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Thursday, February 27, 2020

NWA Col. (ret.) John Lincoln Bush


~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, NWA Col. (ret.) John Lincoln Bush
June 15, 1950 ~ February 24, 2020


Notification with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Col. John Lincoln Bush, age 69.  I believe ret. Col. Bush joined Northwest Airlines 09-20-1999.  He is survived by his wife Emilie ‘Lili’ plus his children and their families.
Obituary information may be viewed online at 
For those wishing to contact the family, whitepages lists the most current address as
3508 Stearman Lane, Crawford, CO 81415.
If more is learned, we will then pass along that information.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Obituary…………… Col. John Lincoln Bush
Colonel (Ret.) John Lincoln Bush, born June 15, 1950 in Ames, Iowa, died February 24, 2020 in Crawford, Colorado. John was the eldest child of United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel John Earl Bush and Audrey Lorraine Bush (Folsom) of Ames, Iowa. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering; Troy State University in 1979 with a Master of Science in Management; and was a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB in 1983. A pilot to his very core, John logged over 14,500 hours of flight time through his work over 27 years in the Air Force, and then with Northwest Airlines, the National Test Pilot School, Eclipse Aviation, and the Civil Service. His work as an airline pilot and USAF fighter/trainer/transport and test pilot kept him flying, which he loved. One of his greatest joys was being a flight instructor at the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB. He was universally recognized as an excellent instructor, earning the David B. Barnes Outstanding Flight Instructor Award four times. His impact mentoring the next generations of test pilots has been felt over four decades. He was a member of the following organizations as another means to follow his passion to fly: Quiet Birdmen, Airplane Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, Society of Experimental Test Pilots - Associate Fellow, United States Parachute Association and the Order of Daedalians.

He was also passionate about the outdoors, enjoying camping, backpacking, fishing, skiing, and exploring the great outdoors wherever the Air Force took him. John was active in the Boy Scouts of America in his youth, achieving Eagle Scout, and was a Scout Master when his son was in the Boy Scouts.

He is survived by his wife Emilie 'Lili' Chaudron Bush (Howard) and his children and their families – John Blaine Bush and Dimity Margaret Podger of Woonona, New South Wales, Australia and their sons William Rowan Bush and Owen John Bush; Rietta Katherine McCain (Bush) and Brian Sean McCain of Eagle, Idaho and their daughters Rietta Cordelia McCain and Dorothy Lilianne McCain – as well as his sisters, Megan Ann Million (Bush) and her husband Michael Dennis Million of Crestview, Florida and Leigh Sinclair of Denver, Colorado. John was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Jay Folsom Bush and Jed Lee Bush.

John's family appreciates the loving and compassionate care provided him by Dr. Helen Goldberg and the staff of the Grand Mesa Oncology and Infusion Center and the nurses and staff of Hope West Hospice: Lori, Carol, Cheryle, Richard, Tamara, and Micaela.

Services celebrating John's life were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 29th at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Delta, Colorado, with the Reverend Larry Bradford presiding and the Reverend Reese Riley preaching. There will also be a celebration in Tehachapi, California in the spring of 2020.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in John's memory to:
EAA Aviation Foundation, Inc - General Scholarship Fund
PO Box 3816
Oshkosh, WI 54903-3816
(800) 236-1025
https://eaa.org/eaa/apps/donations/donationform
-or-
Hope West Hospice
3090 North 12th Street #B
Grand Junction, CO 81506
(970) 241-2212
https://www.hopewestco.org/memorial-gifts/
-or-
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
PO Box 724
Delta, CO 81416
(970) 874-9489

NWA Capt. Albert ‘Bert’ Sisler


~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, NWA Capt. Albert ‘Bert’ Sisler
September 8, 1923 ~ November 12, 2019


This news received from the RNPA, word with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Capt. Albert Mason Sisler, age 96.  Captain Sisler joined Northwest Airlines 07-13-1953.  He is survived by his wife Barbara, his children plus grand- and great grandchildren.  Obituary information may be viewed online at
For those wishing to contact the family, whitepages lists their most recent address as
9220 Chicago Ave S.,  Minneapolis, MN 55420.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Obituary…………. Captain Bert Sisler, age 96, passed away November 12, 2019 at home with his wife by his side. Born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Clifford and Ella (Mills) Sisler. From his earliest years he had an inquiring mind with a strong bent toward science.

   Being born in 1923 made Bert a prime candidate for military service during WWII. He served proudly as a pilot in the Army Air Corps.

   After WWII Bert was one of thousands of veterans who returned to the University of Minnesota where in 1948, he completed a BS degree in mechanical engineering and business in 1948. He was employed in Minneapolis/St. Paul until hired Northwest Airlines as a pilot on July 13, 1953. Bert flew almost the entire linage of NWA aircraft assigned to the line during his 33-year career. Partly because part of his career he worked for Paul Soderlind in flight test and engineering. Many of us who flew with Bert at NWA marveled at his inquiring, scientific mind. He was highly skilled at explaining the rational behind the procedures we used to fly NWA airplanes. There was almost no technical aspect of our airplanes that Bert could not make interesting. Bert put aside his NWA uniform in September 1983.

