OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS
CAPTAIN MILT MARSHALL IN MEMORIAM
ONA CREW IN MOURNING AT THE LOSS OF AN
OUTSTANDING AVIATOR AND FRIEND,
MILT MARSHALL IS NO LONGER WITH US,
GOD BLESS HIS SWEET MEMORY
I hired him when he came with ONA. A sorrowful loss.
Chief Pilot Robert Love,
but grateful I saw him at the NY reunion in
October 2003. I told him I remembered him as a
wonderful pilot. Sadly, Jacquie Law,
Bay City, Michigan
Marshall and met him at the New York reunion last
year. It seems unreal he is no longer here.
Margareta (Wulf) Thaute,
I am very sorry to hear about Milt Marshall.
What a tradegy.
Sincerely, Francesca Hillman,
Please give my best regards to the family. Milt was a
good guy and captain.
Ted Stowe, Milt Marshall and
Jacquie Law and Milt Marshall - all 3 photos
from ONA NEW YORK Friendship Reunion
October 25, 2003 at Lentini´s.
Dave McCloy, Milt Marshall and
Kathy Grandin Gursel
Milts´s Ceremony - by Captain George Flavell
I flew to Newark on Fri the 6th where Tom Murphy
picked me up and kept me at his house for the weekend.
Together we picked up Ed Veronelli and Ted Secola and
met Gordy Strothers at the church. To my knowledge we
were the only ONA people there. I spoke at the service
and described the flight that Milt had brought back after
take off with all four engines failed...wrong fuel on board.
After that a young man came over to me and asked me if
I remembered his grandfather, I did, Blacky Blackburn an
old navigator with us who had retired from PAA.
The service was nice, the day was beautifull, there
could have been 200 people there and many stood up
Milt´s son was there, had flown in from the
aircraft carrier "George Washington", which had just
returned from the Persian Gulf. Kathie, his youngest
daughter made it through the day which she was
hopeing to do, since she is pregnant with twin boy's
due on the 3rd of Sept.
Milt would have been proud.
MESSAGE FROM MILT MARSHALL´S DAUGHTER
My Dad thought the world of ONA and of everyone
who worked there. He considered you all very dear
friends. I can not count the many stories over the
years that have been told by him, it was always
apparent that you all had a lot of fun doing
something that you truly loved. He was so proud
to have been with such a great company and with
all of you.
His obituary was in July 17, 2004 Danbury News Times
and The Waterbury Republican.
Please express our thanks and gratitude to
everyone who has been in touch with me and my
family. The outpouring has been incredible.
You all will hold a special place in my heart.
Kathie (Marshall) Leonzi
A memorial service is Saturday, August 7, 11:00 a.m.
at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Milford. Pilots who
wish to wear their uniforms may do so to pay tribute
to this consummate pilot and professional aviator.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to
Trinity Lutheran Church, Route 7 North, New Milford,
CT 06776 or The Lutheran Home of Southbury,
990 Main St. North, Southbury, CT 06488.
Arrangements by Carpino Funeral Home,
ONA CREW CABIN AND
Lockheed L-188 Electra
N284F at JFK in 1973
MILTON F MARSHALL
Milton F. Marshall was reunited with his beloved wife, Carol, on July 10, 2004, when he died in an aviation accident in Ticonderoga, New York. Mr. Marshall, a resident of Roxbury, was born December 2, 1928 in Eagle Bend, MN. He was the son of William and Ethel Marshall. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Milford and a Mason. "Milt" enjoyed a 60-year aviation career, most recently as owner and operator of Capital Airlines, Inc., an air charter business and flight school at Waterbury-Oxford Airport. Milt began as a crop duster, joined the U.S. Air Force, and participated in the Berlin Air Lift. He began a commercial aviation career with Capital Airlines, which was purchased by United Airlines in 1960. Captain Marshall went on to the worldwide charter airline, Overseas National Airways. While a pilot at ONA, he was elected to the position of MEC Chairman for the Airline Pilots Association. He later held the position of VP-Flight Operations at ONA. After retirement in 1978, he spent several years as a consultant and pilot with several start-up airlines. In the early 1980s, he and Carol bought a flight school at Waterbury-Oxford Airport. The couple resurrected the name, Capital Airlines, and secured an air charter certificate. The couple mentored many young people interested in aviation, and many of their students have become professional airline pilots. He leaves five daughters, Stephanie Lynn Weaver and husband Mark, Wauwatosa, WI; Michelle Ann Orser and husband Terry, Royal Oak, MI; Lynn Ann Gorman and husband Russell, Bethlehem; Kimberly Ann Chandler and husband Major Steven Chandler, Crestview, FL; and Kathie Lynn Leonzi and husband Thomas, Woodbury; Two sons, Richard Akans II and wife Diane; and Navy Commander John Marshall, Virginia Beach, VA; Twelve grandchildren, Chad Akans, Elizabeth and Kristin Byrdak; Samuel and Benjamin Weaver; Wesley and Evan Chandler; Russell Gorman Jr.; Erika Allen; Jacqueline Gorman; and Alexis Lynn and Thomas John Leonzi III.
