Michael P. Cehand passed away November 1, 2012 at the VA San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA. He was born in Sacramento, CA, March 24, 1943 to James Daniel and Mildred Ruth (Keeney) Cehand. He enlisted in the US Army at age 17 and became a paratrooper and medic, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. While a teenager he learned to fly airplanes and in later years helicopters. Mr. Cehand had a variety of interests, including scuba diving, ocean sailing, drag racing, ham radio and competitive shooting. He retired from FedEx Freight, after a career that spanned 30 years and more than 3 million accident-free miles. He was chosen for the American Trucking Association's "America's Road Team" in 1996. After retirement, Mr. Cehand enrolled at Sullivan University in Louisville, KY in the pastry chef program. In 2003 he was a contract employee for the US Army, driving a supply truck between Kuwait City, Kuwait and Baghdad, Iraq. After moving to Oro Valley, AZ in 2009, he went for a glider ride at the Tucson Soaring Club. He fell in love with sailplanes, joined the club and was an active member until earlier this year. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Oro Valley. Mr. Cehand is survived by his wife, Kathryn, of Oro Valley; brother, James Cehand of Sacramento, CA; sister, Joan Kilgos of Kankakee, IL; ten children and six grandchildren. Arrangements by AMERICAN CREMATION SERVICE.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 14, 2012