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This page is dedicated to those former employees of Hughes Airwest that have passed away.  If you know of former RW employees who are no longer with us, we would appreciate any details you may have available.


Russell V. Stephenson
 Mar 13, 2015




Russell V. Stephenson passed away on March 13, 2015 at the amazing age of 94.  He had been living in an assisted living facility in Salem, Va. since the passing of his beloved wife Vivian in April of 2012. Russ was born in Red Oak, Iowa on January 12, 1921  He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Music after he had served in the U.S. Army Air Corp.  He taught music for several years in both Honolulu and Ithica, NY before venturing into the aviation business.

Russ joined Mohawk Airlines in 1953 as director of employee relations and subsequently held positions as personell director and vice president, customer service v.p, sales and service v.p., sales v.p. and senior v.p. of marketing.  He was named executive v.p. and member of the board of directors for the New York based regional carrier in 1967, president in 1968 and CEO two years later.

His career with Hughes Airwest began in late 1971 as V.P of Marketing.  He held that position until July of 1976 when he was named acting general manager after Irv Tague left to start Midway Airlines.  In January of 1977, the Summa Board of Directors made it official.  Stephenson remained President and General Manager until October of 1980 when Hughes Airwest was purchased by Republic Airlines.

Vivian and Russ spent four more years in the aviation industry before retiring in Virginia to be near their family.  Russ spent two years each with American International Airways and Command Airways both in the NY area.

Graveside services were held on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem.




A special tribute to
Irving T. Tague


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The airline world along with those of us who worked for Hughes Airwest during the early and mid 70's lost a true friend on November 21, 1991 when Irv Tague passed away at the young age of 63.  Our special "thank you" to Russ Stephenson for writing the very poignant "Tribute to Irv" that follows.


Tribute to Irv

Irv Tague was born a Westerner, in Washington State.  As he matured, his experience took him to the East via Alaska, where he was deeply involved in scheduling and economic analysis with Pan American World Airways.

Irv was a quiet, intense, private man, who was not given to chatter about himself, or much else.  When Tom Bailey asked me to help him put together a memorial to Irv, I had to talk to someone who had been personally involved with events that brought Irv to Hughes Airwest.

Fortunately, I was able to reach John Eichner, a retired partner in a highly regarded DCA transportation consulting firm, Simat, Helliesen and Eichner (SH&E), who were responsible for pairing Irv and RW.

The story begins, for the purpose of this tribute to Irv, with Irv's extensive work with Pan American World Airways, primarily on scheduling, where he came to the attention of the SH&E partners.  John Eichner told me that Irv was one of the best airline schedulers he ever knew, a talent Irv would use to great advantage with Northeast Airlines and Hughes Airwest as well as Pan Am.

SH&E had the Hughes organization as clients, so when Northeast Airlines was purchased by Howard Hughes, and there was a need for a variety of management improvements, Jim Austin - the new Hughes' selected president working with SH& E, had Irv brought in as consultant to improve scheduling in particular.

Subsequently, Irv's excellent work at NEA led SH&E to ask Irv to set up a West Coast office in San Mateo, a geographic decision not then related to Hughes Airwest. However, while that was being developed, the Hughes organization had its problems with the three-airline merger it had purchased.

All of the CAB and SEC work had not been finalized in Washington, among other things.  Almost all of you will have memory of some of the problems to be faced closer home.

Chester Davis, Hughes top attorney, asked SH&E for help to get things in order.  As a result of this request, Irv was shifted to San Mateo, but for the RW assignment rather than to set up an independent SH&E office.

Irv's excellent grasp of the problems that needed attention led to his selection as General Manager by the Hughes directors.

One of the descriptions I first encountered when we got to San Mateo was of Irv...."a skinny, quiet little guy who had an office down the hall.  We sure didn't think he was going to be the Boss!" This was one person's observation; mine was that Irv developed respect in a hurry.

Irv showed his savvy, continuing to work with Nat Simat and John Eichner as consultants in the development of RW through critical management, equipment and route changes.  Simat, a former CAB staff member, knew the Washington ropes, as did Eichner.  The two of them, Irv and SH&E were a good team.  Irv had the vision of what he wanted and needed, and SH&E knew how to help with the Washington, DC regulatory problems.

Irv was an interesting man for whom to work.  He was a very private individual, had out-of-the-norm working habits, and gave considerable authority to his staff to work for the objectives he had in mind.  He was not a personnel man, but received substantial support from his assistant, Dave Hinson, a top pilot and excellent manager and advisor.

In my opinion, Irv - working with Nat Simat, deserves the credit for the development of Hughes Airwest to be a major, successful regional airline. He had a good staff to assist him.  In addition, seeing the beginning of a turnaround, which continued, brought new hope to employees who began to improve the operation and service quality with new pride and energy.

When Irv left RW, he had in mind launching Midway Airlines, a major change on the Chicago aviation skyline, which had been ruled primarily by United Air Lines with a vested interest in only one major Chicago airport. Dave Hinson, later to be FAA Administrator, joined Irv and Nat Simat, and Midway Airlines became a successful and respected airline under Irv.

What a shame Irv's drive and competence was cut short.  How fortunate we at RW were to have been associated with him in the excellent airline he developed, with the help of all of us and the support of the Hughes name.

Russell V. Stephenson



Recent Losses

The only negative part of maintaining this website is learning of the loss of another friend and fellow employee from those great days we all shared together. Unfortunately, it comes with the territory so, in an attempt to keep everyone informed of our losses, this section of "In Memory" will list any recent deaths and any available details as sent to us.   

Please don't assume that someone else sent us the information, we would much rather receive 35 emails about the same passing than to receive none at all.



Mary (Alkire) Weaver
Feb 26, 2019



Mary Hilda Weaver died peacefully February 26, 2019 with her family by her bedside. She leaves behind her son Tyler Weaver of Omaha, Nebraska, grandchildren Tayla and Desmond Weaver and brother Robert Alkire of Snohomish, sister Susan Lane of Seattle, nieces Chelene Whiteaker, Kady Bowman and Julie Thompson and nephews Robert C. Alkire, and Joshua Lane. Her parents, Robert and Sigrun Alkire and sisters Roberta Alkire and Judith Page predeceased her.

Mary was born into a Navy family in Norfolk, Virginia in 1944. As WWII ended, the family moved to Seattle to settle in Ballard, close to the family homestead. Mary attended James Monroe Junior High and graduated from Ballard High school in 1962.

She became a flight attendant in 1968 with Hugh's Air West. The airline became Republic Airlines and eventually Northwest Airlines. She flew as a flight attendant for 40 years until her retirement from Northwest Airlines in 2009. She was also a representative for the flight attendants' union.

Mary traveled all over the United States and the world. She flew Northwest's routes to China, Korea and Japan. She explored and learned a about Asian culture and traditions. She was particularly fond of Japan. Osaka and Kyoto were special cities for her. Later she would host Japanese students while they studied at Shoreline Community College.

Mary became interested genealogy and her family's history. A family visit to Iceland in 2000 to see their genealogic records deepened her interest. She traced records on her mother's family in Iceland to the country's earliest history. Likewise, on her father's side she found records of ancestors from this county's early history.

Mary enjoyed gardening and reading. She was a collector. She collected objects from around the world. Her home was filled with treasures. She treasured most her friendships and loved her family above all. She was engaging and charming. She was a beautiful woman with a beautiful smile.

Mary's funeral will be held Friday March 22 at 2:00 PM.
Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church
2400 NW 85th  
Ballard,  WA 

Remembrances may be made in her honor to the .

Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 17, 2019




Marti Henderson Lundgren
 Jan 28, 2019


Marlys "Marti" N (Henderson) Lungren, 83, passed away January 28, 2019 after a long illness. She was born October 10, 1935 in Denver, CO to Lois and Frederick Stone.

She is survived by her husband, Edward C. Lungren. She was preceded in death by her son, Phillip Lungren.

No services are planned at this time.





Peter G Brown
 Jan 18, 2019



Peter G. Brown, 88, died peacefully at home Jan. 18. Pete, with his wife Rita, had lived in Fountain Hills for 40 years.

Pete was born in Bement, Ill. He and his teddy bear took their first airplane ride with a barn-stormer when he was 5. After that he had one goal: to become a pilot. Washing airplanes at a small airfield, he earned flying lessons and was flying by the time he was 15.

He graduated from University of Arizona, Tucson, with a BA in business, but that was just another step towards his wings. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force and received his wings at Madden Air Force Base, Mo.

As Captain of a B-26, he was sent to Korea. He flew his 50 bomb runs as a member of the 밡ight Intruders, the unit specializing in night bombing. He earned several citations and commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and a Presidential Commendation.

Deactivated at the end of the Korean conflict, he signed on as pilot for Bonanza Airlines in order to return to Arizona. He settled in Scottsdale when Camelback Road was still just a dirt road.

In 1976, when Pete and Rita built their home, Fountain Hills was so small there was no doctor and no library. Those came the next year but Pete and some friends realized there couldn뭪 be meaningful growth until incorporation. They worked towards incorporation until there was finally a Town of Fountain Hills in 1989.

Pete was a true Renaissance man. He was a gifted pianist, enjoying especially Cuban composers. He built beautiful furniture and embellished it with hand carving. In 1977 he built his first computer, buying a bunch of transistors and soldering them onto a board. Then he entered the program line by line and symbol by symbol.

His love of aviation led to building a large collection of radio-controlled airplanes, which he first designed with a CAD program on his computer. He had an HO train lay-out that filled an entire room. When Rita started a weaving business, Pete became a weaver.

Peter loved all animals. He was a volunteer at Liberty Wildlife and at Out of Africa. At home he loved his dogs and especially his cats. He will be missed by Piwacket, AnaStraysia, Ramir, and Alesandrah.

A Memorial Service will be held at Messinger Mortuary on Friday, Feb 3, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Pete requested donations be sent to: Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, PO Box 567, Kanab, UT 84741





Raymond L Dahl
 Jan 11, 2019



Capt. Raymond 멢ay L. Dahl passed away during the evening of January 11, 2019.  Captain Dahl was diagnosed last November with Glioblastoma, and also was suffering from a fractured hip resulting from a recent fall.  As was Ray뭩 wishes, no services are planned.   

Ray joined West Coast Airlines on October 2, 1967, and made the various mergers with Hughes Airwest, Republic, and Northwest Airlines where he retired in 2001.   Captain Dahl is survived by his wife Dianne, his son Greg, daughters Julie and Martha and stepdaughter Shelley, Ray had 15 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, plus many aviation colleagues and airline friends.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at:  


For those wishing to contact the Dahl family, you can reach Diane at her email address ded1842@comcast.net   

Always supportive, Ray will be missed by us all.






Jim Cutler
Nov 17, 2018




James (Jim) McEwen Cutler, age 91, of Issaquah, WA, died at home November 17th of respiratory failure.

Jim was born 14 Sept 1927, at Hood River, OR, the son of Prentiss Lincoln Cutler and Eleanor Virginia McEwen, of Dee, OR.

Growing up Jim lived at various locations in Eastern Oregon and Southern Idaho.  He was in the ROTC in High School, then joined the Navy's D-Five Aviation program.  As a civilian he continued to fly in Boise, ID, becoming a flight instructor, charter pilot and then an airline pilot in 1957.  His flying career brought him to the Seattle area in 1959, where he retired as a 757 captain for Northwest Airlines in 1987.

In 1970 Jim was awarded the Daedalian Civilian Air Safety Award and the FAA Distinguished Service Medal for actions as captain of an Air West Airlines passenger flight which caught fire over Eastern Washington in 1969.

Jim's favorite pastimes included playing with his dogs, amature radio, computer games and crossword puzzles.

Jim married his wife of 31 years, Betty (nee Bassett) in Bangkok, Thailand.  He was previously married to Sheila Donnan of Spokane, WA. Children are Kathleen Willner, Gerald (Lesley), Donald (Cyndi) and Douglas (JoAnn).  Jim also has nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Jim is predeceased by his parents, sister Virginia Lee Cutler, twin brother Prentiss Lincoln Cutler and brother Philip Leo Cutler.

Services will be private at Jim's request; memorials may be made to the Issaquah Food Bank, issaquahfoodbank.org.





Robert L Hayes
 Nov 13, 2018



Robert Lee Hayes was born on January 19, 1934 in Kenova WV. To Anne and Fisher Glen Hayes. He was resurrected into the loving arms of Jesus on November 13, 2018 at his residence at Star Valley Ranch, Wyoming. 

Bob as a young boy was very involved in the boy scouts and later was a star football player while in High School in Kenova. 

After attending a year at West Virginia University in Morgantown,  Bob enlisted in the United States Navy in 1952 at 17 years of age.  While there he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal.

He met the love of his life Lila Mae Twite while in Las Vegas in April, 1959. They were united in marriage on January 19, 1960.

Bob was initially employed by Bonanza Airlines where he started as a station agent in Las Vegas.  During his 33 years with the airlines he served in management positions for operations, sales, marketing, human resources, labor relations, government relations and community affairs. The airlines took Bob and his family all over the world as well as residencies all over the United States.  Bob retired from the Airline Industry as a Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of a regional airline in 1999. He has owned and operated multiple businesses in Arizona as well as serving as Director of Operations and Assistant General Manager for a large Airline Pilot Training Center with students from around the world. For the last ten years Bob has worked for H&R Block as a Tax Professional and Office Manager.

Bob and Lila became residents of Star Valley Ranch in 2004 after being summer visitors of the Star Valley Ranch RV Resort.  In 2005 they purchased a lot on the Ranch and broke ground for their house in 2006.  After several years as summer residents in their newly built home they sold their other home in Arizona and are now year round residents.

From 2008 until his death Bob had served on Town committees and been active in several areas of endeavor for the town of Star Valley Ranch.

Bob is survived by his faithfully loving wife Lila of 59 years. They have 3 children, Bryan and Renee Hayes of Phoenix, Arizona and Brenda and Jeff Malone of Bakersfield, California and Barret Glen Hayes who went home to the loving arms of Jesus right before his 7th birthday in 1977.

They have grandchildren Ashley Hayes, Kristi Hayes Seltzer and T.J. Seltzer, and Tyler Hayes all of Phoenix, Arizona. Jaron Malone, Haley Malone and Jentzen Barrett Malone of Bakersfield, California.





Frank J Akers
 Oct 31, 2018



Tempe - Frank J. Akers passed away on October 31, 2018 at the age of 95. He was born in northern California and grew up in Chowchilla, CA where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Billie Jean Creager. They were happily married for over 51 years before her passing in 1995. Frank is survived by his five daughters, Billie Jean Nigro, Margaret McAnally, Barbara Jackson, Jackie Miller and B.J. Reed. He had nine grandchildren, several step grandchildren and a multitude of great grandchildren, all of whom he loved and cherished! Frank was 19 years old when he became a commissioned officer and pilot in the Army Air Corp during World War II. Frank flew as a commercial pilot with Bonanza Airlines, merging into AirWest; Hughes AirWest; and finally retired with Republic Airlines (which eventually became Delta Airlines). Frank was very active in the Masonic Lodge, El Zaribah Shrine (Captain of the Temple Guard) and drove a little red Indy car in multiple parades entertaining children and adults. He was also very active in the Order of Eastern Star where he was a Past Worthy Grand Patron for the State of Arizona. Frank J. Akers' Celebration of Life service will be held in his church at 10:00am on Saturday, November 24, 2018 - Church of Epiphany - Episcopal; 2222 South Price Road, Tempe, AZ 85282. A reception will follow.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 18, 2018





Donald C Hawley
October 21, 2018


Donald C Hawley was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 16, 1919. His father Russell and mother Mary raised Don in New Glarus, Wisconsin where he was baptized at the Bethel Church. Russell was a dairyman and Don had wonderful memories of farm life and his beloved horse Billy.

The family moved to Greenville, Illinois where Don was an excellent athlete and held the Illinois State High School record for the mile. One of his best memories was travelling to nearby St. Louis to see the St. Louis Browns play the New York Yankees where he got to see Babe Ruth in one of his final games.

In 1937 Russell accepted a position with Pet Milk and moved the family to Portland, Oregon. This became a region that Don would call home for the remainder of his life. He loved the mountains and lakes of the Northwest. He became an athletic member of the Multnomah Club where he wrestled and took part in other activities, and also attended Lewis and Clark College.

It was his job as a soda jerk at the famed Jolly Joan fountain in downtown Portland, however, that would shape his life from then on. There he met a pretty young blond named Darlene Parker in the spring of 1941. Don had joined the Oregon National Guard and was sent to Fort Lewis that fall.

Darlene was not going to let him go that easily. She and her mother Vetha moved to Seattle to be as near him as possible. Don got a job at Boeing and enrolled at the University of Washington for winter quarter. Then came December 7, 1941.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor he was placed on active duty and immediately sent to the Washington coast to watch for any enemy activity and to support military installations. During the next month he and Darlene had no communication whatsoever.

Upon his return to Seattle and faced with the incredible uncertainty of the time the young couple decided they wanted to spend whatever future they had together. They drove to Olympia and were married on January 10, 1942, just over a month after Pearl Harbor.

The couple spent the next year plus travelling to different military schools after Don was accepted as an Officer Candidate and pilot trainee. On June 26, 1943 their daughter Donna was born, and although Don had not yet been sent overseas he was not able see her prior to his departure for New Guinea on August 28th. He then spent the next 18 months flying a total of 314 combat missions.

By far his most harrowing experience came when flying paratroopers in Australia. The right engine began to vibrate and eventually tore away from the wing altogether. Don along with his co-pilot managed to steady the plane enough to crash land in a field and save countless lives. For this and other acts of heroism he was awarded a Bronze Star, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and other citations.

After his return stateside in 1945 Don remained in the Air force and again travelled the country going to military schools. He had an opportunity to return to the Seattle area in 1948 where he worked in air traffic control and he and the family lived in Renton Highlands.

But on a routine check flight Don flew over a small lake south of there and thought it looked like a nice area to live. They contacted a realtor in the area, Skip Ketchum who remained a dear and life-long friend, and purchased an acre with a small house on Lake Meridian where they would remain until 2004.

On April 7, 1950 their son Jim was born and soon after Don was hired by West Coast Airlines where he would spend the rest of his career even though the airline뭩 name changed to Air West, Hughes Airwest, Republic, Northwest, and now Delta Airlines. Don loved returning from trips to his beloved home on the lake. His nightly tradition in almost any weather was to go down to the dock in the evening with drink in hand just to think and take in the beauty that surrounded him.

There were many milestones over the next decades; graduations and marriages, Jim to Kathy and Donna to Gary. There were get togethers with countless friends on the Fourth of July and other holidays. Don cherished his relationships both personal and professional.

A bittersweet moment came on February 16, 1979 when he was forced to retire from flying at age 60. He did, however, fill his life with many activities including skiing, horse racing, and many trips to Mexico. And on February 14, 1982 he was blessed with his only granddaughter Talia whom he loved dearly. And when Talia was married to Ryan Butler in 2008 Ryan became every bit a part of the family.

In January 2004 they decided it was time to move from the lake and they became the first residents of The Chateau at Valley Center. As always Don and Darlene made many friends and enjoyed the activities offered. They were long time members of the Kent United Methodist Church and managed to remain active for a number of years after their move to the Chateau.

One of Don뭩 highlights was a trip to Washington D.C. on the Puget Sound Honor Flight. While there he and his son Jim visited many of the sights including the recently added World War II monument. Don was honored at the Air Force Memorial with a flag that was flown over the site and then ceremoniously folded and presented to him in recognition of his service. The flag has a prominent place in their home.

On January 10, 2017 Don and Darlene were honored by many friends and family on their 75th wedding anniversary. The celebration held at the Chateau and was attended by many friends and family and included a wonderful video tribute produced by Gary뭩 son Tracy.

In spite of somewhat failing health Don was able to laugh and joke with family and friends throughout the past few years. Thanks to the wonderful care given by Darlene with help from the VA Visiting Angels and Providence Hospice services he remained pain free and comfortable. Don passed peacefully on Sunday October, 21, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.





David L Donahue
September 25, 2018


David Lee Donahue of Phoenix, AZ beloved son of Robert and Jewel (Brogdon) Donahue passed away peacefully on September 25, 2018. Preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Patricia and his only brother Robert Thomas. Loving father of David (Sarah) and Christopher (Lineva). Proud grandfather of Tamara, Shaun, Jacob and Carly; Great grandfather of Tobias, Jax, Damon and Cairo. 

David is also survived by his four loving sisters Marjorie, Georgia, Susann and Martha and many nieces and nephews.

David was an Arizona native who graduated from Peoria High School and earned his Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University. This multi-faceted man worked tirelessly as an aircraft mechanic (DME), crop-duster and airline pilot with Frontier Airlines, Hughes Air West, Sunworld Airlines and America West Airlines. During his tenure with America West Airlines, David served as a check airman and spent time in the Chief Pilot's office as a Flight Manager. After retiring as a Captain at America West, he was able to pursue his passion for cattle and pistachio trees as the founder of Diamond Z Ranch in Bowie, AZ. David had an innate desire to help others and made a friend of everyone he met. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all.

Services will be held Saturday, October 13th at 12:00 p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes. 7924 N. 59th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301. 

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation be made to .

Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 7, 2018



Austin Brewster Bates
Aug 13, 2018



Phoenix - Austin Bates was one of the few, blessed people who, at the young age of 16, found his passion. He went to the ice factory in the early 1950's for a job and was told that they were not hiring that day, but perhaps crop dusters were. The 16-year-old drove to West Phoenix, met a crop dusting pilot, and from that day forward aviation was Austin's passion. He flew helicopters in the Marines, commercial airlines for several major carriers, and refueling tankers for the Arizona Air National Guard. 

Austin also loved horses, skiing, fishing in the White Mountains, and boating at Saguaro Lake, Lake Havasu, Lake Powell, and once even across to Catalina Island. He only bought blue boats, and always named them, "Blue Boat." He believed that "a tidy boat was a happy boat." 

Austin grew up with three sisters and had three daughters. He always joked that he had lived most of his life in a Sorority House. 

He was a graduate of North High and some of his life-long friends were classmates from Kenilworth Elementary and North High. While in high school he worked summers at Boy Scout Ranches and had box canyon swimming, wire fence mending, and mountain lion sighting stories to tell. He graduated from ASU and was invited to return 50 years later to march with the graduating class while the commencement was given by then President Barack Obama. 

He was a kind man who believed in being friendly to all people and helping animals at any cost. Austin was born in Akron, Ohio, but came to Arizona at such a young age and loved Arizona so much that he always told people he was an Arizona native.  

Austin is preceded in death by 3 brother-in-laws, Sam, Kyran, and Fred, 1 niece, Margie, his sister, Maggie, and his parents, Paul and Margaret Bates. Survived by nieces, nephews, 2 sisters, 3 daughters, and 6 grandchildren. 

Austin Brewster Bates will be laid to rest at 9:30 in the morning on Tuesday, September 4th at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. 

Austin will be missed by family, friends, and Arizona. His family loves him for all of the times we shared together.

Published in The Arizona Republic from Aug. 28 to Aug. 31, 2018





Richard E Bloom
Aug 6, 2018



Ronald E. Bloom, 87, passed away on August 6th in Bellevue while surrounded by family. Memorial and celebration services will be held 12pm to 4pm, Sunday September 16th at the Newport Yacht Club located at 81 Skagit Key, Bellevue WA. 98006 Contact krbloom@comcast.net or kurtbloom@gmail.com for details. 