   His airline retirement hardly implied his end of flying. Much of his life passion was flying and aviation, not surprising Bert became a founding member, and first president, of EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Chapter 25. The chapter's home is now housed in the BSAEC (Bert Sisler Aviation Education Center) at Airlake Airport in Lakeville, MN. Bert personally designed some unique experiment aircraft and himself constructed three experimental class airplanes: the Pipit, the Whistler, and the Cygnet. To the extent his health permitted, Bert could be found wandering the grounds of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh late in July.

   Bert also enjoyed sailing, camping, and working on his many projects. He was passionate about his church - singing in the choir, volunteering for many church projects and was also an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and other causes. He was an honorable man whose work ethic, vitality, sense of humor and example will be missed by all who loved him and were lucky enough to know him.

   Preceded in death by his son Brian. Survived by his wife Barbara, son Eric, daughter Katy, stepsons Bob Bussey, Paul Bussey, Jim Bussey, stepdaughter Cheryl Hoyum; 16 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren. Bert was interned at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.


Sunday, February 23, 2020

DL CAPT. EDWIN ‘ED’ DONALD USELMANN


~ IN MEMORY ~
DL CAPT. EDWIN ‘ED’ DONALD USELMANN
February 17, 1937 ˜ February 11, 2020


Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Capt. Ed Uselmann, age 82.  Captain Uselmann joined Delta Air Lines 12-21-1961 and retired with Delta in November 1996, based 030/PDX at time of retirement.  He is survived by his wife Nancy, his children and grandchildren, plus many other extended family members.
Obituary information may be viewed online at
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence in Washington as
35601 NE 251st Ave.,  Yacolt, WA 98675.
Obituary notes that inurnment will be in Washington state later on this summer.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

Obituary…………….CAPTAIN EDWIN ‘ED’ DONALD USELMANN
Captain Edwin ”Ed” Donald Uselmann departed this life and went to be with Our Lord on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Surprise (Phoenix), Arizona. He was 82 years old. Beside him was his loving wife of 44 years, Nancy.
Ed was born in 1937 (the 5th of 7 children) to the late Paul Sr. and Theresa Uselmann in Madison, Wisconsin. Ed’s siblings included: Paul d. (Joan) Uselmann, Tom d. (Kim d.) Uselmann, Russell d. (Beverly) Uselmann, Marie (LaVern) Weisensel, Eileen d. (Ken d.) Bauer, and Michael Uselmann.
Ed’s strong work ethic began at a very early age when he delivered newspapers and worked at the local Piggly Wiggly grocery chain to help support his family.
He attended St. Bernard’s Catholic grade school and graduated from Edgewood High School before entering the University of Wisconsin. He received his pilot training from the Wisconsin Air National Guard, Truax Field/Madison.
In 1961 he joined Delta Airlines, fulfilling a childhood dream. His 36 year career spanned domestic, European, and Asia routes. In the last 10 of those years he often flew together with his wife. He retired in 1997.
Nancy and Ed built a blessed life together beginning in Atlanta, GA, later settling down on their beautiful tree farm in Yacolt, WA. After 31 years, they sold Misty Valley Ranch in 2019.
They were long time members of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic (Mission) Church in Yacolt where Ed was a Lector and Nancy played piano. Avid supporters of the newly created Seton Catholic College Prep High School, Ed always put his heart and soul into projects he thought to be God-like and of benefit to humankind.
Among Ed’s many passions were: homemade beer-brewing, hunting elk with the Hadaller family each fall, watching football games (particularly his beloved Green Bay Packers!), recording Westerns, and making his own bio-diesel fuel on the farm. The golf Hole-in-One he scored was a source of great pride.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post #168/Amboy, WA.
Ed was very soft-spoken, extremely intelligent, and well-read on many subjects. When Ed spoke, you take his word to the bank. Family and Friends all knew that Ed only spoke the truth. His wisdom will be deeply missed.
He leaves the following to cherish his memory: wife Nancy; mother-in-law, Helen (Robert d.) Poirot, of Litchfield, IL; brother-in-law, Dr. Chris (Kathryn) Poirot of Litchfield, IL; sister-in-law, Cindy (John d.) Poirot, of New Baden, IL; and his beloved children, Tracy Kneblik (Curtis), son Tim, and Susan (Stephen) Uselmann-Schottenfeld; along with 5 beautiful and above-average grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews who loved Ed.
Ed was cremated and plans are being made for a summer burial in Washington.
Memorials may be sent to: Seton Catholic College Prep High School, 9000 NE 64th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98665 or to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church (C/O Sacred Heart), P.O. Box 38, Battle Ground, WA 98604.
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona.
Please sign his guest book @ www.columbian.com/obits


Thursday, February 20, 2020

NWA/DL Capt. Timothy Joseph O’Laughlin


~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, NWA/DL Capt. Timothy Joseph O’Laughlin  USN (Ret.)
November 1, 1946 - October 31, 2019


