SPAR NEWS

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Recent News March 6, 2022
Recent Deaths March 7, 2022
Memory Lane April 7, 2022

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Recent News

New Seaboard author

Capt. Lynn Rippelmeyer has had a book published. She is the eleventh Seaboard person and tenth crewmember known to have done so.  March 6, 2022

Life Takes Wings


I just learned that navigator Jerry Olender died in 2020. He was 77 years old. A memorial page has been posted for him.  February 12, 2022


I just learned that navigator Jesse Watson died February 4, 2021. He was 90 years old. A memorial page has been posted for him and there is an obituary for him online.  January 7, 2022


I just leaned that Dean Hunter, West Coast maintenance rep, died on December 26, 2020. He was 83 years old.  November 30, 2021

Reported by Chuck Frost


I recently learned that Dick Craven, who was Director of Flight Administration for many years, died in 2020. He was 91 years old. A memorial page has been posted for him.  July 27, 2021

Reported by Martha Craven


Robert A. "Bob" Neff has been added to the list of the members of the Seaboard family who have published books with two. He worked at Seaboard for twenty years as senior vice president, corporation secretary, and director. There are now ten Seaboard authors. Please let me know if you have published one or know of one not listed.  July 19, 2021

Robert Neff's books


Capt. Dick Hettenbaugh, Jr. has joined the ranks of the members of the Seaboard family who have published books. There are now nine. Please let me know if you have published one or know of one not listed.  April 8, 2020

Commander George


Capt. David Hill has joined the ranks of the members of the Seaboard family who have published books. There are now eight.  April 8, 2020

Summer Birds of Percé -A Tourist's Guide


A terrific newsreel about Seaboard during the Korean War has been posted on youtube by Bob Haley, husband of Art Norden's daughter Betsy. Be sure to watch it.  April 7, 2014

Earlier news items previously posted in this section can be seen here.


Memory Lane

In the memorial section, a photo and additional information has been added to the memorial page for Guy Murchie, a navigator for Seaboard during the Korean War. He was a well‑known author who wrote several books and led an interesting life.  April 7, 2022


In the memorial section, a page has been added for Ron Sutphin. He flew for Seaboard in 1955 and 1956 and died in 2007 at age 76. He led an extremely interesting life.  March 20, 2022


Many Seaboard aircraft returning from leases to other airlines were operated for a while in the liveries of airlines to which they had been leased. A photo of a DC‑8‑63CF in Korean Airlines colors has been added to the aircraft section.  February 16, 2022


In the memorial section, the photo of Sam Fondiler, vice president of finance, has been replaced by a better one and biographical information has been added.   January 7, 2022


In the history section, a page has been added for the Captain's Deck Service on B‑747F aircraft. There are two new photos showing the passenger check‑in and departure gates at a passenger terminal. The new photos are below two previously posted.  January 1, 2022


In the memorial section, a page has been added for flight attendant Elaine Fife. She died in 1998.  December 31, 2021

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Frederick B. Lee, a member of the board of directors and former Administrator of the Civil Aeronautics Administration.  December 30, 2021

In the memorial section, the photo of John Mahoney, senior vice president and member of the board of directors, has been replaced by a better one.   December 30, 2021


In the memorial section, a page has been added for flight attendant Joyce Pitro Walter. She died in 2014.  December 28, 2021

In the memorial section, a page has been added for navigator Bill Cairney. He died in 2004.  December 28, 2021

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Walter Galuszka, one of Seaboard's first flight radio operators. He died in 1985.  December 27, 2021


In the aircraft section, the photo of a DC-8-63CF in Loftleidir Icelandic colors has been replaced by a better one.  December 22, 2021


In the memorial section, an additional photo and biographical information have been added for Capt. Bob Brady.  December 16, 2021


In the SPAR family album section, 4 photographs and a news item from the Guam Daily News, October 1968, has been added, courtesy of Diane Stannard Huenerbein.  December 6, 2021

2 additional photos added on December 8, 2021


In the memorial section, a page has been added for Marlene MacElhenny. She died in 2016 at age 73.  November 26, 2021


In the memorial section, 3 photos have been added, courtesy of Capt. Arnie Visnick:  November 27, 2021

An additional photo for Capt. Jack Webb

An additional photo for Capt. Ralph Webber

A page and photo for Dick Miller


In the memorabilia section, photos of Seaboard & Western blankets have been added.  November 30, 2021
The blankets were donated by Krista Szaflarski, Joe's granddaughter.


In the memorial section, a page has been added for Capt. Warren Gentry. He died in 1983 at age 39.  August 26, 2021


In the memorial section, a page has been added for Capt. Henry Van Nuys. He died in 2018 at age 97.  May 20, 2021

Reported by Capt. Bill Bond


In the memorial section, the photo of Glenn Van Warrebey, a navigator, has been replaced by a better one.   May 2, 2021

Earlier items previously posted in this section can be seen here.


Recent Deaths

Domenick Cambria died on December 12, 2021. He was 83 years old. He worked as a dispatcher at Seaboard for 20 years, starting in1960, and later for Flying Tigers and FedEx.  March 6, 2022

Reported by Bill Bowmer


Andy Flood

I just learned that Andy Flood, Avionics Maintenance Manager, died on April 30, 2020. He was 86 years old. A memorial page has been posted for him.   October 3, 2021


Klaus Hasenpflug

Klaus Hasenpflug (Seaboard maintenance FRA) died in Germany on August 13th, 2021. He was 89 years old. A photo has been posted in the memorial section.   August 17, 2021

Reported by Heribert Diehlmann


Donald J. "Jay" Maxwell

Jay Maxwell died on August 12, 2021. He was 82 years old. A memorial page has been posted for him.   August 14, 2021

An obituary was posted online here.

Reported by Capt. Paul Jordan


Donald Lee Maxwell

Don Maxwell died on July 4, 2021. He was 92 years old. A memorial page has been posted for him.   August 14, 2021

An obituary was posted online here.


Nancy Cuddy Pennell

Nancy Cuddy Pennell died on July 16, 2021 in Pleasanton, Calif. where she had lived for more than 30 years. She was 78 years old.  July 26, 2021

There will be a visitation on Wednesday, July 28th and a funeral mass on Thursday, July 29th in Pleasanton. An obituary with details has been posted online here.

Reported by Patty Hyatt


Norm Baehr

Norm died in Clearwater, Fla. on July 14, 2021. He was 87 years old. No service is scheduled at this time. A notice has been posted by the funeral home.  July 22, 2021

Reported by Mary Ann Jeffries


Capt. Bill McMakin

Bill died on May 21, 2021, a month short of his 98th birthday.   July 13, 2021

Martha McMakin

Martha died on January 10, 2021. She was 73 years old.   July 13, 2021

Reported by Beth McMakin


I just learned that Marlene Macelhenny died on July 30, 2016. She was 73 years old. There is an obituary online.   June 27, 2021

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/newspress/name/marlene-macelhenny-obituary?pid=181004461

Reported by Diana Stannard Huenerbein


Tina Mortensen Bennett

Tina died on January 25, 2021. She was 82 years old. An obituary has been posted online:   February 25, 2021

Obituary

Reported by Christina Bennett


Notices previously listed here about members of the Seaboard family who died have been transferred to their memorial pages or to this page.

For the memorial section (with some pictures and biographical information) for members of the Seaboard family who died, click here.


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