November 09, 2014

Greetings to all,
I guess we were due for an uptick on the bad news but I always hate to see it. There is a notice about the
South FL Luncheons too so read that and DON”T GO IT PANAMA HATTIE’S. It’s not there! OK, on with the
rest of the news.
*The South FL Luncheons – Change of venue, same dates! Right across the intracoastal at The Waterway Café.
*Joseph H Gumber – Bad news.
*John K McMullen – Bad news.
*William R “Bill” Beaver Jr – Bad news.
*Robert A “Bob” Fasulo – Bad news.
*Ed Donaldson – Health update.
*Doug Streed – US Airways bad news.
*Flying Over Paris – A REALLY different perspective!
*Sea Fury Gear Failure – That about says it all.
*TWA Museum – Kansas City, where else?
*VO-67 – NKP’s secret Navy squadron.
*NOVA – A WWI aviation special.
*Aircraft Carrier Landing – No, bet you never saw this one.
*An Aviators Sad Story – A little humor!
It’s that time again! We will be meeting for lunch next Wednesday the 12th at 11:30. However, we have moved
the luncheon to The Waterway Café which is on the East side of the intracoastal directly across from Panama
Hattie’s. Unfortunately, Panama Hattie’s is no longer open for business. Perhaps we should have spent more
on lunch. Anyway, please get the word out that we have moved and are getting together for the first luncheon
of the season. I am not flying that day and look forward to seeing everyone there!
Richard K. Maurer
When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – 1130 AM (2nd Wednesday of the month, as usual)
Where: The Waterway Café
2300 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am very sorry to inform you about the passing of Joseph H Gumber on 10/25/2014 at the age of 90. Joe was
Grey Eagle President in 1990. I received a call this morning (11/05/2014) from his son with the information.
Joe’s obituary should appear in next weeks Gunnison Country Times but just in case, I will include it here.
Condolences may be sent to his son at the address listed below.
GE#: 0925
EMP#: 047546
NAME: Gumber, Joseph H “Joe”
DOB: 07/22/1924
DOD: 10/25/2014
AGE: 90
The Gumber Family
525 36 3/4 Rd.
Palisade, CO 81526
Gary Yudell
Funeral Service
10:30 AM Wed., Nov. 12, 2014
Location: St. Peters Church
301 N Wisconsin St (N. Wisconsin St. and W. Georgia Ave)
Gunnison, CO 81230
Joseph H. Gumber
July 22, 1924—October 25, 2014
Joseph Harry Gumber, 90, passed away at St Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, on October 25,
2014. He had succumbed to a short illness from pneumonia.
Joe was born in Canton, Ohio to Hungarian immigrant parents, Joseph Harry Gumber, Sr. and Ethel Toth. He
spent his childhood and early adult years in Omaha, Nebraska and Lakewood, Ohio. Joe graduated from
Lakewood High School in 1942.
Joe learned a strong work ethic at a very young age having to help his family survive the Great Depression by
being a paper boy during grade school. His favorite interests were golf and flying. He formed the first golf
team at his high school and had shagged balls for Ben Hogan at the driving range. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy
on his eighteenth birthday during World War II, in order to enter flight school. His dream was to be a pilot and
fly airplanes, just as his father did. As a child Joe rode with his father in a by-wing plane carrying the mail
along the Missouri River and spending numerous hours watching airplanes fly in and out of the Cleveland
Hopkins Airport. During flight training Joe attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He finished
torpedo bomber flight training in 1945 just before the end of WWII. He remained in the Naval Reserve as a
pilot until 1951, assigned to Quonset Point, Rhode Island.
At the age of 20 in Miami, Florida, Joe married the love of his life, Margaret Lucille Eberling of Westlake, Ohio.
Joe and Margie had known each other since they were both 5 years old. At the time of his marriage Joe was
stationed in Miami during pilot training during World War II. Upon the cessation of WWII Joe returned to the
Cleveland, Ohio area where he ran his father's business, the Lakewood Window Cleaning Company.
Joe and Margie's daughter, Marsha, and eldest son, Joe W., were born in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe continued to
run the janitorial business while serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Joe also was a beer salesman for a brief
period and started a lost baggage delivery business for the newly-formed airlines. In 1953 Joe was hired by
American Airlines as a pilot, while the couple and their young family lived in North Olmsted, Ohio. In 1959 Joe
was transferred and moved his family to the San Francisco, CA area. A few months later Joe and Margie's
youngest child, Daniel, was born.
