Robert F. Schafranka
July 28, 2004

Captain Robert V. Schafranka, 82, passed away July 28, 2004 at Fountain Hills AZ after a long battle with cancer. Bob spent most of his adult life in the Aviation field, with 8 years on active military duty and 32 years as an Air Line Pilot. He was born September 2, 1922 and raised in New Mexico. Joined the Army Air Force in June 1942. He completed his pilot training with class 43-B. His first assignment was with the 6th Tow Target Squadron at Biggs Field, Texas. During the stay at the 6th Tow Target Squadron he was able to check out in several types of airplanes, from fighters to bombers. During July 1943 Bob was assigned to 4-engine training prior to being assigned to the 450-bomb group flying B-24s.He flew 50 missions with the 15th Air Force in Italy. Returning to the States he was assigned to the Eastern Technical Training Command training B-24 pilots. During the Berlin Air Lift Bob was the Base Accountable Supply Officer at Templehof Air Base in Berlin, Germany. In April 1950 Bob retired from active duty. In Dallas, Texas he went to work for Pioneer Air Lines for two years, before moving to Las Vegas to work for Bonanza Air Lines. He worked for Bonanza, Hughes Air West and Republic Air lines for over 30 years, flying Capt for 28 years. Retirement age 60 caught up with him in 1982. During his flying years he found time to own an apartment complex, work on various political projects as well as several conservative causes. Add Council Chairman, MEC Chairman and worked on several ALPA contracts. Bob always said flying beat working for a living two to one. Since moving to Fountain Hills, he and Peggy became active members of the First Baptist Church and made many friends. Captain Schafranka celebrated life with his wife Peggy for 62 years. Also survived by Son David of Phoenix, Daughter Robbie Beaty and husband Ted of St Louis, two Grandsons Tim Beaty of St Louis and Derek Beaty of Maui, Sister Kay Howell of Show Low Arizona and Sister-in-law Anne Schafranka of Tucson Arizona The services will be held at Messinger Fountain Hills Mortuary on Tuesday, August 3rd at 10:30 AM. Captain Schafranka will be interned in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers kindly contribute to the Cancer Research Institute, 681 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022-4209, or First Baptist Church, 10215 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills AZ 85268." .