Ron was born in Tacoma Washington to Monroe and Hannah May Bloom on December 29th, 1930. He graduated from Stadium High School and went on to the University of Washington where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. 

After graduating with his BA degree, he served in the USAF until 1958 earning the rank of Captain. Honorably discharged, he began his long career as a commercial pilot beginning with Aloha Airlines and retiring from Northwest. 

During his flying days, he met and married Mary J Burr of Kirkland and they soon had two sons. Along with a great passion for skiing and American classic cars came long standing memberships in the LCOC, LZOC, CTCI, CCCA as well as the Northwest Classic Boat Society and the Ski Kings. His love of classic cars afforded his young family a unique view of the country, most often from inside his 1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet. 

Ron is survived by his two sons, Ronald L with his wife Kelly, Kurt E, his older Brother Jim Bloom of Everett, his three grandsons Kevin, Connor and Monty, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Visiting Angels and Providence Hospice for their dedicated support and unending kindness. 

His family will hold a private interment at Acacia Memorial Park.




Gary Gabbard
Aug 4, 2018



GARY GABBARD Legendary local pilot, Gary G. Gabbard, flew west at the age of 78 in Las Vegas, August 4, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. Gary grew up in Marine City, MI, where he studied at the "Real School of Hard Knocks". He began working at Trott Bros. Airport in exchange for flying lessons, and soloed at the age of 18. Thus began his 60-year accident-free love affair with aviation. Gabbard and a lifelong friend moved to Tucson, AZ, and started their own aviation business. It was in Arizona that he joined the Air National Guard and obtained his A&P license. Gary continued his aviation career flying everything from the Twin Beech in the Grand Canyon to flying celebrities in corporate Lear Jets. His airline career started in 1968 with Air West Airlines and ended after retiring with 30 years at Northwest Airlines. After retirement, Gary not only flew his beloved CJ-6 to Airshows around the country, but he also put his skill into restoring his Stearman in Flabob, CA. As a gifted mechanic, Gary not only maintained his own aircraft, but was always selflessly ready to help others who were in need of assistance. There literally wasn't anything that Gabbard could not fix. He would commonly be found in the machine shop crafting parts from raw stock to keep his and other airplanes flying. Gary was an encyclopedia of all things aviation. A mentor to many, the young and the old, the student and the experienced. Blue skies, my friend, you will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Experimental Aircraft Association % Robin Kasel PO Box 3086 Oshkosh, WI 54903 Or: EAA.org/donate In memory of Gary Gabbard




Rick Steele
 June 24, 2018







 June 4, 2018



Jessica Doreen Liepins, Daughter of David and Nancy Mosses, Mother of Nancy Craig, Arnold 밠cGregor Stapnes, Step Mother to Thomas (Pam) Liepins, Patricia (Fernando) and Donna Ravnic, Sister to David Mosses, Grandmother to Karlina (Jeremy) Stowe, Tamara Packard, Kristiana and Alexander Stapnes, Erik Ravnic and Daniella Rezler, and Great Grandmother to Genevieve and Elizabeth Stowe, Remy & Milly Rezler and Beloved Wife of Ziedonis Liepins passed away peacefully on June 4th 2018 at the age of 82. In her last days she was continually visited by friends and family who meant everything to her and who were a great comfort in her last days.

Jessica was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, on December 6, 1935. At an early age she moved to Granville, in the Yukon Territories, where she and her brother and parents, lived in a small log cabin, while her father worked in the gold fields. In later days, she would remember these times as some of her fondest memories. The Mosses family later moved to Burnaby B.C where she attended high school, interspersed with time living with her beloved Grandmother, Elizabeth Edith Francis, in Princeton B. C. While attending business School in Seattle Jessica met Arnold R. Stapnes whom she married in 1953, having two children, Arnold and Nancy. In 1968 Jessica moved to Issaquah where she lived for the rest of her life. In 1975, Jessica married Ziedonis Liepins, spending the next 43 years experiencing life뭩 adventures together.

In 1962 Jessica began a career in the Airline Industry that would become one of her passions in life. She started with West Coast Airlines in 1962, and retired from Northwest airlines in 2000. This career allowed her to pursue one of her other great passions, travel. Jessica traveled throughout the world creating adventures for herself and many others.

When Jessica was not traveling, you would more than likely find her pursuing her other loves in life, creating an exquisite home, planning and conducting lavish parties filled with friends and family, creating beautiful floral arrangements and paintings and shopping for treasures. Jessica also had a passion for politics and books and would engage in any conversation with insight and wit.

However, after all is said and done, Jessica뭩 ultimate passion and love had nothing to do with travel, flowers and things, her first and foremost passion were her family and friends. She was a confidant, sounding board, pastor, guidance counselor, psychologist and provider of wisdom for everyone in her life. She shared burdens with tenderness, ease and grace and everyone in her life has been richer for it.

From an early age, Jessica set out to build a life of beauty and deep friendships, in this she was wildly successful. We are all thankful and grateful that she was part of each of our lives. She will be missed, each and every day.





 Apr 15, 2018



Paul was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Scott A. and Doris L. Sinclair (Clemmer) in February 1941. Paul attended Queen Elizabeth High School and Mount Royal College. He loved sun and cycling so much so that he cycled to and from his airline job at the Phoenix International Airport every day, even during the summer at high noon. He also road to work in Palm Springs, San Jose, Memphis and San Diego.

He retired after 40 years of working for West Coast, Air West, Hughes Air West, Republic and finally Northwest Airlines. He did everything from customer service from the ticket counter, to the ground operations, to air freight, bringing in the large Boeing 747 and many other aircraft comprising the fleets of all of these airlines. He loved his job.

His retirement years brought him great satisfaction where he could put his kind heart into action. He and his wife Dora, spent many weeks each year volunteering with International Gospel Ministry in Kino Bay, Sonora, Mexico. They were the support team for many years in Mexico with IGM. 밣ablo was well loved by the people in this small fishing community, as they went about helping the poor and needy in this village. Paul was a strong yet kind man who realized at a very young age that he should temper his greater physical strength when playing with his friends.      

밪ome say it뭩 the strength from muscles
That helps you win life뭩 tussles
But we뭭e seen you impart
A gentleness from your heart
That is stronger than brute force
For it followed love뭩 sweet course.

Paul will never be forgotten for he lives in the hearts of all who knew him: His family, wife Dora L. (Mueda) Sinclair, his son Randy Sinclair, his daughter Lisa Kyser, Dora뭩 daughter, Rebecca Keeney-Clark, and son, John Keeney. Paul뭩 sister Joann Elliott and brother Douglas Sinclair as well as his many grandchildren, Whitney, Katrina, Ryan, Reece, Spencer, Sophia and Jackson꿾ho he loved dearly. He goes to meet his Lord, and awaits all who will come after.

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John Manocchio
 Feb 18, 2018



John MANOCCHIO passed away on February 05, 2018. Funeral Home Services for John are being provided by Neptune Society of Northern California - Belmont of Belmont, CA. 

After a sudden illness, John Manocchio passed away on February 5, 2018 in Palo Alto, Calif. His family was at his bedside.  

John was born in Akron Ohio, January 17,1931 to Frank and Anna (Spallino) Manocchio, who had emigrated to America from Italy. He attended St. Vincent School, West High School and Kent State. He joined the United States Air Force in 1951 becoming a pilot who flew F-86 Sabre Jets. He was an early member of the 'Mach Buster's Club', for exceeding the speed of sound in an F-86. His military career spanned 26 years of both active and reserve duty, flying a variety of aircraft and he rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel.

After active duty, John managed a General Tire Store in Parma, Ohio but decided to build a career in commercial aviation. He moved with his family to California in 1967 and became a pilot for Pacific Airlines, was a very active member of the Air Line Pilots Association.  John progressed through the mergers...Air West, Hughes Airwest, Republic and ultimately retired from Northwest Airlines. 

John moved to Arizona for his work and lived in the Phoenix area where he met his life partner, Barbara Vath, who died in June of 2017. John and Barbara also made their home in Prescott, AZ where he and Barbara operated a B&B for some time.  Together they traveled the world and leave behind a grieving network of friends around the globe. He seldom met a stranger, became fast friends with people regardless of status and he acquired lifelong friends around the world from seemingly chance encounters. 

John enjoyed cooking and entertaining with Barbara, loved to swim and was a member of the Quiet Birdmen, Prescott Hangar.  

John is survived by his five children: Frank Manocchio (Mary Mansson), Steve Manocchio, Lou Ann Ashton (Jerome Ashton), Jean Manocchio (Rob Modeste), Mary Jane Manocchio (Richard Braunstein); former wife, Louise (Esposito) Manocchio; three grandsons: Nicholas Manocchio, Jordan Ashton and Jason Ashton; and Barbara's son, Charles Vath and granddaughters, Victoria and Rebecca. His family in Akron also mourns him: his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Vicki Manocchio; his nephew, Charles Manocchio, Jr. and his niece, Angela Dodds.

A Celebration of the lives' of both John and Barbara will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 2 p.m. in Prescott, Arizona.  Details for the California Celebration are pending.




Sarah "Sally" Sharp
Flight Atendant
 January, 2018



Sarah 밪ally Sharp was born in Macon, Missouri on January 8, 1943, to her parents Mary Edwards and Richard Dysart Sharp.  Sally뭩 mother was a school teacher and her father worked for Standard Oil.  At 16 her family moved to Pacific Palisades Ca.  Sally graduated from Santa Monica H.S. in 1962 and then began her career as an airline stewardess with Pacific Air Lines.  Through a series of mergers and acquisitions that involved Hughes Airwest, Republic Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and finally Delta where she retired in 2007.  Sally flew trips to Sydney, Seoul, and Tokyo.  Many of her coworkers became lifelong friends

Sally is survived by her love of 22 years, Roger Wardley of Concord, Ca, her brother Tom Sharp of El Cajon, CA and her cousins Rick Sharp of Chanute, Kansas and Daniel Forney of Moraga, CA.  Services were held on Feb 3rd at the first Presbyterian Church of Burlingame.  There will be a 밅elebration of Life held for Sally at 12:30p on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Kincaid뭩 in Burlingame.  Please contact June Farrell for details and reservations.
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Richard W. Kerley
 Dec 28, 2017



Richard W. Kerley passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 in Texas Health HEB Hospital in Bedford, TX from complications of heart disease. He is survived by his wife, Arlene Kerley; son Wade Kerley from Richard뭩 first marriage to Dayna Weaver Kerley, and Wade뭩 wife Tracy Homann Kerley; grandsons Gage and Garett Kerley; sister, Glenda Moberg and husband Paul Moberg; nieces Jennifer Wilson and Daniele Manfre and their families; and many other extended family members and friends. The Celebration of Life is will be held at the Newport Dunes Marina Clubhouse on March 24 at 1:30 p.m. It is located at 101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

Richard was born in Comanche, Texas on April 30,1947 to the late Claborn and Vivian Kerley. The family moved several times during his childhood from Comanche to Midland Texas and ended up in Orange County California where Richard graduated from Corona Del Mar High School and attended Orange County College. His son, Wade Kerley, was born to Richard and his first wife Dayna Kerley in 1967. Richard met and married Arlene Landes Kerley in 1974 in Newport Beach, CA. They enjoyed a wonderful marriage of 43 years. They traveled the world together, played lots of tennis, enjoyed the beach, snorkeling, tubing in Butte Creek Canyon, and snow skiing in Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley.

Richard뭩 first career was in the airline industry. Richard held executive positions in airline marketing, sales, and advertising with several airlines throughout his career. He began his airline career at LA Airways in 1967. He joined Hughes Air West in 1969 and then Air California in 1972 in Newport Beach, CA. The Kerleys then relocated to Chico, Ca in 1981 where Richard joined Pacific Express Airlines. In 1984 Rich and Arlene returned to Southern California where Richard worked for Basso and Associates Advertising, and then Hawaiian Airlines. He was hired by AMR Services (American Airlines) and relocated to Dallas/Fort Worth to be Director of General Sales Agent Services in 1991. Richard was well known for his creativity and was one of the first in the airline industry to 뱓hink out of the box in developing successful and innovative marketing and sales promotions. In 1994, Richard began a successful career in real estate in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Most of his real estate career was with Coldwell Banker or Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage where he worked with Arlene as The Kerley Team. He was instrumental in the team뭩 ongoing success in the DFW real estate community.

Anyone that met Richard found out quickly that he truly never met a stranger. He had a huge, warm personality and had a way of making anyone he met feel special and comfortable. Richard had a smile that would light up a room. He loved his clients and knew how to listen to them and find exactly what they wanted. The greatest joy of Richard뭩 life was his son, Wade Kerley, Wade뭩 wife Tracy and their two sons, Garett and Gage. He was so proud of them. Richard will be greatly missed by all who knew him and especially by his wife, Arlene. He was the love of her life.They were true soul mates and best friends.





F. Joseph Buskirk
 Nov 9, 2017



Captain F. Joseph Buskirk (Hughes Air West, ret.) died peacefully on November 9th in Redmond WA, one month short of his 98th birthday.

Joe was born Frank Joseph Buskirk on December 6, 1919, in Montrose, CO.

Always a hard worker, he was proud to have had a paper route (age 5), served as an Alter Boy at St. Mary뭩 Catholic Church & worked at Anderson뭩 drug store for much of his school years. Mr. Anderson was instrumental in Joe attending the University of Colorado studying to become a Pharmacist.

Just prior to the outbreak of WWII, he was selected for Naval Cadet Flight Training in Pensacola FL, earning his wings in February 1942. Before he was sent for the 1st of 3 tours to the Aleutian Islands in AK as a PBY Patrol Pilot, he met Ellen Erixon at a 밫ea Dance at San Diego NAS. On February 25, 1943, Joe & Ellen were married & celebrated 72 years together.

After his discharge from the Navy, he was hired by Zimmerly Air Transport flying the B-247. Through the years he survived the mergers with Empire Airlines, West Coast Airlines & Hughes Airwest, retiring #1 on the Pilot Seniority List as a B-727 Captain.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen, & his daughter-in-law Kathy (HAW Flight Attendant). He is survived by his 3 sons, Dale & wife Gerda of Glendale AZ; Dan (HAW & NWA Pilot) & wife Susan of Scottsdale AZ; David of Laguna Niguel CA; & their 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was a wonderful husband, father, and man and will be greatly missed.





Clifford "Duke" Briscoe
 Nov 6, 2017



Clifford Harry "Duke" Briscoe, Jr. was born on September 15, 1923 in Hastings, Nebraska. He passed away peacefully at the age of 94 in hospice from injuries sustained in a car accident in San Mateo, California.

Duke was 17 when he joined the United States Navy in 1941. He served aboard the U.S.S. Gunason as a Radioman First Class in the Atlantic, Pacific and European African theaters. In 1946, he returned stateside to pursue his radio career in Alaska. But an overhead announcement at the Mahlon Sweet Field in Eugene, Oregon changed the course of his life. West Coast Airlines was looking for station help. He cancelled his flight to Alaska and his devotion to the airline industry was born.

He eventually moved south to the Bay Area with his new bride, Bonnie, on July 4th 1959. They settled in Burlingame and he continued his airline career at SFO as West Coast expanded its operations. In 1970, Hughes Aircraft purchased the airline and his responsibilities continued to grow. He finally retired from the airlines in October, 1981. Duke joined the San Francisco International Airport administration in December of that same year as Special Assistant to the Airport Director, Operations. In 1983, he was appointed Deputy Director, Operations at SFO. He knew everyone from the skycaps to the police officers, whom he greeted with a smile, a handshake and sometimes an off-color joke. He served in that capacity for 21 years upon his retirement in 2004.

He was an avid golfer, devoted father, husband, grandfather and friend.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ruth Olive and Clifford Harry Briscoe; his siblings Thomas Briscoe, Richard Briscoe, Jon Briscoe, Robert Briscoe and Jean Briscoe Buswell; and his wife, Bonnie Scott Briscoe. He leaves behind his daughter, Sara Briscoe Moseley, his son-in-law, Paul Moseley and his beloved grandchildren, Ella Bonne Moseley and Benjamin Scott Moseley. His nephew, Robert Briscoe and his family; his nieces Kathy Briscoe and Patti Briscoe and their respective families; and his nieces Lisa Buswell Dahl and Annette Buswell Whittington and their families. He also leaves behind many friends and neighbors as well as his companion of the last few years, Alice Bigelow.

The family wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks to the staff at Mission Hospice House in San Mateo. Gabby, Marvic, Paula, Norma, Alyce, Laura, Raj, Lucia, Rosalinda, Reverend Don and Dr. Pasternak and everyone else you are angels and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and care you gave Duke during his final days and weeks.

At his request, there will be no service. Donations may be made in his name to Mission Hospice House 1670 S. Amphlett Blvd #300, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 12, 2017





Susan Wren
Flight Attendant
 Sept 27, 2017



Susan Taylor Wren, 72, life-long lover of all animals, but especially cats, died from complications of cancer on Sept. 27, 2017.  For the past 25 years, she had been a volunteer and board member of St. Helena뭩 We Care Animal Rescue, a cage-free, no-kill sanctuary that currently has 229 cats and two dogs. 

An informal gathering for people to share their memories, titled 밃 Farewell to Susan Wren, will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Grace Episcopal Church, 1314 Spring St. All are welcome.

Bill Wren said he and Susan met about 2002, lived together a year or two later and were married in 2008.

밯e were married nine years, it would have been 10 on Valentine뭩 Day 2018, he said. Although he had two sons from a previous marriage, Susan had no children and focused her love on animals."They were her children, according to Wren.

Most recently, Susan was president of the board of directors of We Care Animal Rescue, which was founded in 1982. Wren said, 밊or a while Susan was the acting general manager, because we were unable to find a real general manager/director person, to get in there and help us out.

Susan was responsible for seeking donations and she was very thankful for the corkage donations from Farmstead/Long Meadow Ranch through the years, her husband said. She also was responsible for thanking the donors, usually with a hand-written note.

In December 2015, the St. Helena Star named Susan an 뱔nsung hero for her dedication to her beloved We Care. At that time, the rescue뭩 executive director had resigned and Wren was frantic, trying to get the Rescue뭩 Christmas cards that were also requests for donations in the mail. She estimated she was spending 30 hours a week volunteering for We Care, which she said was about 20 hours a week more than normal.

At that time, Rebecca Bell, a volunteer and former board member, said Susan is 뱑emarkable and so dedicated to We Care that she뭩 often at the shelter first thing in the morning and sometimes late at night. I뭢 in awe of the energy and love she puts into the care and well-being of all of the animals.

When told it sounds like she has a full-time job, Susan responded: 밫hat is one way of putting it, but unfortunately, what I think, is that it뭩 a full-time passion.

In the St. Helena Star article, Susan told the story of how her passion for cats began. Many years ago, when she was a child of 3 or 4, she and her family lived in Melrose, Massachusetts. One Christmas Eve, her favorite aunt, Lilly McIntyre, showed up at the family home with a basket. 밒t was a gift for me and when I took the cover off it, it had a tiny, yellow kitten in it, Susan said. 밫hat was the first Christmas present that I remember.

After growing up in the Boston area, Susan volunteered for the Democratic Party with her aunt뭩 help. Wren said Susan was good at what she did and she loved it so much that eventually, she worked for the Kennedy family.

Susan was always an active volunteer. When she lived in Mill Valley, she volunteered for Glide Memorial Church; was active with the Meals on Wheels group in Marin County; and started a business called Pets and Plants in the summer of 1982 with her friend Michelle Martin who, like Susan, was a flight attendant. She and Martin took care of plants and dogs and cats for those in southern Marin County. When they closed the business, after a couple of years, they had helped some 250 households, according to the San Francisco Business Journal, which wrote up the story in April 1983.

Susan moved from Mill Valley to the Napa Valley in 1990 and a few years later, she bought property on Spring Street from Harold Smith.

밪he created that lot and built that home on her own, while she was flying around the world, Wren said, explaining that Susan spent many years as a flight attendant. 밪omehow she would get some group to do the framing, to do this and do that and she would come back to supervise. She acted as her own general contractor, Wren said, and worked with a local draftsman to create what he calls 밶 lovely home.

Teddy Kennedy was a college roommate of John V. Tunney, who was the youngest son of fighter Gene Tunney. Susan was sent to California to work for Tunney for his campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1965. After a year, she got tired of politics and became a flight attendant, first for Pacific Air Lines, working on routes from Bakersfield to Yuba City, her husband said.

Later she worked for Northwest Airlines and had worked for Delta Airlines up until her death. Her home base was San Francisco and Susan loved the international flights, traveling to her favorite cities in the Far East, including Tokyo, Singapore and especially Bangkok.

Wren said he and Susan had many wonderful trips together.

밠y favorite of all the places was Bermuda, he said. 밒 had never been to Bermuda in my life and probably would never have gone but there was a crazy Delta route and we used to go all the time. We would go to Bermuda, go to Honolulu, go to Bangkok together.

At her death, Susan had been a flight attendant for 51 years and out of some 20,000 Delta flight attendants, she was the most senior flight attendant based in San Francisco.

Susan loved being a flight attendant and loved the people she'd worked with for many years. 밫hey knew one another and they just loved each other, Wren said. 밪usan went to San Francisco, to meet her pals and have lunch about once a month, he said. 밫hat airline group is where her lifeblood is, her solid friends. They will put on a big celebration of her life, which will be a blowout, Wren said.

Doctors first diagnosed Susan with cancer in November 2008 and after a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Wren said, 밯e thought we had beat the cancer.

After Susan뭩 death, one of her friends, Martha Naber, wrote to Bill Wren: 밒 remember many things about Susan, her love of animals, especially cats, her lively conversations, generous and giving spirit and her love of a party. But what I will remember most is how you gave her the opportunity to be at home as she wanted, what good care you took of her and how you made her last days so comfortable and full of love.

밫he last day we visited, Susan was so calm and peaceful. Sitting up in her bed looking out over her beautiful yard, able to see the deer, birds and all the animals she cared about. She reached over to you and held your hand on her shoulder. As you looked at each other I was so touched by the expression of love on both your faces. It was truly a beautiful moment and a lasting memory.





Richard "Gus" Rose
 Sept 22, 2017



Gus was born in Portland on Aug 26, 1941, his dad, Richard Rose II was from Montana and his mom, Meryl Lewis was from Canada.  He is survived by his 'Lil Darlins' Brandee Lin Rose-Louik and Rustee Renae Rose; son-in-law Nathaniel Louik; and his grandchildren, Justin, Cassee and Trentin Louik and Baylee and Charlee Dunn.  He was proceeded in death by his ex-wife, Judy Burdett Rose and his oldest son, Jeff who died of brain cancer.

After graduating from Rogers High School he held several jobs before starting his airliner job with West Coast Airlines in 1964.  Gus was a relief agent and became friends with many co-workers. Gus Lived in Spokane for many years before moving to Arizona where he retired from Northwest Airlines in 1999.  His resignation consisted of one word, 밫ootalu.  In 2000, his longtime friend
 Jean Law-Berryman moved in with him and they were together until he moved back to Spokane in 2016 so his family could give him the care he needed for his cancer.  Gus passed away on Sept 22, 2017 with his daughters, Brandee and Rustee at his side.



