Richard started working in the airline industry including Butler Aviation in Chicago, Mississippi Valley Airlines, North Central Airlines, Republic Airlines, Northwest, Airlines and eventually retiring from Delta Airlines. Dick had a lifelong interest in aviation, mostly WWII aircraft. Dick was a P-51 mustang historian and possibly the world’s most knowledgeable source of information about civil Mustangs writing and photgraphing for numerous aviation publications all over the world. He volunteered with the Experimental Aircraft Association Warbirds at the annual convention and airshow (Airventure in recent years) for the past 52+years.

 After retirement Dick continued working with the Boy Scouts participating on the Board of Reviews and teaching the aviation and photography badges at various camps every year. He loved fishing and often went to the senior center to play cribbage. He spent a lot of time teaching his grandkids all about airplanes and fishing or just playing cards.  Rachel, Ryan, Julia, Alexandra, Lane Harrison, John, Penny, Emmett and Patrick all meant the world to him. He once said, “being a grandparent is the reward you get after all those hard years of being a parent”.  

Dick will be missed by family and friends all around the globe.

SERVICES : Memorial Service
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM… visitation 1 hour prior to service
White Funeral Home - Burnsville
12804 Nicollet Ave S , Burnsville, Minnesota 55337

Sent: Friday; January 10; 2020 4:32 PM; To: <death.flwnwst@gmail.com>;
Deceased full name   Captain Richard C. Phillips;  Date of Birth           6/25/1937;  Date of Death 1/9/2020; Retired ;Age at death 82;  Cause of death unknown;  Living Spouse Sara;  Address Burnsville MN;  Airline     NCA/RC/NWA/DAL; Obit White Funeral Home; Burnsville MN

Monday, January 6, 2020

DL pilot Larry E. Holder

USAF veteran, DL pilot Larry E. Holder
August 10, 1942 - January 4, 2020

Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Larry Eugene Holder, age 77. 
Obituary information may be viewed online at
But no other information is available and obituary below indicates no services.  
If more is learned we will pass along all updates.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

Riverview, FL - Larry E. Holder, 77, of Riverview, Florida, formerly of Evansville, IN went home to be with the Lord on January 4, 2020 at the St. Joseph hospital in Tampa, Florida after battling a long illness. Larry was born in Evansville, Indiana on August 10, 1942 to James and Mary Holder. He is survived by his wife Carol Holder, son Ken Holder of Riverview, FL., daughter Lisa Chapman of Valrico, FL., stepson Brett Reynolds of Caper Coral, FL., 5 grandchildren, sister Virginia Allen of Evansville, IN., David Holder of Evansville, IN.

He was veteran of the United States Air Force. Retired pilot from Delta Air Lines. He was an avid golfer and worked part time at the Bloomingdale Golf Course in Florida. He loved bible study and reading the Bible. He loved the Lord.

IN THE CARE OF Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon, FL  813-689-8121
His wishes were to be cremated at Hillsboro Memorial in Brandon, Florida.
There will be no services.
Published in Courier Press from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2020

Saturday, January 4, 2020

DL Capt. Michael Langford Greene

DL Capt. Michael Langford Greene  
July 26, 1937  ~  December 28, 2019

Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Michael Langford Greene, age 82.  Captain Greene joined Delta Air Lines 02-14-1966 and was based Miami.  He is survived by his wife Claudia, his children plus grand- and great grandchildren.
Captain Greene’s obituary may be viewed online at
Arrangements entrusted to Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home of LaFayette, Georgia.
For those wishing to send a personal note, and to the best of our knowledge, the family’s home mailing address is
P.O. Box 37, Southport  ME  04576-0037.
If more is learned, we will be sure to pass along all updates.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN


Michael Langford Greene

Michael Langford Greene passed away December 28, 2019. 

Born on July 26, 1937 in Ft. Myers, Florida, he lived in Miami, Florida until he graduated from Coral Gables High School. His family moved to Stuart, Florida where his father started Bill Greene Chevrolet. He later attended the University of Florida. In 1966 he went to work for Delta Airlines retiring in 1999 after 33 years of service. His last airplane that he flew was the L1011 going from Atlanta to Frankfort, Germany. He was a member of Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, Florida. Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club in Maine, where he served as Commodore and also a member of Boothbay Harbor County Club. Michael was an avid boater on the Florida Coast, Bahamas and the Maine Coast. He was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stuart, Florida and later attended All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church, Southport, Maine. He enjoyed reading, hunting and traveling. 

He is survived by his wife, Claudia Stansell Greene, 6 children Michael Langford Greene II, Patrick Rowell Greene and wife Pam, Kelly Martin Greene and wife Sandy, Kellie Crook Gold and husband Bill, William Sean Greene and wife Amy, and Mendy Crook Short and husband Skip. Michael is survived by 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. 

His funeral service will be a graveside service at LaFayette Cemetery on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 2pm. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church, Southport, Maine 04576. 

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

DL Capt. Gordon Davis Ziegler

Military veteran, DL Capt. Gordon Davis Ziegler
June 11, 1938 ~ December 29, 2018

From the family of Delta Captain Gordon D. Ziegler….
please see obituary below, as we remember Captain Ziegler.
Captain Ziegler joined Delta Air Lines  03-22-1965, and was based ATL and later LAX.  He is survived by his daughters plus many other dear family members and close friends. 
For those wishing to send condolences and share memories with the family, Captain Ziegler’s daughter Susan can be reached at 71 Beech Glen Drive, Black Mountain NC 28711. 
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

From: Susan Wilkinson <stwilkinsons@gmail.com>
Delta Captain Gordon D. Ziegler, retired

An entire year as passed since the death of Gordon D. Ziegler on December 29, 2018, following unsuccessful treatment for prostate cancer. Yet Gordon is still greatly missed by his family, friends, former colleagues, and neighbors at "the Home", as he called the lovely Carlsbad By The Sea community where he had resided since 2000. Flying for Delta for 31 years, as he did, was his dream career.

Born in Syracuse, NY, Gordon attended the University of Delaware and later entered the Navy through the NAVCAD program, flying anti-submarine helicopters. He began his Delta career in Atlanta in 1965, a career which he loved, retiring in 1996 as a captain on the Boeing 757-767.

Gordon was known for his keen wit, quirky sense of humor, competitive streak in golf and pickleball, meticulous flying and driving, and his wide curiosity. He was active throughout his life, participating in long bicycle rides with friends until the very week of his death. Stories of his generosity and helpfulness abounded at the gathering of friends following his death, although Gordon himself never sought recognition for such actions.

Gordon is survived by three daughters: Susan (Tommy) Wilkinson of Black Mountain, NC; Annemarie Ziegler of Denver, CO; and Jenny Ziegler of Vista, CA, two granddaughters: Sara (Colin) Holmes of Atlanta, GA and Lila Ziegler of Vista, CA, and also by his former wife, Adele Griffin, and two nephews, Douglas and David (Dee) Tilton.