Belated notification….and as noted in February’s issue of the ALPA magazine, the passing of retired Northwest/Delta pilot Captain Timothy Joseph O’Laughlin, USNR, Ret.  Captain O’Laughlin joined Northwest Airlines 11-24-1989 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2011.   He is survived by his wife Peggie, their son Aaron plus many other extended family members.
Obituary information may be viewed online at  
 A news article and obituary information is also available at  
“Timothy Joseph O’Laughlin died when his single engine aircraft that he was piloting inexplicably crashed on the evening before his 73rd birthday. Tim was an avid pilot since his days as a teenager in Waynesville, Ohio, learning to fly at Red Stewart Airfield.He served as a Naval Aviator for over a quarter of a century, flying the T2 Buckeye, F9 Cougar, A-6 Intruder, A-4 Skyhawk, A-7 Corsair II, and C-9 Skytrain. He retired as a Captain in 1997. His fellow aviators gave him the call sign, “Timo.” In 1978, Timo realized his dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot when he was hired by Eastern Airlines, beginning a career with the airline industry that would last 33 years. In 2011, he retired from Delta Airlines with over 20,000 hours of flight time……….”
To the best of my knowledge and as noted in whitepages, Captain O’Laughlin had most recently resided at
2469 Henley Rd.,  Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Obituary……………….. Timothy Joseph O’Laughlin - “TIMO”
Timothy Joseph O’Laughlin was born in Dayton; Ohio; and; during his early childhood; he lived almost directly in the flight path of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The rumbling jets overhead inspired a passion for aviation that lasted throughout his life. At the age of ten; his parents moved a few miles south to Waynesville; Ohio. At his new school; Tim quickly made friends with Cub Stewart; the son of Red Stewart; the local airfield owner. Soon he was on his way to obtaining a private pilot’s license; with a dream to become a commercial airline pilot. In that pursuit; he accumulated flight hours at Red Stewart Airfield; then as high school drew to a close; he applied to Morehead State University in Kentucky.;
While in college; Tim would come home to Waynesville on weekends and holidays to visit friends and family; and to get more flight hours at the airfield; paying for them by working as a parts delivery man; apprentice electrician; and other odd jobs. One weekend in 1964; at a local dance in Waynesville; the then college freshmen asked Peggie Quillen; a high school sophomore; for a dance. They began going on dates in an airplane; flying to local airports; grabbing a burger and Coke; keeping their dates simple so Tim could save money to put toward flight hours.
In 1968; Tim and Peggie were married; and their son Jeffrey was born in 1969.;
After graduating from Morehead State University; with the Vietnam War draft looming; Tim weighed his options and joined the US Navy. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1970; first assigned to Attack Squadron 42 (VA 42) at NAS Oceana; Virginia. His fellow aviators gave him the call sign; “Timo.”;
During his active duty in the 1970s; Timo made 362 carrier landings and piloted a variety of planes; including the T2 Buckeye; F9 Cougar; A-6 Intruder; A-4 Skyhawk and A-7 Corsair II. From 1971 to 1974; he was assigned to Medium Attack Squadron VA-34; based aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67). During this time; he and Peggie; had their second son; Christopher.; In 1974; two months after he and Peggie’s third son; Aaron; was born; he moved to the Jacksonville; Florida area where they would reside for the rest of his life. Timo continued on active duty as a training officer for the Naval Air Reserves; served as a Program Manager for VA 1074; then an Operations/Aircraft Division Officer; Division Lead and NATOPS Officer in Light Attack Reserve Squadron VA-203.;
In 1978; Timo realized his dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot when he was hired by Eastern Airlines; beginning a career with the airline industry that would last 33 years.;
Throughout the 1980s and 90s; Timo continued his work with the Navy in the reserves. He flew the C9 Skytrain all over the world in Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VR-58. As Executive Officer of VTU 7474; he helped ease the assimilation of Naval reservists back into the civilian community after their service in Operation Desert Storm. In the last years of his Naval career; he provided support and ran Joint Service Reserve programs for the National Defense University. He retired from the Navy on April 1; 1997; as a Captain.; Timo continued flying for Northwest Airlines and Delta Airlines. In addition; around the start of the new millennium; with a family adventure in need; Timo and Peggie purchased a motor home and began traveling the country; seeing “America the Beautiful; ” making new friends; and of course making stops at Lakeland’s Sun ‘n’ Fun Air Show and the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Oshkosh.;
In early 2011; Timo retired from Delta Airlines on the Airbus A330; bringing a close to an airline career with over 20; 000 hours of flight time.; After retiring; he decided to get closer to his roots; actively became a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association; and purchased a small single engine aircraft; a Van’s RV-4. In addition to recreational flying; Timo and other former military pilots performed missing man formations for Veterans’ memorial services and other military functions when called upon.; Timo purchased and; with help from his friends and family renovated; a hangar at Haller Airpark in Green Cove Springs. When one of the airpark neighbors designed his own homebuilt aircraft;
Timo; looking for a new adventure; bought the kit and began construction. He completed the Sport Performance Aviation Panther; a single seat; low wing plane; in early 2019. He flew both planes; the RV-4 and the Panther; regularly. On October 31st; 2019 he took the RV-4 for what turned out to be his last flight.; Timo endeared himself to others with his humor; straight forward manner; love; and contagious zest for life. Always with a look of mischief in his eye; he loved to make you laugh and everyone in his company was enriched by the experience. To Timo; nobody was a stranger but was just a friend he had not yet met. He touched many lives; and everyone who knew him will cherish his memory forever.;
Timo was a great American; husband; father; and friend. He is survived by Peggie; his wife of fifty-one years; son Aaron; many aunts; uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his mother and father; Agnes and Joseph O’Laughlin; and his sons Jeffrey and Christopher.
In lieu of flowers the family requests you donate to EAA Young Eagles https://www.eaa.org/eaa/apps/donations/donationform or Rodeheaver Boys Ranch; Palatka Florida. http://rbr.org/donations/




