William "Bill" Brindell Posted: 2018-01-12 13:25:35



William F. Brindell, 81, passed away at his home in Huntley, surrounded by his family on January 11, 2018.
He was born June 26, 1936 the son of Charles and Marjorie Brindell. He graduated from San Diego University. He served 8 ½ years in the United States Marine Corp as a fighter pilot. On February 14, 1960 he married Lorretta Tofteland. Bill retired as a Captain with Delta Airlines after 30 years.
He enjoyed his retirement with family, grandkids and friends in Sun City, Huntley, and Florida. He was actively involved in his Church, Sun City Marines and three bands where he continued to play the saxophone.
Bill is survived by his wife and high school sweet heart, Loretta, his three daughters, Leslie (Bret), Bonnie (Mark), Michelle (Jeff) and by his 8 grandchildren, Melissa (Chris), Alexandria, Austin, Brandon, Hunter, Dustin, Michael, Katherine and by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard Brindell.
The family will greet friends on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10-11am at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, 10805 Main Street, Huntley, where there will be a Memorial service celebrating Bill’s life at 11:00am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church building fund, to help with the expansion of their new Church building.
For further information please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or on-line condolences may be directed to www.defiorejorgensen.com

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Kimberly Keeler 2018-01-12 21:24:04

I'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers for comfort are with his family and friends.

Rick Brindell 2018-01-12 21:59:55

Uncle Bill was "The Man"! Jet pilot, musician and the way I remember one of the most laidback guys I have ever know. So sorry that he has passed. He will be missed by so many

Jackie Lambe 2018-01-12 22:08:50

So very sorry for your loss. May the many fond memories help you through this difficult time. God Bless !!!!!

Judy & Don Blankenship 2018-01-13 00:34:29

We are so saddened for the family's loss. Bill was Don's life long friend having known both Bill & Loretta since Jr high. A wonderful guy who will be missed by many.

Doug Steffey 2018-01-13 02:51:38

Loretta we are so sorry to hear about Bill. His history is quite phenomenal. Our prayers are with you. Doug and Lynn

Shirlene Haslett (Frevert) 2018-01-13 03:46:45

He left a great legacy. The pictures all show a huge smile. He must have loved life.

Elke and Walter Weber 2018-01-13 04:56:54

So sorry for the passing of your dad Leslie, you are in our prayers

Bill Leggee 2018-01-13 06:00:18

Bill will be greatly missed. It was an honor to have known him. My prayers and thoughts are with you Lorretta and the family.

Bobbi and Jim Vinton 2018-01-13 14:13:23

Bill was a fantastic person,excellent in everything he did a true gentleman in every sense of the word.. It is a great loss to all of us. Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire Brindell family.

Jim Vinton 2018-01-13 14:32:59

Bill, your smile lit up the room. I will miss you as a neighbor, as a band-mate, as a friend.

JOHN AND DIANE LINDBLOM 2018-01-13 16:54:53

Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. May God bless you and your family.

Jerry McClelan 2018-01-13 17:52:30

Dear Loretta and Family I'm having the same mixed emotions that you are surely having...the loss of a close friend, great musician, and fellow patriot, veteran, and pilot...this combined with the great personal satisfaction of knowing and being close to one whose noteworthy and successful life we are remembering and celebrating. I plan to send Loretta a separate note of my own experiences and good times with Bill, in the Concert Band, Dance Band, and our unique friendship as pilots and military officers. For now, please accept my very heartfelt condolences, and my shared, true sense of loss, along with the smiles and comfort that come with just picturing and thinking about Bill, and what a good man he was to all of us. I regret that Joan and I cannot attend the services, as we are in Arizona attending my Mother-in-law. Our thoughts and prayers are yours. Sincerely, Jerry McClellan Sun City Concert Band Colonel, US Air Force (Retired)

Gayle (McCullam) Hackbarth 2018-01-13 18:30:00

Loretta, I'm with you in both thought and prayer. You were so fortunate to have had Bill in your life for all those years. Bless you.

Ken and Kay Andersen 2018-01-13 18:35:49

I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was always such a friendly and happy person. I know how much he will be missed by the family and friends.

Joyce (Oswald) Garvin 2018-01-14 01:11:20

So very sad to hear of Bill's passing! Both of you are beloved members of our CVHS Class of 1954. He will be missed by his classmates, as well as by anyone who knew him. He was special!!

Lynn Tortorello - Muir Drive. 2018-01-14 01:35:59

So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family and I pray all your wonderful memories of lives shared together will bring some comfort in this difficult time.

