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Kenneth Ross Dysart

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Kenneth Ross Dysart Obituary
Kenneth Ross Dysart

After an adventurous life, a great day, and one of his favorite dinners with his wife of 63 years, Ken Dysart died suddenly of a heart attack at home on March 13, 2015 at age 88.

A retired Captain for American Airlines, Ken's love of flying began as a young man. Born in Portland, Oregon, on December 23, 1926, his family moved to Spokane, Washington, where he soloed on his 16th birthday, earned his private pilot's license at 17, and gained his commercial and flight instructor's ratings at 19. After serving in the Army at the end of World War II, he resumed his colorful flying career as a flight instructor in Montana, a bush pilot operating Dysart's Flight Service in Alaska, an early-passenger DC-3 co-pilot for Panagra in South America, and as a private pilot flying Vincent Astor's Grumman Mallard in New York. He joined American Airlines in 1953 and flew every type of aircraft from Convairs to 747s until his retirement 33 years later in 1986. Ken continued flying privately out of Torrance Airport where he owned several planes, one of which he built from scratch.

It was while flying for Panagra that Ken met the love of his life: Olive Redfearn, a stewardess for Pan Am. After a long-distance romance, Ken and Olive tied the knot during a 24-hour layover in Panama. They lived in Lima, Peru before returning to the United States in 1952.

Ken was an avid golfer and a 50-year member of the Los Verdes Men's Golf Club. He was a fun-loving, no-nonsense character and consummate storyteller who enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and traveling the world with his family. His favorite destinations were fishing villages in Baja and the Reno Air Races.

He is survived by wife Olive; daughters Kim (Doug) Anderson of Lakewood, CA, Kristy (Tim) Foster of Boulder, CO, and Holly (Mark) Wyman of Pacific Palisades, CA; grandchildren Kelly, Chad, Amy, Danny, Jessie, Jack and Charlie, and extended family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Ken at 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Western Museum of Flight at Torrance Airport (Zamperini Field), 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance, California 90505 (www.wmof.com). For further information, contact Holly at 310-454-2046 or [email protected] Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Apr. 12 to Apr. 22, 2015
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