C&S/DL Capt. Billy Ray Scaggs


~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, C&S/DL Capt. Billy Ray Scaggs
August 12, 1926 - February 14, 2020


News has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired C&S/Delta pilot Captain Billy Ray Scaggs, age 93.  Captain Scaggs joined Chicago & Southern Air Lines 06-19-1952 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1986, based DFW his entire career.  Widowed in July of 2014 with the passing of his wife Patsy Sue, Captain Scaggs is survived by his son Max (Beverly), his grand- and great grandchildren, plus many other dear family members and friends.
To view the obituary online and share memories please visit
https://www.leonardmarkerfuneral.com/m/obituaries/Billy-Scaggs/Memories 
The obituary news article is also available at
Perhaps the best contact for the family would be c/o son Max, and per whitepages listing:
2768 Cub Lake Drive, Loveland CO 80538-8401…. (970) 541 8888
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Obituary………..Billy Ray Scaggs
Services have been scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 in the Leonard & Marker Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Bixby Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Army.
Billy Ray Scaggs, retired Delta Airline pilot, went to be with the Lord on February 14, 2020, at age 93 in Loveland, Colorado. He was born August 12, 1926 in Collinsville, Oklahoma and graduated from Will Rodgers High School in 1946. He was a veteran of WWII and served in the Army Air Corp.
Bill first learned to fly in Tulsa, Oklahoma and soloed off Harvey Young Field, at age 17. After the war he was a flight instructor for Tulsa Flying Service and in 1951 worked as a flight instructor for the Air Force in Columbus, Mississippi, giving cadets basic training in the AT6.
In 1952, Bill went to work for Chicago and Southern Airline which later merged with Delta Airline. He flew for Delta for 34 years and retired as a Captain. During his life he logged over 29,000 hours of flight time in many types of aircraft.
Mr. Scaggs was preceded in death by and his wife of 63 years, Patsy Sue (Hodges) Scaggs, his parents Richard Raymond Scaggs and Agnes Stella (Blurton) Scaggs, his sister Alla May (Scaggs) Stanley and infant brother Blever Lee Scaggs.
He is survived by his son, Clarence Maxwell Scaggs and his wife Beverly Jean Scaggs, two grandchildren, Carrie Michelle (Scaggs) Cooke and her husband Brian Cooke, and Kyle Maxwell Scaggs. He has five great-grandchildren, Patrick Edward Cooke, Sean Michael Cooke, Kelly Maureen Cooke, Zane Maxwell Scaggs and Benjamin Herron Scaggs. Bill was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Leonard & Marker Chapel
6521 E. 151st St. P.O. Box 266
Bixby, OK, 74008
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Capt. Scaggs’ wife  Patsy Sue Hodges Scaggs was born on June 7, 1929 in Henryetta, Oklahoma. She passed away on July 23, 2014. Burial was at Bixby Cemetery attended by friends and family.

DL Capt. James Russell Friedline


~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, DL Capt. James Russell Friedline
July 28, 1928 ~ February 10, 2020


News has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Jim Friedline, age 91.  Captain Friedline joined Delta Air Lines 12-03-1956 and retired with Delta in 1988, based ATL.  He is survived by his wife Barbara, their daughter Karen (Greg), plus grand- and great grandchildren.
Captain Friedline’s obituary news article may be viewed online at
The funeral home’s announcement may be viewed at
For more of his airport information, please see  https://www.airnav.com/airport/GA73   
Captain Friedline’s obituary notes that a Celebration of Life will be held at Shade Tree Airport in Williamson at a later date in June….time/date to be advised.  Questions/concerns may be directed to kstrelecki@mac.com
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence address as
 437 Pine St., Madison, GA 30650    (770) 356-9417
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

Obituary….. Capt.(R) James "Jim" Russell Friedline

Jim embarked on his final flight west on Monday, February 10, 2020 at the age of 91. Surrounded by his loving family, he passed away at his home in Madison, GA.

