Condolence & Memory Journal

To one of the 'Greatest Leaders', I was so fortunate & blessed to be a part of Southwest Airlines for half of my life. Many of us, as myself would NOT be where we are today without the LUV gifted to us by Herb's touch. YOU are so missed. You'll always be my greatest memory of extraordinary experiences in such a very heartfelt culture. You were a brilliant & dedicated pioneer in aviation leadership & business strategy. YOU were the BEST! Godspeed my friend. LUV you.

Posted by Daniel O'Neill - Chicago, IL - coworker   July 17, 2019

Posted by A friend   March 26, 2019

Posted by A friend   March 26, 2019


Posted by Edward Maguire - classmate   March 25, 2019

I just learned of Herb's passing in the recent issue of Southwest Magazine while travelling home from NY.
For over 30 years I have been a loyal SW passenger due mainly to the way I have been treated by Southwest staff. This corporate culture emanates from the larger than life leader that Lived and demonstrated love, compassion, and genuinely enjoyed people. What a life!

Douglas Gooch- St. Petersburg, FL

Posted by Douglas Gooch - Saint Petersburg, FL - Friend   March 16, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Dianne Morgan - Clinton Twp.   March 11, 2019

Rest in Peace, Herb! Save a shot of Wild Turkey for me when I see you again.

Posted by Keith Williams - Southampton, NJ   March 09, 2019

Just a first class man in an industry that can bring out the best or the worst. He was the former. Admired by management, pilots flight attendants . Condolences.

Trevor Gagnier

Posted by Trevor Gagnier - Huntington Station, NY - Acquaintance   February 23, 2019

Met Herb on 1971 when flew first flight on SWA Hou to Dal. Still flying and telling everyone how great Southwest is. I have known Colleen for almost as long and still communicate wth her. Nicest people in the world!

Posted by George Forrest - Durham, NC - Acquaintance   February 10, 2019

Please accept my deepest sympathy for the Kelleher family. Grief can be very difficult. I hope knowing that you're in the thoughts and prayers of many bring a measure of comfort. We look forward to time when all things that cause sickness and death will be eradicated by God's Kingdom. Matthew 6:9,10. May your sorrows gently fade away.

Posted by Dana - TX   February 05, 2019


Thank you Herb for founded Southwest Airlines. I am a southwest rapid rewards member/frequent flyer and worked for usps(nov 1965- sept 2017) at Lindbergh field, (SAN) from 1979-2007 and Southwest hauled mail for many years. I remember those $19 flights SAN-LAS. we called him 'Uncle Herbie' for when he bought an airline and gained SLC and headlines were 'Uncle Herbie and Aunt Bea got married' referring to the merger of the two airlines. enjoyed his book 'nuts' too. He made air travel fun with puggy plane stuffed toy and peanuts and brightly colored planes for different states etc. . I have traveled a lot to Australia and Fiji via SFO and would go SAN-SFO on SWA to catch QANTAS and around the western states on SWA. Herbie was one in a million and will be truly missed by family, friends employees and us passengers. I still have a red heart SWA key chain that is over 20 years old.

Posted by ruthann storr - san diego, CA   January 31, 2019

Posted by Rose Hoyos - Phoenix, AZ   January 28, 2019

Herb must've been a truly amazing boss to have touched so many of his employees! And his dedication to providing a good experience definitely permeated into his company. I've had several good experiences flying with Southwest. I'm truly sorry to hear of his passing. May God be with the family during this difficult time. (Psalm 29:11)

Posted by A friend   January 28, 2019

I flew for SWA back in the 80's and one particular month, Herb & Coleen were on my flight every morning. After serving the passengers, he insisted on me sitting in the lounge with the two of them. Absolutely, by far, the nicest man I've ever known. I've been gone for years, but have never forgotten the kindness of Mr. Kelleher. The world has lost an amazing leader!!

Debbie Harms

Posted by A friend   January 28, 2019

Southwest Airlines is almost too good to be true!! I've declared it is MY AIRLINE! I always check SWA first because it will intuit what I want in an airline/ trip! Knee room, overhead room, and eVen to the stewards etc entertaining us while we learn the safety information we all hear again and again (unless we fly some other airline probably because SWA didn't go where we had to go last time!) Other corporations, are you listening? Mr. Kelleher wanted us to feel this way about his (our) airline!!! And he still made money! We miss him!

Posted by Susan Trumbull - Novato, CA   January 25, 2019

RIP Herb Kelleher.