Marian Blackwood Warren 2018-01-14 02:28:09

Dear Loretta, Please accept my sincere sympathy at your loss. Bill and you are such lovely people. He did many things and made some fine contributions to worthy causes. Bless you and your family. Marian

Joanne Menzel Holderer 2018-01-14 02:38:43

Loretta, I am so sorry to hear about Bill's passing. Bill was such a great guy. I will always remember his smile and "upbeat" personality. He will be missed. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories and joyful times together. Lovingly, Joanne

Judy grady 2018-01-14 03:28:58

Bill was one of the best. We each have our good memories of him even all the's years apart. Judy

Jon Crowley 2018-01-14 13:38:14

Sorry for your loss

Jim and Gloria Lunn 2018-01-14 14:39:14

Sending much love to you and your family, Loretta. Wishing you comfort and support, from the memories of the many years that you and Bill spent together.

Consuelo Smith. (Connie Limon) 2018-01-14 18:52:32

All my sympathy to you and your family, Loretta. So so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Bill was an exceptional human being. All best wishes, Connie

David W. Skjerven 2018-01-14 20:31:24

ORD Delta Captain Bill Brindell was one of the finest pilots to fly with. He will be missed by all his fellow friends and pilots. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Gary Ritter 2018-01-14 21:46:06

Mrs. Brindell and family...I was saddened to learn of Bill's passing. He was a great pilot, a fine person and a pleasure to fly with. And always with a smile. I extend to you and your family my most heartfelt sorrow and condolences.

Bob Dibblee 2018-01-14 22:10:47

Bill was a great person as, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Capt Clint Johnson 2018-01-14 23:32:04

Bill was a fine pilot. I enjoyed flying with him. He had a great sense of humor.

Ron Bickel (Mary Lou) 2018-01-14 23:46:50

It is with great sadness to hear of Bill's loss. Fortunately though, Mary Lou and I had the opportunity to visit with both Bill and Loretta at the last class re-union. Bill and I spent quality time together in the Spartan band as well as being teammates on the varsity football team. Our best wishes to you and your family Loretta, Bill will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Indeed, he was always a very special human being.

Charlie Mack 2018-01-15 00:18:07

I flew as a co-pilot for Bill for many years in Chicago. He was always so upbeat and positive about life, it was a joy flying with him and he will be missed. My thoughts go out to his family for their loss.

John Lindstrom 2018-01-15 09:48:38

One oF Delta’s finest.

DOUG WOLFF 2018-01-15 11:08:22

As a new second officer at Delta, I knew it was a good day whenever I saw my name with Bill's on the flying schedule. Bill always found that perfect intersection of professionalism and an easy - going demeanor in his flight deck management style. When I became a captain many years later I tried to emulate Bill's approach to crew leadership, because the cooperative tone he set gave each crew member the confidence to fully contribute to the team's success. No better guy to fly with than Captain Bill Brindell. May God bless you all as you struggle through the sadness of your loss.

John OShea 2018-01-15 13:48:20

Great memories-great guy

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Dick Gardner 2018-01-15 15:46:01

Bill was one of the notable ORD "trouble makers" , a title we of the old Delta order wore as a badge of honor when it came to our relationship with the ATL bosses. I had the personal pleasure of working along side of him and sharing drinks and stories too. My condolences to the family. He was a good man, a pilot's pilot.

Terry Stewart 2018-01-15 16:24:48

The class of '54 did have a fine group of revered and respected as well as well liked members by most of the class, and Bill Brindell was one of them. Most of my school years were spent with Bill being one of my classmates. His being there made the class, and student body better. My best to the family in this trying time.

Gary Smith 2018-01-15 18:25:59

Dear Loretta, my deepest condolences to you and your family on Bill's passing. On reflection l was struck by how many parallels my life had with Bill. Born the same month, same schools from Jr. high thru college. Pilots in the military and airlines about the same length of time. Same retirement dates and I was based in Chicago for 7 years. Finally we both married our high school sweethearts! Bill will be missed by all! All my Love to you and your family.

Randy Whitaker 2018-01-15 19:52:12

Captain Bill was one of those captains I always loved flying with & later as I checked out as captain, I tried to be like Bill & the other captains like him. He will be sorely missed!

Lois Livengood RN 2018-01-15 21:20:53

God's peace at this time. It has been an honor helping you with medical issues all these years.

Clint Smith, Capt USN Ret, Jonesborough, TN 2018-01-15 21:41:46

So sorry to hear of Bills passing. He & I were members of Flight Training NAVCAD Class 16-58 in Pensacola together. I am so sorry I never reaquainted with Bill or met his family but Military service tends to separate aquaintences after training. I wish you the best and can only say that Bill was a great compatriate as I am sure a great family man. It has been 60 years since those days and I will surely miss him as will all those who knew him. We were young men full of vim & vigor and Bill was no exception. His success in life attests to his fortitude. What a guy!!!

Pat Brennan (Gilbert) 2018-01-15 23:49:16

So very sorry to hear about this special, Awesome person.. I am so glad to have attended all reunions and spend time with you and Bill, always looked forward to seeing you. Bill lived a full life and had years of retirement. That big C is horrible, I Know, that Is what my husband died of. Take care Loretta, I will be praying for Bill and you. Hugs pat

Fred & Sylvia Rudolph 2018-01-16 00:35:02

So sorry to hear about.Bill. We will keep Bill and family in our daily prayers.

