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

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.

Alpha list of Hughes Airwest employees who have passed away.

Click on any UNDERLINED name to read obituary

Employee Name Department/Location Passed Away
Alberta Saye Reservations April 5, 2003
Alf Larsen Captain June 24, 2009
Allan Hawkins Maintenance May 30, 2009
Ana O’Donnell Klosak Customer Svc – SMT March 17, 2014
Anker Miltun Maintenance December 4, 2013
Annette Horwitz Daly CSA – LAS – BUR – GCN August 26, 1999
Arlen Bruce Buchanan Flight Ops – Captain February 18, 2010
Arnold Carow Flight Ops – Captain June 23, 2005
Art Pierce Stations November 27, 2009
Art Taylor VP Legal  
Arthur Armstrong Station Mgr – PSP November 25, 2000
Bernie Schoenknecht Flight Ops – Captain October 24, 1997
Betty Harris Stations April 25, 2005
Betty McGuire Admin Assoc. PHX February 9, 2001
Bill Haas Flight Ops – Captain August 2, 2008
Bill Hicks Stations June 17, 2006
Bill Iverson Flight Ops – Captain December 17, 2002
Bill Lord Flight Ops – Captain April 16, 2004
Bill Lovelace Flight Ops – Captain January 28, 2011
Bill Lynch Flight Ops – Captain May 14, 2008
Bill Olander Stations October 6, 2015
Bill Schram Sales May 9, 2004
Bill Thompson Flight Ops – Captain November 17, 2009
Blain Barney Station Manager – SLC April 20, 2013
Bob Blair Stations February 4, 2008
Bob Lindenberger Flight Ops – Captain June 14, 2005
Bob Walton Flight Ops – Captain April 22, 2012
Bobby Easton Revenue Accounting December 12, 2008
Bonnie Jean Overton Inflight – F/A May 22, 1992
Brad Jones Flight Ops – Captain February 12, 2008
Bruce Denning Stations – EUG February 18, 2013
Bud Donohoe Director of Communications May 1, 2004
Burton L. Dupree Flight Ops – Captain February 18, 2013
C.R. “Casey” Schuddeboom Station Operations November 3, 2014
Calvin W. Blackledge Flight Ops – Captain May 30, 2007
Capt. Bert Snider Flight Ops – Captain November 5, 2006
Capt. Bob Manning Flight Ops – Captain July 18, 2006
Capt. Don Gilday Flight Ops – Captain April 1, 1987
Capt. Fred Merha Flight Ops – Captain March 2, 2000
Capt. Herb Matzdorf Flight Ops – Captain May 20, 2007
Capt. Jerry Felts Flight Ops – Captain February 2, 2007
Capt. Mark Sturgill Flight Ops – Captain June 1, 2011
Capt. Nate Stork Flight Ops – Captain December 6, 2006
Capt. Paul Beach Flight Ops – Captain September 25, 2011
Capt. Ray Smith Flight Ops – Captain September 25, 2006
Capt. Vic Friend Flight Ops – Captain January 30, 2007
Carl McDermitt Flight Ops – Captain  
Catherine (Dollarhide) Ruppelt Inflight – F/A April 13, 2002
Charles “Chuck” Dittrich Stations December 18, 2015
Charles “Kinney” Kinamon Flight Ops – Captain September 5, 2002
Charles Craig Flight Ops – Captain August 7, 1988
Chet Rettig Captain May 3, 2009
Chistrel (Schemainski) Anderson Flight Attendant August 20, 2014
Chris Bickelman Reservations December 23, 2011
Chuck Easton Purchasing October 6, 2002
Clarence Hall Flight Ops – Captain January 6, 2005
Claude Ferguson Flight Ops – Captain July 24, 2004
Clyde E. Parker Flight Control June 29, 1996
Connie Bissell Flight Attendant January 4, 2015
Dan Bolten Flight Ops – Captain August 6, 2010