He is survived by his adoring wife of 72 years, Barbara; his daughter Karen Lynn Strelecki and her husband, Greg Strelecki; his grandson, Arthur Hugh Dye II, his wife Megan Ashley and four great-grandchildren: Alicia Faith, Lettie Shea, Amelia James, and Cass Kearny-J.

Jim was preceded in death by his son Mark Brian Friedline, his brother Charles David and his parents Charles Walter and Mildred Ida Friedline.

Jim was born on July 28, 1928 in Carbondale, IL where he worked with his father building homes and commercial buildings. There he learned to fly alongside his best friend John Williams and started his traveling adventures as a pre-teen by hopping an Illinois Central rail car and riding the rails to Florida!

Jim and Barbara were married in 1948 and lived in Carbondale, IL until he enlisted in the U.S. Army and they moved to Fort Reilly, KS. Jim served as a Photo Interpreter during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class. Upon his honorable discharge after nearly two years of active duty, Jim launched into his true passion - flying. After completing his flight school training in 1956 he began his commercial flying career as a Delta Airlines aviator, piloting a variety of aircraft including the DC-3, DC-8, and DC-10. After 32 years of service, he retired from Delta Airlines in 1988 with the rank of Captain. Thereafter, his chief hobby was refurbishing and flying antique aircraft. These planes included three PT-17 Stearman, a Fairchild Model 24 and a Waco Model YOC. With the help of like-minded friends and his son Mark, he completed several antique aircraft rebuilds at his private grass strip in Williamson, GA. Jim was renowned for his engine work, his ability to hand-stitch fabric aircraft wings and his impeccable attention to detail and is remembered for his kindness and generosity.

The family would like to acknowledge their deepest appreciation to the outstanding team of caregivers, extended family and friends who provided him compassion and love, especially during the last few years of his life. This list includes, but is not limited to: Elaine, Tina and Dollie Williams, Katrina Smith, Sandy and Steve Taylor, Jim and Nancy Ratliff, Allen and Berenda Thompson, the late Ron Alexander and his daughters Julie Alexander and Jane Alexander Smith and husband Rod, Chris and Holly Emery and their son Shaun Michael, Carroll Kent, Jacob and Taylor Biang, Chuck and Norma Sword, Larry and Joan Taylor, Regina Alexander, Johnnie Keith and Cathy Williams, Jimmy and Ruth Johnson, Stephanie Windham, Carrie and Spencer Gray and family, Roberta Block, Liza and Hunter Hilliard, Kate and JP Roberts, Paula and Dan Vaughn and so many more.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Shade Tree Airport in Williamson at a date and time in June to be determined and announced in the coming month.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please send donations to the Candler Field Youth Aviation Program that Jim helped establish and continued to enthusiastically support. You may donate online at www.candlerfield.com/donatetickets, by phone at 770-467-8318 or by mail to Candler Field Museum, 349 Jonathan’s Roost Road, Williamson, GA 30292. Your tax-deductible donations will ensure that future generations of aircraft mechanics and pilots continue their education and enjoy the freedom of flight.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

DL Capt. Karl Dean Murphy


~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, DL Capt. Karl Dean Murphy
JANUARY 23, 1940 – FEBRUARY 12, 2020


Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Karl Dean Murphy, age 80.  Captain Murphy joined Delta Air Lines 08-15-1969 and was based HOU and DFW.  Widowed in May of 1984 with the passing of his wife Shirley, Captain Murphy is survived by their children and grandchildren plus many more extended family members.
To view the obituary online please visit
Whitepages notes Captain Murphy’s most recent address as
9224 Deepwater Drive, Montgomery, TX 77356.
Please see service arrangements as noted in obituary below.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

Obituary………Karl Dean Murphy, age 80, of Montgomery, Texas passed away in his home, Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
Karl was born January 23, 1940 to John K Murphy and Helen (Lock) Murphy in Fredonia, Kansas. He grew up in Fredonia and graduated in 1958 from Fredonia High School. Karl graduated from Kansas State College of Pittsburg in 1962 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He joined the United States Air Force, attending Officer Training School, becoming a Lieutenant, and attending Flight School becoming a pilot for F-4 Phantoms and flew missions over North Vietnam in the mid to late 60's while he was stationed in Thailand. Among other accomplishments and recognition, he received the Silver Wings and the Air Medal Award during his service with the Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, Karl became a Pilot for Delta Airlines and was employed there, flying Boeing 727's for 25 years until his retirement in 1994. He resided in Miami, Florida for several years and near Houston, Texas for a major portion of his life. Karl was an auto mechanic and Classic Corvette enthusiast, and restored several cars over the years, including 1954, 1962 and 1971 Corvette models. Karl learned electrical wiring as a teenager, from his dad and was a Handyman and "Jack of all Trades". He loved mechanic and woodworking tools and did much of the construction and detail finishing for a home he lived in for 25 years in Magnolia, Texas. Karl loved boating and being on the water. He built his own small rowboat when he was a boy, and had a twin engine inboard as an adult which he loved to use on Lake Conroe. Karl was a Believer that Jesus Christ is the Living Son of God and is his Savior for Eternal Life.

