Capt. A.M. “Al” Cheney and Elaine Leek Cotton Cheney


Capt. A.M. "Al" Cheney and Elaine Leek Cotton Cheney

Capt. A.M. "Al" Cheney was born on the 7th of July 1920 in Lubec, Maine. His passion was always flying aircraft even at an early age.

During the Korean War, Capt. Cheney was stationed at Brookley Air Force Base in Mobile, Alabama and met the love of his life, Elaine Leek Cotton, marrying her before reentering as part of the 34th Air Transport Squadron, McChord Air Force Base in the state of Washington.

Capt. Cheney's decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Capt. Cheney, USAF Senior Pilot, tragically crashed and died on Nov. 22, 1952, 50 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska at the age of 32 years. The remains of the 52 crew and personnel could not be immediately recovered because of the dangerous mountain terrain of Mount Gannett. The following month his beloved Elaine gave birth to their son, Al.

In the past few years, the aircraft became exposed because of glacier movements. The remains of Capt. Cheney were identified by the Air Force. His widow, Elaine, was notified in March 2017.

Elaine Leek Cotton Cheney died on the 19th of October 2017 at the age of 92. She was born on the 31st of December 1924.

She is survived by her daughter, Joan Cotton Rouchell and son-in-law, Harold "Duke" Rouchell; and son, Al Cheney; grandchildren, Michael Rouchell, Kevin Rouchell and wife, Suzy, Theresa Rouchell Blevins, Kristina Cheney; great-grandchildren, Emily Booth, Thomas Blevins and Cross Rouchell; her sister, Anna Bell "Billie" Leek Pringle.

A funeral mass will be held celebrating their lives at 9:30 a.m. on the Nov. 9 at the Christ the King Catholic Church in Daphne.

 Their interment will be in the Alabama State Veterans Cemetery at Spanish Fort, Alabama with military honors.

"Have Entered through the Door of Everlasting Life, Now Together Again!"