Joe and Margie raised their three children to adulthood in the west Bay Area cities of San Mateo, Belmont,
Redwood City and Portola Valley, California. Of course his golf game did not suffer in this locale – winning
numerous events while being a member at the famous Olympic Club. During the early 1960’s, Joe and Margie
extended their Belmont, CA home to Margie’s parents who needed a change of pace from the family farm.
During the 1960's Joe and his father-in-law owned and ran a saloon, The Swinging Door, in San Mateo, CA.
which is still in business.
Joe continued to fly for American Airlines until his retirement in 1984. During his career he served as a pilot's
representative on the airline accident investigation team for the National Transportation and Safety Board,
was an Allied Pilot's Association Union board member and served as president of the American Airlines retired
pilots group, the Grey Eagle's. Upon retirement from the airlines, Joe and Margie moved from California to
their summer home in Gunnison, Colorado, and to their winter home, a Leisure World development, in Mesa,
Arizona. They retired in the Rocky Mountain Region to be closer to their children, golf, fish, hunt and enjoy
the favorable climate.
Joe and Margie were active as dual residents of Colorado and Arizona. Making friends from around the world
at both locations, Joe sponsored numerous events and activities ranging from golf outings to dance parties.
Joe was a member of the Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison, CO until recently. For many years Joe and Margie
hosted the summer “Rendezvous” with their “Leisure World Friends” who came to Colorado to golf, play
tennis, fish, raft, sight-see and escape the Arizona summer heat.
Joe was dedicated to his family, friends, and his work. Joe loved to travel the world, not only as an airline
pilot, but as a tourist and "cruiser". His favorite countries visited were Hungary and Ireland. Upon the death
of Margie in 2003 Joe became active at St. Peter's Church in Gunnison, CO, serving as a Eucharistic minister
and a Bible study group member. Joe's other interests over the years were mosaic crafting, woodworking,
wood burning, coin collecting, investment managing, puzzling and crossword puzzling. Joe was friendly and
fun-minded to all who met him. When asked how he was doing he would reply "if had it any better I'd have to
be twins"!
Joe is survived by his brother Tom Gumber (Cheryl) of Keystone Heights, FL; two sons, Joe W. (Veta) Gumber
of Palisade, CO; and Dan Gumber of Edwards, CO; five grandchildren, Shawn McMenamy, Tucker Gumber,
Marena Gumber, Morgan Gumber, Junell Gumber; three great grandchildren, Kittrick Mann, Macy Rogers and
Taylor Anoia; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Margie
Eberling Gumber; his daughter, Marsha Glass; and his grandson, Scott McMenamy.
A funeral Mass will be held on November 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. St. Peter's Catholic Church in Gunnison, CO.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Development Fund in Gunnison, CO, The Wounded Warrior Project, or a charity of your choice in
remembrance of Joseph H. Gumber.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am sorry to inform you about the passing of John K McMullen on 10/25/2014 at the age of 92. His wife
Helen, passed away in July of 2013. We were informed about both of these events by Jacks son Scott.
Condolences may be sent to Scott at the address listed below. The following is a link to his obituary and two
short notes follow.
GE#: 1079
EMP#: 071438
NAME: McMullen, John K “Jack”
DOB: 04/26/1922
DOD: 10/25/2014
AGE: 92
Scott McMullen
20 Diane Court
Nesconst, NY 11767-1804
Gary Yudell
I regret to inform you that my father, John K. McMullen ([email protected]) passed away this past
Saturday, October 25. He flew with American from 1952 to 1982 and was a pilot at the conclusion of his career
with American.
He always had special memories of his career with American and the people he worked with.
He enjoyed your communications/emails.
Scott McMullen
[email protected]
Thanks for your kind words. My mother passed away in July of 2013. Dad spent a good deal of his last years
caring for her. He was always "Jack the pilot" as flying was his joy. He even kept talking about flying to the
emergency room staff on the day he died. Sharp to the end!
Condolences may be send to me at 20 Diane Court, Nesconst, NY 11767-1804. I will share them with my
brother and sister.
Best wishes,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am sorry to inform you about the passing of William R “Bill” Beaver Jr on 11/02/2014 at the age of 78. We
were informed about this by Bruce Ott but some additional computer problems kept me from seeing it until
today. The notification is included below as is a link to his obituary. Condolences may be sent to his wife.
GE#: 1863
EMP#: 049652
NAME: Beaver, William R “Bill”
DOB: 03/19/1936
DOD: 11/02/2014
AGE: 78
5001 Trading Bend
Austin, TX 78735
Gary Yudell
Subject: Bill Beaver
Most of you know that we lost Bill Beaver yesterday. The world is a bit sadder today for all of us who knew
and loved him. I am including the information for his memorial service, as well as donation
information. Oris's address: 5001 Trading Bend Austin, TX 78735, if anyone wishes to send a card. Of course
a donation will be made on behalf of the 108's in Bill's memory.