Donald R Leatham
 Aug 15, 2017



Donald Ray Leatham Describing Don as "remarkable" is an understatement, but it's a decent start. Donald Ray Leatham died Tuesday, August 15, in his Gig Harbor home. Born on April 21, 1934, Donald always met what was a challenging start to life with productive answers. To help provide for his family, Don began picking fruit as a child, moved on to working in a glove factory as a teenager, then to baggage handling at what is now SeaTac Airport. Don joined the US Air Force, and became an aircraft mechanic. Don's perseverance, discipline, and love of flying compelled him to become a pilot for Northwest Orient Airline. While working as a pilot, Don earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington "just because". Captain Leatham happily retired from Northwest Airlines and spent his remaining years as a doting, loving "skate dad" for his adored daughter, Jessica Leatham. A celebration of life will be held each and every day by those who knew Don because he enriched and brought love and kindness to all who knew him.




Charles R. Bennett
 May 26, 2017



Bennett, Charles Richard,75, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 26, 2017 at UC Irvine Health Center in Orange following a brief illness. Charles was born April 10, 1942 in Auburn, Nebraska and was a long-time resident of Southern California. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Laurie Kling & husband Bob, Cherie Brown & husband Scott; his granddaughter, Taylor Knese & husband Jason; granddaughter, Elizabeth Kling; grandsons, Daniel Kling and T.J. Brown; great-granddaughter, Olivia Grace; brother, Andrew Bennett & wife Shirley; sister, Portia Doval & husband Jim; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, Ole Remus Bennett and Mary Patricia Frain. Charles retired from Northwest Airlines and was always especially proud of his service as an Omaha, Nebraska police officer which he served for 7 years prior to relocating to California. He lived a simple life and enjoyed time with his children, loved watching movies and taking long rides on his motorcycle with his brother up and down the coast of sunny California. His passion for life was incredible and he was an inspiration to all of those around him. He will be missed dearly





Johnny "Chris" Leyva
 May 3, 2017



Johnny Cordero  Leyva passed away on May 3, 2017.

Born to Crisoforo Pavia Leyva and Francisca Cordero Leyva on December 22, 1940 at Hayner's Ranch near Hatch, New Mexico. He graduated from Hatch High School in 1959 and played football for the Hatch Bears and also found his love of performing as Smokey the DJ.

He served proudly in the U.S. Army from 1960-1963  He retired from Northwest Airlines, now Delta Airlines in 2003 after 38 years of service as a Gate Agent and Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Marilyn, his daughter, Lisa and her husband, Rick, his daughter, Kristy and her husband James and his son, John and his wife Linda.

His brother, Richie and his wife Ruby, his sister-in-law, Ida as well as many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews, also survive him.

He was a friend of Bill W for 43 years, a Knight Commander in the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, always the champion of the underdog, a talented artist and poet. He never met a stranger, was loved by many, and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Services will be Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman, Las Cruces, NM at 1pm with visitation from 12pm-1pm. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory.




John R. Hansen
 Dec 6, 2016



Hansen, John R. (Age 77).  Passed away on December 6, 2016.  John was born on November 10th, 1939 to Olaf and Florence Fallquist Hansen.  John grew up in the Millwood area and graduated from West Valley High School in 1957.  While attending Spokane Community College, he was hired in February 1960 for West Coast Airlines and graduated with a degree in Airframe and Powerplant.  On April 24th, 1965 he married the love of his life Patricia (Patty) Plese.  John뭩 career in the airline industry took him from Spokane to Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Minneapolis/St. Paul and finally to Seattle where he retired in 2000.   John spent many evenings, weekends and holidays working.  He and Patty enjoyed their home on the river in Post Falls, Idaho and being snowbirds in Surprise, Arizona.  John loved to fish in Tillamook/Garibaldi Oregon, boating, growing tomatoes and golfing.  After Patty passed away in 2007, John returned to being a snowbird in Mesa, Arizona near his brother and sister-in-law, David and Amber Hansen.   John뭩 sidekick Penny the poodle kept him busy and entertained.  John is survived by his daughter뭩 Christine Campanella and Melissa Meyer (Skip), his brother David Hansen (Amber), 5 grandchildren Jordan Brooks, Ciera Durbin (Tyson), Lyndsey Meyer, Lauren Campanella, Joey Campanella and two great-grandchildren Gabriel and Teagan Durbin.  John was a loving husband and father. He will be missed dearly, but now is in God뭩 hands.




Stanley James Anderson
District Maintenance Manager
 October 12, 2016



Stan was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and was raised in Spokane, Washington.  As a young boy he was fascinated with and inspired by airplanes and spent much time observing the activity at Felts Field in Spokane.  In high school he served as a mail agent for an independent company that picked up and delivered mail to the airport.  Soon he became acquainted with the manager and employees of Northwest Airlines.  He applied for a job and was accepted as a cleaner.  This began a lifelong career in the airline business.  Months later he was transferred to Seattle's Boeing Field.  He soon became a Junior Mechanic and was able to qualify for and obtain his aircraft engine license.

 World War II interrupted his civilian airline career.  Stan was drafted into the U. S. Army Air Corps and had his assignment as a mechanic at John Rodgers Field in Hawaii.  There he serviced airplanes arriving from the United States and going on to combat zones in the South Pacific.  He witnessed the Enola Gay on it's departure to and return from Japan.  Stan was able to take classes and get his aircraft license while stationed in Hawaii.

 After the war ended he returned to Northwest Airlines in Seattle, now at Sea-Tac Airport.  He was promoted to Inspector, then later to Lead Inspector.  After more than 20 years with NWA he took a position with West Coast Airlines, and returned to Boeing Field.  Soon the company merged into Air West, eventually becoming Hughes Airwest.  Around this time, Stan persuaded an executive to hire his son, which resulted in his son's career as a 747 Captain.

Stan became Maintenance Manager at LAX .  He was a consultant for maintenance for the Ronald Reagan presidential campaign charter flights and spent ten days flying to ten cities alongside Ronald Reagan.  Stan's Managers Association at LAX was called on to hang the eight propellers on the Spruce Goose when it was brought out of mothballs in 1976  

After retiring from Republic, he accepted a consulting position with Horizon Airlines in Portland and became Vice President of Maintenance.  As a result of mergers and acquisitions, Stan actually worked for eight different airlines in his 42-year career.

Stan retired in 1984 and was a long time resident of Huntington Beach, California, where he enjoyed his family, friends, golf, woodworking and volunteering for many community activities.  He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Elaine, his daughter, Rebecca Anderson Ross, son, Richard Anderson, four grandsons and five great-grandchildren.  Stan was 92.

Stan was buried, with military honors, at Riverside National Cemetery in California.  His loving family, who treasured him greatly, was by his side.  It is fitting that March AF Base is adjacent to the cemetery, with airplanes flying over.





Susan Wilson
 Sep 12, 2016



Susan Wilson of Cortez, FL passed away September 12, 2016 in Blake Medical Center, after returning from a family trip to England and Scotland where she fell ill. Susan was born in Slaton, TX, to the late; Tracy and Mary (nee Kelly) Lovelady. She was one of 7 siblings.

Susan was a wonderful person, very loving and caring. She and her husband, Eric, traveled a great deal in their retirement and had many fun times. She retired from Northwest Airlines where she was a Supervisor on the Minneapolis Ticket Counter and Gates for a number of years. Upon retiring she became involved in the Anna Maria turtle watch program for a period of time.

Susan is survived by her husband of 15 years, together for an additional 19 years, Eric Wilson, Jr., of Cortez, FL, sister, Mary Jane of Slaton, TX, brother, Jerry of Houston, TX, daughters; Wendy and Elizabeth, granddaughter, Camille, great grandson, Paxton, all of Burnsville, MN. Extended family, Laura, John, John, Jr. and Allison of Orlando, FL and Gregory Wilson and Josephine Mauro of Alpharetta, GA.

A Celebration of Susan's life will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, September 19, 2016 at Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, FL. Arrangements have been entrusted to Skyway Memorial Funeral Home.





Morris "Moose" Allred
 August 8, 2016



"Moose" was born 1934 in Lincoln, AL to Lorene Merkl and Shelton McCall Allred. A Fremont resident for 26 years and previousle of Lincoln, AL and Reno, NV

He attended Auburn University (52-55) and achieved a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with specialty in Entomology

Was a Navy veteran: LCDR USNR M.O. "Moose" Allred (56-67 active duty and reserve 67-76). He continued his love of flying and was a Professional Pilot for Hughes Air West, Northwest Airlines retiring in 1994

Husband of Sandra Mae Van Doren-Allred (2/91) and the late Mary June Sullivan (1/61 - 6/74)

Father of Michael Allred, Steve and wife Millie Allred, Christine and Robert Hansen (stepdaughter and husband), Robert Forbes (stepson) Grandfather of: Jordan Allred, Joseph Allred, Celena Hansen, Tianna Hansen, Nicole Ray (Josh), Amber Forbes, Justin Forbes, and  Great grandchildren: Shelby Ray and Jackson Ray
At the request of the family please do not send flowers or donations. If you have a fond memory of Moose please send a written message to Sandy that can be placed in a family album.




Jamille (Jamie) Cuadra
Flight Attendant 
 August 2, 2016



Jamille (Jamie) Cuadra passed away unexpectedly earlier this week at the age of 62. She began her life as a native of San Francisco. Her love of travel led her to an honored 40-year career as a flight attendant. She was proud to say that she had logged enough air miles to travel to the sun and back! She truly loved her work, especially taking care of the young children on her flights. While flying, she made many friends throughout the world and her warm, loving heart touched many people. As a resident of Petaluma, Jamie and her husband, George Livingston, vacationed to places such as Bali, Thailand, and Nicaragua. While vacationing in Nicaragua, she enjoyed sharing her history as a descendant of Former President Jose Vicente Cuadra and the famed explorer, Francisco de Bodega Quadra. She loved planning an annual Caribbean vacation with their large group of friends. Jaime was a nature lover and health enthusiast. She enjoyed the outdoors and taking hikes with George around the Lake Tahoe area. She was also very passionate about animals and volunteered her spare time at the Petaluma Animal Shelter. A truly special and loving relationship was shared between Jamie and her mother, Sonia Cuadra. They not only enjoyed a very close Mother/Daughter relationship, but also were undoubtedly each other뭩 Best Friend. They spent a great deal of time together sharing the daily tasks of life to numerous travels around the world. Jaime loved her entire family and is survived by her Husband-George, Mother-Sonia, Sister-Lourdes, Brother-Robert, Niece-Elena, Nephews-Adrian, Justin, Bobby, and Julian and her Step-Children - Katie and Grant. No formal memorial service is planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Petaluma Animal Services Foundation.





Dorothy Lynn Meyers
Flight Attendant 
 July 13, 2016



Lynn Myers of Monument, CO died on July 13, 2016.  She was born in Ohio on March 11, 1943 and lived in Phoenix, AZ and Las Vegas, NV before moving to Colorado in 2006.

She is survived by her husband Dale of 46 years;  daughters Danielle and Dana (Jeremy) Wirtjes and two grandsons Kendale and Keegan Wirtjes; step-daughter Sondra (Mike) Wyman and their 3 children Andrew, Sarah, and David.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lynn met Dale while he was an airline captain and she was a flight attendant for Hughes Airwest.  She had a passion for entertaining and was well known for dinner parties and her extravagant annual Christmas party.  She was an extraordinary friend and will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.





Gale Briggs
 June 16, 2016


Gale L. Briggs, 92, of Harrison (Carlin Bay), Idaho, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2016. He was born on February 21, 1924, in Lewiston Idaho, to Garry Briggs and Nell Chase Briggs.

Gale grew up in Orofino, Idaho, and later in Seaside and Corvallis, Oregon. He attended Oregon State University until he was inducted into the Army in 1943. A veteran of World War II, he served with honor as a paratrooper in the 13th Airborne Division in Europe. After the war, Briggs returned to Corvallis, where he worked in his family's restaurant. He quickly noticed whom he termed 뱓he prettiest waitress there, and later married that young woman, Phyllis Renner of Carlin Bay, Idaho.

He began his career as an airplane mechanic with Trans Ocean Airlines. In 1954 he moved to Seattle to work for West Coast Airlines, retiring after a 30 year career. He and Phyllis relocated to the Carlin Bay area. Briggs became known for his ability to build or fix anything. All he needed to hear was 밿t can't be fixed, and he would find a way to get it done (sometimes just to prove that he could).

Briggs loved North Idaho, and he became very close to Phyllis' family. He cherished the hunting and fishing trips taken with her brothers Gerald, Cliff (Duane), and Kenny Renner. He introduced the first chain saw to the area. He established telephone service between family members, using surplus military handsets. He built a log house, and built a home for his retirement with Phyllis. He reconstructed an old Ferrari that was nothing but parts in boxes. He rebuilt numerous airplanes that had been involved in crashes.

He was preceded in death by Phyllis, his wife of many years, and is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Patty Briggs, his daughter Janet Briggs, his daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Joe Rush, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His family wishes to acknowledge with gratitude the caring part that Hospice of North Idaho played in Gale's last days and peaceful departure.




Larry Reum
Stations SNA MEM
 June 3, 2016


Long time Stations Agent Larry Reum passed away on June 3, 2016 due to a blood clot in his heart  Larry started his airline career with Bonanza  He spent most of his years in Santa Ana. Larry transferred to Memphis with the Republic acquisition.  He eventually retirred from NWA and moved back to the L.A. area.




Lloyd "Rusty" Rostad
Regional Sales Manager
 April 9, 2016



Rostad, Lloyd 'Rusty' 95 June 10, 1920 April 09, 2016 Rusty was a loving and devoted hus- band, and was married to Irma Rostad for 55 years when she passed away in 2006. Born in Westby Mont., he graduated from Western Washington University and then served 3 years in the Army. Rusty had a wonderful 33-year career in the airline industry and retired from Republic Air- lines in 1981. He was a lifetime member of Portland Rotary, Sellwood Masonic Lodge, Shriners and Rose City Park Presbyterian Church. Rusty loved to work in the yard, play golf and Tole painting. A celebration of Rustys life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at his church located at 1907 NE 45th Ave., Portland 97213.




Richard G. Rohn
 Feb 16, 2016



Captain Dick Rohn lost his life in a car accident near Flagstaff, Arizona on the afternoon of February 16th, 2016.





Ronald Gregory Gelineau
 Feb 6, 2016



A committal service with US Navy military honors will begin at 11:00 hours on Monday, July 25, 2016  Tahoma National Cemetery 18600 SE 240th Street Kent, WA 98042


Ronald G. Gelineau was a resident of North Bend, WA for 23 years.  He was born on July 25, 1931 in Duluth, Minnesota to Bert and Ruth (Zuehlke) Gelineau.  He graduated from high school in Duluth, and later attended the University of Minnesota before beginning his military career. 

The following is the Military Vitae highlighting his career:

Captain Ronald G. Gelineau, USNR (RET) is a native of Duluth, MN. He attended the University of Minnesota (Duluth) and enlisted as a Naval Aviation Cadet in November 1951. Completing Flight Training in TBM aircraft, he was commissioned Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator in June 1953. He reported to COMNAVAIRPAC and was assigned to VS-23, the first VS Squadron to transition from TBM to S2F aircraft and deploy to WESTPAC aboard the CVS-37, USS PRINCETON. Returning to CONUS, he was transferred to VU-7 and flew fleet support missions in JD-1, and F9F-5 aircraft until receiving orders as a TAR to NAS Seattle in April 1956. Assigned as VS Assistant Flight Training Officer, he accepted the first S2F aircraft for the Seattle Naval Air Reserve in June 1956 and   was instrumental in transitioning single engine AF and AD Weekend Warriors (Pilots and Aircrew) to the twin engine S2. Released to Inactive in December 1957, he began a career with first West Coast Airlines, and with mergers and acquisitions, Air West, Hughes Airwest, Republic and Northwest Airlines. He accumulated close to 27,000 accident free flight hours in 33 years of airline flying in DC-3, F-27, and DC-9 aircraft. Captain Gelineau retired from Northwest Airlines at the mandatory age of 60 in July 1991. He continued his parallel Naval Air Reserve affiliation for a total of 26 years and 3550 accident free Navy flight hours, flying SNJ, TBM, S2F, JD, F9F, SNB, AF, and T-34 aircraft. Recalled to active duty on 1October 1961, he was released to Inactive Duty in August 1962 (Berlin Wall Crisis). He served on two Reserve Officer Selection Boards, and as C.O. of VS-35T3 and VS-68T2. 

Upon his retirement, Ron spent over 20 years farming and ranching raising cattle and alfalfa in the Sunnyside, WA area.  He married his beloved wife Shannon L. Richmond on May 6, 1988 in Burbank, California.  They moved to North Bend in 1993, where they have remained residents until Ronald뭩 passing on February 6, 2016 at Swedish Hospital in Issaquah, WA. 

Ron was a great story teller and thrived on regaling the listener with stories of his Naval and airline careers.  He was a member of the North West Naval Aviation Rendezvous for 50 years, a member of The Tailhook Association and the Naval Aviation Museum.  Ron loved the television show, 밓AG and at the conclusion of every episode he would dramatically standup at attention and exclaim, 밯here do I sign-up? 

Ron is survived by his wife Shannon, his son Grant (wife Amy) Gelineau of Mt Vernon, WA, five grandchildren and one great child.  He is preceded in death by his parents and two children. 

A celebration of Ron뭩 life will be held in the summer of 2016.  A committal service with US Navy military honors will begin at:  

Monday, July 25, 2016 11:00AM at Tahoma National Cemetery,

18600 SE 240th Street, Kent, WA 98042-4868.




Lee Pitt
Staff V.P. of Pub Relations
 Dec 16, 2015



Lee Pitt was born Jan 22, 1926 and passed away on December 16, 2015, one month shy of his 90th birthday.  He joined Hughes Airwest in 1970 as Director of Public Relations, a position he held until theaquisition of RW by Republic in 1980.  Lee was an Aviation Writer by trade and had worked previously with the Summa Corp.  Before joining RW, Lee was associated with the public relations firm of Carl Byoir & Associates in L.A. where he represented the Hughes Tool Company.

Lee graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism, Northwestern University뭩 graduate institute for radio and television.  He also attended the University of California at L.A. and the University of Santa Clara뭩 advanced management studies.

Lee was most proud of the award he received in the 50뭩 from Governor Goodwin J. Knight of California for a story he had written about discovering aviation pioneer Charles E. Taylor who had built the engine for the first Wright Brothers airplane.  Taylor was ill and destitute in a hospital.  As a result of Pitt's stories, Taylor was honored by the aviation industry and was transferred to a private sanatorium to receive the best of care until his death.





Charles "Chuck" Dittrich
 Dec 18, 2015


Chuck was hired by Pacific in '66 as a Station Agent in SFO and he retired from NWA in 2005. No service is being planned at this time.




Bill Olander
 Oct 6, 2015



Carl 'Bill' William Olander, JR, 77 of Auburn, Washington, cherished husband of Marcia (Nielsen) Olander for 53 years, passed away peacefully at home after a long and courageous battle with heart and lung disease. Bill was born on October 27, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Carl William Olander, SR and Rachel (Weaver) Olander.

Bill graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1956. He enjoyed skiing and participated on the community swim team and was also a lifeguard. On January 8, 1957 he joined the Army National Guard, where he served until January 7, 1963. On June 30, 1962 Bill married Marcia June Nielsen in Ellensburg, Washington. In 1962 he also began his airline career with Pacific Airlines. They traveled with the airlines for 9 years before settling back in Washington in 1971 and eventually Auburn, Washington in 1976. After six mergers and 33 years Bill retired from Northwest Airlines on December 31, 1995. After his retirement Bill was a volunteer for Senior Services for 15 years, where he provided transportation to senior citizens for their medical appointments. Throughout his life Bill had a fascination and love for trains. He also collected coins and coke memorabilia. He enjoyed supporting the Seattle Mariners and being a 12th man for the Seattle Seahawks.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Marcia; his son, Gregory Olander; his daughters, Tamara (Scott) Pulford and Toni (Tony) Cavalli. He had 3 beautiful grandchildren that he adored, Tyler (24), Travis (21) and Faith (1). Bill was also the oldest brother to Allen, Julie and Rae.

What mattered the most to Bill were his family and friends. A Life Celebration for Bill will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery & Funeral Home. There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony.

A death is not the extinguishing of a light, but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come. Bill was funny, sassy, giving and kind and fought for every breath with a smile on his face. Today in his honor pay that forward with an act of kindness






Harold Hardy
 Oct 1, 2015



Harold Hardy passed away peacefully at home on October 1, 2015 after a long illness, surrounded by his family. He was born on July 20, 1928 to Henry and Mary Hardy, Clay City, Illinois. He celebrated his 87th birthday six weeks previously. In 1950, he joined the Army during the Korean Conflict and served in the Counter Intelligence Corps, stationed primarily in southern Alabama. In 1951, he married Joanne Smith. During this year, living just off base, he and Joanne learned that one of their favorite things was traveling. Throughout their marriage they traveled the world. After he was discharged, he and Joanne moved to Phoenix, Arizona. In 1958, he went to work for Bonanza Airlines, a small regional carrier. He was transferred to the Thermal Airport (Jacqueline Cochran), and within six weeks transferred to the Palm Springs Airport, which was then, a barrack building left from General Patton's maneuvers. Bonanza combined with two other carriers to become Air West, then Hughes Air West that merged with Republic, which was purchased by Northwest Airlines. Still stationed at the Palm Springs Airport, Harold worked for them all. He felt privileged to live his adult life in the desert he loved and watch the little village of Palm Springs he first knew in 1958, grow into a great resort. It was where his two children were raised - Terri (Ken) Shok , La Quinta and Timothy (Kathleen) Hardy, Cathedral City. Later there were six grandchildren, Shawn (Erica) Hardy, New York City, Shannon Hardy and Steven Hardy, Cathedral City, CA., Eric Shok, USAF, now in Afghanistan, Kevin Shok, Irvine and Renee Shok, La Quinta. As the grandchildren were growing up, he and Joanne took each of their grandchildren on one of their trips. Joanne, his wife of 64 years, his two children and all grandchildren survive him, as do many nieces and nephews. His parents and one sister, Marjorie Sanders, preceded him in death. Harold's life was faith centered, a devout Christian, who served as a Deacon in the Palm Springs Community Church for a number of years, and later the Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church. He loved to play golf, travel, and tell family stories to his grandchildren. Services will be held at the Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church, 47-321 Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA on October 9, at 11:00 a.m. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Gentiva Hospice for their exceptional care and attentiveness to Harold through his illness. In lieu of flowers it is suggested donations be made to Gentiva Hospice, 36947 Cook Street, Palm Desert, CA 92211.

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Published in The Desert Sun on Oct. 7, 2015





Richard "Dick" Furrer
 Jul 22, 2015



Richard "Dick" Furrer passed away at his home in San Mateo on July 22nd. He was 82 years old. Born April 14,1933, in San Mateo to Lou and Mary Furrer, Dick attended St. Catherine's Grammar School and Junipero Serra High School. He attended College of San Mateo until football season ended. He then enlisted in the Army where he was stationed in Okinawa. He learned to fly on the G-I Bill and wooed his bride by flying her to Carmel for a Coke.

Dick is survived by his children Mark (Gina), Noelle, Sally (Annette), Suzy, and Kristy (Reese dec.) and his beloved and adored grandchildren: Elise "Shug" Armanino (Joey), Kristy "BK" Engemann, Kevin "Larry" Crouch, Marie "Monrie" Crouch, Devin "Placerville Pete" Furrer, Lucas "Cool Hand Luke" Furrer, Anne "Curley" Crouch, Kieran "Spike" Engemann, Pilar "Little Person" Ortega and Brett "Hurricane Joe" Furrer. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Sue, brother Jack and son-in -law Reese.

