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Monday, September 26, 2022

NWA Capt. Haven Seldon Hill



NWA Capt. Haven Seldon Hill

November 6, 1939 ~ August 7, 2022


From our Northwest Airlines friends and colleagues:  Obits (rnpa.org) 



Captain Haven S. Hill, age 82, passed away on August 07, 2022, shortly after moving to Loveland, Colorado, where his younger daughter lives with her family. The cause of death was an intracranial hemorrhage.


   Haven Hill was born in Duluth, Minnesota to parents John and Vera Hill. He had a healthy upbringing on the Minnesota Iron Range. To know Haven is also to know his wife, Roberta. They were almost inseparable, known to each other since the 10th grade at Duluth Central High School. In the age of sock hops and school dances, the couple started “going steady”. Haven was a good student and a rock-solid athlete in football, basketball, and track. After high school, Haven secured a congressional appointment to the Air Force Academy. In late June of 1957, he entered the AFA class of 1961 at Lowry AFB, Denver, CO. Meanwhile, Roberta began her RN medical training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.


   In 1957, because the Air Force Academy campus at Colorado Springs was still under construction, Haven began his Academy years at Lowry AFB, in Denver, CO. During his first two years at the Academy, Haven participated in varsity football and basketball. He also underwent the physical move and transition to the Academy’s new facilities at Colorado Springs. Haven was a member of the Air Force Academy’s 3rd graduating class on June 07, 1961; Secretary of the Air Force Eugene Zuckert was the commencement speaker.


   Following AFA graduation, Haven and Roberta joined the many recent graduates in marriage ceremonies, their wedding on July 01, 1961. It is notable that in total they would enjoy 61 years of marriage.


   The Air Force pipeline had a slot for pilot training set aside for 2/Lt. Haven Hill at Vance AFB at Enid, Oklahoma. Pilot training and married life went well for Haven and Roberta, and Haven’s next training assignment was to Tinker AFB at Oklahoma City for transition to the Douglas C-124 Globemaster. Known to Air Force flight crews as ‘Old Shakey,’ the C-124 was one of the more complex reciprocating engine aircraft in the Air Force inventory. After Tinker AFB, Haven’s permanent assignment was to the 62nd Troop Carrier Wing (Military Air Transport Service - MATS) at McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, WA.


   The 62nd Troop Carrier Wing was a MATS special mission troop carrier wing with long-range tenacles, mainly serving Alaska, the Aleutians, and the entire Pacific. Haven, no doubt, found the C-124 flying excellent preparation for his airline career to follow.Obit Photo Haven Hill with wife.2


   Haven and Roberta’s marriage had roots in the military and was a truly remarkable marriage. The couple produced three wonderful children: daughters Linda and Sally and son Steve. This family’s legacy of hard work, led by example, inspired many to also become either an RN or an airline pilot. Son Steve is a Delta pilot based at MSP and Sally’s husband is a pilot with Frontier Airlines in Denver. Daughter Sally is a retired nurse and 2 granddaughters are currently practicing nurses.


   The official date of Haven's hire by Northwest Airlines is Sept. 13, 1965. His initial crew position was the classic new hire Second Officer on the Boeing 727. This was followed by a series of upgrades, the first to Second Officer on the Boeing 707 series at MSP. At that time, Boeing 720/320 First Officer preceded an initial Captain upgrade on the 727. In 1969, he completed his initial Captain upgrade in the Boeing 727 and thereafter, pretty much stayed glued to domestic flying. During his long career, Haven became one of NWA’s high flight time pilots on the Boeing 727. When his seniority permitted, Haven upgraded to Captain on the DC-10. This became his aircraft until his official retirement on November 11, 1994.


   Haven participated in various sports activities including basketball on the NWA employee team. He also enjoyed golf and tennis, the latter he shared with Roberta. He and his family spent many weekends at “the cabin”, fishing and boating. It was no secret that the couple had their lifetime quota of Minnesota winters, so toward his retirement, Haven started looking west to their vacation home in a beach condo complex in Encinitas, CA. The beautiful coastal town fully pleased the couple for 28 years, until their needed move to CO, due to Haven’s increasing health issues.


 Our colleague, Haven Hill, is survived by his wife of 61 years Roberta, daughters Linda and Sally, and their son Steve, plus nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


    We NWA pilots have been honored to have known and worked with Haven Hill.


    (~ Hill Family & Bill Day)

DL Capt. Jeffrey Eggleston



Military veteran, DL Capt. Jeffrey Eggleston

May 19, 1961 ~ September 19, 2022


Notice of passing….Delta Air Lines Captain Jeffrey Lynn Eggleston II, age 61, began his commercial flying career 11-17-1986.  Jeff is survived by his wife and his children. 