Gary Smith 2018-01-16 02:38:18

Dear Loretta, my deepest condolences to you and your family on Bill's passing. On reflection l was struck by how many parallels my life had with Bill. Born the same month, same schools from Jr. high thru college. Pilots in the military and airlines about the same length of time. Same retirement dates and I was based in Chicago for 7 years. Finally we both married our high school sweethearts! Bill will be missed by all! All my Love to you and your family.

Dick Quale 2018-01-16 02:43:17

Great guy. Fine man. Easy does it. You have our sympathy.

Allen Larson 2018-01-16 03:30:59

Loretta, I was sadden to hear of Bill's Passing. He was a great friend and Pilot. My prayers go out to you and the entire family. May God's love, mercy and grace sustain you in your time of grief. God's blessings to you and your family.

Elizabeth Yamamoto-Wennberg 2018-01-16 07:08:13

A big hug and prayers to Loretta and her family. We go back to childhood years at Pilgrim Lutheran, and when Bill was in flight school in Memphis/Millington, he joined my husband and me for dinner at our home. My husband was one of his flight instructors. Good days. Great memories.

Joyce and Carl Stelzer Stelzer 2018-01-16 18:32:18

Dear Loretta I am so sorry to hear about Bill. anyone that was acquainted with him knew he was a special person. And we feel privileged that we knew both of you. Love and prayers to you, Leslie, Bonnie and Michelle Joyce and Carl

Ken & Sherrill Thomas 2018-01-16 20:39:06

A finer gentleman and pilot I have not met. It was a pleasure to know and fly with Bill..

Colonel Jack Lousma, USMC (Ret.) 2018-01-16 21:34:09

Dear Loretta and Family: It is with sincere regret that we learned of Bill's passing. We served together for nearly three years in Marine Squadron VMA-224 and enjoyed several post-service occasions to reminisce and renew friendships. Brindy and I flew together on several training missions in VMA-224. He was a top-notch aviator and a pleasant companion with outstanding leadership qualities, a good sense of humor, and admirable musical skills. We shall miss his camaraderie at future squadron gatherings and will recall him with pleasant memories! May God bless you and your future, Jack & Gratia Lousma

Cliff Judkins 2018-01-17 02:39:32

What a great guy. Met him at Chase Field in Texas. We were both aviation cadets, both soon to be Marines. Met him 8 years later at Delta Air Lines, where we were both airline pilots. Remember that he loved to play that tenor sax in the shower room at Chase field. (he loved the acustics!). He always had a smile on his face. My sincere condolences to his family.

Grant Mulder 2018-01-17 16:10:38

So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing . I flew many times with him at Delta. A wonderful man

Gay Harvey Shore and Doyle 2018-01-18 04:26:00

We are so sorry about hear of Bill's passing. We were neighbors and classmates. Last time we saw him was at our 60th class reunion. Loretta and family we are praying and thinking of you at this time.

Grant Mulder 2018-01-19 02:43:24

So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing . I flew many times with him at Delta. A wonderful man

Robert Steber 2018-01-19 13:33:15

So sorry Loretta , to hear about Bill's leaving us! I've known Bill since the 5th grade, and saw you and him at every reunion. He had a wonderful life and will be missed!

Jim & Linda Hanger 2018-01-19 15:39:15

Dear Loretta, our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family. We are very sorry to hear about Bill. May you cherish your memories. God Bless you and your family. - Jim & Linda

JP TRISTANI 2018-01-19 16:33:50

Bill, "Panda" and I as Lieutenants flew in Marine Attack Squadron 224 for 3 years during 1961-1963, starting out at MCAS Cherry Pt, NC and ending in the Far East at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, a squadron that set many a record for administration, flight time, weapons delivery, aircraft carrier landings day/night, 10,000 accident free hours. Panda was always a pleasure to fly with, excellent pilot, great Marine, laid back, fun to be around. A life well lived. I hope his last flight was with fair winds and following seas. Semper Fi.

Patricia Lichter Rohrer 2018-01-19 21:46:11

Sorry to hear about the loss of Bill. I really enjoyed knowing him, such a nice man. Laurretta condelances to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Robert Lomba 2018-01-20 22:55:31

Bill was the ultimate professional and a great mentor for the ORD pilots. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Brindell family.

Ronald Kauppila 2018-01-26 13:40:49

I send my deepest condolences to Bill's family...He was very highly thought of by all who worked with him and knew him...His family can be proud off the memories he has left with all of us...

Noble Christensen 2018-03-17 19:40:09

I learned only recently of Bill's passing in January and want to express my deepest sympathy to his family. Bill and I were both pilots in VMA-224 based in Cherry Point, NC back in the late 1950's and early 60's. We were both later based in Chicago during our early career with Delta. We had many good times together during our tour with the USMC and our paths crossed occasionally during our time with Delta. Bill always had a smile for everyone ,something I will always remember about him. I know he will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.