Dick was proud of his career as an airline pilot, initially working for a regional airline and finished his career flying international routes.

Dick coached countless teams in many sports but his coaching passion was in track and field. In 1972 Dick coached his first track team at St. Matthew's Catholic school in San Mateo, winning the first of seven consecutive Spirit Festival Track Championships. He continued his passion for youth track by serving as Track Commissioner for the PPSL while coaching at St. Catherine's.

An incurable optimist, Dick rarely came across a problem he did not think he could solve or a group of kids who could not be champions. He took risks, tested the rules and enjoyed life. He always had a project in the works whether it was building a sailboat, restoring a '47 Mercury convertible, or racing a mini-stock car. He built the family cabin at Donner Lake fifty years ago. Dick was happiest at Donner surrounded by his grandchildren, making pancakes on the porch and barbequing hot dogs on the beach.

From his time in the skies, on the track, in the garage or at the cabin, Dick celebrated life. We will miss listening to his stories and sharing a cup of coffee.

Keep your wings level and true, Captain.

Funeral Mass will be at 4:30 pm, Wednesday July 29th, at St. Catherine's Church in Burlingame. Reception to follow.

If you wish to make a donation, the family suggests Saint Catherine's grammar school in Burlingame, Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo or a children's athletic program of your choice. -

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Glenn "Wilbur" Woods
 Jul 21, 2015



Glenn passed away unexpectedly at his home in Seattle at the age of 83. He was born in Cordova, Alaska to Earl Franklin Woods and Elizabeth McLoskey DeHart. He was raised in the Green Lake district, attended John Marshall Junior High and was a 1950 graduate of Roosevelt High School. After serving in the Air Force he returned to Seattle and with a close friend managed the "Hot Dog Show" on the corner of Ravenna and Roosevelt Way a popular spot for locals to gather, eat and for their former classmates to work. Glenn's passion was flying and he went on to have a 35 year career as an Airline Pilot. He began in 1957 with West Coast..




James P. (Jim) Reilly
 July 1, 2015


Jim Reilly passed away on July 1, 2015.  He worked for RW in LAX reservations (1974-76), as sales rep in LAX and BUR (1976-78) and as DSM in SJC (1978-80).  

Jim served in the U.S. Army Special Forces, serving two tours of Vietnam as a Green Beret. He was awarded two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars and the Air Medal. He passed away of progressive nuclear palsy, presumptively associated with exposure to Agent Orange during his military service.  




Dwight Roger Sissell
 Jun 25, 2015



Dwight was born March 3, 1943 to Lloyd and Lucille Sissell in Bell, California. He passed away June 25, 2015 at home in Sedona, Arizona.

Dwight graduated from Whittier High School, (California) in 1960.  He then joined The United States Army and graduated Officers Candidate School in March 1963, Fort Benning, Georgia.

 He received his certificates of flying from The United States Army Aviation School and then relocated to Arizona in 1965 where he attended Arizona State University and was with The Arizona National Guard.

On May 20, 1968 he started ground school for Bonanza Airlines, achieving his dream career as a commercial airline pilot.  He retired on March 3, 2003 as a 747 Captain with Northwest Airlines (Delta).

Dwight and Roxanne were married in February of 1975.  Together enjoyed the great outdoors, backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, sailboating, ranching, motorcycle riding, and competition shooting.

Dwight loved woodworking and could design and build anything.  His presence with his hat and aviator glasses will be dearly missed--forever--.




Hedy Hughes
Exec Secretary
Customer Service
 April 30, 2015



Hughes, Hedy Anna Age 77, of Phoenix, Arizona died on April 30, 2015 at Banner University Medical Center. Born December 15, 1937 in Rome, New York, the daughter of the late Rosa and William T. Hughes of Rome, Hedy graduated in 1955 from Rome Free Academy and in 1959 from Rider University in Trenton, New Jersey. She was employed by Rome cable until 1960 when she moved to Seattle, Washington where she worked for a short time for The Boeing Company. In 1961 Hedy returned to Rome and started a career with the airlines, beginning with Mohawk Airlines in Utica, New York and in 1971 with Hughes Airwest in San Francisco, California. As the result of mergers, she transferred in 1981 to Republic Airlines of Minneapolis, Minnesota and in 1991 to Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis. She retired from Northwest in 1995 as the Manager of Customer Service in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1996 she began a second career in customer service with Matson Navigation Company, a division of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., in Phoenix, a position she retired from in 2001. Hedy is survived by a brother, William Hughes and his wife Joan, of New York; a niece, Lynn Hughes of Minnesota; nephews Scott Hughes and wife Meg, of New York, David Hughes of Arizona, and Joshua Hughes of New York; step-niece Joan Kahler of New York and great niece Ashley Hughes of Arizona. She also leaves several cousins. Hedy was predeceased by a brother, Herman Hughes. She was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Faith Community in Chandler, Arizona. There will be no calling hours. A memorial mass will be held at St. Andrew's Church on Monday May 11, 2015 at 11:00 am. Interment will be in the Rome, New York Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society . Arrangements entrusted to Resthaven Park Mortuary, Phoenix, Arizona.





Robert "Bob" Andrews
Sales - DEN
 Apr 11, 2015



Robert D. Andrews passed away in Denver, Colorado on April 11, 2015 at age 67. He is predeceased by his father Thomas Andrews and his mother Mary Andrews. Robert was born in Butler, Pennsylvania on May 9, 1947. Robert had a career in the airline industry in sales and marketing. He was also the owner of Mountain States Travel, INC. Robert was married in Brooklyn, New York to Fran Andrews in 1971. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. In Robert뭩 past time he enjoyed Chrysler muscle cars, drag racing, airplanes and animals. Robert is survived by his wife, Fran Andrews (Castle Rock, Colorado), his sons, Bryan Andrews (Centennial, Colorado) Chris Andrews (Lone Tree, Colorado) his brothers, Tom Andrews (Santa Fe, New Mexico) Don Andrews (Phoenix, Arizona) and his grandchildren, Cameron Andrews, Megan Andrews, and Emily Andrews (Fort Morgan, Colorado) Donations can be made to the wounded warrior project and/or the Dumb Friends League.




Frank Polvino
 April 5, 2015


Frank had been on hospice and passed away of heart failure on April 5th.  No further details available




Walter R "Stoney" Stonebraker
 April 3, 2015



Walter died peacefully the morning of April 3rd of natural causes. He was born in Lewiston, Idaho to George and Emma (Robinson) Stonebraker. He spent his youth in Cascade, Idaho riding horses, skiing, and working beside his father at their ranch, driving trucks and learning to fly. Walter's father was an early Idaho aviation pioneer. Walter soloed at age 16, which began his career and lifelong love of flying.

Walter attended the University of Montana, where he began flight training in the Civil Pilot Training Program. When WWII broke out, Walter was accepted into the Marine Corp as an officer. After training, he boarded the aircraft carrier Bennington as a fully qualified Corsair F4U carrier pilot. He flew 120 combat missions in the pacific, receiving 5 Air Medals and the Distinguished Cross.

Upon leaving the Marines in 1945, Walter went to work as a commercial airline pilot, retiring in 1982 from Delta Airlines. He also flew with the Idaho Air National Guard from 1952-1966. He retired having accumulated 44,000 flying hours.

Walter married Elaine Stoaks in 1944. Their marriage of 67 years was blessed with 3 children; Peter, Sheryl, and Shelley. They lived in Montana, Idaho, Washington state, 35 years in Scottsdale, Arizona, and finally back to Boise to be near family. Together they enjoyed boating, flying, playing competitive doubles tennis, walking, and riding with the motorcycle club.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Wanda and Beverly; and his wife, Elaine. He is survived by his sister, Bettylou Donnelley of Boise; his son, Peter Stonebraker (Jackie) of Novato, California; daughters, Sheryl Bothell (David) of Bainbridge Island, Washington, and Shelley Rupert of Boise. Walter and Elaine also have 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

A family celebration of life will be held at a future date. Walter's family would like to thank the highly professional and caring staff of Willow Park Assisted Living. Goodbye, Dad, you are a hero to many and will be greatly missed.




Edgar Royce "Buck" Hilton
 March 16, 2015



A lover of this life, Royce Hilton passed away at the age of 84, after a short brave battle with cancer.  He was born in Quanah, Texas and raised in  Redwood  City,  Ca, where he graduated  from Sequoia High School in Redwood City where  he participated  in many sports,  excelling  in diving.  

An enduring passion for airplanes led Royce to enlist in the U. S. Navy. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard during the Korean War. After his time in the Navy, Royce attended Northrop Institute of Technology in Southern California, receiving certification in airframe and power plant technology.
  While pursuing his higher education he worked for Douglas Aircraft Company producing military aircraft.  Returning to the S.F. Bay Area,

Royce began working for a succession of airlines as they merged one into the other. Starting with Southwest Airlines which became Pacific Airlines, which became Air West, then Hughes Airwest, then Republic Airlines, then Northwest Airlines and finally Delta Airlines! He truly loved his work supervising jet mechanics at San Francisco International Airport and later in Phoenix at Sky Harbor.

A lifelong lover of music, he played guitar and electric bass.
As a band member he played bass in both the S.F. Bay Area and the Phoenix area for several years.  Royce enjoyed bowling on and off throughout his life, one time scoring a 299 in league play!  Wanting to benefit others, Royce was an avid volunteer and member of the Elks Lodge #2349 and the VFW Post #7968. 

Royce was preceded in death by his wife Margaret and his sister, Dorothy. He will be greatly missed by daughter
   Nancy, son-in-law Ed Sanchez,  
granddaughters Marisa and Michaela, sister-in-law Gladys, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. There will be a celebration of life Saturday, April 4th from 4pm to 7pm at the Elks Lodge in Apache Junction In lieu of flowers please make donations to the VFW Post #7968 or the Apache Junction Elks Lodge #2349.





Connie Bissell
Flight Attendant
 Jan 4, 2015


Connie Bissell, Flight Attendant,  died peacefully 4 January 2015 of cancer.

Connie was in the F/A class of 6/1/70 and was based in LAS, MEM, DTW and HNL in the 36 years with the airline.  She flew short months for the last few years and enjoyed it to the last.  The imposed bankruptcy contract made the short months too long so Connie retired end of 2006.

The discovery and diagnosis of Stage IV cancer occured at the end of July 2014.  She took the news with her usual optimism and determination.  After seven weeks of Hospice at home on Molokai, even that was not enough.

Connie and Doug Beijer (Beyer) [July 26, 1976] were together for 36 years.  She is missed greatly..

How you lived is important - Connie did it right.




Jean L. Suttle
 Dec 15, 2014



Jean Suttle passed away peacefully on December 15, 2015 in Roseville California.

She was born in Winnipeg, Canada to Edward and Mary Suttle on June 16 1931. Her Father Edward Suttle passed away on Dec 25,1939 when Jean was only eight years old. Jean was the youngest of her three sisters, Mary, Katherine and Agnes and brother Wilford.

Jean met the Love of her life Al Jonah when she was 15 and dated him until into her twenties. Later in the early 50뭩 Jean and her mother Mary moved to Los Angeles to be close to her older sister Katherine her husband Paul and their four daughters.

Jean began her Airline Career in Alaska in the early 60뭩 as a flight attendant with Air Cordova. While stationed in Anchorage she survived the devastating 1964 Alaskan earthquake with only one broken ashtray. She later went to work for Hughes Airwest and moved to Foster City CA. Hughes Air West was acquired by Northwest Airlines and she then moved to Minneapolis as an auditor for Northwest where she finished out her career. Upon retirement she happily returned to Foster City CA. Working in the Airline industry gave Jean the freedom to travel the world on adventures and to make many friends abroad along the way. Her travels included South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

In 2001 she sold her home in Foster City and moved to Sun City Lincoln Hills CA. There Jean had a wonderful circle of friends including Toni Callaway, Margret Hoffner, Gail Davis, BJ Lewis, Sandy Babkirk and Katie Wilson. They played cards regularly, had a birthday celebration group and Jean loved getting together for dinner and cocktails. She took exercise classes, learned to work with ceramics and stained glass and took in an occasional Dodger Game.

She is survived by her sister Ann Gordon of Tucson Arizona, nieces Judy Grimsman of Redondo Beach California, Patty Ritterhouse, Karen Ashley of Lacey Washington and Gail Ritterhouse of Olympia Washington.




C.R. "Casey" Schuddeboom
Station Operations
 Nov 3, 2014



C.R. "Casey" or "Keith" Schuddeboom died tragically in a car accident in San Mateo, CA on November 3, 2014.  He was 86 years old, active, and in perfect health.  Casey moved from the Netherlands in 1957 and in 1959 accepted a job at SFO Airport (a small building at the time!) with Pacific Airlines. He worked in Operations until his early retirement from Northwest in the early 80s.  Casey loved jazz and Big Band music and in retirement volunteered at KCSM, the radio station at the College of San Mateo.  Some of his vast jazz collection has been donated to the radio station.  Casey was always busy with various projects including building and testing Tesla coils, and broadcasting (just a short distance) his favorite music from his garage. He enjoyed diving at the community pool, 12-mile bike rides, walking, and recording/listening to music.  Casey still drove his beloved 1970 VW Beetle, "Fritz", the same car he drove to SFO over 40 years ago. When Hughes Airwest became Republic, Casey asked for and was given the Hughes Airwest sculpture that stood out in front at their headquarters in San Mateo.  He mounted it in concrete in his backyard where it has stood all these years and will soon be delivered to its new home at the SFO museum of airline memorabilia.  One Airwest colleague remembered about Casey "that half of a cheese sandwich which he ate every single day, how he sprinted up and down the gates like a gazelle, and how if you wanted to know the truth, you asked Casey." He will be fondly remembered.




Gus Torres
 Oct 16, 2014



Gus Torres began his career with Pacific Air Lines as a mechanic in the 50's.  He passed away in October of 2014.  Gus will be buried in Skylawn Cemetary in San Mateo on June 12, 2015.  There will be a reception following the service at the San Carlos Airport.




Les Morrow
Stations - MRY 
 Sep 20, 2014


LESLIE JOSEPH MORROW Les Morrow of Paradise, CA joined his Lord on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the age of 74. Les was born to the late Leo and Thelma Morrow on April 9, 1940 in Hartshorne, OK. He is survived by his wife, Marlene, daughters Angela Morrow and Lisa Morrow Hostek, grandchildren Lesley Morrow Spence and C.J. Spence, Lauren Cartwright and Dylan Morrow Cartwright, brother Rodger Morrow, and was blessed with a large loving family. Les joined the US Navy at 18 and served four years, ending up in Monterey, CA where he met the love of his life, Marlene. They married in 1962 and started their family in the Monterey area. After relocating to Paradise in the mid-70s he attended Chico State studying Psychology and Economics, while working for the airlines. He retired from Northwest Airlines after 30 years and then pursued his love of real estate as his second career. While in real estate for the last 28 years, he was a broker and co-owner of a Realty World office. He served as board president and on several committees throughout the years. He enjoyed working with clients and considered them friends. Les was an avid golfer since the age of eight and had started earning money as a caddy at a country club in Denver; sometimes carrying golf bags bigger than he. He played consistently through his life and often traveled to play in airline and real estate tournaments. Always a believer, Les rededicated his life to Jesus Christ in 2007 while attending a Billy Graham Crusade. Les soon found a home church where he became a member and served as a Deacon, Treasurer and Sunday School Teacher up to the time of his passing. Les truly loved his church family. Services will be held at his home church: Paradise Ridge So. Baptist, 6975 Pentz Rd., Paradise, on Saturday, October 4th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American

Heart Assoc.


Published in Paradise Post from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30, 2014





Diann Mann
Reservation & Stations 
 Sept 13, 2014


Diane started with Air West in PHX reservation in 1969 and worked through the Northwest merger retiring in approximately 2000. Her career took her through PHX - LAX - SFO - SEA - MSY and she retired  in TPA. Diann worked as both a reservations agent and as station agent throughout her career. She passed away with her two daughters, Carrie Homan and Kellie McClanahan at her side. Diann had four grandnsons, two grand daughters, and two great grand daughters.  She will be dearly missed.




Jack R. Hanke 
Sept 6, 2014



Jack Richard Hanke passed away at his home on September 6, 2014 at the age of 77. He was born on December 10, 1936 in Hood River, Oregon to parents John and Mary Hanke. Jack served his country honorably in the US Navy, and worked for most of his like as a customer service agent in the airline industry. In 1983, Jack married Astrid (Svensson), and joined her family. Jack enjoyed spending time fixing things around the house, and taking care of his wife Astrid, as well as hunting and fishing. He traveled frequently with Astrid to visit her family in Sweden, and hunted there as well. Jack was a good man, and loved by all who knew him.

Jack is survived and missed by his wife, Astrid Hanke; sister Delores Abundiz, son Richard Rhoads; stepchildren Lenny Rancher and Ellen Willis; grandchildren Trevor Rhoads (Atosha), Katrina (Jonathan) Molo, Samantha Rhoads, Ellen Rhoads, and Jubal Tancher, and great-grandson Joey Rhoads, as well as family friend Teresa, and many other friends and family. Jack will be laid to rest at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland, Oregon. Services will be held on Friday September 12, 2014 at 2pm at the family home.




Lawrence Schmitz
 Sept 7, 2014



Larry Schmitz, was born in Big Stone City, South Dakota May 26, 1923. He was one of six children of William and Tillie Schmitz. He graduated from Osmond Community Schools in Osmond Nebraska in 1941. After returning from WWII Larry attended the University of Washington.

On January 3rd 1943 Larry married Virginia May Talbott in Seattle WA. After 63 years of marriage Virginia died on November 3rd, 2006 while the two resided at Horizon House Retirement facility in Seattle. The couple had two daughters Kathleen Ann and Stacey Lee who are deceased and a surviving son Steven.

Larry learned to fly in the Army Air Corps and served time in WWII. He used his like for flying to launch a 37-year career as an airline pilot and retired from Republic Airlines in 1982. This career gave Larry and Virginia many domestic and international travel opportunities.

Larry enjoyed the many activities at Horizon House including several years of service in the Monday Market. As a gentle person he was a lover of people and relationships. He valued his friendships with many and had a generous heart.

Larry is at peace now, reunited with the loved ones who have preceded him. A memorial for him will be held at the Performance Center in Horizon House at 900 University Street, Seattle on October 2, from 2:00 to 4:00.

Donations may be forwarded to the Lawrence Joseph Schmitz Scholarship c/o: Ms. Jane Brummels, Elementary Principal
Osmond Community Schools #42R,
Box 458, Osmond, NE 68765

Published in The Seattle Times from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2014 -




Linda Jean Gilsdorf
Flight Records 
August 27, 2014



Linda Jean Gilsdorf Resident of San Mateo 66, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2014 after a brief and sudden illness. She is survived by daughter, Angela Teldeschi, and grandsons, Tyler and Alex Huber. Linda was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, co-worker, and friend, who brought joy and love to all she encountered. Retiring from the airlines after 36 years, Linda spent an additional 10 years tirelessly serving as a Sister of Mercy Associate, at the Burlingame Motherhouse. The middle child of eleven siblings, Linda made special efforts to forge strong bonds with each of her brothers and sisters, traveling throughout the US for fun and fellowship. Linda loved to travel, and especially enjoyed the beach. An avid reader, Linda shared books and stories, eager to engage in lively discussion over clever themes or plotlines. Family connection was key for Linda. When she turned 50 years old, Linda started a tradition of sisters-weekends, gathering all six Gilsdorf sisters together for special times. The next reunion is planned for October 3rd, where she will be honored and missed. Linda added laughter, love, and light to the world; the angels smile as she joins their ranks. Vigil Monday, Sept.1st at 7:00 pm. Viewing starts at 6:00pm Sneider, Sullivan, & O'Connell's 977 S. El Camino Real San Mateo, CA 94402. Funeral Tuesday, Sept 2nd at 10:30 am Sisters of Mercy 2300 Adeline Drive Burlingame CA 94010. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Linda Gilsdorf's name to The Sisters of Mercy at the address above.


Published in San Jose Mercury News on Aug. 30, 2014 -




Terry Marshall
Regulatory Affairs
 Aug 24, 2014



Terry Marshall passed away peacefully Aug. 24, 2014. He was a resident at Highgate Senior Living in Billings, where he had lived for many years. Many events complicated his last years of life and through the support of the Highgate staff and the excellent services of Rocky Mountain Hospice, he is now comfortable and without the pain that he had suffered from for so long.

He was born in Kalispell, on May 24, 1945, and was the youngest son of Leonard and Corlea (Nees) Marshall. As a farming family in the lower valley, just north of Flathead Lake, his folks taught him the value of hard work. After graduating from Flathead High School, he attended Montana State University and received a Bachelor뭩 Degree in Agricultural Business in 1967. Terry then attended Oregon State University and received a Masters in Agricultural Economics in 1970. During his time as an undergraduate, after several trips to the soda shop in Bozeman, he finally mustered the confidence to ask Patti Schledorn to 멺o steady with him. They were married September 10, 1966, in Bozeman. They had two sons and a daughter.

Terry began his professional career with the Industrial Division of Ford Motor Company in Birmingham, MI, in 1969. After only one year, he returned to Bozeman, worked two years for TAP, Inc. and pursued a change that took him to California in 1972. There he worked for Hughes Airwest as a Manager of Regulatory Affairs. A return to Montana came in 1977. After a brief year in Bozeman, where he worked for the local Subaru dealership, he was hired by Big Sky Airlines in Billings. Big Sky would become his life뭩 work. He gave much of his time and energy to the small airline that provided essential air service to so many small, remote Montana towns. He was hired as the Director of Marketing/Planning. He retired in 1997 as the Chairman, President, and CEO, after twenty years of service to the company.

He enjoyed fond memories of fishing the Flathead River, camping trips to Big Basin in the California Redwoods, riding motorcycles with his sons, and breakfast dates with his daughter. Perhaps his fondest memory was from his college days fishing the Madison River near the mouth of the Beartrap Canyon. He also maintained an intense use of sarcasm that family and friends will miss. Lastly, his moments with his granddaughters were a time in his life that he cherished.

He is survived directly by his wife, Patricia of Billings, his three children, sons, Mike (Sabrina) Marshall of Billings and Tom (Michelle) Marshall of Duvall, Wash.; daughter, Krista Marshall (Mike Pasini) of Billings; three granddaughters, Alys, Cayley, and Meagan; and his older brother Duane (Patsy) Marshall of Spokane, Wash.

An open house to celebrate Terry뭩 life will be held at the Billings Northern Hotel on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. Please join the family during this time to remember him as the husband, father, grandfather, brother, colleague, and friend that he was. The family asks that donations to Lewy Body Dementia research (www.lbda.org) or Rocky Mountain Hospice (www.rockymountainhospice.com) in Billings, MT, be considered in lieu of flowers or other gifts.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through 밢ur Families.