Daphne Bailey SMT Switchboard Operator March 9, 2006
Darlene Lentz Reservations – SEA October 10, 2007
Dave Allender Flight Ops – Captain December 2, 2001
Dave Bales Maintenance May 23, 2014
Dave McClendon Avianonics October 28, 2006
Dave Nichols Station Agent June 2, 2001
David Rountree Stations April 15, 2014
David Taylor Mechanic – PDX October 10, 1999
Daward Hiller Stations February 27, 2008
Dean Barnette Flight Ops – Captain June 18, 2005
Dean L. Weinland Sr. Maintenance January 17, 2013
Delores Mooney Wilson Inflight July 9, 1986
Dennis Adams Station Agent – SNA July 9, 1989
Dennis Brannan Captain January 1, 2014
Dennis Kleingartner Flight Ops – Captain October 28, 2001
Dennis Smilanich Flight Ops – Captain July 22, 2008
Dennis Wyatt Stations July 28, 2009
Diane Seward In Flight – F/A January 26, 2012
Diann Mann Reservation & Stations September 13, 2014
Dick Allard Properties – San Mateo July 25, 2003
Dick Ellis Flight Ops – Captain April 21,2003
Dick Tribe Flight Ops – Captain July 7, 2002
Don Alexander Stations – SFO, SMF July 4, 2008
Don Ballew Captain May 13, 2009
Don Cooper Sales June 20, 2005
Don Haynes Mechanic February 3, 2003
Don Kocina Stations February 12, 2014
Don Kotlarz Asst. Res Mgr – SEA July 23, 2013
Don Rasmussen Captain January 19, 2009
Don Rice Stations December 10, 2009
Don Wakewood Stations – Reno March 19, 2003
Don Welch Stations July 27, 2007
Donald C. Burkhard Flight Ops – Captain November 21, 1994
Donald J. Worley Flight Ops – Captain November 12, 2012
Donald K. Peters Flight Ops – Captain January 11, 2010
Dorothy Lynn Meyers Flight Attendant July 13, 2016
Doug Dych Stations – SEA August 4, 2006
Doug Grasmick CSA – BOI,LAS, PHX, MEM Jaunaury 26, 1995
Doug Waddell Flight Ops – Captain April 4, 2010
Duane Siggins Stations August 26, 2002
Dwight Roger Sissell Captain June 25, 2015
E.J. Lawless Flight Ops – Captain May 21, 2004
Earl Downing Station Agent SLC,GEG,MEM March 26, 1989
Earl Spencer Flight Ops – Captain  
Ed Altman VP Operations May 1, 1995
Ed LeShane Station Manager – EUG December 20, 2000
Edgar Royce “Buck” Hilton Maintrnance March 16, 2015
Elanor “Ellie” Bryant Payroll – San Mateo October 30, 2000
Eugene “Gene” Fisher Maintenance May 24, 2014
Evelyn (Ackley) Busse Inflight – F/A July 1, 2001
Exline Brown Flight Ops – Captain June 12, 2005
Fran Scheinbaum Executive Secretary April 18, 2008
Frank Bonnell Captain April 27, 2009
Frank Butler Flight Ops – Captain April 6, 2010
Frank DeLach Purchasing February 2, 2006
Frank Kautzmann Stations November 13, 2012
Frank Polvino Captain April 5, 2015
Frank R. McDonald Flight Ops – Captain March 27, 2011
Fred Stanley Flight Ops – Captain June 25, 1997
Gabe DiPippa Lead Supply PHX June 18, 2000
Gail Warn Reservations October 9, 2013
Gale Briggs Maintenance June 16, 2016
Gary Bogle Stations November 19, 2005
Gary L. Anderson Stations August 31, 2012
Gary Pilgrim Stations -RDD – SFO – DEN – COS May 10, 2003
Gary Surrency Inflight – F/A November 5, 2004
Gary Wedding Avionics December 21, 2007
Gene Burns Gene Burns August 18, 2003
Gene Karlberg Flight Ops – Captain June 8, 1997
Gene Neavitt Training PHX Marcg 9, 2001
George A. Martin Flight Ops – Captain September 11, 2002
George Borton Captain September 29, 2009
