Wavering between somber and celebratory, the crowd gathered at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum on Friday the 13th. Sure, it was a party. We were invited by the Reeve family–with a promise of some yummy snacks and adult beverages. But we were there to say “goodbye.” Janice Reeve Ogle or “JRO,” died last month. After having logged more than 10,000 hours on Reeve Aleutian Airways flights, she went on to serve as company Vice President. Her father, Bob Reeve, was the founder of Reeve Aleutian Airways. Here is the LINK to Janice’s obituary, which appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News.
I traveled with Janice to the Russell Creek Salmon Derby in Cold Bay. It was a glorious weekend full of fishing and fun! It was my first trip on Reeve’s mighty Lockheed L-188 “Electra,” pictured, above. I’ve been a fan of the Aleutian Islands ever since.
Janice was firm regarding her wishes following her demise, according to her brother, Dick. Her instructions: “Have a party.”
Mission accomplished, Janice. Fair winds…
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