Survivors include his brother John R Murphy and wife, Sue of Derby, Kansas, son Michael Murphy and wife, Lisa of Austin, Texas, daughter Michele Lazzara and husband, Trey of Austin, Texas, grandchildren Jake Murphy, Luke Lazzara, and Mia Lazzara, sister in-law Pat (Frazier) Murray of Greensboro, North Carolina, also many other cousins, nieces and nephews related to the family circle mentioned here.

Karl was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Frazier) Murphy and his parents.

A celebration of life visitation for Karl will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Metcalf Funeral Directors, 1801 E White Oak Terrace, Conroe, Texas 77304.

Interment and a Military Ceremony will be at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro, North Carolina, directed by Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home.
Wife  Shirley Murphy, passed due to injuries sustained in an auto accident
Shirley Murphy
Date of Birth:          Tuesday  January  18, 1944
Date of Death:         May  1984
Age at Death:          40 years
City:    Conroe, Texas

Monday, February 17, 2020

NWA Capt. Henry T. ‘Terry’ Bunker


  
~ IN MEMORY ~
USAF veteran, NWA Capt. Henry T. ‘Terry’ Bunker
July 3, 1938 ~ January 20, 2020


Friends write: “With great regret I am obligated to inform you that our colleague Captain Terry Bunker, age 81, passed away Monday, January 20th after a long fight with cancer. Terry resided in Apple Valley, Minnesota. He was hired on May 22, 1968 and retired in July 1998. More details and information regarding a
celebration of life will be forthcoming.”

Note: friends write of Captain Bunker’s passing as January 20
perhaps a misprint in the online obituary version as reprinted below?
Whitepages notes the family residence as
5135 148th St. W. , Saint Paul, MN 55124…. (651) 322-1540
Updates/corrections are always appreciated and we will pass them along.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Obituary…………………..  http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/0000346174/ 
Henry T. 'Terry' Bunker
Bunker, Henry T. 'Terry' passed away peacefully on January 22, 2020 with his wife Terri by his side after a brief illness. Terry grew up in Cincinnati, OH where he graduated from Xavier University. He had a long career as a pilot, retiring after 29 years of service. His flying career started in the Air Force, where he served his country for many years. Terry is survived by his wife, daughter Kate (Matt) Casey, grandson Owen, daughter Michelle Bunker, and son Terrence Bunker, as well as many close friends and family too numerous to name. Terry will be remembered by everyone as an amazing storyteller, world traveler, and lover of all things sweet. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Last Hope. In his final hours, Terry requested that rather than a funeral, a celebration take place to bring all of his friends together one last time. Arrangements will be made for a celebration this spring here in the Twin Cities, and the details will be shared in the near future.

Published on February 16, 2020

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


~ IN MEMORY ~
USAF veteran, DL Capt. Edward Frederick "Rick" Kasold Jr.
December 28, 1948 ~ February 9, 2020


Words has reached us with the passing of retired Delta pilot Capt. Edward Frederick "Rick" Kasold Jr., age 71.  Captain Kasold joined Delta Air Lines 04-24-1978 and retired with Delta, based ATL/030.  He is survived by his wife Sharon plus their sons and grandsons.
Obituary information and a family photo gallery may be viewed online at
Service arrangements are planned for February 14th and 15th as noted below, arrangements entrusted to Beach Funeral Home of Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
Perhaps the best contact for the family would be c/o son Ricky who is a pilot for Southwest Airlines, email Ricky at   rickkasold@gmail.com   For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
1303 Etruscan Way # 118 , Satellite Beach, FL 32937.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Obituary……………… EDWARD FREDERICK KASOLD, Jr. passed away peacefully on Sun., Feb. 9, 2020 following a brief illness. Fondly known as “Rick”, he was a ninth-generation descendant of Jacob Casel of Cronschwitz, Thuringia, Germany. Rick was born on Dec. 28, 1948 in Munich, Germany of American parents Edward and Louise Kasold.

Rick was baptized in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France. He grew up an Army brat and lived throughout Germany and the U.S. He graduated from Mercy High School in Riverhead, NY. He received a B.S in Electrical Engineering and a M.S in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. While at Rensselaer, he earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the USAF.

He was a Brother in Zeta Psi Fraternity. In 1970 while at school in Troy, NY., he married his wife Sharon Bodnaryk of 49 years.

Rick graduated from Air Force Pilot Training and served in the USAF for over six years attaining the rank of Captain. In 1978, he started his commercial pilot career at Delta Airlines. After 26 years, he retired from Delta in 2004, as a Captain and Line-Check Pilot on the Boeing 767-400.

Rick is survived by his wife Sharon, his two sons Rick(Stacy) and Brian of Indian Harbour Beach, FL and three grandsons, Stefan, Gavin, and Braden. Also survived by two brothers, Bruce (Patricia) of Arlington, VA and Craig(Doris) of Tampa, FL.

Calling hours are from 4-6pm at Beach Funeral Homes - East on Friday February 14, with a funeral Mass at 11am on Saturday February 15, at Holy Name of Jesus a Roman Catholic Church A1A Indialantic, FL. Burial will immediately follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Palm Bay, FL.