George Castle Flight Ops – Captain January 30, 2011
George J. Solomon Sr. Flight Ops – Captain September 18, 1998
George Moate Flight Ops – Captain December 18, 2005
George Moulton Marketing February 25, 2009
George Pomeroy Flight Ops – Captain April 26, 1998
George S. Locke Flight Ops – Captain September 8, 2012
George Snyder Maintinence March 20, 2008
Gil Roman Reservations October 27, 2010
Glenn “Wilbur” Woods Captain July 21, 2015
Glenn Weldy Flight Ops – Captain May 3, 2004
Glenn Woods Stations July 20, 2012
Gorden Maiden Stations November 8, 2010
Gordon Brown Flight Ops – Captain July 7, 2002
Grant Shellenberger Stations March 16, 2011
Greg Park Agent – Edmonton July 7, 2001
Gus Torres Maintenance October 16, 2014
Hal Cluff Flight Ops – Captain November 17, 2007
Hank Puryear Station Manager – Yuma January 25, 2003
Harold Carpenter Stations February 25, 2004
Harold Hardy Stations October 1, 2015
Harry James “Jim” HILL Maintenance December 16, 2013
Harry Saunders Maintenance February 5, 2013
Harry Swenson VP – Treasurer January 4, 2009
Harry W. Warren Flight Ops – Captain October 7, 2010
Hedy Hughes Exec Secretary April 30, 2015
Howard :Bud” Stokes Sales October 22, 2010
Howard Grant Planning – San Mateo June 23, 2002
Howard Parker Station Manager – SBA May 4, 2003
Hubert B. Meggs Stations July 20, 2007
Ivan Dorey Flight Ops – Captain January 23, 2011
J.W. Wise Flight Ops – Captain July, 1976
Jack Cassedy Flight Ops – Captain December 23, 2004
Jack Furrer Captain September 28, 2013
Jack Gladney Flight Ops – Captain July 18, 2006
Jack H O’Dell Dir of Qty Cntrl/Engineering March 21, 2011
Jack Hooper Stations October 29, 2005
Jack Northcott Flight Ops – Captain November 19, 2011
Jack Peacock Flight Ops – Captain April 30, 1988
Jack R. Brasher Flight Ops – Captain August 23, 2007
Jack R. Hanke Stations September 6, 2014
Jack Stevens Flight Ops – Captain March 12, 2010
Jack Stoops Regional Sales Mgr – LAX July 13, 2004
Jack Surbridge Flight Ops – Captain February 5, 2004
Jack VanLonkhuysen Custoomer Service July 4, 1992
Jack Whitehill Station Manager – GEG April 17, 2013
James A. Loomis Captain January 1, 2010
James Arnone Crew Scheduling January 3, 2013
James J. “Jim” Zonlick Flight Ops – Captain September 26, 2013
James L. Van den Biesen Flight Ops – Captain Jine 30, 2001
James M Douglas Flight Ops – Captain November 13, 2005
James M. Senstad Crew Scheduling February 12, 2011
James P. (Jim) Reilly Sales July 1, 2015
James W. Hibbs Jr Captain July 23, 2013
Jamille (Jamie) Cuadra Flight Attendant August 2, 2016
Jan Holmes In Flight – F/A December 15, 2011
Jay Papworth Flight Control December 22, 1996
Jean L. Suttle Budgets December 15, 2014
Jean Westley Reservations – PHX November 12, 2002
Jerome Cook Flight Ops – Captain August 16, 1987
Jerry Belford Flight Ops – Captain December 7, 2012
Jerry Lader Maintenance August 14, 2002
Jerry McKay Print Shop Oct, 2003
Jerry Rutherford Flight Ops – Captain December 27, 1999
Jerry Tabrum Flight Ops – Captain September 4, 2001
Jim Barbosa Captain December 21, 2013
Jim Blackwell Stations – BUR March 8, 2009
Jim Byrd Stations July 13, 2006
Jim Finnerty Stations – Air Freight May 6, 1989
