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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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 


  1. Bon Voyage Bud. It was great fun. May your family soon find the peace of heart they need. Sincerely, Gerry and Kathy McMillan WAL 72/77

  2. Was a good guy to fly with.we had a lot of laughing.