John Alan Nyquist
1926 - 2014
Mr. John Alan Nyquist, 87, of Allen, TX. died Thur. Oct. 23, 2014. Services will be held at 1:00 pm Tues. Oct. 28 at The Heights Baptist Church, 201 W. Renner Rd. Richardson,TX. John was born Oct. 31, 1926 in Toledo OH., son of Dr. Albion and Gladys Nyquist. He married Betty Lou Bassham on Aug. 30, 1951 in Denison TX. He was a pilot in the US Air Force, and then had a thirty one year career at Braniff International. He was well respected by his peers, and enjoyed all the people he met and worked with. In his spare time he built and flew an aerobatic biplane, built two houses and played his trumpet. His love of flying was only exceeded by his love of family. Survived by his wife Betty and five children: Karen Nyquist, John E. and Elizabeth Nyquist, Ellen Nyquist, Robert and Patricia Nyquist, Laura and Craig Kiefer. Also five grandchildren: John P. and Taylor Nyquist, and Jordan,Holly, and Rachel Kiefer. Preceded in death by his mother, father, and two sisters, Marjorie Burnor and Nancy Levans.

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Published by Dallas Morning News from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2014.
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I flew many a trip with John Nyquist and he was absolutely one of the Best pilots and most humorous guys I ever flew with... When, he would see me.. he would immediately start singing the TOLEDO fight song for Univ of TOLEDO. as that is where I went to Nursing School.. and of course, I am a Buckeye as well. He could also immitate Johnathan WINTERS to a T.. and the Passengers.. absolutely.. thought it was Johnathan flying the airplane.. WHAT A TRIP !! LOL.. I know for sure where Capt. Nyquist is and God was pleased to receive him.. So, JOHN, I salute YOU.. and thank you for my wonderful memories and for touching so many lives.. while you were here.. RIP my big ole FRIEND.. Jill Parker Snow, former FA for Braniff, Orange Beach, ALA
Jill Parker Snow
March 13, 2015
Deborah Hunt-Bell
December 12, 2014
I'm so very sorry to learn of Mr. Nyquist's passing. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family, and I pray that they will find comfort in the knowledge that there will be a glorious reunion in Heaven one day.
Karen Qualls Whittington
November 9, 2014
With John in the left seat -- you knew it was going to be a good flight Harvey Milligan...class of '56 november
October 29, 2014
I did not know Captain Nyquist, but I do know his daughter Karen, Karen has always been there for us Aircraft Mechanics at American Airlines DFW, my condolences to Karen and family, May the love of your friends and family surround you and fill your heart.
John Blackos
October 28, 2014
My the Nyquist family.I know he was loved and respected by family and friends. Karen, John, Ellen, Bob, Laura and families you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Barry Blum
October 28, 2014
Betty...My sincere condolences for your loss. May the 'God of all Comfort' help you to endure this difficult time.
October 28, 2014
John was so likeable and a pleasure to know, plus a true professional. Just a nice guy to have around.
Lloyd Jones
October 27, 2014
What a fantastic person to be around. And to think we grew up only a few miles apart in Ohio. Bless his entire family as I am sure they miss him terribly, as will all who knew him.
Richard (Dick) Curtis
October 27, 2014
John was a pleasure to be around and always brighten up the room. He will be missed by all who new new him and a super pilot.
Chuck Greene
October 27, 2014
One of the Braniff pilots' family bright lights who always added brightness to our days with that unique personality. What a pleasure it was to have known him and to fly with.
G. Ray Asay
October 26, 2014
Captain Nyquist gave me my first ride in a biplane fifty years or more ago in his Buker Jungmeister at Kittyhawk Airport. I still have a photo of him and his Buker taken that day.
John Bradberry
October 26, 2014
What a sweetheart to fly with! John was always so quick with his one-liners and jokes. We all enjoyed flying with Captain Nyquist and wish we could do it again.
Bless you John,
Sharyn Finnegan
Braniff hostess
October 26, 2014
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