Flying Tiger Line
Pilots Association

Bill “Funzone” Fundom

In Memoriam

1944 - April 24, 2024

Flying Tiger and FedEx Crew Scheduler passed away on April 24, 2024 from an undisclosed illness.

Bill was born in Baltimore, Maryland and his family soon moved to Crown King, Arizona. At age nine his family moved to Costa Mesa, California in 1953. Bill grew up there and was in the first graduating class at Costa Mesa High School in 1962. In 1965 he joined the Navy and was assigned to a minesweeper as an engineman. He served on the USS Excel (MSO-439) that took him to Vietnam. Bill was always interested in a career in aviation. During the 1970s he held aviation-related jobs working for Evergreen in Marana, Arizona and ended up getting his dispatcher’s license in 1977. Bill also had a single engine pilot’s license and used to fly privately out of various public airports in Southern California. In 1981 he took the advice of a friend and hired on at Flying Tiger Line in Crew Scheduling and remained in that job for the next 39 years. Bill came to Memphis after the FedEx buyout of Flying Tigers in 1989 and worked nearly his entire FedEx years on Team 3. Bill was very particular about his desk and made sure he adjusted his screens just right at the start of every shift. Bill was also a regular at the popcorn machine and made thousands of popcorn batches until the pandemic hit in 2020. It was then, at the age of 76, he retired. Bill’s nickname originated in the 1980s from the amusement park on Balboa Island, California near where he grew up named The Funzone. In his younger years Bill bodysurfed near the Newport Pier and in Huntington Beach where you really had to be a strong swimmer to survive. It was believed he was married once, briefly, yet had no children. Bill left behind a brother, Richard from Albuquerque, NM..and two sisters.

On Friday June 21, 2024-10:00 am William “Bill” Fundom will be honored at his internment into the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. 4000 Forest Hill Irene Rd Memphis, TN 38125. This is an open invite for anyone wishing to attend. The service is brief and we will meet at the Forest Hill Grill following for lunch. The address is 9102 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN  38138. No RSVP is necessary.

Dave Stratton

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