To share memories and view the obituary information online please visit the funeral home website at


or go to


And, for those who may wish to send a personal note, the family address is listed in whitepages as

7703 44th Ave SW

Seattle, WA 98136


Thank you,

~ Carol for the PCN 



Jeff Eggleston, 61 of West Seattle, Washington passed away quietly at home surrounded by the people he loved the most, his three children and his wife, Loly on September 19, 2022 after a courageous 12 year battle with cancer. Born on May 19, 1961 to Wayne and May Eggleston in Seattle, Washington.

He graduated from Enumclaw High School where he was a track and soccer superstar in 1979. Then onto Central Washington University where he began his flying lessons and pilot journey, graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace. He taught flying lessons at Auburn Regional Airport before joining the Air Force Officers Training Program where he flew the C-141 Starlifter, assigned to the 708th Military Airlift Squadron during the Gulf War, landing on most major (and minor) airports throughout the world. His long career as a commercial airline pilot began at Western Airlines, which was soon acquired by Delta Airlines, rising quickly to Captain from First Officer while he was still in his 30's, a rarity but testament to his calm, cool demeanor and flying acumen.

While both flying for Delta, Jeff met Loly when they were based in Salt Lake City, where she became his life long co-pilot. They traveled the world with five globetrotting children, inspiring a forever love of adventure in all of them. Jeff was nine when he started sking at Crystal Mountain, it became a lifelong passion, his favorite ski destination was Big White in Canada, all his kids learned to ski while living in Park City and then in Northern Idaho. He had recently resumed fly fishing, going on a few memorable trips with his boys over the last couple years.

After his cancer was diagnosed, he became a passionate mentor, volunteering with Imerman Angels from 2013 to present to provide his positive support and inspiration to other patients. He led by example, living life to the fullest even when he wasn't feeling up to par-including a three mile hike with his family at Mt Rainier the beginning of September.

He was proceeded in death by his mother, May, and his father, Wayne. He is survived by his wife, Loly, brother Mike (Connie), his children, Michael, Shannon, Tristan, and bonus sons Ty and Jack. He loved his family with all his heart. He is also survived by his large extended family from Chicago and Phoenix with whom he has had many happy family gatherings and reunions.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please donate to Joshua House Hospice ( joshuahousehospice.org ) or Imerman Angels ( imermanangels.org )

Jeff's celebration of life will be held at the Tapps Island Clubhouse, 20818 Island Parkway E, Lake Tapps, Washington on Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 at 4pm.

Please share memories, photos & condolences on the Tribute Wall, located above.

Arrangements Entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle




Friday, September 23, 2022

PAA/DL Capt. Herdic Wood King Jr.



Navy veteran, PAA/DL Capt. Herdic Wood King Jr.

September 16, 1937 - June 12, 2022


As noted in the “In Memoriam Column” of the September 2022 issue of The Air Line Pilot magazine, the June passing of Pan Am/Delta pilot Capt. Herdic W. King Jr., age 84.  Captain King joined Pan American 06-08-1968 and retired with Delta Air Lines.  He is survived by his wife Patricia and by his son and his grandson.

Obituary information is available online at


also at http://hannemannfh.frontrunnerpro.com/book-of-memories/4964000/Herdic-King/service-details.php

and https://www.echovita.com/us/obituaries/ny/upper-nyack/herdic-king-14851962

For those who may wish to send a personal note, whitepages lists the most current address as

202 Lexow Ave.

Nyack, NY 10960-1008

Thank you,

~ Carol for the PCN 


Obituary :

Herdic "Dic" W. King of Upper Nyack passed away on June 12, 2022, at the age of eighty-four. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Ramsey, New Jersey, where he graduated from Ramsey High School in 1955. In 1959, he was granted a degree from The Ohio State University. A year later he was recruited by the U.S. Navy and entered Aviation Officer Candidate School; three months later he emerged as a brand-new US Navy Ensign... a "ninety-day wonder," an officer on his way to flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida.

From that point on, Dic was good enough to qualify for single engine flight training in the Navy's supersonic fighter, the F8 Crusader. Eventually, flying off the Navy's newest super carriers USS Forrestal and USS Saratoga, he compiled 450 carrier landings, including 125 at night! Dic also flew as an instructor with the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team, helping them transition to the new F4 Phantom.

Following his retirement from the Navy after 8 years, Dic flew for Pan Am, then Delta Airlines, flying the Boeing 727 and Airbus A310 all over the skies of the USA & Europe. He would be smiling all the way!

