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Airline Division News, Week Ending November 29, 2014

Atlas Air Captain Ken Ryngala Passes Away 

Atlas Air Captain Ken Ryngala passed away Saturday evening, November 22, 2014.  Ken left behind a wife Joanne and three children. 

A former member of the 439th Tactical Airlift Wing, Ken was a well respected Atlas pilot and instructor. After being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2007, he was the recipient of a rare double lung transplant that saved his life and allowed him to return to Atlas. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 13 from 1pm to 4pm at:

Costello-Runyon Funeral Home

568 Middlesex Avenue (Route 27)

Metuchen, New Jersey 08840

Food and Fellowship will follow at 4:30 pm:

The Hotel Woodbridge at MetroPark

120 Wood Avenue South

Iselin, NJ 08830 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ken’s name to “One Breath at a Time”, an organization that assists lung transplant patients and their families at Tampa General Hospital.  The online donation form does not allow for a name to be specified, please send your donation directly to the address below:

One Breath at a Time

3104 N. Armenia Avenue, Suite 5

Tampa, FL 33607-1601

Atlas Air First Officer Todd Hoppe Passes Away

Atlas Air FO Todd Hoppe passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.  He was the husband of Stephanie (Miller) Hoppe and father of five children.  

He began his career as an Air Force Academy graduate and Commissioned Officer. Todd was held in very high regard for his airmanship and was greatly respected and enjoyed his fellow crew members at Atlas. 

A funeral service was held on Saturday, November 22, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1380 S. Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale, PA. Interment will be private in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, PA.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist School, at the above address.