Jim Bates

James N. Bates

1938 ~ 2018

Obit Photo Jim Bates Captain Jim Bates, age 80, passed away on July 5, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Jim was born in Brookings, S.D to Gipson and Elsie Bates. He attended high school in Dawson, MN and college at South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D. He met his wife Caryl of 58 years in Dawson and they were married March 19, 1960.

   In 1961 Jim joined the US Marine Corps and entered Officer Training at Quantico, VA. Once commissioned received orders for pre-flight training at Pensacola, FL. After earning his wings, Jim was assigned to USMC Squadron HMM-264 at MCAS New River, NC.

Read more: Jim Bates

Keith Henderson

R. Keith Henderson


OIbit photo Keith HendersonCaptain Keith Henderson, age 77, passed away at home in Cadiz, Ohio on May 18, 2018. He was born March 13, 1941 in Wheeling, West Virginia to the late Dr. George Edgar and Sarah McCollum Henderson. He graduated from Ohio State University where he studied psychology and completed USAF ROTC.

   Keith served in the Air Force flying the C-130 in support of operations in Vietnam. He made several assault type landings at Khe Sanh while the airfield was under fire. After serving in Southeast Asia Keith flew the C-141 with the 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord. He was a 40 year member of the Cadiz American Legion.

Read more: Keith Henderson

Harry Lee Camm

Harry Lee Camm

1924 ~ 2018

Obit Harry CammHarry Lee Camm 94, passed away on May 5, 2018. Harry was born on January 15, 1924 in Valentine, Nebraska. He was the second of three children born to Harry Barnum and Augusta ‘Gussie’ Camm. Harry and his siblings grew up on a family farm north of Valentine. 

   After his 1941 graduation from high school, Harry entered the U.S. Army and served stateside  for the duration of World War II as an aircraft mechanic in the Army Air Corps. By February of 1948  Harry had returned to civilian life and employment with Northwest Airlines where he met his future wife, Betty Jean Mattison. The couple were married on June 3, 1950 and settled in West Saint Paul, MN.

Read more: Harry Lee Camm

Donald Lundvall

Donald A. Lundvall

1939~ 2017

Obit Photo Donald Lundvall6966

Captain Donald Alvin Lundvall, age 78, of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, went home with his Savior to heaven October 29, 2017. He was born June 27, 1939 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Harold Algot and Ebba Astrid (Saleen) Lundvall. Don grew up on the Saleen family farm south of Ogallah, Kansas where he became an avid outdoorsman at an early age. 

He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church (a.k.a. Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Emanuel Church) south of Ogallah, Kansas where he played the piano regularly. He attended Sunny Slope School through eighth grade, a one room country school house, located south of Ogallah, Kansas.

Read more: Donald Lundvall

John F. Scholl

John R. Scholl

1924 ~ 2018

Obit Photo John Scholl

Captain John R. Scholl, age 94, passed away in Seminole, Florida on May 2, 2018. John was born the son of J. Frederick and Eda (Brown) on January 4, 1924 in White, South Dakota.

   John’s father owned a door business in Hastings, Minnesota; the family lived on a small farm near town. John and NWA pilot Wally Webber attended the same high school, John a year behind Wally. At age 14 years John was driving himself and a teacher to school. While John was a rural athletic kid by nature, he surprised many by acknowledging he took violin lessons during high school.

Read more: John F. Scholl

Edward M. Thomas

Edward M. Thomas

1939 ~2018

Obit Photo Ed Thomas

Captain Ed Thomas, age 78, passed away April 4, 2018, after a courageous battle with lymphoma cancer. Ed (Buzz) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Minneapolis and Crystal, graduating from Robbinsdale High School in 1957. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in Civil Engineering and as a member of the Army ROTC. Soon after college, he went into full time service with the Army and was stationed in Oklahoma, Alabama and Germany before  multiple tours in Vietnam. In Vietnam, he flew reconnaissance and other missions in a Bird Dog aircraft. He had attained the rank of Captain when he left active duty.

Read more: Edward M. Thomas

More Articles ...

  1. Dennis C. O'Brien