Jim Garvin Manager of Interline Sales July 1, 1997
Jim Hale Flight Ops – Captain October 5, 2001
Jim Jones Crew Scheduling March 10, 2008
Jim McGill Stations (Training) June 7, 1980
Jim McWilliams Stations – ONT September 24, 2013
Jim Reilly DSM – SJC July 1, 2015
Jim Stever Mechanic – PDX – LAS – MSP August 4, 2003
Jim Wahl ESE PDX and MEM June 20, 2005
Joan Gagel Reservations – LAX June 11, 2005
Joe Cadenhead Sales DSM BUR, DSM-OAK February 3, 2001
Joe Donaghy Stations – FAT February 22, 2008
Joe Smith Sales February 2, 2013
John “Jay” Camalick Flight Ops – Captain June 5, 2010
John Amos Flight Control October 19, 2004
John Bosco Flight Ops – Captain December 22, 1999
John Boyle Flight Ops – Captain June 7, 2005
John Duteau Flight Control February 10, 2005
John H. “Red” Turner Flight Ops – Captain February 3, 2009
John H. Bridwell Flight Ops – Captain December 6, 1999
John H. James Flight Control June 10, 2005
John Kelly Maintenance October 7, 2006
John Malloy Stations – Security – SMT January 17, 1980
John Maus Flight Ops – Captain August 16, 1987
John R. Hansen Maintenance December 6, 2016
John R. Stevenson Captain June 29, 2014
Johnnie Parsons Flight Ops – Captain December 20, 2001
Joseph A. Vivona Maintenance November 1, 1985
Joseph Zupko Maintenance – PHX September 15 1993
Joyce (Schorrman) Wigen Reservations – SEA March 15, 2005
Judith (Judi) L. Ellis Inflight – F/A August, 1998
Judy Hedberg Reservations May 24, 2010
Kathy Buskirk Inflight – F/A April 1, 2012
Kathy Sadonko Muench SFO Reservations October 30, 2003
Kay Crum Woolley Inflight/Stations May 5, 2010
Kenneth Leroy Mills Maintenance December 27, 2006
Kip Wharton V.P. Sales and Service June 21, 1999
Lafi Tuilefano Maintenance August 10, 2013
Larry Decker V.P, Marketing November 10, 2011
Larry Eichler Flight Ops – Captain July 20, 2010
Larry Hillyer Stock Clerk PHX January 18, 2001
Larry King Accounting/Payroll February 11, 2008
Larry Reum Stations SNA MEM June 3, 2016
Larry Ring Engineering January 12, 2009
Larry Shea Reservations  
Larry Shephard Stations July 7, 2007
Lawrence Schmitz Captain September 7, 2014
Lee Payne Flight Ops – Captain August 4, 1999
Lee Pitt Staff V.P. of Pub Relations December 16, 2015
Leo Steck Stations February 20, 1999
Leonard Hipp Flight Ops – Captain June 17, 2005
LeRoy Peerenboom Stations March 25, 2004
LeRoy Scott Stations – EUG July 2, 2002
Les Morrow Stations – MRY September 20, 2014
Leslie Tison Flight Ops – Captain January 15, 2010
Lewis M. Gruber Flight Ops – Captain November 17, 2012
Linda Jean Gilsdorf Flight Records August 27, 2014
Linnie (Jonni) Talman Customer Svc December 6, 2013
Lloyd “Rusty” Rostad Regional Sales Manager April 9, 2016
Lloyd Ball Stations – Res – CTO August 12, 2012
Lolus Westbrooks Inflight – F/A, Reservations July 13, 2004
Margaret Phillips Stations – SFO August 1, 2008
Marlene ‘Nicki’ (Keifert) Anderson Reservationsns -SEA September 7, 2004
Marta Marie Conat SEA Credit Union July 1, 2010
Marvin D. Kelley Stations – LAS February 15, 2010
Mary Ames Secretary September 13, 2012
Mary Ann Spencer In Flight October 14, 2010
Mary Koslosky Secretary – San Mateo April 7, 2002
Mary Moriarty Reservations – SFO February 19, 2003