Chistrel (Schemainski) Anderson
Flight Attendant
 Aug 20, 2014



After three and a half years of courageously fighting bladder cancer Christel passed away at her home in Lafayette on Wednesday morning, August 20. Christel was born during a bombing raid of Berlin on December 17, 1940, the daughter of Walter Schemainski and Hilde Raube. She was fortunate to have survived the remainder of the war and post war-torn Germany in the small idyllic village of Burgberg deep in southern Bavaria. Her father never returned from the battlefield. In 1954 she and her mother resettled in Bensheim, Bergstrasse, Germany where she graduated from the Goethe Schule. She continued her studies with a year at the Alliance Franaise in Paris, followed by six months in London. She was a consummate linguist having mastered English, French, Spanish and German, which she attributed to her foundation studying Latin for 6 years. In 1962 she came to the Bay Area to visit a friend and to enroll in the University of California. One Friday on a dare she joined a friend who was applying for a job with Pacific Airlines and the following Monday she began her career as a flight attendant, which she enjoyed until 1984, shortly after her son Alexander was born. She continued to travel to Germany on a monthly basis to visit her beloved mother with whom she was very close. In 1975 she met her husband Dean Anderson through his brother-in-law Earl Spencer, a pilot with the airline. She overwhelmed Dean with her charm, vivacity, exuberance and wit and continued to do so for the remainder of her life with him and with all whom she met. Christel welcomed an endless rotation of guests into her homes with uncompromising love. She was admired in her role as the president of the German Ladies General Benevolent Society (the oldest women's benevolent society in California) and president of the Beach Club in Santiago Bay, Colima, Mexico. After her mother's death, Christel retained a condominium in Zwingenberg, Bergstrasse, Germany which she, her husband and family members have used as a base for European travel during the late spring and summer. During the winter and early spring the couple spent their time in the home they built on the cliffs of the Juluapan Peninsula, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Manzanillo, Mexico. She will be sorely missed by the many friends she had in the Bay area, Germany and Mexico. She had wonderful panache, was delightfully flirtatious and took great pleasure in her friendships. Every room she entered was brightened with her beautiful smile and positive inspirational attitude. She never spoke a negative word about a friend or acquaintance and would remain silent if such a discussion took place. She is survived by her husband, Dean Anderson, son Alexander; stepchildren, Chris, Peter, and Ashley; seven step grandchildren, Nina, Abby, Brandon, Ryan, Justin, Jason and Brooke; three cousins in Germany and a world of friends. A celebration of her life will take place at the family home in two weeks. Details for this event may be found at www.traditioncare.com. Should friends desire to make contributions in Christel's memory they may be sent to German Ladies General Benevolent Society address, P.O. Box27101, S.F.Ca. 94127

TraditionCare Mortuary

(925) 827-2911

Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 24, 2014




Stanley Stewart
 July 10, 2014


Published in The Desert Sun on Oct. 7, 2015
Stewart, Stanley O. 88 July 10, 1926 July 10, 2014 Stanley was born to Royal and Nina Stewart in College Place, Wash. The family moved to Oregon where he and his younger brother, Elton, attended and graduated from Gresham High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1944, and was honorably discharged in 1946 with the Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal and a WWII victory medal. College followed and he graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 1950. His entire 35-plus years working career was spent with the airline industry, retiring as a senior agent with Northwest and receiving multiple awards for outstanding service. A talented musician, his instruments of choice were horns in the bands and orchestras he played with. A lifetime bachelor, he was a kind, quiet and frugal person but generous with donations to worthy causes. His passion for politics, cars and classic music was well known. His favorite car was a red XK120 Jaguar, which took Stan on many trips and  travels. Confirming his faith to the hospice chaplain, Stan passed away peacefully at Russellville Park West on his 88th birthday, under the loving care of Hospice, Senior Helpers, Russellville medical staff and relatives. Stanley is survived by his bother, Elton; cousins, Edwin Stewart of California and Nina Westerdahl and family; and numerous other relatives in Ore- gon. Gifts in his memory should be sent to the Lewis & Clark College music department.





John R. Stevenson 
 June 29, 2014

John Robert Stevenson died peacefully on June 29, 2014, surrounded by his daughters. He will be remembered for his playfulness and humor; for his affable nature; for his integrity; and for his steadfast devotion to family.

John embraced life with gratitude, ever mindful of it뭩 many gifts. Adopted by Charles and Mary Catherine Stevenson shortly after his birth on June 30, 1920, he often referred to himself as "the luckiest little boy in the world." He grew up in Santa Barbara with the dream of flying, mowing runways at the Santa Barbara Airport in exchange for flying lessons.

A member of the WWII "Greatest Generation," he was qualified in the B-17, B-25, C-47, C-87, C-46, AT-17 aircraft and flew C-109 and C-54 in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of Operations. During the last year of the war, he bundled himself in a wool-lined leather cap and flight suit and flew supplies from India to Burma and China in the frigid, oxygen-deprived altitudes over "The Hump" (the Himalayas), earning the American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal.

After the war, he was one of the first ten pilots to be hired by the fledgling San Francisco based airline, Southwest Airways. Over the years and through various mergings, he flew with  Pacific Air Lines, Air West and Hughes Air West, retiring as senior pilot in June, 1980. In the early years of his career, hopping from coastal town to coastal town, he would often open the wind wing of the DC-3, light up a cigar, and say to the co-pilot, "This is really livin'." When not flying, John drove in an amateur status in Road Races throughout the West Coast in the 1950's and 60's.

John was a true gentleman who lived a long and full life, always attentive to the pilot's attention to detail and timing. Until his sight and reflexes began to fail, he thrived on the excitement of 'going fast' - on motorcycles, in race cars or aircraft. He loved to fly, but the true love of his life was his wifeof 69 years, Alverna (Alvie), who preceded him in death in 2011. He is deeply loved and survived by his three daughters, Betsy Bazzani (Leonard) of Templeton, CA, Anne Krekelberg (Bob) of Bartlett, TN, and Catherine Wood (James) of Cupertino, CA, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He will be interred at Santa Barbara Cemetery in a family plot with his wife, parents and grandparents.

In lieu of flowers and in recognition of the caring staff of Sunny View, memorials gifts can be sent to: The Resident's Council, Sunny View Retirement Community, 22445 Cupertino Road, Cupertino, CA 95014, with checks payable to "The Resident's Council," with a memo note to "Staff Appreciation Fund."






Sam Ferry
 Jun 2, 2014



Samuel Elwood Ferry (Sam), passed away on the evening of June 2, 2014, at Pomona Valley Hospital in Pomona, CA.  He was born on Jan. 5, 1945, in Sunbury, PA, to Elwood and Marjorie Ferry.  He attended Sunbury schools thru his sophomore year at Sunbury High School with the class of 62.  He completed his junior and senior years at Carlisle Military School in Bamberg, SC., graduating in 1962. 

He served in the US Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967.  He was a special radio operator with intelligence units serving mostly in Asia and Southeast Asia.  In 1966 while serving in Vietnam he was promoted to the rank of Sgt., and received the Navy Achievement Medal

He graduated from Atlantic Airline School in Kansas City, MO., beginning his career in the airline industry with Bonanza Airlines in 1967, which lasted through five carriers and four mergers.  He retired in 2002 from Northwest Airlines as an Operations/Customer Service supervisor, to volunteer for the new Transportation Security Administration following 9/11.   He retired from TSA in 2007 as a Transportation Security Manager.  He received the 2004  Leadership Silver Award from TSA.

He earned an AA Degree from Chaffey College in Alta Loma, CA, a BA Degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, a California vocational teaching credential in Travel Studies, and a Supervisory Excellence Certificate from the University of California, Riverside.

In early years, he was an avid runner competing in nearly one hundred races, and played softball on a number of airline teams.  He also coached youth sports when his children were young

During retirement Sam volunteered with the Fisheries Resource Volunteer Corps for the US Forest Service.  He was a Stream Coordinator in the Angeles National Forest for FRVC and selected to the Board of Directors in 2013.  In 2012 he received the national Presidents Volunteer Award for service in excess of one thousand hours

He also volunteered with the Citizens on Patrol for the San Bernardino County Sheriff뭩 Department in Court Services.  He was a long time blood donor with donations in excess of 11 gallons.  He served on the county Grand Jury in 08-09, and was a 몉oll-call reader at Riverside National Cemetery. His favorite pastime however was attending his grandkids sports and music events. 

He was a member of the Marine Corps Cryptologic Association and a member at large of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was predeceased by his parents, Sister Barbara, and one niece Cynthia.  He is survived by his wife Anita of 27 years, two children from a previous marriage, Josh (Cherry), Becky (Micah), and two stepdaughters Renee and Angie (Mylo).  He also is survived by seven grandchildren, Hali, Joshua, Trinity, Mackenzie, Kaden, Kaia, Logan, and twelve nieces and nephews and their families in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Funeral services will be held at Draper Mortuary in Ontario on Wednesday, June 11, from 12:00-1:00pm. Committal and military honors will follow at 2:00pm at Riverside National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Alzheimer Association, American Diabetes Association, or the Semper Fi fund for wounded warriors.




Ronald Mangino 
 May 28, 2014



Charles "Ron" Mangino age 78 passed away on Wednesday May 28, 2014 with his family by his side. Ron was born in Phoenix, Arizona on January 12, 1936. He graduated from North High School in 1955 and graduated from ASU in 1959 with a B.S.C. in aeronautics. Ron enjoyed a long career in aviation. He began a 33 year career as a pilot flying for Bonanza Airline, Airwest, Hughes Airwest, Republic airlines. He then retired from Northwest Airlines in 1996. Ron was an avid fisherman, skier and golfer. He spent time fishing with friends in Alaska. Ron loved his family, friends and spending time in the White Mountains. Ron is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy: his daughters: Rhonda Luobikis, (Scott) Diane Andrews (Mike) and three grand children Katie Andrews, Evan Andrews, and Ethan Luobikis, brother John (Jack) Mangino sister in law Joyce and niece Angela Sierpina, nephews Rob, Chris, and Tim.




Eugene "Gene" Fisher 
 May 24, 2014



Eulas Eugene 밎ene Fisher was born on a small farm outside of Competition, Missouri on Wednesday, August 2nd of 1922 to parents William Lloyd Fisher and Martha (McClanahan) Fisher. He served in the US Navy on the USS Bunker Hill, a large aircraft carrier. Following his discharge, he worked for West Coast Airlines, which became Hughes Air West, and finally Republic Airlines where he retired as a mechanic supervisor in 1981 after 35 years. He was a long time parishioner of St. George Church on Beacon Hill. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.

Gene is preceded in death by his wife Doris (Siefner). He is survived by his five children: Ranny, John (Caren), Jane, Anne (Claus), and Karen; four grandchildren: Amy (Jason), Johnathan, Joseph, and Justin; and two great grandchildren: Forrest and Ethan.

Viewing will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31st at Columbia Funeral Home with a Rosary service beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 2nd at St. George Church with a reception to follow. His remains will be interred at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 3rd at St. Joseph Cemetery in Pe Ell, Washington. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Providence Hospice of Seattle.




Dave Bales
 May 23, 2014


Dave Bales passed away on May 23rd.  He began his RW career with WCA as a Maintenance Foreman.





David Roundtree
 April 15, 2014



Marvin David Rountree, age 69, a resident of Fort Hill Dr., Blounts Creek, NC passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Vidant Beaufort Hospital. There will be a graveside celebration of his life with military honors, officiated by Luther Harvey, at 12:00 PM Monday, April 21 at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Montford Landing Rd., Jacksonville, NC. 

Marvin was born July 18, 1944 on Camp Lejune son of Earl Rountree and the late Verla Paul Rountree. He was married to Judy Franklin Rountree who survives. Marvin served his country in the United States Air Force. He received his education from Saddleback College in Santa Anna, CA. Marvin was a baggage handler and counter for Northwest Airlines (Delta) and retired after 33 years of service. He had made his home in Blounts Creek since 2005 and was a member of Beaufort County Plow Boys.

In addition to his wife, Marvin is survived by his daughter, Meredith and his son, Michael Rountree and wife Jeanine both of California; his step-daughters, Valerie Butler of Wilmington, NC and Susan Griswold of Missouri; his step-son, Michael Darling of Oregon; his grandsons, Christian and Colin; and his granddaughter, Marley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Cancer Research Institute, http://cancerresearch.org/how-you-can-donate-now

There will be a friendship gathering at the Rountree residence on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. There is no planned agenda but merely a time to stop by and say hello. If you have any stories to tell about David, we would all love to hear them. Inquiries can be emailed to abril388-pp@yahoo.com.




Wilma Seyd-Ulrich 
 March 23, 2014



Wilma Seyd-Ulrich passed away on March 23, 2014 in Mesa, AZ.  She is survived by her husband, Larry Ulrich.  Wilma began her airline career with Pacific where she worked in Reservatrions until moving to Seattle.  She and her husband later retired and moved to Mesa.


Wilma's husband of many years, Larry Ulrich passed away on September 8, 2014.  Larry also worked in res for many years in LAX, SEA, and SFO.  He had been batteling lung cancer for many years.




Ana O'Donnell Klosak 
Customer Svc - SMT 
 March 17, 2014



Ana (O'Donnell) Klosak passed away in Rocklin, CA on March 17, 2014 after a long illness complicated by chronic kidney disease.  Those of us from RW in the late 70s knew Ana from her position as a secretary in Customer Services Admin.  Prior to coming to work for RW, Ana was a secretary in the corporate offices of Straw Hat Pizza in Pleasanton which is where I first met her in 1973 when I was DSM in the East Bay for RW and Straw Hat was one of my Corporate Accounts.

Ana was born on July 3, 1946 in Lima, Peru. She is survived by her husband, Bryan Klosak,
her son, Raymond O'Donnell, his wife, Cheryl O묭onnell, and granddaughters Emma, Leena, and Maya O묭onnell.  Gifted with a beautiful smile, a passion for life and a wonderful sense of humor, Ana will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends.

Interment for Ana was with her parents on April 12, 2014 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward with a reception following at Dino's in Castro Valley.




Norman Lindley 
 March 14, 2014



Norman Lindley was born Wallace Lindley Groves to the late Wallace Groves, Wall Street financier and Monaei Lindley, an actress of the 1930뭩. After a life time known as Norman Lindley he changed his name legally to Norman Lee Lindley at the age of 31. He grew up in Nevada on the Shadow Ranch located in Sparks, Nevada. 

Norman experienced life through a variety of jobs and careers. The following is a partial list of careers and jobs practiced by him. 

Construction laborer, truck driver and oiler. Magazine route man. Locomotive Fireman and Engineer, Southern Pacific Railroad (10 years). Door to door direct sales. Used car sales (Stan Ton Sales). Cowboy and feedlot rider (Winnemucca Ranch Company). Contract hauling and delivery in connection with railroad shipping. Cowboy and ranch hand (Pat Sanford Ranch). Estimator and General Manager for Piazza Tile Company (4 years). Commercial Airline Pilot for Northwest Airlines by merger of Republic Airlines and Northwest; and Hughes Airwest by merger of West Coast, Pacific and Bonanza Airlines.

Norman also ran and owned a long list of business including the following: Norm Lindley Rifles, Lindley Construction, Lindley Sporting Goods, Lindley Tile and Marble, Constock flights, Lindley Ranch Company, Lindley Custom haying, Ranch Real Estate Inc., Miller뭩 Motel, Steptow Enterprises, Cononelos Dry Goods, Great Basin Safaris, The Steptoe Valley Inn, Lindley Livestock Transportation and Contours Express.

Known as a marksman with wins in many shooting competitions, Norman was a hunter noted in the record books of North America and Africa for the trophy뭩 he claimed.  He enjoyed many blue water fishing experiences both in the Pacific waters off Kona, Costa Rica and Atlantic waters off Florida fishing large pelagic species. As a custom gun smith he gathered notoriety for the specialized guns he created.

Surviving Norman are his wife, Liliane; his children, David, Debbie and Ron; and his grandchildren, Linsey and Ryan.

May my father stay busy creating and doing in the heavens above.

David Lindley




Robert Harris 
Flight Attendant 
 Feb 18, 2014



Robert Harris passed away on Tues. Feb. 18, 2014 of a heart attack at his home in Fayetteville, GA.




Don Kocina
 Feb 12, 2014



Don was born in Verdigre, Nebraska, on October 8, 1928, the eldest of three children to Emil & Lillian Kocina.  He has a sister Rita (Hildreth) of Medford and brother, Jerome of Vancouver, Wa.

Don attended school in Verdigre, Nebraska and graduated from Fort Collins, CO in 1945.  After graduation, he returned to Verdigre, Neb. and held several jobs, truck driver, heavy equipment operator and farmer.

He married Lois E. Belka in Verdigre, Neb. on October 25, 1949.  To this union, four sons were born; Douglas, Brian, Ross, and Neil.

Don moved his family to the west coast where he had an airline career.  He managed stations in Omak, Wa., Medford, Ore., and Redmond, Ore. for West Coast Airlines which later became Air West then Hughes Airwest then Republic Airlines and final Northwest Airlines. He retired from Northwest Airlines after 35 years of service. He loved his career and enjoyed taking Lois on many trips, like Hawaii, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, China, as well as several surprise vacations.  After he retired from the airline, he owned and operated a cleaning service called The Scrub Gals in Redmond, Ore.

He and Lois loved to travel, so he purchased a motor home and they traveled in all 49 states and 9 provinces with only one fender bender꿾hich was not his fault.

He was an active member of the St. Thomas Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and he had belonged to the Kiwanis Club and also the Rotary Clubs in Medford and Redmond.

He was also the proud owner of a 1957 BMW Isetta, which he entered in parades and shared special times and rides with his grandchildren.

His grandchildren will be honorary pallbearers.  They are Heather Puksta, Heath Kocina, Jessica Darbonne, Ashtyn Kocina, Alex Kocina, and Kyle Kocina. 

He has 4 great-grandchildren, Hannah and Madison Kocina, Kierra Puksta, Dillon Roark, and a great granddaughter, Ida who is to arrive in June.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois, Bette, wife of Douglas (deceased in 1988) and their children, Heather and Heath, Brian and his son Kyle, Ross and his wife, Susan, daughter Jessica  and step daughter, Jenna, and Neil and his wife, Pam and their children, Ashtyn and Alex.

Don is preceded in death by his oldest son Douglas and his parents, Emil and Lillian.

Rosary will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6pm at St. Thomas Catholic Church and a Memorial Mass will be held Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11am at St. Thomas Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers donations in Don뭩 name can be made to St. Thomas Catholic Church Building Fund of Redmond or Partners in Care of Bend or The American Cancer Society.



Vernon Young
 Jan 7, 2014



Young, Vernon J. "Volunteer Vern" Born in Tacoma, WA in 1935 he passed away Jan 7, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. He enjoyed life for 78 years. A longtime resident of Gig Harbor, Vern graduated from Peninsula High School in 1955. He served in the Coast Guard and graduated from Clover Park Vocational School. He began his career in the airline industry with West Coast Airlines in 1963. He married Betty Louise Allen in 1964 and they just celebrated 50 years of marriage on Jan 4th of this year. Vern was a man with many passionate interests including mental health advocacy, fly fishing, environmental issues, land conservation, and Send Out Cards. He volunteered with the Pierce County conservation district to help install many of the signs marking streams along Pierce County roads. He helped raise funds for the purchase of land to be made into parks including Sehmel Homestead and Harbor Family Park. He attained life time membership at Weight Watchers. He was an active member of the Puget Sound Fly fishers and was awarded the Al Allard award for outstanding service to PSFF. He was also recognized by the Washington State Council of the FFF as "Federator of the Year" in 1997. He enjoyed traveling with his wife - as long as it included fishing! They enjoyed trips through Canada, the Baja Peninsula, and the U.S. including Alaska. After retiring from the airlines his passion for volunteering led him to establish Enviroc-orps Volunteer and Education Alliance (Envirocorps) which helps match people with various volunteer opportunities such as litter pick up, trail maintenance and service projects. He is survived by his wife Betty, son Mark Young, daughter Shari Young Allard (Charles) twin grandchildren James and Joanna Allard, his brother Roger C Young, 4 nieces and nephews and many friends in the Gig Harbor community. We, his family, are very grateful for all the kind words and out pouring of love and support during this difficult time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations in Vern's memory may be made to Envirocorps at Envirocorps.org.




Dennis Brannan 
 Jan 1, 2014



Dennis passed away suddenly on New Year뭩 Day, 2014.  He was born October 6th, 1939 in Yakima, Washington, where he graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1958.  Dennis was an avid athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball.  He graduated from the University of Washington where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity.  In 1960 he married Anne Edinger.  He began his career as a teacher at Hamilton Junior High School in Seattle Washington. He then became an airline pilot for many years, beginning with West Coast Airlines, which then became Hughes Airwest, Republic Airlines, and eventually he retired from Northwest Airlines.  Being a pilot was the love of his life, and his favorite airplane to fly was the DC-9. His other passions in life included golf, skiing, boating, fishing, traveling, gardening, antiques, and spending time with his beloved daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports, attending Jackson High School games, and he was a loyal Husky fan. Dennis was loved by all who knew him, and he was quite a character.  He will be dearly missed and he will be forever in our hearts.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Lillian Brannan and by his sister, Nancy. He is survived by his daughters, Jenifer Brannan Kontyko (Marty) and Alison Brannan Coacher (Tom) and four grandchildren, Kaitlin and Molly Kontyko and Emily and Denny Coacher.





Jim Barbosa 
 Dec 21, 2013


Jim Barbosa, 73, of Redding, passed away at home on December 21, 2013. Jim was born in 1940 in Gary, Indiana, to Alex and Anne Barbosa.

His family moved to Redding, California, in 1955. After graduating from Shasta High School in 1958 and Shasta College in 1960, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1961 to become a Marine aviator. He ended his Marine Corps career as a Captain in the Reserves flying A-4s out of Alameda, CA.

Jim worked as a commercial airline pilot beginning with Pacific Airlines in 1966. During the course of his 35-year career, Jim wore seven different uniforms, all with the same company due to many mergers and acquisitions. He retired in 1998 with Northwest Airlines as a DC-10 Captain based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

During his retirement he enjoyed shooting at the Redding Gun Club, fishing on his boat, hunting and flying up to Alaska to work on his "cabin" at Horseshoe Lake with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Marlys of Redding, his daughter Erica, son Alex and his wife Krista, all of Anchorage, Alaska. He also has one wonderful grandson, Nicholas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Anne Barbosa, his sister and brother-in-law Mary Lou and Jim Maloney and his sister-in-law, Avanel Pederson-Thulien.

A private gathering will be held in January. Donations may be made in his name to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at semperfifund.org.




