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John Skinner

John Skinner

John Skinner

John Skinner

Sacramento band leader John Skinner died on August 18. The musician and pilot contributes a legacy of excellence in both careers. Raised in Orland CA, John's trumpet studies were...
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Robert (Bob) Tilton

Robert (Bob) Tilton

Robert (Bob) Tilton

Robert (Bob) Tilton

  Robert “Bob” Tilton, 75, passed away August 30, 2017. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a highly decorated pilot during the Vietnam War. He retired from FedEx...
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FEDEX

FEDEX

FEDEX

FEDEX

FedEx chief Frederick W. Smith’s annual letter to shareholders credits three I’s-- investments, integration and innovation --for exceptional results in fiscal 2017 and the promise...
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Michael Hanshaw

Michael Hanshaw

Michael Hanshaw

Michael Hanshaw

Twenty years went by very quickly. As I approach retirement, I am ready to proceed with the next phase of my life. It has been a great ride. During my twenty plus years in the Air Force, I flew...
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Dan L. Delane

Dan L. Delane

Dan L. Delane

Dan L. Delane

"Time flies when you are having fun." - so the saying goes. Time has flown by since January 1990 when I was hired. To all my colleagues here, I thank you for the camaraderie and professionalism....
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Gary Wilsey

Gary Wilsey

Gary Wilsey

Gary Wilsey

Gary passed away this past Monday, July 31, 2017 after a fairly long illness.  Gary was a long time Continental pilot, Captain, and LAX Flight Manager.  Gary was also very active in the...
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William Richard Evans

William Richard Evans

William Richard Evans

William Richard Evans

William "Richard" Evans, 71, of Memphis, TN was called home Friday, July 28, 2017 following a ten year battle with cancer. He was born January 21, 1946 in Chattanooga, TN the son of Ralph and Julia...
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Mark Danielson

Mark Danielson

Mark Danielson

Mark Danielson

B767 Captain Mark Danielson #231874 (Seniority #1092) will retire from FedEx Express on August 25, 2017 and his last flight is FDX 851/11Aug17  PHL-MEM 0926 CT.  Mark would...
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Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers






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James Allen Henderson

James Allen Henderson

James Allen Henderson

James Allen Henderson

Mr. James Allen Henderson, age 70, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017. A Memorial Service will be 6 PM Friday, July 14, 2017, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. The family will receive...
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Retirements

Retirements

Retirements

Retirements

MD11 Captain John Gabriele #219499 (Seniority #897), will be retiring from FedEx Express on July 15, 2017. His final flight will be FDX 137 EWR-MEM scheduled to arrive at 00:31 LBT...
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Jerry Wolfe

Jerry Wolfe

Jerry Wolfe

Jerry Wolfe

I never knew Jerry and his crew got the DFC while flying the C-130 in Vietnam.  Jerry later got hired at FedEx and became Chief Pilot.  He retired as a Boeing 777 Captain and now...
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Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens, son of Rick Owens, was killed in an automobile related accident on Hernando Desoto bridge in West Memphis, Arkansas.  Our condolences to Rick and Lana for the loss of their...
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Pre-Need Preparations

Pre-Need Preparations

Pre-Need Preparations

Pre-Need Preparations

Burial in a VA national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces and Veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements, as applicable by law and were discharged under...
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Robert Dufresne

Robert Dufresne

Robert Dufresne

Robert Dufresne


CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR ROBERT L. DUFRESNE PORT ORCHARD YACHT CLUB JUNE 11, 2017 4:00PM
“May you always fly.”
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Phil Irish

Phil Irish

Phil Irish

Phil Irish



Phillip Irish will be memorialized on May 26, 2017, at 1:00 PM at the Church of Holy Apostles located in Collierville, Tn at 1380 Wolf River Boulevard.
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Captain Craig MacArthur

Captain Craig MacArthur

Captain Craig MacArthur

Captain Craig MacArthur

It is sad that Captain Craig MacArthur lost his battle with ALS on May 9th, 2017. Previous to FedEx Craig had flown for Air Illinois, Florida Express, and Braniff. He was hired...
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Sue Mason

Sue Mason

Sue Mason

Sue Mason

When we look at a photograph like this these days we say, "Yeah, that's nice. Another woman pilot." But this photo wasn't taken in these days. It was taken in the late seventies and the woman is Sue...
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Internet Exchange Privilege

Internet Exchange Privilege

Internet Exchange Privilege

Internet Exchange Privilege

Beginning this Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2017, myNavyExchange.com is proud to expand our online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Military. This highly...
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Fred Yates

Fred Yates

Fred Yates

Fred Yates

Captain Fred Yates will be retiring on Tuesday, April 18th.  His last Flight will be  FX#499, MCO-MEM arriving 10:13 local. Please join us in AOC to offer him...

Richard Britt

Deceased

  • 28 July 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Richard Britt
Richard Britt passed away July 28, 2016.  He was recovering from a recent heart attack.  

