Brian Paul Quinn

Funeral services for Brian Paul Quinn, 52, Lawrence, will be 9:30 am. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, KS. Mr. Quinn died Tuesday in Wichita.

Brian was born Feb. 3, 1960 in Livonia, Michigan, the son of Donald L. and Leigh Anne Stonestreet Quinn.

Brian graduated Shawnee Mission Northwest High in 1978 and the University of Kansas in 1982. He enlisted and served in the US Army in the 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky from 1982 to 1984 and nine years in the Army Reserves. He received Masters in Aviation Safety from CMSU. Brian was a commercial pilot for Baron Aviation Services, who is contracted with Federal Express.

He married Gay Ann Holladay August 6, 1994. She survives of the home.

He is also survived by his father and step-mother, Donald Lee and Patricia Quinn of Overland Park, brother-in-law, Tony Holladay, niece, Noel Holladay, father-in-law, John E. Holladay, all of Lawrence, his Uncle Robert Quinn, his cousins Dennis Quinn, Pattie Quinn and Michael Quinn, all of Seattle, Washington.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Friends may call Friday from noon to 8 pm. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Cottonwood Inc. or Health Care Access in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Dean Telgemeier...

I have great memories of our time in the trailer at end of Skyhaven airport as poor flight instructors. Have not kept in touch the past 20 years. You left us far to early.

From Lana Smith...


I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

From Hugo Rodriguez...

I am so sorry for the unfortunate departure of Brian, he was a good friend. Always with a smile and a good story. I met him years ago and I like him from day#1. I was so happy to know that he was goin to work with me here in Wichita. No amount of words are enough to express my sadness over his departure.
I so sorry for your loss, here at FedEx it is our loss as well.

From Jill Baker...

Gay and Family,
I am so sorry for your profound loss. I always enjoyed Brian as a twinkly jolly and oh so smart man whose love for you,for his country, and for flying was evident in all he did. I will miss his warm greetings and animated discussions. Please know that we will be here for you.

From Dennis and Gail Meier...

We were stunned and saddened to hear of the loss of Brian. We pray that God will comfort you and strengthen you at this time.

From LaFawn Yost...

We are so sorry for the loss of Brian. We are praying that God surrounds you with comfort, love, and strenth during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

LaFawn, Trevor, Seth and Adrienne Yost

From Rick Schwebel...

To family,
My sincere condolences .There is no greater pain than the death of a
loved one. Sometimes it seems almost more than a person can bear. Jehovah God
helps us with this in His word. He promises us that He will put a stop to all
sickness and death will be no more (REV 21;3.4) Jehovah also shows His love for
us through the ransom sacrifice of His beloved son Jesus Christ. What a
wonderful gift to be given ! Then the hope of seeing one’s loved ones again on
this earth transformed in a paradise as it was Jehovah’s will when He created
Adam & Eve . If you have any questions or comments, contact me at please, Sincerely:

From Lori Martin...


I was so sad to hear about what happened. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

From Vicki Covarrubias...

Gay and Family of Brian

May God be with you at this time. My prayers are with you all.

From Jeff Daniels...

As Brian’s first flight instructor, I am very saddened to learn of your loss. Brian was an excellent student, person and aviator. And while his loss will leave a void in many lives, our memories of his smile and laugh will live on in our hearts forever. Godspeed Brian. You and your family will be in our prayers.

From Bob in Grandview, Missouri...

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Quinn. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

From Peggy Wallert...

Gay–Please know that everyone here at Cottonwood is feeling heartsick at your loss. You and Brian were true partners and it was obvious to all who saw you together how much you loved each other. Your family here is thinking and praying for you.

From Shawn Collins...

While we did not personally know Brain, his fellow pilots at the Austin TX base would like to let Brain’s wife know that we are keeping you in our thoughts in this time of your sadness. We are sure by the way others speak of him he will be dearly missed.

Austin Texas Baron Pilots
Alton, John, Larry, Chris, Todd, Vic, Shawn

From Shirley Ramos...

Gay, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. There are no words. Brian was always so much fun to be around. I thoroughly enjoyed all of my interactions with him. If there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to ask. You are in my thoughts. Much love, Shirley.