Harry James "Jim" HILL 
 Dec 16, 2013



HILL, Harry James "Jim" 79 Years of Life Harry James "Jim" Hill went into the arms of the Lord on December 16th, 2013, with his loving family by his side. Jim was born January 26th,1934 to Anne and Harry Hill in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in Tulare, CA., where he met and married his wife, Cassie Hinkle. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957 where he followed his dream to work with airplanes. He was an aviation mechanics specialist for several airlines including West Coast, Hughes Airwest, Republic and Northwest Airlines for nearly 35 years. His career led his family to live in Los Angeles; Seattle; Tempe, Arizona; Spokane; and Apple Valley, Minnesota; before retiring in Deer Park, WA. He gave all of his time and love to his family and friends, and was adored and cherished for his kindness, sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye. Everyone who came in contact with him walked away with a smile. Jim was an active member of St. Mary Presentation Parish in Deer Park and was proud to be a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 9721. He and Cassie were married 56 years and were blessed with nine children: Karen and Alan Arnzen, Joan and Monte Asken, Jenny and Dean Stephens, Jeff Hill, Dave and Amy Hill, Dan and Angela Hill, Ted and Mindy Hill, and Katie Hill; fifteen grandchildren (who adored their Papa); his brother and sisters: Bob, Patricia, Kay and Sue, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He joins his infant son, Joseph, grandson Vinnie, and his parents, as well as many other loved ones in Heaven. His family thanks Adult Daycare Center Spokane, Northwest Neurological, and Nancy and Bill for their loving attention to Dad and supporting our family through his journey with Parkinson's Disease. Holy Family Hospital, 4th floor E. and Horizon Hospice were wonderful during his last few days on Earth. Donations can be made to the St. Mary Presentation Parish Building Fund (P.O. Box 749, Deer Park, WA 99006); Parkinson's Resource Center (910 W. 5th Ave., Ste. 256, Spokane, WA 99204); or Horizon Hospice (123 W. Cascade Way, Spokane, WA 99208). A vigil will be held at St. Mary Presentation Parish in Deer Park at 7pm on December 27th and the Funeral Mass will be at 11am on December 28th. with Rev. Msgr. John Steiner celebrant. St. Mary is now located at 602 E. 6th. Ave., Deer Park. F-86 Super Sabre on a one way trip to Heaven; full afterburners, Sir! Thanks for everything, Dad. We will miss you so! LAUER FUNERAL HOME in Deer Park, Washington





Robert E. Wooley 
 Dec 14, 2013



Wooley, Robert Earl 75, of Laveen, AZ passed away on December 14, 2013. Earl was a proud native Arizonan, born to Martha Lou Wooley-Griffin and Homer Wooley at 121 East 7th Street in Tempe, AZ on September 28, 1938. In his youth Earl was raised on the Cold Springs Ranch near Pine, AZ. His father Homer moved the family to Tonopah near Buckeye, AZ in the 1950's where they farmed. While enrolled at Buckeye Union High School, Earl's 1955 baseball and 1956 football teams were Arizona State Champions. Upon graduation, Earl attended Arizona State University and subsequently enlisted in the Air Force National Guard serving in Europe in the volatile early 1960's. With his military aircraft mechanic and inspector training, he went on to work for over 40 years in the airline industry for many companies including Lockheed, Hughes AirWest, and America West. His greatest gift received was the love of a wonderful woman, his high school sweetheart, Willie Pittman, who took his name (Willie Wooley) for 53 years. Earl and Willie raised two sons Chris and Phillip who are fourth generation Arizonans now serving the Phoenix high school academic and medical education communities. The Wooley family lived in the Maryvale community of west Phoenix. Earl served Maryvale in many ways but most notably as a coach and administrator for the Zito Little League organization and West Central Pop Warner Association. Earl mentored countless athletes who still know him simply as "Coach Wooley." Earl retired and moved to Laveen in 2003 where he volunteered as Block Watch Director for the Police Neighborhood Patrol in the Bouganvilla community. In addition to his wife and sons Earl is survived by three grandchildren, Cody Quinton Wooley, Ty Cole Beechy Wooley, Brett Christopher Wooley and, sisters Barbara Saxon, Helen Elliott, Carol Gorrell, brothers Bill Griffin, and Brad Griffin, daughter-in-laws Nancy Velasco Wooley, Rachelle Webb Wooley, and countless wonderful and loving friends. He was proceeded in death by his mother Martha, father Homer, and step father Quinton Griffin. A memorial service will be held at 12:00pm on Friday, December 20th at the Buckeye Community Church, 810 E Eason Ave, Buckeye, AZ 85326. In lieu of flowers, the Earl Wooley Aviation Scholarship is being initiated for selected graduating seniors at Buckeye Union High School. More information will be available at the service.




Linnie (Jonni) Talman  
Customer Svc  
 Dec 6, 2013


Sad to report the passing of Linnie (Jonni) Talman on Dec 6 2013.   She worked LAS, BUR, LA CTO Office, SEA, MSP.   Jonni retired in 1999 and enjoyed her home in White Salmon, Wa.  she was married to long time agent Henry Balsiger.




Gail Warn
 Oct 9, 2013



Peoria, Arizona Gail Lee (McKay) Warn, 66, died October 9, 2013 at the Hospice House of Arizona in Peoria with her loving husband by her side.

Gail was born in Athol, Massachusetts, June 30, 1947, the daughter of Lawrence and Ida (MacLean) McKay of Estabrook Street in Athol.  She grew up in Athol, graduating from Athol High School in 1965.

She started her airline career attending airline school in Hartford, CT.  Her first airline job was with Executive Air Lines in Boston and then went to Eastern Air Lines in NJ and Atlanta.  She later moved to CA working for Hugh뭩 Air and then Northwest Airlines in reservations.  Gail went into real estate from 1987 until 1997.  She also worked for a travel agency and a title company.   Gail and her husband lived in Seattle, WA for two years before moving to their present homes in Prescott and Peoria where they have lived for 29 years.

Gail loved to sew, knit, needlepoint, and most of all travel was her favorite.   She and her husband and friends traveled to China, Egypt, Europe, Barbados, Hawaii, and Tahiti.   She loved taking her parents all over the world for as long as they were able to travel.  

She leaves her husband of 36 years, Richard; two brothers, Donald J. McKay and his wife Elaine of Hubbardston, and Ronald McKay and his wife May of Gardner, MA and many nieces and nephews.  Gail loved her two golden retrievers, Kelsey and Jake.  

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Higgins-O묬onnor Funeral Home, 146 Main Street, Athol with Pastor Thomas Curtis of Holden Chapel, Holden will be officiating.   There will be a calling hour from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service.   For further information or to share a memory with the family go to:  www.higginsoconnorfuneralhome.com.




Anker Miltun 
 Dec 4, 2013



Anker Miltun started with the airlines in Seattle as a Radio Mechanic at West Coast Airlines, then with Air West,then Hughes Airwest.  He retired from America West.  Ankur passed away peacefully at Sunrise Harbor Home December 4, 2013. He was born in Oslo, Norway February 14, 1930. Ankur will be deeply missed. The memories are many and good. My best friend and husband for 52 years. He was a great father to Arlene, Mark and Heidi. A great father-in-law to Carlee and Erkut. And the greatest Grandfather to Christophe, Annika, Alex, Kine, Carl, and Markus.  A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.




Jack Furrer
 Sept 28, 2013


Furrer, Louis John Jr. was born August 28, 1928 in San Mateo, CA. He started his early love of flying by soloing in June 1946 in a 65 horse power Taylor Craft and ended his career in an 80,000 pound thrust B-757. He was hired as a Flight Purser by Southwest Airways in 1948. He served in the USAF from 1950 to 1954 as an Electronic Counter Measure Operator on the RB-36. Returning to SWA, he was hired as a pilot in 1955. Rapid expansion led to his promotion to DC-3 Captain in 1959, then on to the M-404, F-27, DC-9 and B757. Southwest became Pacific Air Lines, Air West, Hughes Air West and Republic Airlines. Over the years he held various management positions, Chief Pilot in San Francisco and Denver, Regional Flight Manager and Director of Flight Operations. Overseas assignments for Hughes Air West included Air Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia and Ghana Airways in Accra Ghana. He is survived by his loving wife Margaux, brother Richard, son David and daughter Julia Panelli, two step sons Earl and Robert Norwood, 3 grandchildren and 4 step grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren. Jack flew the last leg of his trip on September 28th at 8:15 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to Carr-Tenney Mortuary, Tempe, visit www.carrtenneymortuary.com to leave condolences and memories for Jack's family. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.




Jim McWilliams
 Stations - ONT
 Sept 24, 2013


After a long battle with cancer, Jim passed away on September, 24, 2013.  

Following his discharge from the United States Marine Corps, and completion of Weaver Airline School in Kansas City, Jim began his career with Bonanza Airlines in 1961.  Jim was born in New Brighton, PA on August, 8, 1938, and grew up in Pennsylvania.

Jim worked for Bonanza Airlines, Air West, Hughes Airwest, Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines from 1961 until retirement in 1999 from Northwest.  Jim was a Senior Agent with Air West and Hughes Airwest for a number of years, and worked for three years in Los Angeles following the closure of Ontario by Republic in 1985, and the opening  of Ontario by Northwest in 1988.  He returned to Ontario as a Customer Service Agent in 1988 until his retirement in 1999.

Jim is survived by his wife Laurie and daughter Tina





James J. "Jim" Zonlick 
Flight Ops - Captain 
 Sept 26, 2013



Zonlick, James J., 78, of Tampa passed away September 26, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Patricia 'Pat' Zonlick; "Bonus" children, Debra Francis, Robyn Thomas, Bobby (Shelly) Francis, Gina (Clay) Crumbliss; grandchildren, Marisa & Marie Francis, Cody Thomas, and Rael Francis; and one great-grandchild, Gage Ausbon Thomas. Jim was a pilot for Northwest Airlines for 30 years and was an award winning professional photographer. Jim loved the water and was master yachtsman of the 'Hunky Dory.' He was a past Commodore of the Tampa Bay Yacht Club. His friends fondly remember Jim as the 'Frog Prince.' He was a great storyteller and always had a twinkle in his eyes. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM on Monday, September 30 at the Blount and Curry Funeral Home, West Chapel, 6802 Silvermill Drive, Tampa with military honors. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests donations be made to the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah (www.bestfriends.org) in memory of 'Jimmy Jet' aka Jim Zonlick.




Lafi Tuilefano
 August 10, 2013



Maloata Lafiileata Tuilefano. Born April 29, 1932 passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Phoenix, AZ surrounded by his children and grandchildren, Saturday the 10th of August, 2013. Maloata was born to Mother Tusifolau Talamaivao Maugalei Tuilefano and Father Tuilefano Maloata Sava'auli in Nu'uuli, Amerika Samoa. Married to Fa'asilimalo Thompson Ta'aga Molifua July 11, 1959. He is survived by his children Linda Newrones, Dewal Tuilefano, Charmaine Tuilefano, Tau Tuilefano, Malu Mauga, 13 Grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren; Brother Tuilefano Maloata Vaela'a, Sister. Tuailevaoola Togiola Mapu, Debbie Fa'aletino Tuilefano Va'alotu, and his beloved nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, his parents and siblings. Viewing is 5 to 8pm, Friday 8/23/13 Chapel of the Chimes 7924 N 59th Ave Glendale, AZ; Funeral Services is Saturday 8/24/13 10am First Samoan Congregational Christian Church of AZ 3118 N 41st Ave Phoenix, AZ; Rev. Ilai Tupuola. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ. A Most Beloved Gentle Spirit of Few Words with a Great and Noble Character.




James W. Hibbs Jr
 July 23, 2013


No further information is available




Norman L. "Norm" Jewell
 April 29, 2013



Norman L. Jewell, 81, of Mesa AZ, passed away April 29th, 2013. He was born in Arcadia NE on November 20th, 1931. Norm graduated from Nampa High School in Nampa ID. He was married to Shirley (Burton) Jewell on December 15th, 1952. Shirley preceded him in death in 2010 after 57 years of marriage. Norm served in the Air Force and the Idaho Air National Guard from 1949 - 1963. He worked for Bonanza Airlines, Hughes Airwest, Republic  and later retired from NW Airlines. He was a member of the American Legion. He had a passion for camping and traveling the world. His favorite destinations were Disneyland, Paris, France and Austria. He was survived by a son Mike (Ginny) Jewell of Bonney Lake WA, daughter Debbie (Dave) Hesser of Gilbert AZ; six grandchildren, Katie, Sarah, Justin, Chris, Renae, Kevin, and two great grandchildren, Kylee, Brody. Private family services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his name to Feed the Children organization.




Blain Barney
Station Manager - SLC 
 April 20, 2013



Blaine L. Barney passed away peacefully on April 20, 2013. He was born in Hatch, Utah on June 22, 1935 to Elliot L Barney and Velma Sandin Barney. He graduated from Richfield high school. He married Kathleen Jensen in the Manti Temple on October 14, 1953 and they have been married an amazing 59 years.

Blaine began his career in 1956 with Western Airlines and survived seven corporate mergers. He eventually retired from Northwest Airlines as Regional Station Manager with a total of 34 years.

He was active in his industry and the community. He served as past president of the Cedar City Jaycees, former state director of the Utah Jaycees, and past president of the Salt Lake International Chapter of the Lion's Club. He served as chairman for both the Airline Manager Association and the ATA Security. He also valiantly served eight years in the Utah National Guard and held the rank of sergeant E-5. He was also awarded the title of Western Evacuation Committee person with a civilian military rank of Colonel.

Blaine was an exemplary husband, dad, brother, uncle, grandpa, great-grandpa, neighbor and friend and his presence will be sorely missed. Most importantly his handshake was his word and he definitely lived by "old school" values. Anyone that knew him would agree that you could always depend on him for anything, he cared about everybody and always wanted to make sure that nobody went without, even if at times it was considered "spoiling". He didn't care, he thoroughly enjoyed it. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting and created special memories that will be remembered forever by his family. His favorite places where he was truly happy were Fish Lake and our family Deer Camp in Panguitch, Utah.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen, sons; Kevin (Ellen ), Paul(Toni), daughter Diane Barney, son Daniel; brother Vermon (Catherine) Barney, sister Suzanne Hatch (Claude); 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, brother Miles Barney, sister Madeline Middleton (George) and sister Lola Henrie (Frank).
The family would like thank Dr. Garrido and his staff at the Huntsman Cancer Center and Dr. Marta Peterson and her staff at the U of U Medical Center.

Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Friday April 26, 2013 at the Val Verda 5th Ward 2633 S. 50 W. Bountiful where friends may visited with family from 12:00-1:45 p.m. prior to services. Services under the direction of Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary. Interment Bountiful City Cemetery.



Don Kotlarz
Asst. Res Mgr - SEA
 Jul 23, 2013



Donald B. Kotlarz, 80, a Moses Lake resident passed away Monday, July 22, 2013 at Samaritan Hospital. Please sign the online guestbook or leave a note for the family at www.kayserschapel.com Arrangements are in care of Kayser뭩 Chapel & Crematory. Don was born in Arcadia, Wisonsin on March 26, 1933, son of the late Stanley and Esther (Sobotta) Kotlarz. He retired as Assistant Manager of Reservations in Seattle for Northwest Airlines. Survivors include his siblings, Mary (Russ) Thomas, Yakima, Diane (Dennis) Hill, Hansville, Washington, Virginia Kramer, Winona, Minnesota and Steve (Barbara) Kotlarz, Yakima; longtime friend, Jim Pfieffer, Moses Lake. Besides his parents, Don was preceded in death by two brothers, Lavern Kotlarz and Wayne Kotlarz and one brother-in-law, Jim Kramer.

Calvary Cemetery
1405 South 24th Ave.
Yakima, WA 98902





Jack Whitehill
Station Manager - GEG
 April 17, 2013



WHITEHILL, John Louis "Jack" (Age 89) Jack passed away peacefully, surrounded by his immediate family, on April 17, 2013, in Spokane, WA. He was born on May 21, 1923 to John and Edith Whitehill in Bellingham, WA. After serving in WWII as a Flight Officer he returned to St. Martin's College getting his degree in Business. He started working for West Coast Airlines soon after and retired as a District Manager for Republic Airlines in 1982. During his life he was a Boy Scout troop leader for Troop 191, a member of the Shriners, Freemasons, Rotary West, Spokane Power Squadron, Republican Party, and Northwood Presbyterian Church. He loved meeting people, boating, camping, traveling, the church, and talking politics. Jack is survived by his wife, Sylvia Whitehill (Gundersen); sister, Jeanne Harris of Bellingham, WA; son, Gregory Whitehill (Sandy) of Deer Park, WA; daughters, Sandra Whitehill and Marcia Whitehill- Ezell of Loon Lake, WA; daughter, Brenda Whitehill of Oroville, WA; niece, Jackie Scutvick and family of Bellingham, WA; and nephew, Bill Harris and family of Bremerton, WA; as well as six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, John and Edith; son, Thomas Whitehill; in-laws Thomas and Bergit Gundersen; sons-in- law, George Gongaware and Jerry Ezell; and granddaughter, Megan Whitehill. Funeral Services will be held on May 17th, at 1:30 p.m. at the Washington State Veteran's Cemetery located at 21702 W. Espanola Rd., Medical Lake. Reception to follow at the Audubon Park Masonic Lodge, 2821 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane, WA.




Paul Ring
Engineering - Stations
 Mar 29, 2013



PAUL EDWARD RING, son of Joseph and Pauline Palmer Ring, was born July 9, 1940, in Bryan, Ohio and departed this life March 29, 2013, in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of seventy-two years.

Paul made a profession of faith in Christ at a young age. He was raised in a Catholic home, and remained of the Catholic faith until his passing.

He attended and graduated from high school in Bryan, Ohio. The friends made and friendships shared through the years were very important to him.

After graduating from high school, Paul joined the United States Navy, where he proudly served our country for four years. He was proud of his service time and dedicated to the future successes of this country.

Paul worked hard through the years. He was employed with Hughes Air West, and later Electrovert in Camdenton, Missouri. His co-workers and employers appreciated his strong work ethic and attention to detail.

He was also a talented craftsman, specializing in woodworking, stained glass and copper ware.

Paul is survived by one brother, Bill Ring and his wife Jacque of Venice, FL; one sister-in-law, Kathy Ring of Lebanon, MO; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Larry and John Ring.




Mike Wilson
Revenue Accounting
 March 5, 2013



Wilson, Michael Earl Jr.of Sun Lakes AZ passed away, peacefully, on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at the Lund Hospice Center, Gilbert AZ. Mr. Wilson was born to Alma Cecil and Michael Earl Wilson, Sr, on November 3, 1922, in Caruthersville MO. His career was spent working for American, Bonanza, Airwest, Hughes Airwest, Republic and America West Airlines. On April 23, 1946, he married Mary Kathryn McMorris in Tulsa OK. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Vicki Donnelly (Alexandria VA), Patti Wilson (Chandler AZ), Debbi (John) Anderson (Florence AZ); son, Michael (Lynn) Wilson III (Casa Grande AZ); 7 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren; plus several nieces and nephews. Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alma Wilson Bourden; brothers, Raphael Lincoln Wilson and Gabriel Henry Wilson. Services (Rosary at 9:30 AM followed by a Mass at 10:00 AM) will be held on March 16, 2013, at St. Steven's Catholic Church, 24827 Dobson Road, Sun Lakes AZ, followed by an interment at Valley of the Sun Cemetery, Sun Lakes AZ. Beuler Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made, in his name, to the American Heart Association




Burton L. Dupree
Flight Ops - Captain

 Feb 18, 2013



Burton Lynn Dupree, 80, passed away peacefully on February 18 in Menlo Park, California.  A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. March 16 with Mathew Dutton-Gillett officiating at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 330 Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park.

Burton was born in Pioneer, Texas, to Burton Jacob Dupree and Lydia  Cooper Dupree on May 24, 1932. He graduated from Denver City High School. Burton began a long-term love affair with flying, soloing after three hours in a Piper Cub. He completed a B.A. in design. At Texas Tech, he majored in architecture, landscape architecture, and design; he served as Colonel of Cadets in the R.O.T.C. his senior year. In 1956, he began ten years of active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In Central America 1959-1962 he supported the mapping mission of the InterAmerican Geodetic Survey in both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. In 1964-1965 he flew as a pilot in Viet Nam. Leaving active duty in 1966. He then served for ten years in the Army Reserve. In 1966 he began a career with PacificAirlines, and after mergers with Air West, Republic and Northwest Airlines, retiring in 1992.

Burton painted, cartooned, and drank coffee at Peet뭩 coffee shops with friends. He attended the men's group at the Woodside Village Church and Humanist meetings, particularly Forum. 

Burton was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Karen Ann Westbrook, and son John Marc Dupree, who is survived by his wife Christine Jameson Dupree. 

Burton is survived by his wife Sabra; his children and their spousesJames and Wanda Dupree, Walter and Virginia Dupree Waik, David Jacob Dupree; and grandchildren Kimberly Dupree Hayek, Jeffrey Dupree, Lydia Waik, Robert Waik, Megan Dupree Calhoun, Erin Dupree Jakubowski, Abigail Dupree Polston, Olivia Dupree, Marc Dupree, Elizabeth Dupree, Scott Dupree, and Christian Dupree. 

Our family wishes to extend our deepest thanks to the staff of the Veterans Administration Community Living Center, Building 360 at 775 Willow Road in Menlo Park, who provided the best of professional loving care.

Memorials may be sent to the art department at Willow Oaks School, 620 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.




Bruce Denning
Stations - EUG
Feb 18, 2013



Donald Bruce Denning, Sr. of Springfield died February 14, of heart failure, at the age of 80.

He was born on April 1, 1932 in Eugene to Laura Catlin and Richard Denning. He grew up and attended school in Springfield.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1950-1955. He married Jeanyce Lawson on May 4, 1962.

He was an airline station agent for 30 years, retiring from Northwest Airlines in 1988.

He is survived by his wife; daughter: Diane Tilby of Eugene; sons: Donald Denning, Jr., of Aloha and David Denning of Eugene; 6 grandchildren: Caitlin, Megan, Bruce, Gaven, Brycen and Roman; and sisters: Louise McQuin and Elizabeth Holverson.

At his request, no service will be held.




Joe Smith
Feb 2, 2013


Joe Smith was with Pacific prior to the merger as Station Manager in Monterey.  With the merger in 1968, Joe took the position as District Sales Manager  in Reno before becoming Assistant Director of Sales.

Joseph Glen 밓oe Smith died Saturday at the age of 80.  He spent the last 25 years enjoying the communities of West Marin, although he resided in Stockton the past two months.  Joe was born in Bellingham, Washington to Harold G. and Katherine V. (Potter) Smith.  The family, including his older sister Lee Smith Woods, lived in the states of Washington and California.  Joe attended high school at St. John뭩 Military Academy, and received his B.A. from Whitman College.  He served in the US Navy.  Joe worked in the travel industry, including Airline Sales/Management and as Hotelier for South Pacific hotels, and raised his family in Washington, Nevada, and primarily California. He owned and operated a Bed & Breakfast.  Joe has enjoyed volunteering, including with the Cordell Marine Sanctuary, Tomales Regional History Center, West Marin Senior Services, and the East Shore Planning Group.  The Joe Smith family of four was named by the Social Security Administration as the 밫ypical American Family in 1962.  He was Pacific Air Lines Manager of the Year in 1967.  Joe made an adventure out of life, and had many diverse interests including extensive world travel, geography, cultures, politics, beekeeping, bench-making, antiques, finance, cow horns, sea birds, and dominoes.  He enjoyed the company of family and friends. Joe was known for his wit, charm, and easy smile.  

Joe is survived by his daughter Becky Smith Gould (Nelson), son Hal Smith (Janet), grandson Nels Gould, and three nephews, Greg, Michael and Randy Woods, and two grand-nieces, Melissa and Leila.  He remained friends with his former wife, Maxine Jacobsen.Joe is predeceased by his parents, sister Lee, and brother-in-law Len Woods. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation.  http://cordellfoundation.org Tomales Regional History Center (TRHC c/o Memorials, PO Box 262, Tomales, CA 94971), West Marin Senior Services www.wmss.org, P.O. Box 791, Pt. Reyes Station, CA 94945), or the charity of your choice.




