In Memory Of

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Reynold D. "Duke" Shangraw


Passed April 1, 2004

Reynold "Duke" Shangraw was born in Franklin, MA on February 26, 1924. He is survived by his wife Anne, daughter Christine and grandson Kolter Bass.

Richard Jedlund


Passed on December 16, 2003

Richard Douglas Jedlund was born July 21, 1920 in Pelican Lake Township, MN. Joining the Navy, he served in World War II and entered the aviation industry in 1952 as a mechanic. Richard loved airplanes, and owned (and flew) an airplane along with his brother.

Retiring in 1982, Richard and wife Gail eventually moved to Prescott. Richard also enjoyed sailing and woodworking. He will be missed.

Gloria Sappington


Passed February 24, 2004

Gloria Panzer Sappington was born August 19, 1927 in Crookston, MN. After spending her youth in Grand Forks, ND, she decided to go to Alaska but never made it, meeting Reid Sappington in Bremerton, WA. In 1954, the young couple moved to Mission Beach, where Gloria worked for Food Basket before becoming a dance instructor, eventually starting her own dance studio.

Once Gloria closed the studio, she joined the PSA family as the space control agent, staying with PSA until 1984. Upon retirement, she stayed active with the PSA Oldtimers until her death, while travelling extensively through Europe. She is survived by Reid and her son Rick, as well as her mother Barbara Hancock, and brother Emil Panzer. Services were held March 16, 2004 at Fort Rosecrans.

Fred Hunter


Passed April 2002

San Diego Scheduler.

Thomas Irwin


Passed on September 1, 2002

Tom Irwin, our friend, passed away September 1. Originally from Jarrow-On-Tyme, England, Tom emigrated with his wife, Joy, to San Diego in 1960 and joined PSA in the print shop. Tom got actively involved with PSA and the community, coaching Little League, as President of the Credit Union, and with the PSA Oldtimers. A self-taught computer programmer, Tom wrote several programs to move PSA into the computer age and maintained the records of the Oldtimers organzation, as well as the official web site, until his death. He is survived by his wife, Joy; daughter, Laurie; son, Stuart; daughter-in-law, Terri; 3 grandchildren, Taylor, Lindsay, and Dylan; father, George; brother, Jim; and sister, Doris. Services were held September 14 at Tourmaline Beach, with representation from the PSA family.

Capt. Don J. Dolan


Passed on Apr 6th, 2002

Born in 1918 Highland Wisconsin, Don lost his parents at an early age then was raised by an aunt and an uncle on a dairy farm in New Underwood S.D. Getting up early, working hard and then going to school under difficult conditions.

Don joined the navy in 1942 with vision of becoming a WW11 fighter pilot but the closest he got to his dream was as a Motor Machinist's Mate on an Escort Carrier. It was not until after the war that he took flying lessons while working for an Orange County auto dealer that he fulfilled his dream. Eventually becoming an Air Force Instructor. Following this, he joined PSA, where he had an illustreous 20 year flying career beginning in 1958 and culminating as our Chief Pilot and instructor.

Outside of PSA, he persued his love of baseball by being a little league coach managing a La Mesa/El Cajon team which in 1961 became the most successful team in San Diego history, winning the Little League World Series in Williamsport Pennsylvania.

Don was respected and loved by all who knew him. A truly good man and a great American. He is survived by his wife Ruby, his children, daughters Lynn, Sharon, a son Jim, 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. We miss his presence each month when we would gather together. Fly well with God Don....

Robert Treadwell Stone


Passed on March 28, 2001

Robert was born in Oakland, CA. on 2/26/1954. Robert graduated from UC Davis with a degree in accounting. He thoroughly enjoyed his position with PSA as well as his transfer to Pittsburgh with USAir, as a buyer in Aircraft and Technical Procurement. He eventually returned to San Diego due to numerous health problems and desire to be closer to family and long-time friends.

Even though Robert was handicapped for several years, he always maintained a wonderful positive attitude. Loving to travel and enjoy helping others. His generous nature inspired all who knew him.

He also developed a special love for his service trained dog Kadie and his van as it afforded him the opportunity to take her along camping, another love of Robert's. He was an avid bridge player and won many awards for his skill. He also enjoyed singing and was a member of several chorus groups, as well as an alumni member of the San Francisco Boys Chorus.

Robert had also taken courses toward obtaining an additional degree in elementary education and was a substitute teacher in Palm Springs Ca. at the time of his death. He enjoyed working with children and was a wonderful tutor and a friend to all.

He tremendously enjoyed attending the annual PSA picnics. The opportunity to see old friends meant so much to him.

He is and forever be dearly missed by family in San Diego and the San Franscisco bay, as well as his many friends. We are sure he is smiling down to all of us, especially Kadie, who is dearly loved and cared for by family.

Eleanor "Fergie" Glithero Fulmer


Passed on September 24th, 2001

Eleanor "Fergie" Glithero Fulmer, 79, passed away leaving behind a loving family, thousands of former friends and co-workers and an unparalleled legacy in the airline business.

