John D. Cline
October 13, 1928 – May 11, 2018
Mr. John D. Cline, formerly a U. S. Air Force pilot and Captain for American Airlines, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, at the age of 89. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his beloved family members. He leaves a lifetime of wonderful memories to his wife, Donna, a daughter, Katherine, and a son, Stephen. He also has a surviving sister, Janet Paterson, in Wilmington, NC. As well, he leaves a favorite sister-in-law, Betty Heath, in Topeka, KS. There are members of his extended family and several nieces and nephews in various states by whom he will be sadly missed. He and his wife, Donna, were married for nearly 63 years and had lived in Kansas, New York, Tennessee, and Florida. They were known for being steadfast volunteers, and were kind and helpful to those they knew or were in need. They worked at the Covenant Hospice Garage Sales for many years and gave hours of their time to that cause. John also assisted at the Pensacola Wildlife Sanctuary with computer systems. John graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in aeronautical engineering. Mr. Cline was a pilot for many years, having attained a private license when he was 16 and eventually gaining the rank of Captain for a major airline. He also loved photography, reading, sailing, and traveling with his wife with their camper. Oak Lawn Funeral Home will provide cremation services, and a private memorial will be held at his place of residence in West Pensacola.
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Albert (Dub) Shean
May 30, 2018
I flew with John in Nashville TN w/ American Air Lines. He was an interesting person. My best memory was when John told
the story about giving his sailboat to the boy scouts for their use on Old Hickory Lake near Nashville. When John learned
that only the adult scout leaders were using the boat , John had the boat returned to him.. Another story he told when we were flying together was when he was on a small city advisory board in Connecticut. After funds were raised for a project and all the administrative functions were paid there was no money left for the project. This didn't set well with John. A crew chief
named Buford at AAL in Nashville was a;ways attempting to sell John antique knives. When John told him that the knives weren't antiques but just junk,, Buford stated to John that there was often a fine line between antiques and junk..
I learned a lot when flying with John. One very important thing was to have the airport runways, taxiways, and gates layout "page" visible on the left console which really helped when I became a Capt. with AAL . Sincerely, Dub Shean DMD and Capt.