Natalie Loader
In Flight - F/A

 Jan 20, 2013



Natalie Loader 
Flight Attendant
Instructor, Flight Attendant Training
May 19, 1945 February 21, 2013


Our dear Natalie passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long and hard battle with Multiple Sclerosis, especially in the last several years.  She cherished her time as a flight attendant with Hughes Airwest when being a 멹light attendant was a very special place to be in life.  She was such a fantastic flight attendant that she was asked to transition offline to become an instructor in the Flight Attendant Training Department.  Even after her flying days were over, Natalie persevered into a very successful career in the hospitality/hotel industry.  She LOVED living in San Francisco in her wonderful 멌ity apartment.  After Natalie left San Francisco she enjoyed life in her condo in Napa surrounded by her lovely things and spending many hours in her beautiful little garden.   Natalie had impeccable taste and class in everything; clothes, interior design, art, everything lovely.  She was one of those women who just lit up a room; you knew she was there.  She was so vivacious and worldly.  Natalie made an impact on everyone she met along her path; she had many special friends and she was a special friend to them.  Natalie was brave, hopeful, and never gave up.  She will be sorely missed by all that knew her.  Natalie was an inspiration to all.





Dean L. Weinland Sr.
January 17, 2013



Dean L. Weinland, Sr., 74, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2013. Dean was born in East St. Louis, Illinois on October 23, 1938 to Albert and Doris Weinland. He lived in East St. Louis until he joined the Air Force in 1955, where he served until he was discharged in 1959. Dean married LaDonne McCosh on June 2, 1956, and they had three sons. In 1961, Dean went to Parks Air College in Cahokia, Illinois and trained to be a commercial aircraft mechanic. After graduation he worked for Ozark Airlines before moving to Mesa, Arizona in 1966. During his career he became proficient in all areas of aircraft maintenance and repair including sheet metal, upholstery, radio communications, and jet engine overhaul. He continued to work in the commercial airline industry until his retirement in 2000. Dean enjoyed spending time with his family at their cabin in northern Arizona. Dean was willing to help anyone in need and was a friend to everyone he met. He will be dearly missed by all his friends and family. Dean is survived by LaDonne, his twin brother Dale, and his three sons: Dean Jr. and his wife Carolyn, Scott and his wife Pam, and David. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, his older brother Kenneth, and one great-grandchild, Jeremiah. A celebration of Dean's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Hawthorn Court at Ahwatukee, 13822 S. 46th Place, Phoenix, AZ, 85044. Thank you to all of Dean's wonderful caregivers at Hawthorn Court and Family Comfort Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or a charity of your choice .




Susan Ludwig
In Flight - F/A

 Jan 14, 2013



It is with great sadness that we share the passing of former Hughes Airwest Flight Attendant Sue Ludwig. She began her career with Hughes Airwest in October of 1974  and flew out of the Detroit base for Republic, NWA and Delta.  Sue passed away from complications from uterine cancer.  No service information is available at this time.




James Arnone
Crew Scheduling
 Jan 3, 2013



James Arnone, 69 of Phoenix Arizona passed away on January 2, 2013. Jim was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on May 3, 1943 to Nickolas and Helen Arnone. He was an avid bowler. He is survived by his wife Carol, children Charles and Danielle, two sisters, Debbie and Sally. He was preceded in death by his parents. A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 6, 2013 from 2-5 pm at Phoenix Memorial Park Mortuary, 200 W Beardsley Rd, Phoenix AZ. Services will be from 6-8 pm on Monday January 7 at Phoenix Memorial Park Mortuary. Burial is private. Donations may be made online in Jim's name to the American Cancer Society .




W. J. Bud Raithel
Flight Ops - Captain
 Dec 29, 2012



Bud Raithel, 92, a long-time resident of Prescott, died at his home on Saturday, December 29, 2012.

Bud was born December 2, 1920, in Cole County, MO, the eldest son of Martin and Kate Raithel, and his early years were spent on the family farm. During WWII, he moved to Cuero, TX, to work at an air field, and it was there that he met his future wife, Dorothy Mae Tschirhart. In 1942, Bud moved to Phoenix, AZ, where he worked as a mechanic at Falcon Field where the British Royal Air Force trained pilots for military service.

Dorothy joined Bud in Phoenix, and they were married on November 7, 1942. They recently celebrated their 70th anniversary.

After WWII, Bud worked at Sky Harbor Airport as a Mechanic for Trans World Airlines (TWA). He soloed in a Piper J3 on October 18, 1942, and later flew for Salt River Project and Isbell Construction before becoming a commercial airline pilot for Bonanza Airlines in May 1957. During his commercial flying career and as a result of a series of mergers, he flew for Air West, Hughes Airwest, and Republic Airlines. He retired from Republic Airlines on December 1, 1980.

Bud was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Quiet Birdmen, and he enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, gun collecting and genealogy. He thoroughly enjoyed visiting with his family and many friends, either in person or by telephone.

Bud is survived by his children, Jack (Annette) Raithel of Collierville, TN, and Ruth Dassen of Mesa, AZ; his three granddaughters, Jennifer (James) Newman of Brooklyn, NY, Sarah Baer and Laura (Eric Jacobson) Baer, both of Mesa, AZ; his three great-grandchildren, Lyla Grace Newman, Michael Gavin McInturff, and Harvey Baer Jacobson; his brother, Herb (Loretta) Raithel of Russellville, MO, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, on December 5, 2012; his parents; his sister, Edna Ann Poole, his son-in-law, Henricus Dassen; and his grandson, Adam Raithel.




Tom Somerville
Dec 28, 2012



Thomas age 87, passed away peacefully Dec. 28th surrounded by family. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Mary Ann, children Kathleen Oberg (Ed), Mark Somerville (Judy), Karen Swidergal (Bob) and Laura Somerville (Lauri Jordan), 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Tom was born in Lurgan, North Ireland in 1925. He immigrated to Seattle in 1945. He served in the US Army Air Division from September 1946 to May 1947. After basic training he fulfilled his service in Japan, servicing US military aircraft. It was then that Aviation became a life-long passion.

He met Mary Ann Boysen, Miss Riverton Heights at the Trianon Ballroom in Seattle. They married in 1950 and raised four children together in Des Moines, WA. Tom became a US Citizen in February 1953, after a fast track to citizenship due to his military service. After a short time working at a box factory he returned to school and studied aircraft mechanics.

Tom was an airline mechanic for 32 years retiring in 1984. During his career, he worked for West Coast, Air West, Hughes Airwest, Republic and Northwest (now Delta Airlines). He often used his mechanical knowledge and access to airplane parts to build various projects at home. He once created a backyard fish pond out of the nose cone from an airplane.

In addition to aviation, his passions in life were traveling, his property in Plain, WA and his dogs. Tom enjoyed many vacations with family, destinations including Hawaii, California, Canada and Ireland. One memorable trip he took the whole family back to Ireland, all six of us flying standby. Other memorable trips were with friends and family included camping, hiking the Pacific Coast of Washington and enjoying the sun and sea in Mexico. He also enjoyed nature and the outdoors, often going on 밾unting trips but never coming home with any game. It seemed to be his way of getting outdoors. He built a cabin/retirement home in Plain WA on the Wenatchee River spending some of the happiest years of his life there, taking daily walks with his dog and enjoying the changing seasons. Tom was an avid reader with an interest in science, space travel, history and science fiction. He once took two of his grandsons to hear Steven Hawking speak. He enjoyed a good joke and maintained his sense of humor throughout his life even as his other senses began to fade. Tom was a caring and loving husband and father, who left us with many wonderful memories and stories.

The family would like to thank Mariana Bodea and Florina Monell of Pacific Northwest Home Care for the outstanding care they provided for Tom.

Donations in Tom's memory can be made in his name to county animal shelters or the Alzheimer뭩 Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org.




William C. 멊ill Feringer
Flight Ops - Captain
 Dec 18, 2012



Word has been received of the passing of Empires/WC/RW/RC early pilot Captain Bill Feringer. I have not been able to locate an obituary in print but I believe William C. 멊ill was born to parents Frederick C. and Amelia Feringer, and that Bill was born/raised in the Seattle area. From what I can determine, his father Frederick C. Feringer, a well-known organist who died in 1933 leaving mother Amelia to raise Bill and his younger brother Frederick Richard 멏ick. Dick died in February 2012. Bill was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran having enlisted December 12, 1941. Friends tell us that Bill hired on with Empires Airlines 09-26-1951. Bill would have gone through the various airline mergers...Empires to West Coast to Hughes...and if he retired at age 60, he would have been with Republic Airlines at the time of retirement. Bill was 90 years of age at the time of his passing December 18, 2012. I believe he is survived by his wife Mary and that personal condolences may be sent to their home at 2018 Daren Glen, Escondido CA 92026-1009 ... (760) 480-9308. Service arrangements are unknown.




Jerry Belford
Flight Ops - Captain
 Dec 7, 2012


Gerald D. Belford, age 79 of Phoenix, Arizona, departed to be face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ on December 7, 2012 after living a full life of faith, courage and perseverance. Gerald was born in Clay Center, NE on October 26, 1933. He had a distinguished military career as an Air Force pilot and served his country in the Korean War. After his military service, he had a long, successful career as a commercial airline Captain and flight instructor. He retired from Northwest Airlines in 1992. Gerald is survived by his wife Kathleen Marie Belford, children Donovan Belford, Julie Belford-Caruso, Michael Lethem, Jeffrey Belford, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lori Ann Lethem (1982). Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301. Additional information can be obtained at www.westresthavenfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers please consider a monetary contribution to R.B. Thieme Jr., Bible Ministries, P.O. Box 460829 Houston, TX 77056-8829 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675




Lewis M. Gruber
Flight Ops - Captain

 Nov 17, 2012



Lewis M. Gruber
1925 ~ 2012

Lewis M. Gruber, 87, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 17, 2012. He was surrounded by his loving family. Lewis was born in Meridian, Idaho. Upon graduation in 1943, he joined the
Army Air Corp. After receiving an honorable discharge, Lewis became a commercial airline pilot, which he considered a dream come true. He flew for 33 years. His career began in Boise, Idaho flying DC3s and retired as Captain of the Boeing 727.

He was very proud of the fact that his son followed in his footsteps as a pilot.

Lewis is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Angela Subia Gruber; son, Bruce Gruber; daughter in law, Alice Gruber; granddaughter, Allison Gruber; brothers, Robert and Dwight Gruber; sister, Charlotte Ruscher; and numerous relatives, nieces and nephews.

A special Thanks to the staff and hospice of St. Luke's for their kind and compassionate care and his nurse, Carl Appel, of Bright Star who stood by us through some very difficult, sad times.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at St. Mary's Catholic Church on State Street. Burial will follow at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements are by Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's School Fund or St. Mary's food bank




Frank Kautzmann
 Nov 13, 2012



FRANCIS KAUTZMANN Francis "Frank" Kautzmann passed to the loving arms of his Lord Nov. 13, 2012. He was born to Frank and Eleanor Kautzmann Nov. 18, 1944, in Bismarck, N.D., and grew up in Tacoma, Wash. He transferred to Las Vegas with Hughes Airwest in 1973. Frank was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his beloved wife, of 29 years, Sharon; son, David (Paula) Kautzmann; daughters, Paula (Eddie) Hedlund and Karen (Danny) Panzer; son, Gary Smith; daughter, Tiffany (Peter) Lowther; sister, Judy (Pete) Pietenburg; along with 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his father-in-law, Charles Segobiano. Frank graduated from Bellarmine Prep and Seattle University. He was in the U.S. Air Force serving his country proudly in Vietnam, Idaho, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines. He retired from Hughes Airwest in 1985 and entered into the insurance industry. He was still working in the industry until his death. Frank thoroughly enjoyed traveling and sports. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and followed the UNLV Rebels. He loved playing golf with his close friends. Frank was a charter member and past President of the Summerlin Rotary Club and past President of Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School Board of Directors. He also greatly enjoyed the monthly Hughes Airwest retiree breakfasts. Viewing will be 1-2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, with funeral services and fellowship to follow, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 8901 Del Webb Blvd., Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to "Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr Scholarship Fund" in memory of Frank Kautzmann, 2015 S. Hualapai Way, Las Vegas, NV 89116.




Donald J. Worley
Flight Ops - Captain
 Nov 12, 2012



Capt. Donald J. Worley, retired, 86, took his last flight after a brief illness, Nov. 12, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 at age 16 and 9 months. He served in the Philippines in World War II. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he used his G.I. Bill to further his education and flight training. He spent the next 38 years as a commercial airline pilot.

His love for aviation was evident in the many stories he told about his flying experiences. He had the ability to engage his family and friends with passion as he expounded on his many adventures. These stories resulted in a published autobiography, "Into the Wind."

Don enjoyed a number of sports and hobbies, including hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, water and snow skiing, sailing and scuba diving. His most recent passion was deer and elk hunting, bagging his last elk at age 85.

Don and his wife, Arlene, moved to her native area of Lewiston nine years ago. His favorite saying was "The best move we ever made."

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Arlene (Maynard); brother, Tom of Laughlin, Nev.; daughters, Cheryl Packer (Dave) of Bullhead City, Ariz., Donna Myers (Ray) of Maple Valley, Wash., Barbara Rock of Tacoma and Laura Worley of Anderson Island, Wash.; son, Doug Worley (Becky) of Woodland, Calif.; stepsons, Bryce Tumelson (Janet) and Jeff Tumelson, all of Lewiston; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack; and great-grandson, Timothy.

He was loved by many and will truly be missed.

A celebration of life will be held at 3:59 p.m. Saturday at the Lewiston Roundup Ketch Pen. In lieu of flowers, donations of your choice may be made in his honor.Don was born Aug. 26, 1926, in Omaha, Neb., to Monica McGuire Worley and John L. Worley. The family moved to Van Nuys, Calif., in the late 1930s.





Raymond Carstens
Stations PDX
 Nov 6, 2012


Raymond L. Carstens, 73, passed away on Nov. 6, 2012 in Clarkston, Wash. He was born on May 21, 1939 in Spokane to Von and Ann Carstens. Ray graduated from Clarkston High School in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962-1964. He started his career with West Coast Airlines in 1959 and retired from the airline industry in 2001. Ray was married to Jill McCleave from 1968-1992. Ray is survived by his four children, five grandchildren, two brothers, two sisters and his stepfather. Services were held on Nov. 11, 2012 in Clarkston. A Celebration of Life Open House will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at the home of Dan and Mindy Schmitz. 1904 Churchill Ct., West Linn, OR 97068. (503)723-0211.




Paul Peyron
 Oct 9, 2012


Paul Peyron (93) passed away on Oct.9, 2012 at the Renoun Hospital in Reno, Nevada.  He is survived by his wife Paulet who lives in Reno and a niece that lives in Baker, Oregon.  Paul served in World War two as a aircraft mechanic/ gunner/ crew chief on a B-25 aircraft in north Africa and France. After the war, Paul joined the airlines and worked as manager of maintenance for Hughes Air West, and before retirement for Republic Airlines.  Aviation will miss Paul.  Great Friend and a very talented man.




Shirley Rogers
In Flight - F/A
 Sept 18, 2012


Long time Flight Attendant Shirley Rogers passed away recently.  She was living in the Minneapolis area at the time.  No further information is available.




Mary Ames
 Sept 13, 2012



Mary Elizabeth Ames
Apr 04, 1925-Sep 13, 2012

Mary Ames passed away peacefully on September 13, 2012 in San Mateo, CA. Mary was born on April 04, 1925 in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone to William and Mary Howard. She and Esthel "Sandy" Ames (Oct 08, 1922 - Jun 12, 2009), her husband of 63 years, started their married life in Seattle, WA and then Pittsburgh, PA before moving to Foster City, CA where they resided for over 40 years. Mary is survived by her sister Patricia Smith and brother-in-law Ray Smith of St. Petersburg, FL; Her adopted family - Herb Bridge of Seattle, WA, Ginger Dahlberg, Dianne and Bill Schwarz and Cary, Matt, Allie and Ryan Sweeney. Mary will be missed by her family, many friends and all those dear to her.

Upon graduation and after completing over 18 months with the Naval Supply Depot in Balboa, Canal Zone Mary left to attend college. Mary received her BA from the
University of Washington and was on the Women's Swimming and Softball teams. Watching sports was one of Mary's favorite past-times and she could give you the highs and lows of almost every team in the Bay Area as well as individual swimmers, tennis players and golfers.
Mary's work at West Coast Airlines, Airwest Airlines, Hughes Airwest Airlines, Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines allowed her and Sandy to explore all the Continents. Mary was Past President of the SF Interline Club and enjoyed years of camaraderie with the Airport Secretaries Group. Mary and Sandy were avid travelers. They were able to see the world and never missed an opportunity to explore a new city or shop for unique souvenirs while on one of their many adventures.

To honor Mary we will be doing what she loved most - Going out to lunch. Please join us on Oct 07, 2012 at Luceti's in San Mateo at 12:30pm for lunch and an opportunity to share our stories about Mary. Please RSVP to Cary Sweeney at 650-483-8727 or e-mail CaryBMT@aol.com to let us know how many plan on attending. Mary and Sandy's ashes will be placed in their memorial plot at Skylawn in San Mateo on Oct 10 at 3:00pm.

A special thank you to Mary's caregivers at Atria Hillsdale, Ageway in San Mateo and VITAS Hospice Care - your patience, loving care and compassion will always be remembered.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sep 21, 2012





George S. Locke
Flight Ops - Captain
 Sept 8, 2012



Captain George Locke died September 8th 2012 at 20:40 PM  His wife Maureen was with him till his last few breath holding his hand and being close to him in his final time with her. In the end it was a peaceful passing.  George came home from a care facility on August 30th so that he could be at home in his study, surrounded by his books and aviation artifacts and photos of all his family and friends, and by those who loved him.

Memorial Service Information:

The Mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, corner of Homer and Waverley Streets in Palo Alto on Saturday, October 13.  It will begin at 9:30 a.m.

A reception will follow the Mass and will take place at St. Albert the Great Hospitality Center, 1095 Channing Avenue, Palo  Alto, which is just a few blocks away from the church.  A map giving directions from the church to the hospitality center reception will be available at the Mass.

Parking at the church site is limited, so I would suggest that you carpool if possible and plan on getting there early in order to find a spot and get to the church on time.  (Just a suggestion!)

Click here to read a chapter about George from
The Aviation Midshipmen Log




Gary L. Anderson
 Aug 31, 2012




Gary L. Anderson died peacefully at his home in Redmond after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was a long time resident of this area graduating from Ballard High School in 1959. He worked in the airline industry and enjoyed the many friends he knew there. After retirement he enjoyed travel, gardening, and volunteering on the Virginia V. He is survived by his wife, two children, and three grandchildren. There will be no services at his request. Donations may be made to The Steamer Virginia V Foundation. 




Lloyd Ball
Stations - Res - CTO
 August 12, 2012


Lloyd Ball died of heart failure at his home in Seattle on August 12th, 2012 after a lengthy illness. He was a WCA Station Agent in Seattle during the 1960's, then to Seattle Reservations prepaid ticket desk, then to the Seattle CTO until retiring when NWA closed the Republic city ticket office.




Steve Holmes
Flight Ops - Captain
 July 22, 2012

Jan Holmes
In Flight - F/A
Dec 15, 2011


Stephen Earl Holmes born on May 21, 1940, passed away on July 22, 2012. He grew up in Yakima, Wash. and later attended University of Washington. His career began as a commercial pilot on October 2, 1967  for West Coast Airlines and through mergers and acquisitions, AirWest,  Hughes Airwest, then Republic, and finally retired from Northwest Airlines.

Steve spent many summers on Whidbey Island with his family as a youngster, and eventually moved here to live on Whidbey Island for more than 20 years. During this time he contributed much time and effort, giving back to the community he so enjoyed. He owned Toby뭩 Tavern in Coupeville for about 10 years and then moved on to become an active volunteer with the 밅entral Whidbey Lions Club, 밫he Master Gardeners Club, and the 밚angley Soup Kitchen. He loved cooking and createdspecial soups there, devoting many hours to help meet the mission of the soup kitchen.

Steve was always there to assist his deceased wife뭩 many projects with the Island County Beach Watchers Organization and support her through her battle with cancer for over 7 years. As a neighbor and friend to many, Steve could always be counted on to lend a helping hand whenever needed.

Steve also became a talented wood carver and caster of bronze masks; he also recently started guitar lessons and was working to master the guitar.

Steve is survived by his sons: Brad, Bret, and Todd and his beloved golden Lab, Chester. He was preceded in death by Jan in December of 2011. He also leaves behind numerous friends who will miss him greatly.

Services for Steve were held at his home, 1944 Fircrest Ave, Coupeville, WA 98239 on Sunday, August 19 from 2pm to 5pm with a potluck dinner. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Central Whidbey Lions Club or Island County Beach Watchers Organization.


Jan was a gifted artist and belonged to Penn Cove Gallery. She loved to combine her passions for travel and painting. Her artwork portrayed the beauty she saw in France and Mexico in addition to that of Whidbey Island and the surrounding marine life.

Jan joined WSU/Island County Beach Watchers in 1990 and was so fascinated by her first glimpse of the ecology of the marine world that she returned to college to pursue her life-long interest in science and to earn a master뭩 degree in marine biology from Western Washington University.

She worked at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Shannon Point Marine Laboratories and took on a leadership role in Beach Watchers. As a Beach Watcher volunteer, she was instrumental in setting up beach monitoring and eelgrass study programs. She had a passion for studying and teaching about copepods, marine worms, seagrasses and other flora and fauna of the Salish Sea. For this work she was honored with Western Washington뭩 2010 Cox Conserves Heroes Award. Jan was a past member of the Marine Resources Committee, was a founding member and board president of Periwinkle Press, and belonged to the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Jan passed away in her home on Dec. 15, 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She is survived by her loving husband Steve; stepsons Brad, Bret and Todd Holmes; her canine child Chester; brothers Mark Fridlund and Roger Burns; nieces Ria Kaelin and Stacy Loken; 뱊ieceletts Grey and Chalyce Kaelin; and many friends.

Jan뭩 remarkable charisma and energy will continue to inspire her family, friends and her extended community. The sparkle she added to everything she touched will be missed by all.




Glenn Woods
 July 20, 2012


Glenn Woods passed away July 20, 2012 at the age of 94, surrounded by family. Glenn was station manager for Bonanza Airlines in Tonopah, NV and El Centro, CA. He then transferred to Reno, NV where he was station manager for Hughes Airwest. He retired after 40 years of service. Glenn was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed traveling. He was preceded in death by his then wife Shan Woods, sons, Keith Woods and Mike McNeff.

He is survived by his wife Virginia (Jensen) Woods of Tonopah, daughter Shan Schultz, and sons Buddy and Denny Woods, grandchildren Aubree Whitney, Suzanne Schmidt and Daniel McNeff. Six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be at Waltons Funeral Home, 1745 Sullivan Lane, Sparks, Nv on Thursday July 26, 1912 at 11:00 a.m.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on July 25, 2012





Vangie Casillas
In Flight - F/A
 July 14, 2012



It is with deep regret that the family of Vangie Casillas announces her passing on July 14, 2012, at 7:45 a.m.
She passed peacefully, surrounded by family.

We thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers over the course of her illness. It was reassuring to know that so many of you loved her and supported her when we were unable to be there. We will inform you of the date and time of her services as soon as they are available.

With sincerest gratitude,

The Family of Vangie Casillas

Vangie Casillas services will Monday July 23rd:  Rosary at 9:30 am. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am

St. Mary-Basha Catholic Church, 200 West Galveston Street Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 963-4951

Reception will follow, location to be announced.




