Former longtime Juneau resident Raymond L. Landingham died March 30, 2008, in Moses Lake, Wash. He was 76.
He was born Aug. 31, 1931, in Yakima, Wash., to Loran and Viola Landingham. As a teenager attending West Seattle High School, he pursued his love for flying and soloed his first aircraft, a piper cub, with his mother in the back seat. He later continued his education attending the University of Washington.
In 1953, he served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during the Korean War as a crew chief on P-51 Mustangs.
In 1956, he settled in Juneau, pursuing a career in aviation as a commercial pilot and owner of the charter airline Channel Flying. In January 1962, he married Nancy Conley, and they spent the next 35 years raising a family in Juneau.
In retirement, he loved spending time with his family, fly fishing, flying his remote-controlled airplanes and golfing, his family said.
He will always be remembered for his kind words, wonderful sense of humor and willingness to help others, they said. He left this world in peace, after a short battle with cancer, they said.
He was preceded in death by his father, Loran Landingham; mother, Viola Landingham; brothers, Elmer Landingham and Lawrence Landingham.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Conley) Landingham; children, Jannine Swingler and her husband, Eldon, and James Burns, of Aberdeen, S.D., Traci Welborn and her husband, Mark, of West Jordan, Utah, Shannon Lockwood and her husband, Bruce, of Tehachapi, Calif., and Loran Landingham and his wife, Tami, of Juneau; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; brother, Walter Landingham and his wife, Chris; and sister, Doris Thurow and her husband, Bob.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to a favorite charity in his name. Contact the family at 601 S. Pioneer Way, Suite F, Box 240, Moses Lake, WA 98837.