Born Eleanor Grace Ferguson, the daughter of the deputy superintendant of schools in Glendale, CA , she graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a degree in Education. As treasurer and later president of Delta Gamma Sorority at UCLA, she was given the nickname of "Fergie" that lasted her entire lifetime. Following graduation, she volunteered as an officer in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) and was certified as a Link Trainer at Hunter College. She was ultimately assigned to instruct pilots at the North Island Navy Base in San Diego (Coronado).

In 1946, she resigned her commision to take a Link Trainer job with Friedkin Aeronautics, a small civilian aviation school doing business at Lindbergh Field in San Diego. Swifly promoted to office manager, she accepted more and more responsibility at the school and became a close advisor to Kenny and Jean Friedkin who founded Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) in 1949. She was a trusted member of every management team that controlled PSA over the next 36 years.

At a time when few women held corporate positions in the airline industry, Friedkin appointed Fergie Secretary of Giles, Inc., Friedkin's personal corporation in 1953; Secretary-Treasurer to Friedkin Aeronautics, Inc., board of directors (then parent company to the fledgling airline) in 1954. In 1963, as the top financial officer for PSA, she worked with airline officers, privated attorney's and the Securities Exchange Commission to move PSA from a private to a public corporation. She developed the company's first credit card, computerized the accounting department and created a unique ticketing system that was, for many years, the fastest in the industry.

As the California airline grew in popularity and in size, hundreds of people were added to the payroll.... and ALL knew her as "Fergie". She made it a point to become as aquainted with as many PSA employees as possible. Her quick wit, charming personality and obvious concern for their concerns made them all her friends.

A gourmet cook, she played a good game of golf, then retired from PSA in 1982 to spend more time with here family and to travel. She was active in the PSA Oldtimers organization, the Altrusa women's service club and was honored by the YWCA in 1981 in their tribute to Women in Industry program.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Fulmer; daughters, Dianne Kuerbis of San Diego, and Sandra Flynn, of Rancho Bernardo; 4 grandchildren and 4 great- grandchildren.

At her request, there were no services.

Capt. Allan Lindemann


Passed On Jan 19th, 2001

Allan "Lindy" Lindemann was born in Ellwood Illinois on January 19th 1922. Then at 7,moved to various places until his graduation in Albion Michigan in 1940.

He then joined the Navy in December 1941, serving in such hot spots as Guadacanal, Tunisia, taking great losses at Murmansk Russia and finally the invasion of France on 'D'day. Then was discharged from the Navy in San Diego in 1947.
In 1947 he worked in San Diego at Friedkin School of Aeronautics, eventually becoming a school student learning to fly, recieving various licenses from private thru ATR and Instrument.
He then became the 7th pilot hired by Chief Pilot "Bud Plosser" in June 1950. Doing double duty as Flight Instructor and line flying the DC3.
In 1953, he left the now PSA to become a Flight Instructor for the USAF. "Lindy" then returned to PSA in 1957, resuming his career as an airline pilot serving PSA as the consumate professional until his retirement in 1982.
"Lindy" always had a smile for everyone along with an infectious humor that touched us all. We were very lucky to have known him and what he left in our hearts.

Cleveland (Cleve) Jackson


Passed on February 22nd, 2001

Following a long fight with diabetes and other health problems, our good friend Cleve passed away, at Kaiser Hospital in San Diego. His funeral on March 22nd was attended by representatives of nearly every department of PSA and a large gathering of friends and family.

He was born Cleveland Jackson on March 19th, 1934, in Jacksonville, TX. When he was just a toddler, Cleve's mother and father moved him, his three brothers and a sister to San Diego. He grew up on Dells Drive, attended Stockton Elementary, Memorial Junior High, and went on to San Diego High School where he was active in sports. Some of the track records he posted high school and the San Diego Boy's Club still stand. An extremely talented golfer, Cleve won many community and company tournaments. He graduated high school in 1952 and attended San Diego City College while working full-time at Convair and a part time at a fledgling airline known as PSA.

Cleve was a major part ot the airline family for 32 dedicated years. Known to nearly every officer and employee of the company, Cleve was a genius at fulfilling his job as Director of Interior and Aircraft Appearance while taking on many other tasks. Because he could'nt say no to his friends, Cleve always found time to accomplish jobs completely out of his job description.

He leaves his wife Gerrie Lanatte jackson (also a long time and popular employee of PSA), a son, a sister, brother, three grand-daughters and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Fly with the Angels Cleve we knew you and loved you.

Robert (Bob) Chesebro


Passed on Sept. 23rd, 2000

Bob was born in Pittsburgh and known to the family he created as Daddy-O. He moved to San Diego when he was 16 to his uncle Byron Shimmin's family. Where he attended La Jolla High School.

He served in the US Navy on the Enterprise as an Aviation Structural Mechanic (first class) during WW II where he received many medals for being involved with such major battles as the historic Midway etc.

As a long time resident of Clairemont, he was known as "Mr. Balboa Litttle League" during the 60's.

He served PSA with distinction for 25 years until his retirement in 1987. He is survived by many, Oh so many!, friends and relatives. The most giving and unselfish man that his family knew.