Able Travel - Mississauga Ontario, Canada has had the pleasure of flying many of of its clients on Southwest from the Buffalo Airport over the years. Loretta Murray ( my wife) and I have escorting several groups of our 16 - 18 year-old Team Ontario Astro Baseball athletes to Florida over many a spring break.

We believe all great organizations excellent customer service starts from the top and this is a reflection of the service we received from the counter / gate Agents as well as onboard all the flights.

Posted by Keith Murray - Mississauga, ON   January 25, 2019

I will never forget the time you drove your Harley on stage in Houston, Texas! Fun times in Texas. God Bless You!! Norm and Rose Hannah

Posted by Rose Hannah - Annapolis, MD   January 24, 2019

If it hadn't been for him and his airline, my family and I wouldn't have been able to take the best trip of our lives. My heart goes out to his friends and family at this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 24, 2019


I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Herb Kelleher on January 3rd.

During the 80's and 90's I was a Southwest Airlines frequent flyer; one of their smaller frequent flyers. My first flight on S.W. Airlines was from Dallas to San Antonio in early 1972. I could fly from Dallas to San Antonio and stay in a La Quinta Inn for just a few dollars. I have good memories of the 70's.

Through the years I met Herb (that is what he told me to call him) several times. I sat beside this charismatic man twice on S.W. Airlines flights. He kept me and several of those around us entertained and laughing from take-off to landing.

I especially have fond memories of a San Antonio Chamber of Commerce mixer, I and my wife attended on May 23, 1988 that was held at the S.A. Airport in an airport hangar. The mixer was sponsored by S.W. Airlines and SeaWorld. A new 737 had just arrived from Boeing painted like the SeaWorld star attraction, Shamu. Herb recognized me and called me by my first name. We had last met on a S.W. Airlines flight a couple of weeks earlier. I was totally amazed he remembered my name. What a fantastic memory! I introduced him to my wife and without hesitation he gave her a very respectful warm hug and kiss. For about four or five minutes, I was shut out of the conversation between Herb and my personable wife.

I admired Herb's superb business skills and his extraordinary employee motivational abilities which I tried to emulate in our business. His Golden Rule philosophy is exactly what my parents taught me early in life. I especially embraced his belief that A Happy Employee makes for A Happy Customer and that translates into a successful business.

Heaven has just become a more friendlier and fun destination. May God bless Herb, his family and co-workers.

I am honored to have met such a great and decent human being during my lifetime.

Ronnie Lunsford
A loyal Southwest Airline customer
January 23, 2019

Posted by Ronnie Lunsford - Boerne, TX - acquaintance   January 24, 2019

I've been trying to think of the right words to tell you how thankful I am for you. My gratefulness to the life southwest has given me knows no bounds. I come from a whole family of southwest employees before I joined the fold a few years back. But what I didn't realize at the time is my blood kin wouldn't be the only family I gained at my work place. I don't know how I would have gotten through some of the major life events that occurred in the last several years without the family of co-hearts by my side. Herb, you and Colleen built a foundation of love, of trust and of community with SWA. The reason we all love our careers is so simple: you fostered the idea that everybody is a person and worthy of respect no matter where they fall in the work groups. You, and your unique spirit will be missed around the system.

Herbs family,
Thank you for sharing him with us all these years. He was your husband, father, brother, and friend. And we are just happy we got to have a peice of his love and dedication as well. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

This company has given me both roots and wings.
And to the man who orcistrated the madness: thank you, and cheers to a life well lived! You made one heck of an impact!

Posted by Amber R. - Austin, TX   January 23, 2019


Love & Prayers

Posted by vanjie madden - cape coral, FL   January 22, 2019

May peace be yours to bring you and your family comfort. May you have courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. May God continue to comfort your family (Psalm 9:9,10).

Posted by Gb    January 21, 2019

So sorry for your loss, May of comfort comfort the at this time 1Corinthains1: 3,4

Posted by A friend   January 21, 2019

You were an inspiration to me the moment we met which was the opening of Detroit city airport and I was newly hired that day as marketing manager in Detroit. May all the lessons you showed us in being kind, thuggtful and caring for others live on and on. Thank you ...

Posted by Sandy Fillman hoag - Mead, OK - Coworker   January 20, 2019

My condolences to the Kelleher family and friends during this difficult time. At times like these, 'God can give us "power beyond what is normal," so we can keep going from one day to the next. (2 Cor.4:7) May your many memories of Mr. Kelleher continue to bring the family a comfort.