WA/DL Capt. Kenneth Jay Gunderson


~ IN MEMORY ~
Navy veteran, WA/DL Capt. Kenneth Jay Gunderson
April 30, 1952 ~ February 10, 2020


Notification with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Kenneth Jay Gunderson, age 67.  Captain Gunderson first joined Western Airlines 01-12-1987 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based SLC.  He is survived by his wife Mary, their children and grandchildren plus many other friends and family members.
To view the obituary online and share memories please visit the funeral home site at
Visitation and services for Captain Gunderson are planned for Saturday, February 15th at the LDS Chapel located at 2130 E. 10000 S. in Sandy, Utah. 
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence address as
 10059 S Altavilla Drive, Sandy UT 84092-4503.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

Obituary………………
Kenneth Jay Gunderson, 67, peacefully passed away at home on February 10th, 2020 in Sandy, UT. Ken was born April 30, 1952 to Kearn and Eleanor Oelke in Burbank, CA. After his father’s passing he was adopted by Lloyd Gunderson and raised by Lloyd and Eleanor in Northridge, CA. Ken graduated from Northridge High School and attended the University of Utah, where he graduated with a B.S. in Political Science in 1974. In college Ken was in the Navy ROTC and was an inaugural member of the University of Utah lacrosse team. After graduation, Ken was commissioned in the United States Navy and became a Naval Aviator. In 1976, Ken married the love of his life, Mary Harris, in the Salt Lake Temple. Ken served for 23 years as an aviator in the United States Navy, flying off aircraft carriers and serving in Operation Desert Storm. From 1993 to 1995 he served as the commanding officer of VR-57. He retired from the Navy as a Captain. Ken also had a successful 30-year career as a pilot for Delta Airlines. He retired from Delta as a Captain after serving as an assistant chief pilot, line check airman, flight instructor, and a member of the Delta Chairman’s Club.

Ken and Mary raised five sons and he was an exemplary husband, father, and grandfather, and is a hero to his family. He and Mary had many adventures together traveling the world and raising their boys. Ken spent countless hours with his sons riding bicycles, shooting guns, and goofing around. Beyond his family, Ken positively influenced hundreds of young men as a lacrosse coach at Jordan High School and Utah Valley University. As a scouter with the Boy Scouts of America he helped dozens of young men achieve their Eagle rank. He loved spending time in his garden, caring for his large vegetable patch, orchard, chickens, and honeybees. Ken’s persona was larger than life itself. He loved playful pranks and had an independent spirit. In all of his roles- as a father, a pilot, a coach, a church leader, or as a neighbor he sought to be a mentor and friend first. All aspects of Ken’s life shared a common thread, that of service to family, country, church and community.

Ken is survived by his wife Mary, his sons: Jansen (Anna), Seth (Eugena), Kellen (Rachel), Jarom (Rebecca), & Corey (Karin), and twelve grandchildren: Fisher, Roen, Aaron, Saraya, Clara, Cambria, Elodie, Noah, Soren, Niels, Abigail, & Weston; his brothers Robert Gunderson (Tina) and Randall Gunderson (Garry), and sister Denise Ridenour (Steve). Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Eleanor Gunderson.

There will be a public viewing for Ken at the LDS Chapel at 2130 E. 10000 S. Sandy, UT 84092 on Saturday, February 15th from 9:00-11:00 AM. Following the viewing there will be a funeral service in the same location from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.


Sunday, February 9, 2020

DL Capt. DONALD J. RYAN


~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, DL Capt. DONALD J. RYAN
May 14, 1927 - January 25, 2020


News has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Donald John Ryan, age 92.  Captain Ryan joined Delta Air Lines 04-30-1956 and retired with Delta in 1987, based HOU and ATL for most of his career, then PDX at the time of his retirement.  Widowed in September 1996 with the passing of his wife Dolthea ‘Dolly’, Capt. Ryan is survived by their children plus grand- and great grandchildren.
Obituary information and guestbook may be viewed online at
Obituary information is also available at
Services for Captain Ryan were held January 29th c/o the Schmidt Funeral Home located in Katy, Texas.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Obituary…………….
Donald John Ryan was born on May 14, 1927 in Waterloo, Iowa to Francis J. and Marie Swift Ryan. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from Delta Airlines after a 31 career as a pilot, where he was able to pursue his passion for flying. He has lived in Hempstead for the last seven years after living in South Houston for many years.

Donald J. Ryan passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020, in College Station, Texas.