From Tom Reardon...


My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am stunned this has happened. I met Brian back when he flew for Central Air while I worked for Yingling in Wichita back in the early 90’s. We always managed to stay in touch. Brian was a remarkable guy. He was the most interesting person I ever met. I am so fortunate to have known him and to say Brian was my friend. I will never forget him and I know he will be with us every day until we meet again. My prayers go out for you and your family as I can’t imagine what you must be going through. God Bless.

From sherry jackson...

Dear Gay,

I never met you or Brian but I feel as though I knew you both. Brian always said such lovely things about you…Brian is in Heaven wearing Angel’s Wings…I will miss him . My heart goes out to you with a prayer.

Love and Light,

Sherry Jackson

From Kate Lowder...

I’m so sorry for your loss. You are and have been in my thoughts. Sending love and positivity your way. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you during this difficult time. Your Cottonwood family will be right there with you during the difficult path ahead.
Much love to you!

From John Harrison...


Lisa and I give our hearts and our prayers to you.

Former Omaha Baron Pilot

From Jeff Whittier...


My deepest condolences for your loss. You’re in my thoughts. If there is anything I can do to help, please ask.


From Coelet Obu...

Gay, I am aso terribly sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you and your family. If you need anything including a ear just feel free to let me know. Again, I’m so sorry and my prayers are with you.

From John Downey...

I had the privilege of meeting Brian seven years ago at Baron. I always enjoyed meeting with him and his sense of humor was the best. We will miss him and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From Pennie...

I am so sad to hear of your loss. My hope for you is that your innner strength will shine bright on your path ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Let me know if there is anything I can do.

From Tom Hardy...

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Even though I didn’t know Brian personally, aviation is a closs nit community. We are all saddened by the loss of one of our brothers. Always think of the joy he brought to you and remember the good times. From what everyone says about Brian, I can only wish I had the opertunity to have met him.
Our prayers are with you.

Tom Hardy
Manager Flight Operations
Mountain Air Cargo, Inc.

From Jim Smedra (Rock)...

I work with the Fedex Feeder in Omaha Nebraska, where Brian flew for a long time. I got to know Brian quite well thru many interesting conversations, as we loaded his plane each day. I am so saddened to hear of Brian’s tragedy and will always remember him. I too offer my heartfelt prayer and sympathy to Brian’s family. Brian, you will be missed by so many of us here!!

From Douglas Stephens & Cherryl Gray...

My wife and I would like to offer our deepest sympathy for you and your family. I have met only a few of the pilots in my position here at Baron Aviation and Brian was one. He was truly one of the good guys. We are very sorry for your loss.

From Shannon D. McCoy...


I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. All my prayers and love to you and your family. If you need anything, please call on me at any time.


From Nina & Brian Van Schmus...

We are so sorry for the loss of Brian. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.
Nina & Brian Van Schmus

From Chris Knollmeyer...

Rest well Brian, even those of us that never met you have a kinship through aviation.
All of the Fed Ex Feeder airlines morn your loss and your professional composure in those last few moments has our lasting admiration.

From Kim Towns...

We were so very sorry to hear the loss of Brian. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you each day.
Donnie & Kim Towns

From Nancy Montgomery...

I only knew Brian through you, but I know he was a very special person. I don’t have the words to fully express how saddened I was when I learned of Brian’s accident. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, and if there is anything I can do for you, I’m here.

From Saker Aviation...

We at Saker Aviation in Garden City, KS are so sorry for your loss. We knew Brian for only a short time, he always had a smile and a story.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jon, Debbie and Staff

From Delilah Mills...

My thoughts and prayers go out to you. It breaks my heart to know what you are going through. Love Delilah

From Kathie Worley...

I am so sorry for your loss.I offer my friendship and a shoulder to lean on anytime.
Love, Kathie W.

From venieta osburn...

Sending you a hug and a prayer.
lots of love venieta

From Steve & Gina Steinbach...

Dear Gay,

We’re so sorry for the loss of Brian. We’re praying that God would surround you with his comfort, love and strength during this difficult time.

Love and Blessings,
Steve & Gina Steinbach

From Tom Laing...