Dic was an avid sailor. His love for the sport started in the 1970's, when he joined the Nyack Boat Club on the Hudson River. Dic was an active volunteer at Nyack, where he became Rear Commodore. To promote sailing on the river, he was one of the founders of The Tappan Zee Cruising Fleet. Dic purchased his first sailboat, "Foxy Lady", when he joined Nyack Boat Club. This was the first in a long line of boats that he actively cruised with his wife, Pat and raced with friends. While at Nyack Boat Club, he sailed in a number of Governor's Cup races in New York Harbor. From 1987 on, Dic focused his sailing around Buzzards Bay, which he often said "Was the best sailing on the East Coast." Dic loved to race. When the boat was located at Quissett Harbor, in Falmouth, MA, Dic frequently participated in the Vineyard Cup series as well as the Figawi, which is sailed between Hyannis and Nantucket, MA.

Dic is survived by his wife Patricia G. Kocak his son Darin King, wife Nazzarena and grandson Devin. In addition, he is survived by his sister Nancy Levin, her husband Michael, nieces Nanette, Michelle and Susan.

Details of the celebration of Dic's life will be communicated at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Nyack Boat Club

(59 Gedney Street, Nyack, NY 10960), Junior Sailing Program, to further the education of sailing on the Hudson.

NWA/DL Capt. Robert M. VerSchure



Navy veteran, NWA/DL Capt. Robert M. VerSchure

November 15, 1952 ~ January 9, 2021


Noted in the “In Memoriam Column” of the September 2022 issue of The Air Line Pilot magazine, the January 2021 passing of DL Capt. Robert M. VerSchure.  Robert Mark VerSchure, age 68, joined Northwest Airlines 07-21-1989 and retired with Delta Air Lines.  He is survived by his wife Carol and by his children and their families.

Obituary information and photos are available for viewing online at


See more pictures at https://usna74.com/Photos.htm 

And, please do let us know if you have any other information and/or corrections to share.

Thank you,

~ Carol for the PCN 


OBITUARY : Robert M. VerSchure, 68

Sturbridge, MA - Born in San Diego, CA. US Naval Academy, class of '74. Bob flew P3's in the Navy, staying in the cockpit as a commercial pilot through his career.


Bob is survived by his wife Carol (Gillett) VerSchure; his son Tim VerSchure his wife Gretchen, and their children Jade, Tyler and Reilly; by his daughter Keri Kansagor her husband Dave, and their children Cole and Reese; by his brother Tom VerSchure and his wife Liz, as well as his many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Marvin and Arlene VerSchure, and his sister Barbara (VerSchure) Slye.


Bob was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a great man – humble, honest, quiet, with a warm smile, a generous heart and strong will. We will miss him every day but carry him with us always.


A *celebration of life will be held in late July. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and LifePath Hospice.

*note:  Memorial Service for Bob, Sturbridge, MA, July 25, 2021. Attended by many of his 11th company classmates and Chuck Primm.  https://usna74.com/Photos.htm 



Last Call

Robert Mark VerSchure ’74

LCDR, USN (Ret.)

9 January 2021

SO/RW/NWA/DL Capt. Daniel Louis Simpson



Navy veteran, SO/RW/NWA/DL Capt. Daniel Louis Simpson

March 7, 1951 ~ July 30, 2022


Noted in the “In Memoriam Column” of the September 2022 issue of The Air Line Pilot magazine, the July passing of DL Capt. Daniel L. Simpson.  Captain Daniel Louis Simpson first joined Southern Airways 07-12-1979 and would have made the various mergers with Republic/AirWest/Northwest, retiring with Delta Air Lines. 

Obituary information is available online at


Captain Simpson is survived by his wife Melinda and by his children and their families.  The family’s most recent address is listed in whitepages as 1604 Stokley Lane, Old Hickory, TN 37138.

All above information is to the best of my knowledge….please share additional information and/or corrections.

Thank you,

~ Carol for the PCN 


IN THE CARE OF   Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens -

Daniel Louis Simpson passed away on July 30, 2022. He was born March 7, 1951, in Okeene, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Melinda Ann Simpson, his son Travis (Anita) Simpson and daughter Danna (Taylor) Williams. He is also survived by his grandchildren Cole Simpson, Alli Simpson, Sutton Williams, and Abe Williams, his brothers Bill Simpson and Larry Simpson.


Dan is preceded in death by his parents William Harry Simpson and Evelyn Marie Simpson.


A service in honor of Dan will be held at Donelson Church of Christ on Saturday, August 6th at 11am. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 5th from 4pm-7pm at Donelson Church of Christ and again from 10-11am on Saturday prior to the service.


Dan proudly served his country as a pilot in the United States Navy. He then flew commercially and retired from Delta Airlines.


Dan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and son. He devoted his life to his family, friends, and his Lord. Dan was an avid golfer. He loved to make pancakes for his grandchildren and watch them play sports. He will lovingly be remembered for his desire to spend every moment he could with his precious family and friends.


To honor his legacy, donations can be made to: Wounded Warrior Project or Alzheimer’s Association

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.HermitageFH.com for the Simpson family.