Article published in the Connecticut Post
Monday, July 12, 2004
Oxford pilot killed in crash
Mystery remains over cause of airplane disaster
By KEN DIXON and LINDA PINTO, Staff writers
Milton F. Marshall, a legend at Waterbury-Oxford Airport, where he operated a flight school as owner of Capital Airlines, was killed with another man about six miles from an upstate New York airport. The Oxford airport community was somber and distraught Sunday, wondering how such a cautious and experienced pilot could die after more than a half-century of flying. A long-time Oxford resident who had recently moved to East Woods Road in Roxbury, Marshall, 76, was piloting a Piper Navajo that plummeted into thick woods and exploded about 85 miles north of Albany at about 9 a.m. Saturday, police said. Michael Keilty, 40, of Aspen Lane in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown, was his passenger in the flight from Waterbury-Oxford Airport to upstate New York. Marshall and Keilty were killed after the twin-engine plane was seen circling near a country club west of Ticonderoga, N.Y., police said. It dropped out of sight and witnesses heard a loud explosion. It crashed in a heavily wooded area of the eastern Adirondacks, near Putnam Pond State Campground, as it was attempting to reach a landing strip at Ticonderoga Airport. Marshall owned a charter operation, flight school and maintenance operation at the airport. In 1987, Marshall started Capital Airlines in homage to a defunct commercial carrier, where he began as a co-pilot in a Douglas DC-3 in Washington, D.C., back in 1952. He was one of the best pilots at Waterbury-Oxford Airport, according to airport manager Michael O'Donnell.
Plane crash claims 2 from area, Victims
reported from Roxbury, Sandy Hook
Monday, July 12, 2004
By Alexander MacInnes
© 2004 Republican-American
OXFORD Police officials in Ticonderoga, N.Y., have identified the Connecticut pilot and passenger who died in a Saturday morning plane crash in upstate New York. Milton F. Marshall, 75, of Roxbury, owner and operator of Capital Airlines, a charter company and flight school based at the Waterbury-Oxford Airport, was flying passenger Michael Keilty, 40, of Sandy Hook, to Ticonderoga Municipal Airport from Oxford when their plane crashed in a remote area of the Adirondack mountains. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, which was reported shortly after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a statement from Ticonderoga Police Chief Jeffrey D. Cook. FAA officials did not return phone calls for comment on the cause of the crash, but witnesses said the conditions were clear. The twin-engine airplane crashed in a remote area of Old Fort Mountain, near an old logging trail, northwest of the Ticonderoga Country Club, Ticonderoga dispatcher Michael Alteri said. Emergency and fire crews were able to use that trail to access the crash site. Several small fires around the site were extinguished quickly. Mark Wood, a private pilot, helped direct the rescue efforts from his plane. At one point he flew 50 feet over the crash site. "It was not pretty," Wood said. "I couldn't even tell what kind of plane it was."
Fred Shaw was playing golf at the time of the crash.
"The plane was in trouble going over the top of this hill," he said. "I got to the third tee and said 'Why is that plane going so low? ' And it crashed." Marshall, who was a retired United Airlines pilot with almost 60 years of experience in the cockpit, started his own charter company in 1987 and had a "very clean record," according to his daughter, Kathie Leonzi. He was born in Minnesota and first started flying as a crop-duster in Indiana. He would later fly in the Berlin Airlift after World War II, his daughter said. "He was very well respected," Leonzi said. "I think everybody had a great deal of respect for him and everyone was fond of him. He taught a lot of people how to fly and a lot of those people became airline pilots themselves. That was something he was very proud of. He loved to teach." Leonzi described her father as someone in "terrific shape" and "well known in the aviation community." Waterbury-Oxford Airport Manager Michael O'Donnell said when he needed one more flight in order to receive his pilot's license, he went up with Marshall. When O'Donnell became the airport's director, knew him as a "well respected pilot with a lot of hours" in the cockpit. "He never took chances, he was never a risk taker," O'Donnell said. "That's why it is so hard to comprehend this accident. This is a well-respected man, who had more time flying than a lot of us have been alive." Although Marshall had a clean record, this was the second fatal crash in more than five months involving a plane operated by Capital Airlines. In February a pilot flying a Capital Airlines Piper from Erie International Airport in Pennsylvania back to Oxford crashed 25 miles outside the Erie airport. The pilot, who was the only person in the plane, reported "a rough running engine," according to the NTSB report. Marshall left two sons and five daughters.