Posted by Shannon - NJ   January 19, 2019

Posted by Nancy Hall - Lewisville, TX - coworker   January 18, 2019

Posted by Nancy Hall - Lewisville, TX - coworker   January 18, 2019

May the God of tender mercies and comfort soothe your hearts during this most difficult time because he cares for you (1 Pet 5;6,7)

Posted by JMS - MD   January 18, 2019

Posted by shelly cangemi    January 17, 2019

Such a great guy and an inspiration for Leaders everywhere. RIP Herb!

Posted by megan williams - Seattle, WA   January 17, 2019

My sincerest condolences to the Kelleher family for the loss of Herb. May God's Word strengthen you during this time of mourning. (Isa. 41:10,13)

Posted by T C - GA   January 17, 2019

Our heart goes out to the family for their loss. May God comfort you. I would like to simply say thank you Herb❤ for what you have started. May we continue the legacy.
Don Cranfield and family

Posted by Don Cranfield - San Clemente, CA - Friend   January 16, 2019


Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   January 15, 2019

Ruth and family, our sincere condolences for your loss. Herb was wonderful! We would always see him at Gate 1 in Dallas back in the early days. Sending LUV for a life well lived.

Posted by Dru Van Steenberg - San Antonio, TX   January 15, 2019

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by A friend   January 14, 2019

It was sure nice knowing you, Herb. Everything I heard about you was good and you.

Posted by Vera McConnell Jerson - Tulsa, OK   January 14, 2019

Herb, the most inspirational, charismatic, and crazy boss I have ever had the pleasure of working for. You will will forever hold a special place in my heart. Rest in peace. With Luv, Shirley Nadeau #24816. LAX/BWI

Posted by shirley nadeau - nashua, NH   January 13, 2019

Your core beliefs are what led me to southwest airlines. I am forever grateful!

Posted by George Krall - Wesley chapel, FL - Coworker   January 13, 2019

Such a wonderful man to work for. God bless you.

Posted by Linda Oliver - Little elm, TX   January 13, 2019


Posted by Pat - SAN ANTONIO, TX - Coworker   January 13, 2019

My sincere condolences goes out to you all, Mr Kelleher's family and work family. Although I did not work for SWA, I traveled for over 35 years with my job taking me around the US and each time I made my flight arrangements I traveled with SWA. I chose SWA because of their fun-loving attitude and special attention to their customers. His articles in the Spirit magazine truly showed his compassion for people. He was an intelligent man with a special heart for all of his work family and customers as well. Thank you for opening your heart to all who worked and traveled with SWA. Rest In Peace Herb Kelleher.

Posted by Mary Catherine LeBouef - San Antonio, TX   January 13, 2019

Sending heartfelt condolences to the family for your great loss. May God provide the needed comfort and support from family, friends, employees and customers of SWA during your time of bereavement and beyond. May Herb's legacy of kindness and compassion live on through each of you.

Posted by A friend   January 12, 2019

My condolences to the Kelleher Family and friends for the loss of your dear HERB. May you continue to be blessed with his memory and legacy and your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times you shared together; and may the hope that God's word gives us for those we lost in death be comforting, faith building and encouraging to you (John 6:40) ~ Linda, Queens, NY

Posted by A friend   January 12, 2019

Although I never did actually work for SWA, I did have friends and family who did, and I always heard nice things about the company, and Herb Kelleher for many years. I admit, the incentive of attending classes and receiving my A/P certification years ago was solely due with the goal of being hired on with SWA. In time my career path took a turn, and think back, I coulda shoulda worked for Herb!

Posted by David Garcia - Harlingen, TX - Friend   January 12, 2019

Our deepest thoughts to all of you at this time. We have such great memories of all the Kellehers from back in the day of Herb's presidency of the BarĂ³n Bunch at Saint Mary's Hall. Grace and peace.

Posted by Tom Clemons - Lakeway, TX   January 11, 2019

There will never be another Herb. I am so blessed to be a part of the Southwest Airlines thatHerb built. I could gone on for a very long time about my experience but I won't. My life is blessed blessed blessed

Posted by Bernadine Austin - Orlando, FL - Coworker   January 11, 2019

Herb was a great man!!! He'll truly be missed by EVERYONE.. Being a 25yr employee of SWA I knew him back when the company was smaller and he was the same then as he was now.
My prayers are with you Joan, Michael, Ruth & David.

Posted by Dana McCann e25635 - Aubrey, TX - Coworker   January 11, 2019

My deepest condolences for you, Joan, and your family. Herb will be greatly missed!!

