Clifford William Chaney
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Major Clifford William Chaney (Ret)
Few men pass through this life with such a passion for their work that it permeates their life and significantly impacts the lives of those around them. Cliff was a self made man who learned from his childhood the value of hard work. He worked many jobs but had a passion for flying airplanes. He came to aviation at the forefront of a new age of passenger planes. During his career which spanned decades, tens of thousands of people boarded planes and trusted their lives to Cliff's skill as a commercial pilot. Cliff flew into thousands of sunsets and sunrises over most of the oceans of the earth and landed at many of the earth's great cities. During World War II he flew troops and supplies to the Pacific Theater. After he retired from the airlines he flew air ambulance flights and taught hundreds of aspiring pilots to fly. He was qualified to fly everything from a Piper Cub to a Boeing 747. His knowledge, wisdom and flying skills were honed to perfection, he was one of the great pilots of his time.
His work ethic made him a great husband and a wise and capable father. He was always helpful around the home and ready and anxious to be with his children as they grew from childhood to adulthood. Cliff was a true gentleman and a friend to all.
Cliff was born on July 15, 1918, and "slipped the surely bonds of earth" August 4, 2012. He was 94 years old and taught flying lessons right to his passing. He always said, "The last words I want to hear are, Cliff, let's go flying." His wish was fulfilled.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of 30 years, two children, Kathleen and Tom LaTourrette, Bill and Diana Chaney, grandchildren, Tenille and Curt Cromwell, TenEyck and Tracey LaTourrette, Bill Jr. and Vicki Chaney, Elizabeth Chaney, Craig and Candice Chaney, and six great grandchildren.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Aug. 26, 2012