Richard A. Cox
 May 3, 2012



Captain Richard A Cox passed away on May 3, 2012 after a 6 year battle with cancer.  Captain Cox was born on March4, 1933.  He began his flying career with Bonanza in the 60s and retired from NWA as a 747 Captain. He was survived  by his wife, Sharon, of 57 years and their two children, Lori Cox Juna and Kenneth A Cox




Kathy Buskirk
Inflight - F/A
 April 1, 2012



Buskirk, Kathleen Marie Born to Melvin and Rita Reznicek, Dec 17, 1951, in Omaha, NE, she has been married to the love of her life, David Franklin Buskirk, for 37 years.

Kathy has left behind a legacy "all about relationships," was passionate about her faith and deeply committed to family.

"Grammy" Kathy is survived by 3 children, Nicholas David, Sara Marie, and Joseph Louis, and 3 grandchildren, Beck David, Meadow Marie and Shay Edward.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Olive Crest.

A celebration of Kathy's life will be held at 10am, Thursday April 5th, at Coast Hills Church.




Simeon R "Sam" Korth
Flight Ops - Captain
 Feb 25, 2012



Mesa, Ariz. Simeon R. 밪am Korth, 80, Mesa, Ariz., died Feb. 25, 2012, at his home in Mesa, Arizona.  Visitation will be March 2 at St. Jane Frances deChantal Catholic Church, Randolph, with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m., at St. Jane Frances deChantal Catholic Church, Randolph.  Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m., March 3, at  St. Jane Frances deChantel Catholic Church, Randolph, with Rev. Michael J. Swanton officiating.

Inurnment will be in St. Frances Cemetery, Randolph, with Military Rites by American Legion Post #113 and Alvin-Kessler Post #5545, Randolph.  Casket bearers will be Gina Hamilton, Emily Korth and Luke Korth.  Honorary casket bearers will be all of Sam뭩 nieces and nephews.  Arrangements are under the direction of Stonacek Memorial Chapel, Osmond.

Sam was born Dec. 11, 1931, on the family farm northwest of Randolph. He attended and graduated from St. Frances High School as Salutatorian.  Sam served in the U.S. Air Force Jan. 9, 1951-Jan. 8, 1955, during the Korean War and was honorably discharged four years later.  After serving his country, he attended college at Boulder, Colo.  After college, he was an air traffic controller in several states.  He then became a pilot for a number of airlines, retiring after a long career with Northwest Airlines.

Sam was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mesa, Ariz., and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.  After he retired, he was very active as a member of the Confederate Air Force rebuilding and flying restored WWII bombers through out the United States. His favorite plane was the B17. Sam was well known as a skilled and respected pilot.

Sam is survived by his sister-in-law, Gen Korth, Randolph; nieces and nephews, Anne and husband, Roger Morris, Fargo, N.D.;  Bob Korth, Grand Forks, N.D.; Jack and wife, Lori Korth, Randolph,; Mary and husband, Dan Pick, Hartington; Sharon and husband Tim Leader, Norfolk; Debbie and husband, Gerard Arens, Bow Valley; Julie and husband, Brian Arens, Pierce; Michele and husband, Al Arens, Fordyce; Roger Korth, Delhi, Calif.; Terry Korth, San Jose, Calif.; Todd Kort, California; Krissy and husband, Ray Leglu, San Jose, Calif.; 30 great-neices and -nephews; and 22 great-great-neices and -nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Don and Ted.




Paul E. Murphy
Flight Ops - Captain
 Jan 31, 2012



Paul Edward Murphy was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. It would be accurate to say that this man was an outstanding luminary and that his natural abilities served him well. He knew with certainty how he wanted to set priorities in all aspects of his life. He struck those who knew him as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what he expected from his day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. Paul was a man who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an organized and structured lifestyle. When this climate was absent, Paul would set about immediately to create it.

       His parents were Paul and Alberta Murphy. Paul was raised in Massachusetts. Paul was brought up to be reasonable in his actions and was taught to use his intellect wisely. He was an honest and straightforward child, traits that reinforced his self-confidence. Even at a young age, Paul was credited with having a positive influence on those around him.

      The positive atmosphere that Paul generated spread to his family. Paul was raised with two siblings. He had one younger sister Evelyn and a younger brother Bernard. Paul served as a catalyst within the family. He often found himself in the role of providing fair solutions to those sibling disputes. In every family activity, Paul was able to demonstrate his uncommon logic and skill at building compromise.

      Paul's enthusiasm for learning and the personal energy that enthusiasm generated led to his exhibiting leadership qualities early on in his childhood. He liked to see things executed properly and showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out of control. At the same time, he was willing to experiment with different approaches as he worked a plan towards a solution. As a young boy, he took part in baseball, bowling and golf. He was an Altar Boy and a Boy Scout. In his spare time he liked playing baseball and building model airplanes.

      When it came to academics and school, Paul's organizational skills reaped dividends. Paul was able to create a system for getting his class work done in a proper and timely manner. With a strong ability to analyze his schoolwork and assignments, he could apply a practical, common sense approach completing his studies. He showed a natural curiosity in the manner in which he tackled new types of problems and would regularly challenge his own reasoning ability in finding solutions. He graduated from Waltham High School in 1949. He enjoyed some courses more than others and developed favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Chemistry.

      As Paul knew in other aspects of his life, he had a clear vision of what he sought in a relationship and worked hard to achieve it. On November 23, 1974 Paul exchanged wedding vows with Mary Louise Morrison at Little Church Of The West of Las Vegas, Nevada. Mary was a significant part of his life, and it wasn뭪 necessary for Paul to be overly sentimental or expressive about it for others to be aware of their mutual devotion. Paul's secret to success was that he always kept the lines of communication open in the marriage and applied the important skill of being a good listener.

      Family and children were important to Paul, even if he didn뭪 always show it. Paul was blessed with four children, Chris, Audrey, Irene and Gayle. They were also blessed with twelve grandchildren, Ryan Murphy, Russell Murphy, Kimberly Bailey, June Perez, Greg Gleason, Melissa Tribble, Aaron, LaVelle, Alex LaVelle, Hope LaVelle, Brandy Salazar, Joseph Murray and Zach Fehrenbacher. There are also Seventeen grandchildren: Kayli Gleason, Jossalyn Gleason, Amanda Perez, Emma Perez, David Murphy, Jason Murphy, Rachel Murphy, Allison Bailey, Jaime Bailey, Michael Murphy, Juliana Salazar, Natalie Salazar, Lily Tribble and Benjamin Tribble. Five Nieces and Nephews-Theresa Tim, Debbie Patrick, Mike Kathy, Becky Deanna and Ruth Trottier. Paul was able to keep order in the family by using the same efficient and straightforward methods with the family as he did at work. Paul rarely made a scene when it came to discipline. Instead, he was subtle and patient in his dealings when teaching the children right from wrong.

      At work Paul was viewed as a natural leader. He could marshal all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in order to meet virtually any objective. He was great at developing strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. Paul was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done. He was able to establish and meet objectives and schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the big picture clearly in sight. Although Paul might have been described by some as an overachiever, he was without question a dedicated and diligent employee. His primary occupation was an Airline Pilot. He was employed for many wonderful years with Northwest Airlines.

      Paul was an Air Force veteran. He was in Bermuda as a Hurricane Hunter. Paul saw action for the Korean War. Through his dedication and hard work, he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He received several awards including many military commendations. Paul's fellow soldiers knew that he worked well within the system, understanding the importance of rules and striving to follow them. Paul's life approach was all about order.

      Not only did Paul find pleasure in pursuing his various hobbies, he also enjoyed the discovery and research involved in learning about them. His skill at problem solving had a positive influence on these activities as well. His favorite pursuits were playing golf, wood working, boating and photography.

      No matter what the activity was, Paul had the ability to motivate others. This talent influenced his participation in sports, too. He sought out the possibilities in a competitive situation, and he stayed cool and calm under pressure. He relished the stimulation of the action and energy associated with sports. In high school, Paul played baseball. Recreational sports included bowling and playing golf. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball and golf.

      Paul lived his life guided by a well-defined set of beliefs. His faith and religion were important aspects of those beliefs. He was a member of the local Catholic Church. During his time in the Catholic Church, he was an Altar Boy as a young man.

      Traveling, especially vacations, was another way for Paul to apply his exceptional leadership and organizational skills. He liked exploring different places but also enjoyed designing and scheduling the trips in advance. He had real talent for developing the perfect itineraries. Favorite vacations included going to the cabin in Utah and traveling to Mexico and Puerta Vallarta.

      Paul was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Paul's favorites was Boots a cat. They were best friends for 8 years. His family was rounded out by his Dachsunds-Dudley and Candy.

      When Paul's retirement finally came in 1985, he was well prepared. He had worked out all of the details well in advance and knew exactly what he was going to do. His new life involved relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada. In retirement, he found new pleasure in golfing, bowling and woodworking. Always a well-informed person, Paul enjoyed adding to his wealth of knowledge. Retirement afforded him the time to enjoy that experience and provided one more opportunity to look ahead at what life might offer him.

      Paul passed away on January 31, 2012 at Mountainview Hospital in Las vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his spouse, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services were held at Palm Cheyenne Mortuary 7400 W. Cheyenne Las Vegas, Nevada. Paul was laid to rest in the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada.

      Paul Edward Murphy knew what he wanted from life and never hesitated in going after it. He could be characterized as a driven individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. Paul was decisive and outspoken at times but was also positive and upbeat about most things. He was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes by default. If he saw that something needed to be done, he was always ready to step up and actualize, organize and implement a plan.




Diane Seward
In Flight - F/A
 Jan 26, 2012


Long time Flight Attendant Diane Seward  passed away on Jan 26, 2012.  She was living in the Memphis area at the time.  No further information is available.


Alpha list of Hughes Airwest employees who have passed away.

Click on any UNDERLINED name to read obituary

Employee Name 


Passed away

Dennis Adams

Station Agent - SNA

July 9, 1989

Shirley Adams  

Admin. Assoc  PHX 

November 17, 2000

Don Alexander

Stations - SFO, SMF

July 4, 2008

Dick Allard 

Properties - San Mateo 

July 25, 2003

Rose Anderson

SEA Credit Union

February 1, 2006

William Appel

Flight Ops - Captain

July 27, 1990

Dave Allender

Flight Ops - Captain

December 2, 2001

Ed Altman

VP Operations

 May  1995

John Amos

Flight Control

October 19, 2004

Marlene 'Nicki' (Keifert) Anderson

Reservationsns -SEA

Sept 7, 2004

Arthur Armstrong

Station Mgr - PSP

November 25, 2000

Terry Ashton

V.P. Planning

December 21, 2005

Robert G Bader


February 15, 2010

Daphne Bailey

SMT Switchboard Operator

March 9, 2006

Don Ballew


May 13, 2009

Dean Barnette

Flight Ops - Captain

June 18, 1905

Russ Bath 

Flight Ops - Captain

February 8, 2003

Capt. Paul Beach

Flight Ops - Captain

Sept 25, 2011

Chris Bickelman


Dec 23, 2011

Calvin W. Blackledge

Flight Ops - Captain

May 30, 2007

Jim Blackwell

Stations - BUR

March 8, 2009

Bob Blair


Feb 4, 2008

Gary Bogle


November 19, 2005

Robert (Bob) Bohna

Flight Ops - Captain

Jan 21, 2010

Dan Bolten

Flight Ops - Captain

Aug 6, 2010

Wilbur E Bonds

Maintenance - PHX

January 16, 1993

Frank Bonnell


April 27, 2009

George Borton


September 29, 2009

John Bosco

Flight Ops - Captain 

December 22, 1999

John Boyle

Flight Ops - Captain

June 7, 1905

Steve Bradley

Sales & Marketing

June 15, 2004

Jack R. Brasher

Flight Ops - Captain

Aug 23, 2007

Ruth (Lee) Brandia 

Inflight - F/A 

February 20, 2004

John H. Bridwell 

Flight Ops - Captain 

December 6, 1999

Walter Brink Jr.

Station Agent - Yakima

July 1, 2004

Sam Brose


April 15, 2009

Exline Brown

Flight Ops - Captain

June 12, 1905

Gordon Brown

Flight Ops - Captain

July 7, 2002

Elanor "Ellie" Bryant

Payroll - San Mateo

October 30, 2000

Arlen Bruce Buchanan

Flight Ops - Captain

February 18, 2010

Donald C. Burkhard

Flight Ops - Captain

November 21, 1994

Gene Burns 

Gene Burns 

August 18, 2003

Paul Burrows

Flight Ops - Captain

Jan 19, 2011

Evelyn (Ackley) Busse

Inflight - F/A 

July 1, 2001

Frank Butler

Flight Ops - Captain

April 6, 2010

Jim Byrd


July 13, 2006

Joe Cadenhead 


February 3, 2001

John "Jay" Camalick

Flight Ops - Captain

June 5, 2010

R.C. Cansdale

Flight Ops - Captain

September 20, 1986

Arnold Carow

Flight Ops - Captain

June 23, 1905

Harold Carpenter


February 25, 2004

Jack Cassedy

Flight Ops - Captain

December 23, 2004

George Castle

Flight Ops - Captain

Jan 30, 2011

Tom Chandler


Aug 22, 2007

Nicolas (Nic) Chapman


Nov 27, 2009

Max Christman

Flight Ops - Captain

March 11, 2004

Richard Churchill

Flight Ops - Captain

June 20, 1905

Oscar Cleal 

Flight Ops - Captain

September 2, 2003

Hal Cluff

Flight Ops - Captain

Nov 17, 2007

Monte Coleman

Reservations - SFO

March 22, 2009

Wayne Colemere


June 1, 2011

Marta Marie Conat

SEA Credit Union

July 1, 2010

Jerome Cook

Flight Ops - Captain

August 16, 1987

William Cook

Flight Ops - Captain

Dec 17, 2011

Don Cooper 


June 20, 1905

Charles Craig

Flight Ops - Captain

August 7, 1988

Mo (Westover) Cruikshank 

Inflight - F/A 

August 31, 2003

Annette Horwitz Daly


August 26, 1999

Larry Decker

V.P, Marketing

Nov 10, 2011

Frank DeLach


February 2, 2006

Rob Dirks


June 22, 1905

Gabe DiPippa

Lead Supply PHX

June 18, 2000

Joe Donaghy

Stations - FAT

Feb 22, 2008

Bud Donohoe

Director  of Communications

May 1, 2004

Robert J. Donahue


July 20, 2010

Patrick Charles Dooley

Flight Ops - Captain

Sept 28, 2010

Ivan Dorey

Flight Ops - Captain

Jan 23, 2011

James M Douglas

Flight Ops - Captain

November 13, 2005

Earl Downing

Station Agent SLC,GEG,MEM

March 26, 1989

Sandra Dudley 

Inflight - F/A 

September 24, 1998

John Duteau

Flight Control

February 10, 2005

Robert E Dunn


March 14, 2006

Doug Dych

Stations - SEA

August 4, 2006

Bobby Easton

Revenue Accounting

Dec 12, 2008

Chuck Easton


October 6, 2002

Larry Eichler

Flight Ops - Captain

July 20, 2010

Dick Ellis

Flight Ops - Captain

April 21,2003

Judith (Judi) L. Ellis

Inflight - F/A 

August, 1998

Robert Evans

Controller - Maint. Control

April 9, 2001

Capt. Jerry Felts

Flight Ops - Captain

February 2, 2007

Jim Finnerty

Stations - Air Freight

May 6, 1989

Claude Ferguson

Flight Ops - Captain

July 24, 2004

Capt. Vic Friend

Flight Ops - Captain

January 30, 2007

Joan Gagel

Reservations - LAX

June 11, 1905

Patricia M Garrity


June 23rd, 2005

Jim Garvin 

Manager of Interline Sales 

July 1, 1997

Capt. Don Gilday

Flight Ops - Captain

April 1, 1987

Jack Gladney

Flight Ops - Captain

July 18, 2006

Stephen C. Golliglee


July 19, 2007

Howard Grant 

Planning - San Mateo 

June 23, 2002

Doug Grasmick


Jaunaury 26, 1995

Roland "Griff" Griffen


November 24. 2007

Norman John Grim


December 4, 1979

Bill Haas

Flight Ops - Captain

Aug 2, 2008

Nancy (Potts) Spencer Hable

In Flight - F/A

January 29, 2009

Jim Hale

Flight Ops - Captain

October 5, 2001

Clarence Hall

Flight Ops - Captain

January 6, 2005

Betty Harris


April 25, 2005

Allan Hawkins


May 30, 2009

Don Haynes 


February 3, 2003

Judy Hedberg


May 24, 2010

Pete Hendrickson

Flight Ops - Captain

Dec 1, 2007

Mike Hernon

Stations - FAT - TYS 

May 18, 2003

Bill Hicks


June 17, 2006

Daward Hiller


Feb 27, 2008

Larry Hillyer  

Stock Clerk  PHX 

January 18, 2001

Leonard Hipp

Flight Ops - Captain

June 17, 1905

Ray Ho


February 26, 2005

Ursula Hobgood


Sept 26, 2011

Jack Hooper


October 29, 2005

Teresa Lee Hughes

Inflight - F/A 

July 24, 1998

Bill Iverson 

Flight Ops - Captain

December 17, 2002

Robert "Bob" Ja

Flight Ops - Captain

Dec 28, 2010

Peter Jackalus


September 16, 2006

Roger Jackson

Flight Ops - Captain

August 1, 1989

John H. James

Flight Control 

June 10, 1905

Oscar James


August 18, 2004

Brad Jones

Flight Ops - Captain

Feb 12, 2008

Jim Jones

Crew Scheduling

Mar 10, 2008

Robert K. Jorgensen

VP - Engineering

May 19, 2009

Pete Kammers


Feb 25, 2009

Ralph Kann

Flight Ops - Captain

April 6, 2011

Gene Karlberg

Flight Ops - Captain

June 8, 1997

Ralph B Keele

Flight Control

January 30, 2010

Michael Keeping 

Sales, RSM LAX & PHX

May 27, 2002

Tom Keller

Flight Ops - Captain

December 24, 1994

Marvin D. Kelley

Stations - LAS

February 15, 2010

John Kelly


October 7, 2006

Larry King


Feb 11, 2008

Robert Klass

Stations - SLC

April 6, 2005

Charles "Kinney" Kinamon 

Flight Ops - Captain

September 5, 2002

Dennis Kleingartner

Flight Ops - Captain 

October 28, 2001

Mary Koslosky 

Secretary - San Mateo 

April 7, 2002

Walt Kupper

Stations - SJC - LAS

January 9, 2005

Jerry Lader


August 14, 2002

Alf Larsen


June 24, 2009

E.J. Lawless

Flight Ops - Captain

May 21, 2004

Darlene Lentz

Reservations - SEA

Oct 10, 2007

Ed LeShane 

Station Manager - EUG 

December 20, 2000

Bob Lindenberger

Flight Ops - Captain

June 14, 2005

James A. Loomis


January 1, 2010

Bill Lord

Flight Ops - Captain

April 16, 2004

Bill Lovelace

Flight Ops - Captain

Jan 28, 2011

Bill Lynch

Flight Ops - Captain

May 14, 2008

Walt Mahoney

Flight Ops - Captain

June 17, 1998

Gorden Maiden


Nov 8, 2010

John Malloy 

Stations - Security - SMT 

January 17, 1980

Capt. Bob Manning

Flight Ops - Captain

July 18, 2006

Richard J. Manning

Station Agent

June 13, 1990

George A. Martin 

Flight Ops - Captain

September 11, 2002

Ralph Masters

Stations PDX

Nov 11, 2011

Capt. Herb Matzdorf

Flight Ops - Captain

May 20, 2007

John Maus

Flight Ops - Captain

August 16, 1987

Robert M. Meals

Stations - AST, CVO, BOI

June 21, 2002

Hubert B. Meggs


Jul 20, 2007

Roger Meier


April 24, 2007

Richard McBride

Aircraft Inspector

August 30, 2006

Dave McClendon


October 28, 2006

William H. (Bill) Mccrady

Flight Ops - Captain

May 2, 2006

Carl McDermitt

Flight Ops - Captain


Frank R. McDonald

Flight Ops - Captain

Mar 27, 2011

Jim McGill 

Stations (Training)

June 7, 1980

Betty McGuire  

Admin Assoc. PHX 

February 9, 2001

Jerry McKay 

Print Shop 

Oct, 2003 

Capt. Fred Merha

Flight Ops - Captain

March 2, 2000

Terry Middleton


September 14, 2008

Kenneth Leroy Mills


December 27, 2006

George Moate

Flight Ops - Captain

December 18, 2005

Robert Monson

Flight Ops - Captain

October, 2000

Robert Moore 

WC Station Manager - PDX

January 5, 2000

Mary Moriarty 

Reservations - SFO 

February 19, 2003

George Moulton


Feb 25, 2009

Mike Murphy

V.P. Community Affairs

Oct 28, 2010

Phil Nault

Stations LAS

May 15, 2010

Gene Neavitt 

Training  PHX 

Marcg 9, 2001

Ron Ness

Stations - EUG

May 27, 2008

Nick Newman

Stations - SJC

Sept 23, 2008

Dave Nichols

Station Agent

June 2, 2001

Nicky Nick 

Reg. Manager - Stations 

November 14, 1998

Ruth Becker Nielsen

Inflight - F/A 

December 3, 2000

Jack Northcott

Flight Ops - Captain

Nov 19, 2011

Greg Park

Agent - Edmonton

July 7, 2001

Howard Parker 

Station Manager - SBA 

May 4, 2003

Jack H O'Dell

Dir of Qty Cntrl/Engineering

Mar 21, 2011

Patrick E. O'Grady


February 27, 2009

Richard O'Leary

Flight Control

September 9, 1999

Neal Onstot

Flight Ops - Captain

March, 2002

Bonnie Jean Overton

Inflight - F/A 

May 22, 1992

Roberto Padilla (Monroy) 


June 28, 2000

Jay Papworth

Flight Control

December 22, 1996

Clyde E. Parker 

Flight Control

June 29, 1996

Johnnie Parsons

Flight Ops - Captain

December 20, 2001

R. Cary Pawluk


July 4, 2004

Lee Payne

Flight Ops - Captain

August 4, 1999

Jack Peacock

Flight Ops - Captain

April 30, 1988

William Pecora 

Flight Ops - Captain 

February 14, 1999

LeRoy Peerenboom


March 25, 2004

Donald K. Peters

Flight Ops - Captain

January 11, 2010

Margaret Phillips

Stations - SFO

Aug 1, 2008

Art Pierce


November 27, 2009

Mernie Pierce

Stations - FAT

Mar 25, 2008

George Pomeroy

Flight Ops - Captain

April 26, 1998

Gary Pilgrim 

Stations -RDD - SFO - DEN - COS 

May 10, 2003

Wilma Posvar

LAX Reservations

July 9, 1994

Hank Puryear 

Station Manager - Yuma 

January 25, 2003

Raymon P Primm

Seattle Reservations

Aug 23, 2011

Ray Quirion

Stations - LAX

Jun 2, 2008

Don Rasmussen


Jan 19, 2009

Jim Reilly


July 1, 2015

Chet Rettig


May 3, 2009

Don Rice


December 10, 2009

Larry Ring


Jan 12, 2009

Shirley Rogers

Inflight - F/A

Sept 18, 20212

Gil Roman


Oct 27, 2010

Mel Roundy

Flight Ops - Captain

August 16, 1987

Catherine (Doll