Posted by Diane Lacy - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 11, 2019


Herb was the very best CEO ever. His genuine love for the SWA Family is a huge part of his legacy that lives on in each of us. He taught us that everyone and every job is important, that titles don't define the person, and that hard work with a light heart can be fun and very rewarding. Herb was larger than life but had a humble heart. I will never, ever forget the love and acceptance he showed me personally. Thank you, Herb from the bottom of my heart!

Posted by Debi Mayes - Waxahachie, TX - Coworker   January 11, 2019

Prayers and God's Blessings to Herb, and, Love to Joan and to all of Herb's family from Ellen and Gene Ames and all of our family.

Posted by Gene Ames, Jr. - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 11, 2019


As a passenger, I have always appreciated SWA policies on baggage and flight changes, but most of all I always enjoy the employees at every level who all seem to love their jobs and make the passengers feel special. As a retired executive, I feel that happy employees start at the top so it is no surprise to read all the glowing remarks from across the globe for a truly remarkable individual whose work ethic and cheerfulness helped form the best airline that ever existed! I fly frequently and stopped shopping around a long time ago because SWA is truly the best and usually beats the competition in price, but if not then the extra I pay is well worth knowing I will always enjoy my travel. I know that Herb's passing has affected too many to count and he will be dearly missed, but Wow! what a legacy he has left in this World!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Posted by Karla Hinkley - Surprise, AZ - Acquaintance   January 10, 2019

Posted by Laura Laurel - San Antonio, TX - coworker   January 10, 2019


I am very sad I wasn't able to meet you Herb. I want to say thank you for everything you've done for Southwest Airlines. I luv working for you and will continue as long as I'm able. God bless you always and all your family and cofamily. I miss you already ❤❤
Southwest family Steph Ioane PDX Ramp

Posted by Stephanie Ioane - Vancouver, WA - Family   January 10, 2019

Best airline CEO ever ! Was employed by SWA from 92 to 15 as a pilot . Saw Herb on many occasions and was always shocked at the man's memory for names. He was truly a national and international treasure! Was so fortunate to fly for the man !

Posted by Carl Lueking - Scottsdale, AZ   January 10, 2019

Herb, although we never met I cherish the many letters I received from you over the years. I flew WN out of MDW, where the airline you founded 'rules the roost', many times. You were not only a leader, one of the most admired CEOs in North America but also a true and caring person. No small wonder that you are loved and admired by us all. John Steven Lasher, Public Officer, The Kinopanorama Widescreen Preservation Association, Inc. [Australia].

Posted by A friend   January 10, 2019

" HERB, if I could count my blessings, I would count you TWICE. GOD Speed. SWA Captain 78 to 07

Posted by Brent Landry - Conroe, TX - Coworker   January 10, 2019


Herb, you will be missed and remembered by the innumerable Hearts you have touched. And you will be forever in our Hearts. Thank you Herb for being Herb!!

Posted by Laura Fraanje - Netherlands - Significant Other   January 10, 2019

Amazing Man, Great Leader and Friend,thank you Herb for 27 wonderful years, I will miss you.
Sabrena Killeen

Posted by Sabrena Killeen - Nashville, TN - Coworker   January 10, 2019

I am so saddened by Herb's passing. My condolences for all the family and friends who LUV him and will miss him always. May the principles and values that make SWA great continue to live on through the past, present and future SWA employees. I pledge to do my part...much LUV sent in from CSA at SAT Cynthia R Manalo

Posted by Cynthia Manalo - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 10, 2019

Herb Kelleher the Founder of this Great Airline I Work for Passed Away today Jan 3rd 2019. Sad Day for our Southwest Family. You will be missed. Thank you for making a Great Company to work for. I Marshalled in Flight 4541 ATL to DEN Aircraft N711HK into C43 Last night in Denver Jan 2nd 2019. I wish I still had the conversation we had by email and I also wish I was able to meet you in person. Emp # 112557

Posted by Billy Armstrong - Aurora, CO - Coworker   January 10, 2019

When I met Herb in the late 90's I had no idea that one fateful day in December 1982 I would have the privilege of becoming a member of the elite Southwest Airlines Company. I count it an amazing blessing to have worked for him for 20 years. In retirement I continue to be blessed by the life time privilege of flight on the best airline in the world. All because of the most caring and generous boss in the world. It will never be quite the same without him. Luv you always May God shed His comfort and peace to his precious family in the knowledge that one day they will and we will enjoy his company again ...Rachel Jones Emp #5403

Posted by RACHEL JONES - SPRING BRANCH, TX   January 10, 2019

May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this very difficult time. Those who fall asleep in death, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences, it is my prayer that you have peace. -Psalm 116:15

UpperMarlboro MD

Posted by A friend   January 10, 2019

Thank you for creating the company that saved my life!! Eternally grateful!
God bless and May His peace keep you all!

