Lorn Stanley Bortnem, 70, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, with family by his side.
A memorial service was held Monday at Lake Sharon Community Church in Corinth, Texas.
Lorn was born on June 15, 1942, in Brookings to the late Lawrence and Stella Bortnem. He grew up in Brookings and attended South Dakota State University, where he graduated in 1964.
He attended Air Force pilot training as a second lieutenant at Vance AFB and flew the KC-135 in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. While flying for the Air Force, he met his future bride, Judith Ann Zentner in Merced, Calif. They were married on March 8, 1966.
Following an honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1970, Lorn was employed by Delta Airlines as a pilot for 31 years, retiring in 2002 as a captian on the Boeing 767.
Lorn enjoyed spending his time playing golf, woodworking, cooking and volunteering at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and the Denton Jazz Festival. He also enjoyed spending time with family and traveling with friends.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy Bortnem; sons, David (Johanna) Bortnem of Allen, Texas and Rick (Jeannette Bortnem) of Corinth, Texas; four grandchildren; sisters, Carol Korman of Louisville, Ky., and Marlys Bakken of Minneapolis.