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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 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

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...

Pat Oden

Retirement

  • 16 January 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Pat Oden

t is not often that one event can have a positive effect on every single crew member.  On Feb. 1, I will be retiring after 47 years of flying, with 38 years, 7 months at Federal Express.  Every pilot at FedEx will move up a seniority number. Congratulations!
Having started in the Falcon Jet and ending in the B-777, my career has been rewarded with having flown great equipment with the best pilot group in the world.  A very big Thank You to Mr. Fred Smith for his vision and wisdom in creating Federal Express.  Under his direction, this company has grown into the best aviation company in the world.  I must also give thanks to my Air Force mentor, the late, Major Juandell Wilson, aka, "Will" to those who remember him.  Will invited me to come for an interview and the rest is history.

Deep gratitude is the feeling I have for all of the Captains, First Officers, and Second Officers who provided guidance, support, and kept me safe.  I would be remiss if I did not also thank the many others who made my career a success.  FedEx is a vast team effort of all employee groups.  Thanks to all of you.  Continue doing what you each do best to keep this great company prosperous.  My wife and I are counting on those retirement checks for many years to come.

Sandy and I will be relocating this summer to Lake Anna in central Virginia.  The frig and bar will always be stocked with adult beverages.  Drop by.

It has been an honor and pleasure working with you.
Pat Oden

Buck Micheel

Deceased

  • 15 January 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Buck Micheel
It is with a very heavy heart that I must report the following.  Our good friend Buck Micheel, who has been fighting a brain tumor for about a year, has passed away.  He was being attended by son Shaun and daughter Shannon.  Cards and letters can be sent to 9331 Mulkins Ln., Germantown 38139.  Shaun's  email is shaun.micheel@gmail.com and his phone is 904 610-9895 and he does text. 

Buck will be remembered as a wonderful friend, a happy carefree kinda person who loved his job and golf and hunting and a beer now and again.  He followed son Shaun to many PGA tournaments and even caddied for him several times.  Buck was hired in Feb 1973 with an employee number of 279.

Roger Bordman

Retirement

  • 9 January 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Roger Bordman

A300 Captain Roger Bordman #35183 (Seniority #87) will retire from FedEx Express on January 16, 2017.  His last flight is FDX 1730 to BWI on January 13, 2017.  Roger would like to share the following:

"In a few days the powers have determined that I will be too old to do what I have done for 42 years.  It does not feel that way because I still love to fly and I love the people that make that possible.

When I resigned my regular commission in 1984 to join Federal Express many thought that I was making a big mistake.  To have that opportunity and to join the Memphis Tennessee ANG at the same time seemed like a no-brainer (quit laughing).

To be able to continue my military career with the Memphis Guard, become part of a fast growing FDX, to fly their jets parked next to each other, was a unique opportunity.

None of this would be possible without the help of Bill Shirley (Ret), Frank Fato (he is back!), and Clive Seal. Thanks again. 

I was fortunate to make good friends at the guard, despite being the Chief Pilot in
C-130’s for several years.  The many friendships and experiences at FDX during 33 years of flying are unforgettable.  Opportunities to fly the 727 (Capt., 21 yrs.), DC-10 (6 yrs.- 3 flex) and the A-300 (Capt. 7 yrs.) with Type ratings in all; opening up the Far East with Frank and Jack, what an experience!

Above all thank you to Mr. Fred Smith for his drive and foresight.  You have changed the way the world does business.  Mr. Jim Barksdale, Mr. James Parker, Mr. Robert Prescott, my hat is off to you as well. 

Overall, thank you to my friends and colleagues; I will miss your smiling faces, professionalism, and hearty handshakes, in all times of day or night.  What you do, and your friendship, has been the best part.

Thanks to all that have kept me safe and happy, especially the mechanics and the schoolhouse.  All of flight operations, customer service, the individuals that move the boxes, especially in the cold, deserve special thanks. Incredible!

I leave you all with a thought.  We are confident people or we would not fly into the sky knowing that one thing is always true: We have to come back down.   We maintain a proficiency in making that happen safely.  On any given day the confidence and proficiency gap may widen exceeding your proficiency due to intervening factors.  Don’t let it happen.  Listen to your crew and your experience and choose wisely.

Robert Borgatti

Retirement

  • 4 January 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Robert Borgatti

B767 Captain Robert Borgatti #222085 (Seniority #1072) retired from FedEx Express on December 31, 2016.   Robert would like to share the following:


"As seen in the movie "Lost Moon" where Jim Lovell played by Tom Hanks says to his crew members as they were about to reenter the Earth's atmosphere, "Gentlemen it has been a privilege flying with you". So in my case Ladies and Gentlemen it has been a privilege flying with all of you I shared a cockpit with and all of you who I chatted with on the crew bus. I live just minutes west of Boston. 

John J. Johnson

Retierment

  • 30 December 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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John J. Johnson

B-767 Captain John Johnson #96830 (Seniority #306) will retire from FedEx Express on December 31, 2016.  John would like to share the following:

“Before I depart the pattern and ride off into the sunset I just wanted to say thank you to Bob Prescott, and Fred Smith for the opportunity to fly some great airplanes to some amazing places. It's been fun, but time to move on to the next adventure. See you on the river fishing or at the airshows.
 
John Johnson

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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. 
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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.
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John Skinner

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  • 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

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  • 30 August 2017
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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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