Dear Gay,

All of us at InterHab are with you in our thoughts and prayers in this time of sadness and loss.

With our sympaty and affection,

Tom, Matt, Erin, Janet, Christa and JJ

From Phil & Kari Bentzinger...

So sorry– your Cottonwood family’s thoughts & love are with you. -Phil & Kari

From Michelle (Micki) Self-Loveland...

Dear Gay, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, Brian. May you find comfort. Sending love, Micki

From Dick & Jan Leines...

Gay – We are saddened by the news. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lean heavily on your friends for support and strength. We are thankful for your friendship since your school days with our kids, and especially as a coworker at Cottonwood for 24 years.

From Sally L.Dillon...

Gay-I am so sorry to hear of your loss,I know he was the love of a lifetime.Everytime in class you always spoke of your wonderful husband.My thoughts and prayers are with you.Sally

From Kara Walters...

Gay, I am so sorry. Brian was definitely one of a kind. Please let us know how we can help. Love, Kara

From David and Kennee Betz...

There are no words…you know our hearts.
You and Brian are like family, brother and sister, friend. It seems like just yesterday that Brian was giving flying lessons to David and then we all met and a lifelong friendship was formed. The times that you would come to visit and we were in crisis, Brian was the first to step in and help! The tradition of our visits will last a lifetime in our hearts. We love you and always will. We love Brian and always will.

We are here, a mere phone call away, to help, to comfort and console, or to just sit with you. Let us be your rock in this time of need and sorrow.

From Daryl Moore...

I am a fellow pilot at Baron Aviation. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry for your loss.

From Maple Ridge Apartments...

The Staff at Maple Ridge are so sorry for your loss. We all really enjoyed having Brian here as a resident. If there is anything we can do to help please dont hesitate to let us know. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Kim, Sue, Sam & Doyle

From April Simpson...

Our thoughts and Prayers are with Brian’s Family and well as the entire Baron Family.

Paul & April Simpson
Mountain Air Cargo Chief Pilot

From Chuck Nuffer...

So sorry for your loss. Brian taught me to fly back in 1990. Still flying and thought of him often. Spoke to him on occasion over the radio when I heard him talking with ATC. He really gave me a passion for flight and gave me so many aviation experiences I only wish others learning to fly today could have. I am definitely a better person for having known him. Find comfort from those who he taught and worked with still filling the skies in his honor.

Deepest sympathies,

P.S. just looked at all his signatures in my logbook and it made me smile……………..

From Bruce Liddel...


Words are so insufficient…

Brian was not just any friend, but perhaps one of the most knowledgeable people I ever had the privilege to know, one who could teach without intimidating, and humble you without humiliating you.

Brian was an incurable optimist, but also a realist. His favorite book, which I had the honor to read his personal copy, was “Fate is the Hunter”. I always assumed he would stop flying one day by choice, not by fate. The irony is unspeakable.

How many times did I drive right past your house, and look to see if he was outside, but not stop to rudely visit unannounced, and then not call later on to say hi? Obviously, way too many times.

Brian is forever in my logbook and forever in my heart.

From Tahaun Lewis...

Brian was a friend of mine and also instructed me through my pilot’s certificate. There are many great memories of Brian that I’ll always cherish.

Gay, so sorry to hear this sad news. You are in my prayers and may The Lord welcome Brian into his kingdom.


From Debbie Liddel...

My thoughts and prayers are with Brian’s family and friends. It is always tragic to lose someone so young and with no warning. Like Jeff, we had lost touch but I also considered Brian a friend.

It is my belief that Brian is okay. He is no longer with us but he is in a better place.


From Jeff Hamblin...

I knew Brian from CMSU and flew with him. I considered him a friend but had lost touch. So sorry to hear about this. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Jeff

From Jeff Edgington...

I’m a fellow pilot for Baron Aviation, My Thoughts and prayers for Brian and his family members.

From Chuck Miller...

I am a fellow pilot for Baron Aviation. So very sorry for your loss. May God be with you all in your time of sorrow .

From Donna E. Fannin...

so sorry to hear about Brian. My heart goes out to you at this time. Prayers- and love. Donna

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