|Birth: ||May 25, 1923|
|Death: ||May 21, 2000|
Anchorage Daily News June 6, 2000
Longtime Alaska resident and Bush pilot JERRY L. CHURCH, 76, died May 21, 2000, at United General Hospital in Sedro Woolley, Wash., of pancreatic cancer. A memorial service was at Bartwood Lodge on Orcas Island, Wash.
Mr. Church was born May 25, 1923, in Davenport, Wash., and moved to Fairbanks in 1938 with his mother, Muriel (Hering) Church, and his brother, Dick. He attended Fairbanks High School, where he was a popular student and basketball player, his family wrote. After graduation in 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an artillery liaison pilot with the XX Corps Field Artillery in Northern Europe under Gen. George Patton. Back in Alaska following his discharge, the piloting skills learned in the Army shaped his 38-year flying career. He flew the Bush for Dodson Air Service, primarily in Western Alaska along the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. Later, Dodson Air Service merged with several other carriers to form Northern Consolidated Airlines. Mr. Church eventually served as chief pilot for the airline. In later years, he also flew as a captain for Wien Airlines and Interior Airlines. The final years of his flying career were spent as an executive and captain for Alaska International Air, which eventually became MarkAir. He flew Lockheed Hercules prop-jets on cargo flights throughout Alaska and overseas. He retired in 1983 to Orcas Island and later to the town of LaConner, Wash. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Veterans Administration Medical Center, c/o Barbara Hatred, MS S-005-VOL, 1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle WA 98108.
Mount Baker Cemetery
San Juan County
Created by: Dawn Stewart
Record added: Dec 07, 2009
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