Max Christman Flight Ops – Captain March 11, 2004
Mel Roundy Flight Ops – Captain August 16, 1987
Merle D. Simpson Stations November 29, 2003
Mernie Pierce Stations – FAT March 25, 2008
Michael Keeping Sales, RSM LAX & PHX May 27, 2002
Mike Hernon Stations – FAT – TYS May 18, 2003
Mike Murphy V.P. Community Affairs October 28, 2010
Mike Taylor Stations – LAS July 23, 2011
Mike Wilson Revenue Accounting March 5, 2013
Millard Wayne Taylor Flight Ops – Captain September 13, 2003
Mo (Westover) Cruikshank Inflight – F/A August 31, 2003
Monte Coleman Reservations – SFO March 22, 2009
Morris “Moose” Allred Captain August 8, 2016
Nancy (Potts) Spencer Hable In Flight – F/A January 29, 2009
Nancy J Soukup In Flight October 26, 2010
Natalie Loader Flight Attendant, Instructor, Training February 21, 2013
Neal Onstot Flight Ops – Captain March, 2002
Nick Newman Stations – SJC September 23, 2008
Nicky Nick Reg. Manager – Stations November 14, 1998
Nicolas (Nic) Chapman Captain November 27, 2009
Norman John Grim Maintenance December 4, 1979
Norman L. “Norm” Jewell Maintenance April 29, 2013
Norman Lindley Captain March 14, 2014
Oscar Cleal Flight Ops – Captain September 2, 2003
Oscar James Stations August 18, 2004
Patricia M Garrity Reservations June 23rd, 2005
Patrick Charles Dooley Flight Ops – Captain September 28, 2010
Patrick E. O’Grady Captain February 27, 2009
Patty Markham Stelios Reservations – SEA December 20, 2001
Paul Burrows Flight Ops – Captain January 19, 2011
Paul E. Murphy Flight Ops – Captain January 31, 2012
Paul Peyron Maintenance October 9, 2012
Paul Ring Engineering – Stations March 29, 2013
Paul Wycoff Stations FAT – EUG May 10, 2010
Pete Hendrickson Flight Ops – Captain December 1, 2007
Pete Kammers Maintenance February 25, 2009
Peter Jackalus Engineering September 16, 2006
Phil Nault Stations LAS May 15, 2010
R. Cary Pawluk Sales July 4, 2004
R.C. Cansdale Flight Ops – Captain September 20, 1986
Ralph B Keele Flight Control January 30, 2010
Ralph Kann Flight Ops – Captain April 6, 2011
Ralph Masters Stations PDX November 11, 2011
Ralph Zanette Flight Ops – Captain May 14, 2004
Ray Ho Marketing February 26, 2005
Ray Quirion Stations – LAX June 2, 2008
Raymon P Primm Seattle Reservations August 23, 2011
Raymond Carstens Stations PDX November 6, 2012
Richard “Dick” Furrer Captain July 22, 2015
Richard A. Cox Captain| May 3, 2012 May 3, 2012
Richard Churchill Flight Ops – Captain June 20, 2005
Richard G. Rohn Capitan February 16, 2016
Richard J. Manning Station Agent June 13, 1990
Richard McBride Aircraft Inspector August 30, 2006
Richard O’Leary Flight Control September 9, 1999
Richard Schroeder Stations – LAS March 3, 2009
Richard W. Schey Maintenance July 25, 2007
Rob Dirks Budgets June 22, 2005
Robert “Bob” Andrews Sales – DEN April 11, 2015
Robert “Bob” Ja Flight Ops – Captain December 28, 2010
Robert (Bob) Bohna Flight Ops – Captain January 21, 2010
Robert (Bob) Theuer Flight Ops – Captain December 17, 2003
Robert E Dunn Stations March 14, 2006
Robert E. Wooley Maintenance December 14, 2013
Robert Evans Controller – Maint. Control April 9, 2001
Robert G Bader Maintenance February 15, 2010
Robert Harris Flight Attendant February 18, 2014