He is survived by his children, Joyce M. Van Metre of Magnolia, Rick Ryan of Houston, Bill Ryan of Hempstead, Randy Ryan of Dale, Donna Hall of Pearland, and Bob Ryan of Brookshire; 11 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; as well as many other relatives. He was preceded in death by sons, Jimmy Ryan and Dennis Ryan; and his wife, Dolly Ryan.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Schmidt Funeral Home East Avenue Chapel, in Katy. Interment will be private at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

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Notice rcvd per site submission Sunday, February 9, 2020
for Donald J. Ryan, Retired pilot, Domicile HOU , Age 92
Contact Name :        Jess Bootenhoff,  jbootenhof@aol.com  (281) 388-2668

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Spouse Name: Dolthea Marie Ryan
Birth Date:    31 May 1928
Death Date:   15 Sep 1996

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

DL Capt. Kenneth Dean Howell

Please note this correction:
Just received a note from Mrs. Rachel Howell that her correct address is  10 Stone Valley Ct. Greer, SC 29650. She said she downsized a couple of years ago after she placed Ken into a nursing home.  Please use the new address for correspondence with her.

~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, DL Capt. Kenneth Dean Howell
August 27, 1939 - February 1, 2020

From: David L. Roberts <robertsDL@mindspring.com> 
Subject: Death of retired Delta Captain KENNETH D. HOWELL

CARES AND CONCERNS
Thank you to Mrs. Rachel Howell for sending the sad news of the death of her husband, retired USAF Major, and retired Delta Air Lines Captain Kenneth Dean Howell, 80.  Ken was hired by Delta Air Lines 6/2/1969 and was based in Atlanta during his airline career.  He was part of the 94th Military Airlift Wing and the 700th Military Airlift Squadron while based at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to is wife Rachel and family at 700 Ladykirk Lane, Greer, SC 29650, telephone (864) 322-0903, and email  <rachelhowell700@gmail.com>.

To view or sign the online Guest Book, see https://www.thewoodmortuary.com/obituaries/Ken-Howell/#!/Obituary   



 8/27/1939 --- 2/1/2020





Obituary for Ken Howell

Kenneth Dean Howell, 80, passed away February 1, 2020 at The Phoenix Assisted Living of Greer.
A Native of Greenville County, son of the late Melvin and Sallie Ree Turner Howell, he was a graduate of Taylors High School, North Greenville University, and Appalachian State University. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major, having served his country for twenty-five years and he served in the Vietnam War as a B-52 pilot. He retired from Delta Airlines as Captain after a 30-year career. Ken was a member of Taylors First Baptist Church and a founding member of the Taylors Free Medical Clinic.
Surviving are his wife, Rachel Nix Howell of the home; one daughter, Lisa Harding of Roswell, Georgia; one son, Mark Howell of Sugarland Texas; one brother, Fred Howell of North Carolina; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was also predeceased by one brother, Raymond Howell.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 8, 2020 in the sanctuary at Taylors First Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Frank Page and Dr. Jimmie Harley. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Saturday in the Welcome Center of the church prior to the service.
The family is at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Taylors Free Medical Center, 400 W. Main Street, Taylors, SC 29687 or online at
www.taylorsfmc.org/donate
Online condolences may be made at
www.thewoodmortuary.com

Monday, February 3, 2020

NAL PAA DL Capt. James Gregory ‘Greg’ Schwalbert


….this news received courtesy of the National Airlines Buccaneers group.
Note details below:  Celebration of Life for Captain Greg Schwalbert on Feb. 16th
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

~ IN MEMORY ~                      
Military veteran, NAL PAA DL  Capt. James Gregory ‘Greg’ Schwalbert
Born: April 12, 1939   Hired: 6-19-1967  Died: December 26th, 2019

Greg was born in Toledo, Ohio and graduated from DeVilbiss High School. He was awarded a full Navy scholarship and graduated from the U. of Michigan and then served in the U.S. Navy. He was an F-4 pilot on the Aircraft Carrier, the F.D. Roosevelt. He was a TRI-Centurion flying 300 take offs and landings on the same aircraft carrier. He was awarded a citation for aggressively leading an airstrike on North Vietnam. He was awarded three Air Medals. He was the only person ever to catapult off a carrier with the *wings folded and land successfully.  He was able to recover at Guantanamo Bay Navy base, thereby saving the F-4, his RIO (Radar Intercept Officer) and himself. He loved flying as a Pilot with NAL, PAA, DAL and all his friends and crew members.

He is survived by his wife Beth, his daughter Caroline Hicks, son Michael Schwalbert, and two grandsons, Nick and Scott Schwalbert, also his stepsons Michael Gaylord and Paul Gaylord.

Celebration of life to be held at the St. James Episcopal Church at mile Marker 87.5 in the Florida Keys at 1400 hrs. February 16, 2020.

Submitted by Beth Schwalbert and Hart Kelley
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*read more at https://sierrahotel.net/blogs/news/my-wings-are-what  (includes pictures)
Excerpt taken from site:   My Wings Are What??
May 10th, 1966, Lt Greg Schwalbert of VF-14 launched off a carrier at sea with his aircraft weighing in at over 34,000 lbs in high winds. Immediately after launch the pilot became frighteningly aware that his wings were still in the folded position. After quickly jettisoning his external load, Lt Greg Schwalbert steered towards the safety of the shore 59km away. The Phantom was successfully recovered at NAAS Leeward Point. The pilot and aircraft survived, but no word on the condition of the pilot’s underwear…no surprise to many, but once again, the F-4 is proof that with enough power, even a brick could fly!