SEATTLE, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The family of Bruce R. Kennedy,
including his wife, Karleen Kennedy of Burien, Wash., issued the following
statement about his apparent death June 28 in a private plane crash in the
north-central Washington town of Cashmere:
"Thursday evening we learned that a plane matching the description of
that of my husband had crashed at the Cashmere, Wash., airport and that the
pilot had been killed. Bruce had filed a flight plan for Wenatchee, where
he looked forward to visiting his grandchildren. His flight plan had not
been closed as expected.
"Learning of the crash in Cashmere, my son, Kevin, drove to the airport
to view the crash site. We have every reason to believe the plane was
Bruce's Cessna 182.
"Bruce had flown to Sandpoint, Idaho, to visit Quest Aircraft, of which
he was proud to be chairman of the Board of Trustees. From Sandpoint, he
flew to Hot Springs, Mont., one of his favorite aviation destinations. From
there, his final flight was to take him to Wenatchee via Cashmere.
"While we are deeply saddened by the loss of someone we love and admire
so much, we rejoice in the knowledge that Bruce is united with his Lord
Jesus and take comfort in the fact that he died doing something he loved
and in which he took great pleasure. We thank God for the 68 years that God
lent him to us, the 42 years he was my husband, and the 39 years he was
father to our children.
"Bruce served at the time of his death as chairman of Quest Aircraft
Company. Quest was formed in 2000 for the purpose of designing and
manufacturing aircraft to serve the needs of mission and humanitarian
flying in challenging parts of the world, as well as for commercial sales.
The Kodiak, a turbine-powered, single-engine plane being produced at
Quest's Sandpoint plant, is on the brink of receiving type certificate from
"Kennedy served at Alaska Airlines and its predecessor company for 32
years in management positions, including 12 years as chairman, chief
executive officer and president. He continued to serve on the board of
directors of Alaska Air Group, Inc., after his early retirement from the
company in 1991.
"Kennedy also served on the board of trustees of Crista Ministries,
Lynnwood, Wash. He was a member of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian
Church USA for six years and served on the board of Mission Aviation
Fellowship for 15 years, eight as chair, during his tenure at and since his
early retirement from Alaska Airlines. He also served on the boards of
other Christian organizations. He was awarded honorary degrees from both
Seattle Pacific University and his alma mater, University of Alaska.
"Kennedy was born in Denver on Oct. 11, 1938. His family moved to
Alaska during his high school years. Even though he returned 'Outside' for
several years, his heart remained in the 49th state and he returned there
to graduate from the University of Alaska. He received his commission as an
artillery officer and served his tour of duty at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
"During his army tour, he married Karleen Isaacson from Roseville,
Calif., and they made their first home in Fairbanks. Their two children,
Kevin (wife, Kelley) and Karin (husband, Ken) Hejmanowski were born there.
He is also survived and loved by two grandchildren, Hallie and Braden
SOURCE The family of Bruce R. Kennedy