Posted by DeDee Dill - Franklin, NC - Coworker   January 10, 2019

May the Bible Comfort You...John 6:40

Posted by A friend   January 10, 2019

thank you Herb for all you did for your Employees. such a great man!luv you

Posted by Anita Lopez - Rowlett, TX - Acquaintance   January 09, 2019

Herb was a one-of-a-kind man and business leader! His legacy lives on in the Spirit of Southwest Airlines! He was one of my business heroes. Rest well, Pal!

Posted by Morris Tyson - Sierra Vista, AZ - Friend   January 09, 2019

Herb will be missed. I am forever grateful that I worked for Southwest Airlines, a part of my family forever. Prayers for the Kelleher friends and family. ❤

Posted by Carol Price - Little Rock, AR - coworker   January 09, 2019

Sending the Kelleher Family lots of LUV! Herb was loved so much. We love you too!

Posted by Tiffany Harris - Orlando, FL - Coworker   January 09, 2019

I saw you speak in St. Louis. You were great! Thanks for everything, Herb! Hope to see you on the other side! Love you! John Melby

Posted by John Melby - St Charles, IL - Friend   January 09, 2019

Herb was an amazing, loving, kind, intelligent man. I am who I am today, because of him. Everything I have, is because of him. His Southwest family will miss him dearly. My condolences to the Kelleher Family, friends and our dear, sweet Colleen. He will forever be loved and honored.

Posted by Kit Vega - Henderson, NV - Coworker   January 09, 2019

Posted by K Mack    January 09, 2019

Herb will be greatly missed by so many friends but the pain will be reduced by the many memories we share with him.

Like when it was decided not to partition the Catto Gage Ranch in the future between various owners but to use the King Ranch concept of Stock Ownership. We were working on the valuation of the ranch for IRS purposes when Herb told me about his concept for starting a new airline. I asked him if he really wanted to take on well-established airlines like Eastern and Braniff? How smart he was and how dumb I was.


Herb was driving us down the Del Norte Mountains behind the ranch headquarters in one of the fleet of old Suburbans when one of the tires started to go flat. Herb said, I've heard that if you go fast enough downhill a tire will not go flat so let's try it. We careened downhill barely making the curves and rolled into the headquarters on the rim. Herb's comment Another theory disproved but it was worth a try!

The number of stories is endless but all will be fondly remembered.

Herb leaves a void that no one else can fill.

Charlie Noble

Posted by CHARLES NOBLE - SAN ANTONIO, TX - Friend   January 09, 2019

I had the honor of working for Herb and SW from 1982 to 1999. While I met and spent time with herb many times, one encounter sticks out. I was working as a Customer Service Supervisor in OKC one morning in 1985 when Herb motioned me aside and whispered in my ear. He asked if he could borrow $2.00 to tip the hotel van driver. It seems he had been in town for a function and stayed overnight. Colleen had returned to Dallas the night before. As many of you old time employees know, Colleen was Herb's right hand helper, and it seems he was lost without her around to take care of the details. I gave Herb the cash, he thanked me and gave me one of his signature hugs. The next day, in inter-office mail, I received an envelope with a hand written note from Herb and 2 crisp one dollar bills. What a wonderful man and great boss. Your Southwest family Luvs you and we will miss you greatly.

Posted by Dave Williams - Arlington, TX   January 09, 2019

Thank you Joan! All of Texas and most of the country owes a big Thanks for you being a strong Texas woman. Because Texas women always seem to find a way to either get their men to fall in love with Texas or at least bring them back home! So many of our lives have or will be changed because of Southwest. Thanks for sharing him with us all. My heart goes out to you and the family as you miss him the very most!
Future Co-Heart

Posted by Bridget Richards - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 09, 2019


Herb had a vision that prospered and blessed thousands of us. He gave his all to make SWA what it is today. Herb is a legend and never will be forgotten. The Spirit of Herb will always be the Spirit of Southwest. God Bless the Kelleher family.