Gray Falcon's prayers go out to Richard's family.  He will be missed by  his many friends. 


Richard's legacies are his twin girls, Scottie and Kathy and his contribution to the dance community.

He taught across the United States and was always ready to share his talent with a big smile.


Art Ivansheck

Deceased

  • 25 July 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Art Ivansheck

The family of MD-11 Captain Art Ivansheck regrettably wish to inform you that Art passed away on May 19th. Art was beloved by many, and will be greatly missed by those who knew him as a fellow aviator, co-worker and friend. Art began his flying career in Naval Flight Training, Pensacola, Florida. His first Fleet Aircraft was the A-7 Corsair. He later transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet. After his active duty service he joined the Naval Reserves and shortly thereafter was hired by FedEx in 1987. Art was a true pilot and leader. He concluded his Military career as the Commanding Officer of VFA-203 Blue Dolphins.
Art loved being a member of the FedEx family. He sponsored several pilots in the hiring process who are still flying with us today. His passion for aviation and service was a winning combination. Art's life exemplified his commitment to and love of God, Country, Family and Friends. No job too small, no person left behind, he truly cared about those around him.  He will be deeply missed.

Federal Express First Year

Early Employees

  • 16 July 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Federal Express First Year

This picture was taken during a party for the first employees of Federal Express.  I think the cutoff was first year.

Fred Smith is in the middle of the second line.

Richard Lee Smith

Deceased

  • 16 July 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Richard Lee Smith
Major Richard Lee Smith USMC, Vietnam Veteran fighter pilot, “flew west” after his final “launch”—8 July 2016—from his Henderson, Nevada home. His beloved wife Milan Smith and Milan’s sister Joyce were at his side as he slipped away to his Eternal Home. He was born on the farm in Eldora, Iowa on 26 September 1939. 

As a Marine lieutenant he donned the naval aviator “Wings of Gold.” By February 1967 he was flying combat missions with the VMFA-122 “Crusaders” out of Danang, Republic of Vietnam. In March 1968 he was ordered to leave his adored fighter-cockpit to support infantry Marines surrounded at Khe Sanh Combat Base. For thirty days he expertly rallied Marine fighter-bombers and called in air strikes against the enemy. Leaving his bunker’s protection to rescue wounded Marines, he received his own wounds. 

For his heroism he was awarded the Silver Star and two Purple Heart Medals. 

As a combat wounded Marine, he was retired from the USMC in 1974. He never left the Marine Corps or the Marines he saved and honored.

Richard is survived by his wife Milan and his 8 children and 9 grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held at Palm Southwest Mortuary, 7979 Warm Springs Road, Las Vegas on 22 July 2016: viewing 11am-1pm; ceremony 1pm-2pm; repass to follow. Major R. L. Smith will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Ernesto de Armas

Retirement

  • 12 July 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Ernesto de Armas

Attitude is everything.  Savor every day you are healthy, hug your family and those you love.  Appreciate and take pride in this great job….smile…thank your fellow pilots who keep you out of trouble, and thank the support folks who work behind the scenes to make this airline function like no other.

Not many people in this world get to see what we see ... this is magnificent !

I thank The Lord our God, and Muchas Gracias to you all.

Ernesto de Armas

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Attitude is everything.  Savor every day you are healthy, hug your family and those you love.  Appreciate and take pride in this great job….smile…thank your fellow pilots who keep you out of trouble, and thank the support folks who work behind the scenes to make this airline function like no other.

Not many people in this world get to see what we see ... this is magnificent !

I thank The Lord our God, and Muchas Gracias to you all.

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The family of MD-11 Captain Art Ivansheck regrettably wish to inform you that Art passed away on May 19th. Art was beloved by many, and will be greatly missed by those who knew him as a fellow aviator, co-worker and friend. Art began his flying career in Naval Flight Training, Pensacola, Florida. His first Fleet Aircraft was the A-7 Corsair. He later transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet. After his active duty service he joined the Naval Reserves and shortly thereafter was hired by FedEx in 1987. Art was a true pilot and leader. He concluded his Military career as the Commanding Officer of VFA-203 Blue Dolphins.
Art loved being a member of the FedEx family. He sponsored several pilots in the hiring process who are still flying with us today. His passion for aviation and service was a winning combination. Art's life exemplified his commitment to and love of God, Country, Family and Friends. No job too small, no person left behind, he truly cared about those around him.  He will be deeply missed.

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Richard Britt passed away July 28, 2016.  He was recovering from a recent heart attack.  

Gray Falcon's prayers go out to Richard's family.  He will be missed by  his many friends. 


Richard's legacies are his twin girls, Scottie and Kathy and his contribution to the dance community.

He taught across the United States and was always ready to share his talent with a big smile.