Robert J. Donahue Marketng July 20, 2010
Robert K. Jorgensen VP – Engineering May 19, 2009
Robert Klass Stations – SLC April 6, 2005
Robert L “Scotty” Scott Stations November 19, 2005
Robert M. Meals Stations – AST, CVO, BOI June 21, 2002
Robert Monson Flight Ops – Captain October, 2000
Robert Moore WC Station Manager – PDX January 5, 2000
Robert Schafranka Flight Ops – Captain July 28, 2004
Robert Sherer V.P. Finance November 27, 2010
Robert Steczo Maintenance January 19, 1999
Roberto Padilla (Monroy) Stations June 28, 2000
Roger “Lin” Wimpy Stations January 17, 2007
Roger Jackson Flight Ops – Captain August 1, 1989
Roger Meier Stations April 24, 2007
Roger Schryer Reservations – LAX February 14, 1999
Roland “Griff” Griffen Maintenance November 24. 2007
Roland G. Sollars Flight Control October 25, 1994
Rolland C. Schneider Captain February 20, 2009
Ron Ness Stations – EUG May 27, 2008
Ronald Gregory Gelineau Captain February 6, 2016
Ronald Mangino Captain May 28, 2014
Rose Anderson SEA Credit Union February 1, 2006
Russ Bath Flight Ops – Captain February 8, 2003
Ruth (Lee) Brandia Inflight – F/A February 20, 2004
Ruth Becker Nielsen Inflight – F/A December 3, 2000
Sam Brose Captain April 15, 2009
Sam Ferry CSA June 2, 2014
Sandra Dudley Inflight – F/A September 24, 1998
Shirley Adams Admin. Assoc PHX November 17, 2000
Shirley Rogers Inflight – F/A Sept 18, 20212
Shirley Rogers In Flight – F/A September 18, 2012
Simeon R “Sam” Korth Flight Ops – Captain February 25, 2012
Stanley James Anderson District Maintenance Manager October 12, 2016
Stanley Stewart Stations July 10, 2014
Stephen C. Golliglee Stations July 19, 2007
Steve Bradley Sales & Marketing June 15, 2004
Steve Holmes Flight Ops – Captain July 22, 2012
Susan (Breckenridge) Wall In Flight November 8, 2010
Susan Ludwig In Flight – F/A January 14, 2013
Susan Wilson CSA September 12, 2016
Teresa Lee Hughes Inflight – F/A July 24, 1998
Terry Ashton V.P. Planning December 21, 2005
Terry Marshall Regulatory Affairs August 24, 2014
Terry Middleton Stations September 14, 2008
Tom Chandler Stations August 22, 2007
Tom Keller Flight Ops – Captain December 24, 1994
Tom Somerville Maintenance December 28, 2012
Ursula Hobgood Stations September 26, 2011
Vangie Casillas In Flight – F/A July 14, 2012
Vern Varcoe Flight Control April 21, 2004
Vernon Young Captain January 7, 2014
W. J. Bud Raithel Flight Ops – Captain December 29, 2012
Walt Kupper Stations – SJC – LAS January 9, 2005
Walt Mahoney Flight Ops – Captain June 17, 1998
Walt Wellinger Flight Ops – Captain December 22, 2011
Walter Brink Jr. Station Agent – Yakima July 1, 2004
Walter R “Stoney” Stonebraker Captain April 3, 2015
Wayne Colemere Stations June 1, 2011
Wayne Spencer Stations – LAS May 21, 2008
Wilbur E Bonds Maintenance – PHX January 16, 1993
William Appel Flight Ops – Captain July 27, 1990
William C. ‘BillÂ’ Feringer Flight Ops – Captain December 18, 2012
William Cook Flight Ops – Captain December 17, 2011
William H. (Bill) Mccrady Flight Ops – Captain May 2, 2006
William Pecora Flight Ops – Captain February 14, 1999
Wilma Posvar LAX Reservations July 9, 1994
Wilma Seyd-Ulrich Reservations March 23, 2014

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