Herb-Kelleher-Obituary

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Herb Kelleher

Mar 12, 1931 – Jan 3, 2019 (Age 87)

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Porter Loring Mortuary Obituary

Herb Kelleher, the fun-loving and wickedly witty Founder, Chairman Emeritus, and former CEO of Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co., died Thursday, January 3, 2019. He was 87. Herbert David Kelleher was born March 12, 1931, in Camden, New Jersey, and was reared in nearby Audubon, New Jersey,...

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Ruth and family, our sincere condolences for your loss. Herb was wonderful! We would always see him at Gate 1 in Dallas back in the early days. Sending LUV for a life well lived.

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

It was sure nice knowing you, Herb. Everything I heard about you was good and true....like you.

Herb, the most inspirational, charismatic, and crazy boss I have ever had the pleasure of working for. You will will forever hold a special place in my heart. Rest in peace. With Luv, Shirley Nadeau #24816. LAX/BWI

Your core beliefs are what led me to southwest airlines. I am forever grateful!

Such a wonderful man to work for. God bless you.

RIP HERB FROM A THANKFUL SWA EMPLOYEE WHO NEVER HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE OF MEETING YOU BECAUSE I'M NEW. BECAUSE OF YOU I HAVE FINALLY FOUND MY WORK HOME AFTER SO MANY YEARS OF SEARCHING. A PLACE WHERE I CAN BE MYSELF AND HAVE FUN AND STILL TAKE CARE OF MY CUSTOMERS AND THE COMPANY. YOU WERE THE SPIRIT , THE WARRIOR AND THE LUV IN SOUTHWEST. NOW WE ALL WILL CONTINUE TO BE THAT OURSELVES IN YOUR HONOR. THANK YOU HERB AND GOD SPEED.

My sincere condolences goes out to you all, Mr Kelleher's family and work family. Although I did not work for SWA, I traveled for over 35 years with my job taking me around the US and each time I made my flight arrangements I traveled with SWA. I chose SWA because of their fun-loving attitude and special attention to their customers. His articles in the Spirit magazine truly showed his compassion for people. He was an intelligent man with a special heart for all of his work family and...