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I am retiring effective 1AUG16.
Barbara and I are here to stay in Utah with our 3 children/spouses and 9 grandchildren.
So Blessed, life is good.
I am looking forward to the new "Grayfalcons" website.
Should anyone want to reach out to me:

Kind regards,

Mario Jimenez
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John Skinner

Deceased

  • 12 September 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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John Skinner
Sacramento band leader John Skinner died on August 18.
The musician and pilot contributes a legacy of excellence in both careers. Raised in Orland CA, John's trumpet studies were fostered by mom, Alberta (Pat) Skinner. The virtuoso excelled at USU, Logan and, after graduation, volunteered for Vietnam service in the USAF. After the war, the pilot began a long career flying for Flying Tigers (later, Federal Express). Simultaneously, he established the John Skinner Band. Skinner ensembles played fine music for thousands of California celebrations over several decades. The leader was also active in community. His efforts have supported Cazadero Music Camp (Sonoma County) for many years. His is survived by his wife Susan and daughter Kathryn Skinner.
The music never ends. Skinner's musicians will offer a celebration of his life on September 17, at the La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engel Rd, Carmichael. Anyone may attend. Downbeat is 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Cazadero Music Camp: PO Box 7908 Berkeley, CA 94707.

Robert (Bob) Tilton

Deceased

  • 30 August 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Robert (Bob) Tilton

 

Robert “Bob” Tilton, 75, passed away August 30, 2017. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a highly decorated pilot during the Vietnam War. He retired from FedEx after flying for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joseph Poston. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Connie Tilton; daughters, Tracy Poston (Hal), Amy Robertson (Dave), Heather Kerr (Brandon) and Paige Rogers (Jon); and grandchildren, Ben, Caleb, and Tabitha Poston, Jacob and Eva Kerr, and Peaches Robertson. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, patriot, and a die hard Tiger fan who will be greatly missed. 

FEDEX

2017

  • 16 August 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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FEDEX

FedEx chief Frederick W. Smith’s annual letter to shareholders credits three I’s-- investments, integration and innovation --for exceptional results in fiscal 2017 and the promise of even better future performance.

“FedEx has never been better positioned for significant long-term growth that delivers increased value to shareowners and a more promising future for our team members,” the chairman and chief executive officer said in a letter accompanying the annual report Tuesday.

FedEx achieved $60 billion in revenue for the first time, boosted by European acquisition TNT Express, and produced a record $5 billion operating profit, during the fiscal year ending May 31. FedEx employs about 30,000 in the Memphis area.

Investments include $1.8 billion in more efficient aircraft and related equipment and FedEx Ground’s addition of major distribution hubs, fully automated stations and other facilities to handle seasonal fluctuations, particularly in e-commerce.

Integration refers to the assimilation of acquired companies such as TNT Express, a key driver in an announced goal of increasing FedEx Express operating income by $1.5 billion a year within three years.

Innovation includes initiatives such as FedEx OnSite, an expanding network of pickup and dropoff locations, such as 8,000 Walgreens stores, that help control residential delivery costs while making services easier for consumers to access.

“While our residential e-commerce revenues are much smaller than our business-to-business revenues, it’s the fastest-growing market and requires constant innovation to make delivery to consumers more efficient,” Smith wrote.

His letter includes a hat tip to longtime lieutenant Mike Glenn and a nod to Dave Bronczek, who took over from Smith this year as president and chief operating officer.

Michael Hanshaw

Retirement

  • 16 August 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Michael Hanshaw

Twenty years went by very quickly. As I approach retirement, I am ready to proceed with the next phase of my life. It has been a great ride. During my twenty plus years in the Air Force, I flew some awesome jets and worked with many outstanding airmen who were dedicated and committed to serve our great country. The second half of my career, here at FEDEX, has been equally rewarding. Every day and every night, you deliver on the purple promise whether it’s clear and a million or a CAT III landing in a snow storm. I am proud to be one of you.

I thank Mr. Smith for having the vision and tenacity to make this company a great place to work. My thanks to Capt. Steve Harris and Capt. Fred Patterson for their hiring recommendations. Thanks to all the folks that make this operation work so great, from those on the line to those in the offices.

Finally, I want to thank my wife Pat and my family for allowing me to pursue my aviation career. You never complained about the moves or special occasions that were missed. Coming home to you has always been the best part of every day. I thank God for you and the life he has given us.

Pat and I will retire in Hope Hull, Alabama, just south of Montgomery. If you are passing through and need a hand or a cold beverage, give us a call at 334-284-3054, or send an email to beauhan@aol.com.


Fly Safe,
Michael A. Hanshaw

Dan L. Delane

Retirement

  • 16 August 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Dan L. Delane

"Time flies when you are having fun." - so the saying goes. Time has flown by since January 1990 when I was hired. To all my colleagues here, I thank you for the camaraderie and professionalism. It has been a pleasure to work in an environment where I truly looked forward to coming to work with such an august group of people.  Well, perhaps not at 1 A.M., but once strapped in the jet, the clock did not seem to matter as much as when putting on the uniform, just out of bed.

Be well and tailwinds, all!
 
Sincerely,

Captain Dan L. Delane

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