A Memorial Service for William Beaver will be on Monday, November 10th at 2:00pm.
It will be held at:
Remembrance Gardens of RiverBend Church
4214 Capital of Texas Highway North
Austin, Texas 78746
512 329-6007
The service will be outdoors in a garden setting. We will be walking on crushed granite.
Oris is asking in lieu of flowers to make donations to Veteran’s of Foreign Wars.
Immediately following the service we will gather at Audrey’s & Clarks home: 5312 Park Hollow Lane 78746.
She lives across the highway one mile from the church.
Hotel in the area:
Renaissance Austin Hotel
9721 Arboretum Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78759
512 343-2626
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am sorry to inform you about the passing of Robert A “Bob” Fasulo on 10/31/2014 at the age of 83. We were
informed about this by Sue Fluty at APA Benefits via a call from his wife, Donna. I have been unable to locate
an obituary. Condolences may be sent to his wife.
GE#: 2150
EMP#: 036533
NAME: Fasulo, Robert A “Bob”
DOB: 03/29/1931
DOD: 10/31/2014
AGE: 83
1830 Homewood Lane
Lincoln, CA 95648
Gary Yudell
[email protected]
Dear Gary,
I am writing to inform friends & colleagues of Captain Ed Donaldson that Ed ,unfortunately is in a nursing
facility. As many of you know, He had emphysema 20 years ago, which developed into COPD. This also caused
an atrial fibrillation. In recent years, his condition became very severe & Ed was more & more sedentary. I
was able to care for him at home till he contracted pneumonia about a month ago. A few days in the hospital
& 2 weeks at the Hospice Center, it was clear that I could no longer care for him safely at home. He is in bed &
very weak. I am asking that you send a note, a laugh or a memory of the good old days. Ed would so enjoy it.
Sabal Palms
499 Alternate Keene Rd.
Largo, Fl. 33771
Room 206
Thank you, Sue Donaldson
This sad news was forwarded to me by Joe Graham
-Bill Kingston [email protected]
Received an email from Bill Kohl today that informed me that Doug Streed had passed yesterday. 10-29-14,
from an aggressive brain tumor. No other information is available at this time. "Rest in Peace" Doug. MikeC
What would it be like to ride on the back of an eagle, flying over Paris?
This is truly a breathtaking flight.
On September 28th 2014, for the first time ever, a white-tailed eagle flew over the streets of Paris, soaring
from the very top of the Eiffel Tower to the Trocadero Gardens. If you have ever been to Paris the airborne
sights will be familiar. The white-tailed eagle has been extinct in France for over 50 years, and so to celebrate
this momentous flight they decided to use a Sony Action Cam Mini to record the whole thing from a breathtaking point-of-view.
Subject: Fw: Fwd: Sea Fury Gear Failure
Bill Kirschner is a former President of TARPA, the TWA Retiree group!
TWA Museum in Kansas City.
Take Care, Bill Kirschner:-)
VO-67 – The Secret Navy Squadron At NKP,13506,202544|761060,00.html
In case you missed it on PBS last week, here is the link to the NOVA program on WW I aviation done in New
Zealand. It runs just under 60 minutes. Very interesting.
Amazingly, I have never seen this video. I have seen a lot of carrier ops films and landing sequences but this
is REALLY different.
A Marine pilot! Incredible Jet Landing on an Aircraft Carrier
Subj: Fishing - An Aviator's Story! Very sad but true!
The rain was pouring and there was a big puddle in front of the pub just outside the Navy base.
A grizzled old retired Air Force fighter pilot, wearing a faded baseball cap emblazoned with a squadron patch,
along with his tattered leather flight jacket with several more squadron and wing patches, was standing near
the edge with a fishing rod, his line in the puddle.
A curious young Navy fighter pilot came over to him and asked what he was doing.
“Fishing”, the old Air Force pilot simply said.
“Poor old fool. Another dumb Air Force fighter pilot” the Navy officer thought. And so he invited the ragged
old timer into the pub for a drink.
Sipping his Chardonnay white wine and watching the old Air Force fighter jock drinking a Johnny Walker Black
label scotch whiskey, he felt he should start some conversation. The haughty Navy fighter pilot asked, “And
how many have you caught?”
“You’re the eighth”, the old Air Force fighter pilot answered.
Oh well, you have to have the occasional win by the AF. Have a great week and I’ll get back to you in a few
days. Have fun, stay out of trouble and ……….. HEY, BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
Best regards,