It is with real care that this Obituary,written by his family is faithfully typed by his old friend "Rackets"

Capt. Arthur F. Steck


Passed On September 3rd, 2000

Born in San Diego, attended school in Los Angeles. Graduated from Los Angeles High and attended Santa Monica Junior College.

Worked for Consairways in Army Reserve from 1942 until 1945. Enlisted in US Navy 1945 and discharged in 1946. Returned to San Diego and worked as Aircraft Mechanic at Convair while attending the Friedkin School of Aeronautics. He obtained his flight Certificate and became a commercial test pilot for Convair.

In 1963 joined, the fledgling PSA as a first officer and was promoted to Captain in 1964. He flew for PSA until 1979, when he was transferred as a flight instructor at the re-knowned PSA Flight Training Center in Scripps Ranch.
He retired from PSA in 1983. Worked as a volunteer at the Rancho San Diego (Cottonwood) golf course and later as a docent at the San Diego Aerospace Museum until his passing. He was especially proud of establishing, after two years of hard work, the PSA exhibit that is now permanently on show there. We ALL owe him a lot in what he accomplished on our behalf and will miss him.
He is survived by his loving wife Elsie, a son, a daughter in law and six grandchildren.

Capt. Chuck McClain


Passed on May 8th, 2000
As a teenager in school, Chuck earned money as a service station attendant to pay for flying lessons. He then joined the Navy to fly, but circumstance intervened. However, in the process became a remarkable A/C mechanic. He then resumed his civilian career as a flight instructor, at which time (in 1954), he married his life long Maxine which bore him four beautifully grown up children. All the while continuing on his flight ratings to the point where he was hired by Slick Airways in 1955. Flying both nationally and internationally.

It was in 1957 that Chuck was interviewed by, and immediately hired by PSA. A new approach airline looking for such dedicated flying talent. He served PSA with distinction for almost 28 years until ill health took it's toll and retired in 1983. Not being able to stay away from being an Aviators aviator, he found his way into volunteer efforts at the San Diego Aerospace Museum. Contributing greatly in restoring and refurbishing the glorious past of his chosen career.

It is of such men that we at PSA owe a debt of gratitude for their dedication and professionalism.

He left behind an example of what to be in life, as a friend, a professional and the epitomy of how to be a family man. Our best wishes to his wife Maxine and how to be a family man and to the family he loved.

Bill Treese


Passed on March 20th, 2000
We are sad to report that Bill Treese passed away in his sleep on March 20th at his home in Clovis California near Fresno.

As you remember, Bill started in SFO and worked his way up the ladder, paying his dues along the way.

He was the first Station Manager for the Fresno station in 1972. He was later promoted to be the Station Manager in San Jose.

While on vacation, he was bitten by a bug that carried and infected Bill with virile espholitius (In olden days, this was called the Black Death). Modern medicine kept him alive but in constant pain, for the rest of his life.

Bill is survived by his wife Ann. He also has a brother and sister both from out of state. As a USA veteran, Bill was interned with honors at a military site near Los Banos, California.

As Fred Hall (who knew him well), stated, Bill always had a kind heart and loved his work and fellow employees at PSA. We will all miss him.

Capt. Tom J. McDonough


Passed on Sept, 28th 1999
Tom was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to California in 1946. He attended schools in Los Angeles and after graduation from college, served in the Unites States Marine Corps. Tom then fullfilled a life long dream of becoming an airline pilot. This began with Continental Airlines and then with PSA until the buyout by US Airways and finally retired after 29 years as a senior Boeing 767 Captain. Tom is survived by his wife Linda, a sister Maureen Coleman, her children and an aunt Mary Diskin. The joy of being his friend along with the generosity of his spirit will forvever inspire all of us who knew him.

Judy Clayton/Kitten


Passed on June 22nd, 1999

Judy, who earned an engineering degree became the first woman hired into our engineering dept. at PSA. She came aboard in 1966, served with distinction for 13 years before leaving in 1979 for other pursuits.

These included an award winning equestrian drill team (Rose Parade), horse breeding, magazine articles, poems and books. Her most poignant poem, "The Lady and her Lamp" is now in the library of Congress. Books included "Tin Gods" and another now in pre-publication called "Hard Rain on the Sawtooth".

Quick of wit, with a humor that ecompassed the world, a loving mother, grandmother (Known as Granby). She will be sorely missed by family and those of us who knew her.

Capt. John M. Mayer


Passed on Sept 14th, 1998
"The presence of that absence is Everywhere"... Edna St. Vincent Millay

John learned to fly while serving in the US Air Force as an A/C Mechanic. He hired on with PSA in 1963, having previously flown cargo at Slick, World Airways and Pax with Hawaiian and Pacific Airlines.

Retired since Nov 1993 from USAirways, John always maintained that his years with PSA were the BEST! He felt priviledged to have flown in the era of aviation that went from DC-3's to Fan Jets and to have known so many special people along the way.

He lived the last four years with Parkinsons Disease with both courage and defiance. Constructing his new home "Presssing on!" until his sudden death from Multiple Pulmonary Emboli.... He truly died with "His Boots on!".

His wife Joanne and children found that so many shared their loss with them. Their thanks are to remind everyone, just as John did...LIVE FOR TODAY!

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