Ray Dolny

 Raymond L. Dolny

1924 ~ 2022

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   Captain Ray Dolny, age 96, died peacefully on August 27, 2021. He entered this world in a simple way, born at home to a loving family of Slovakian roots in the Upper Bohemian Flats neighborhood of Minneapolis. Ray was the ninth of ten children. His father was a railway technician. He grew up under the tutelage of Holy Emmanuel Riverside Lutheran Church where he delighted in ringing the church bells and playing soft ball and basketball on the church teams. His tenure at this church continued into adulthood, serving on the board of trustees and being President of the congregation.

   After graduating from South High School in Minneapolis Ray enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet. In what must be described as a rare venue, Ray was trained as a Flight Engineer designated for the B-29. Ray was in the pipeline for duty in the Pacific just as World War II ended.

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   Ray was released from active duty at Sioux Falls, SD. He thereafter entered an Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanic program at DuPonti Aviation School in Minneapolis. On October 27, 1947 Ray was hired as an aircraft mechanic by Northwest Airlines. At that time NWA’s maintenance base was located at Holmen Field in St. Paul, MN, coincidentally near the Minnesota Air National Guard. Ray noted that fact and enlisted in the Minnesota Air Guard. During the Korean War he was recalled, serving as a P-51 Crew Chief from March 1, 1951 to March 18, 1952.

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Arnold R. Pleasant

Arnold R. Pleasant

1938 ~ 2021

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     Captain Arnie Pleasant, age 83, with a heart full of love, a life full of precious memories and a body ready for mercy after a strongly fought battle with Corticobasal Degeneration, passed away December 01, 2021. Arnie left a legacy of kindness, selflessness, humble sincerity, and true love for his family, fellow aviators, and many friends. He was truly a man who was a friend to all.

   Arnie was born to Clyde and Elsie Pleasant in Cowiche, WA June 12, 1938. He was the oldest of three siblings. Cowiche is a small unincorporated community northwest of Yakima, Washington, near the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Maturing in this agricultural region Arnie gained a deep-seated love of family, friends and sports. He was a natural athlete and excelled in basketball, baseball and football. Arnie attended Washington State University (WSU) on a basketball scholarship playing both basketball and baseball for his beloved Cougar team. Arnie still holds the WSU Cougar baseball record for single season RBI in the Wood Bat Era (1892-1973).

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Delwyn 'Mike' Roark

Delwyn ‘Mike’ Roark

1941 ~ 2021

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    Captain Mike Roark, age 80, died on October 31, 2021 after a long battle with dementia. Mike was born on Feb. 24, 1941 and was raised near Hoopeston, IL.

   As a young man in high school, Mike was known to be an excellent student and to have earned the Eagle Scout rank and Order of the Arrow member. His college studies were at Eastern Illinois University at Charleston, IL where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics. Having completed a challenging college program, Mike was ready to take on the USN Aviation Officer Candidate Program (AOC) at NAS Pensacola. After commissioning Mike began pilot training with at NAS Pensacola (class 5-64). The bulk of Mike’s flight training was at Saufley Field.

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David Hall

David W. Hall

1930 ~ 2022

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     Captain David W. (Dave) Hall passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on Jan. 30, 2022 after a short bout with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife Veda and daughter Sherri. Throughout his adventure-filled life, Dave dutifully served his family, country, and airline.

Dave was the child of Dorris Washburn (“DW”) Hall and Ula Bee (Wright) Hall. He was born in Seattle, WA and grew up in LaGrande, Oregon. Dave was proceeded in birth by his brother Bill who passed away just a week before Dave. Seeking adventure at a young age, Dave worked for the Forest Service and Oregon Railroad during his teen years. He attended La Grande High School in Eastern Oregon where he played quarterback for the football team and served as senior class president.

In 1948 Dave entered Eastern Oregon State College (now Eastern Oregon University). Two year later he transferred to the University of Oregon where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business. While at the ‘U of O’ Dave met several life-long friends as a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity including Bob Wilkins, Roesch Fitzgerald and William and Bob Cary.

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Thomas Anderson Tinker

Thomas 'Tommy' Tinker

1933 ~ 2021Obit Photo Tommy Tinker

   Tommy Tinker, age 88, of Kapaáu, Hawaii, passed away August 22, 2021, at Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Van Nuys, California and grew up in Edna, Texas, where he became a local football star. At 23, he attended Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida and served 21 years in the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves, retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel. Tommy flew commercially for Pacific Airlines, then Republic, and later Northwest until retirement in 1993. In 2018, he published Laddies in Waiting, a collection of remarkable stories from his 37-year flying career. Tommy Tinker was a RNPA member.

   Tommy and his wife Cindy have lived on the Big Island for 33 years. He was an avid diver, sailor, and skier. His friends will remember many Sunday afternoons sailing out of Kawaihae Harbor on his beloved sailboat, Kitta. As an active member of the North Kohala community, Tommy served as President of the Merchants Association, also President of the Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation Board, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a new emergency room facility.

There is no service planned due to Covid-19. His ashes will be scattered in the ocean later. If you wish to donate in Tommy's name, his favorite charity was St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Cynthia G. Smith, a son Heung-Gi (Laura) Tinker of Holmes, NY, three daughters, Kelly (Jim) Gronwald of Prescott Valley, AZ, Dana (Bill) Greenroad of San Jose, CA, and Rebecca (Greg) Coburn of Martinez, CA, twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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Michael 'Mick' Colgrove

Michael ‘Mick’ E. Colgrove

1940 ~ 2021

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  Captain Michael “Mick” Edward Colgrove, age 81, of Osage, MN passed away Monday, August 30, 2021 at his home surrounded by family.

   Michael was born January 28, 1940 in Park Rapids, MN to Theodore and Mary (Lund) Colgrove. He grew up in Ponsford, MN where his parents operated a general store in addition to dabbling into logging. The family moved 13 miles southeast to Osage when Mick was 14, setting the scene for him to attend Park Rapids High School, graduating with the Class of 1958. Prior to the age 21 years, Mike lived in various places including Idaho, but ended up in the grocery business with his parents in Remer, MN. This is where he met his first wife Annmarie ‘Ann’ Miller. It was Ann who introduced Mick to aviation.

   Mick caught the aviation bug and started acquiring FAA pilot’s licenses and ratings. With these new licenses he started building flight time working as a part-time flight instructor. With his part time employment as a flight instructor, Mick worked hard and acquired a degree from Bemidji State University. At Bemidji State he enrolled in the US Army R.O.T.C. program. After graduation Mike matriculated to the Minnesota Army National Guard as a Second Lieutenant.

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