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Dirk Frederick Tollenaar

May 18, 1940 - November 10, 2018

Dirk Frederick Tollenaar of McKinney, Texas passed away November 10, 2018 at the age of 78.  He was born May 18, 1940 to Ernest Frank Tollenaar and Virginia (Wilhoit) Tollenaar in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. Dirk was a graduate of Riverside Military Academy in Georgia. He attended the University of Miami briefly before attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he became a pilot and flight instructor. He served his country proudly in the United States Air Force Reserve from 1962 to 1968.  

Throughout his extensive aviation career, Dirk worked for Northeast Airlines, Southern Air Transport, Frontier Airlines, Rosenbaum Aviation, Braniff International, and American Eagle.  He was a Captain for Braniff International for many years, flying internationally to Central and South America.  Dirk served as a pilot for the Dallas Cowboy’s in the Coach Tom Landry era where he developed his boundless enthusiasm for the team. While a pilot, Dirk was a volunteer fireman for the Town of Fairview, Texas.  His aviation career was cut short after he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1989.  He survived the cancer but was forced to retire from the aviation industry.  After his retirement, Dirk became a member of the Braniff International Silver Eagles in Dallas. He started a machine shop and he worked passionately as a machinist for the past 24 years.  Dirk founded The North Texas Metalworking Club to bring local machinist together.  Over the years, he enjoyed photography, watching Dallas Cowboy football games, restoring vehicles and of course, the camaraderie with his fellow Silver Eagles. Dirk was a loving father and devoted husband, and he was a member of High Pointe Church of Christ, McKinney, Texas.  

Dirk is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sharon Love whom he married in Miami Springs, Florida where they made their home before moving to Fairview, Texas; daughter, Sheryl (John) Holloran of University Park, Texas; son, Derek J. Tollenaar of Allen, Texas; and step-grandchildren, Lauren, Hannah, and Jack.   

Dirk was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Virginia Tollenaar.   

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.  Interment is to follow at Allen Cemetery in Allen, Texas.  The family will receive friends during a visitation on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Our condolences to you and your family. Dick and Marlen Fuller, November 18, 2018 I knew Dirk through the DFW home shop machinist club which he led. His leadership and expertise will be sorely missed.
James Hudson, November 14, 2018 Sharon and family, we are so sorry to hear of Dirk's passing. We pray that you will experience God's comfort in your grief. David and Diane Bryant, November 14, 2018 I knew Dirk from the Hobby Machinist Group - I appreciated his knowledge and enthusiasm for whatever he did as well as his thirst for knowledge for that which is new. He will be missed. Anthony Nagy, November 14, 2018 My wife and I are deeply sorry for your loss. Dirk and I have been friends since I became a member of the North Texas Machinist Club. He will be missed by all. Herb Blair, November 14, 2018 We are so sorry for your loss, and will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers at this hard time!
Mike & Jennifer Fuller, November 13, 2018 I am so very sorry for your loss. Sharon, I am keeping you and your family lifted up in prayer during this difficult time. Alison Schneck, November 12, 2018 I am deeply sorry for your loss. Dirk has always been a valuable asset to the Silver Eagles and will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dirk, may you have smooth air and clear skies on your flight west. Steve Humphrey, November 12, 2018 We will miss Dirk, his smile, and great attitude at Braniff DFW lunchbunch. He was so kind to bring other pilots with him and taking pictures with his super camera. This came as such a shock. He had been battling medical conditions the last couple of years but fought them and won. This last one must have been bigger than him. He loved being a pilot and was a terrific metal worker. Rest in Heavenly peace dear Dirk and His peace to your family, Sharyn Finnegan Braniff Flight Hostess Sharyn Finnegan, November 12, 2018 So sorry to hear about your Dad. I worked with your Mom at Braniff. Our prayers are with you. Charlotte Cebell , November 12, 2018 We are deeply sorry for your loss. Dirk and I have been friends since our first Braniff years in 1965. We were great friends in the cockpit and on control line circles where we flew model airplanes. Our love of model airplanes and the company of our Braniff comrades continued to the end. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Al and Mia Rabe Al and Mia Rabe, November 11, 2018 We are so sorry for your loss. Bob be & Ralph Thompson, November 11, 2018