Posted by Renee Sandell Sandell - San Rafael, CA   January 09, 2019

Thank you Herb for all i was able to achieve as a single mom thanks to your hard work and vision! And thank you for the Herb Kelleher scholarship that my son was able to receive that helped him achieve his vision as a architect! You will be missed so much! You truly changed my life and made it so much better. My servants heart is so sad.

Posted by Cindy Day - New Smyrna beach, FL   January 09, 2019

Thank you, Kelleher Family, for sharing Herb with us. It could not have been easy, and we, the Southwest Airlines Family he created, are grateful. We are surrounding you in prayer as you walk through this time. God bless.

Posted by Laura Weigler - Richardson, TX   January 09, 2019

To Herb's family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man and from every direction across time and distance, his Southwest family will embrace and treasure his legacy. Rest in peace, my friend.

Posted by Jill Church - Mabelvale, AR - coworker   January 09, 2019

My condolences to the Kelleher family. Thank you Herb! Those words don't seem to be enough. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Tom Clarke - Merritt Island, FL - Coworker   January 09, 2019

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by A friend   January 09, 2019

Thank you for being yourself & sticking to your guns and doing what you thought was right! You will be missed. Thoughts & prayers to your family.

Posted by Chance Barber - Woodridge, IL - Coworker   January 09, 2019

Thank you Herb for the best job and work environment ever! Truly the best boss I've ever had. An honor to have you on the jumpseat from Houston to Dallas that day. Wish ATC would have put us in holding so we'd of had more time with you. God Bless!

Posted by Duane Artery - Tucson, AZ - Coworker   January 09, 2019

Thank you, Herb, for being such a Genuine, Loving force in our lives. Your true Luv will be forever in the hallways at Southwest, as well as felt by everyone in the Air. We are all so grateful that were blessed by your presence in our lives. My thouhts and prayers to all of you-LUV Always.

Posted by Beth Riddle - McKinney, TX   January 09, 2019

You will always have a place in my heart Herb. I love SWA and the wonderful life working for SWA has afforded me.
Condolences to your family.

Posted by Laura Laurel - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 09, 2019

God Bless Herb. He was one of the great people I have been lucky enough to know. My prayers are with you Joan, and may his soul rest in peace.

Posted by John J Kuntz III - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 09, 2019

My sincere condolences to all the Kelleher family.
it was honor knowing Herb. He will be missed greatly.

Bryan Treiber, Kendelia Tx.

Posted by Bryan Treiber - Harper, TX - Family Friend   January 09, 2019

Herb , you gave so much to so many . Your warrior spirit filled our hearts with such Joy . We all will remember you for being truly one of the best human beings that lived . Thank you to your family for sharing you with us all. Your now "Free To Move About The Heavens" . RIP Herb.

Posted by Darla Talk- Talk Dimmitt - Hallandale, FL - Coworker   January 09, 2019


Good Bless you

Posted by Ethan Telleria - Orlando, FL - Friend   January 09, 2019

RIP Herb Kelleher. The man who truly defined "Culture is the King" for any organization.

Posted by A friend   January 09, 2019


Thank you Mr Kelleher I had the honor of working for Southwest in the 90s. MDW, BWI, OAK . You set the bar very high as a CEO. One of a kind. Putting our names on the 25th Anniversary plane was LUV❤

Posted by Aleta Dorm - Arlington, VA   January 09, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Kelleher family and all of our Southwest Airline friends through the years. What a remarkable 26 year tenure I enjoyed. I will always remember and cherish a memorable Superviors luncheon we had in Phoenix. While Herb was delighting all of us a Wild Turkey drink was being passed towards the front of the group. Low and behold the drink ended in my hands as I was seated next to Herb. With the drink in my left hand Herb took it with his right and at the same time thanked me with a kiss on the cheek. God bless you HDK you will never leave my remembrance, thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jon Watkins - Gilbert, AZ - coworker   January 08, 2019

Posted by Patrick E, Strange - Albuquerque, NM   January 08, 2019


My sincere condolences to the Kelleher family. He as loved and respected by so many. A one of a kind. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Lotus Bonadona - Roseville, CA - Coworker   January 08, 2019


U !!!!!! HERBERT BROTHER MARK 3:21 ...... & JOHN 2:02-2:25 .......

Posted by EMMETT VINNY STONE - GREENVILLE, RI   January 08, 2019

Thank you for the great 20 years of employment with SWA. My condolences to the Kelleher family and the
entire Southwest family.
Keith Jones OAK Retiree

Posted by Keith Jones - Union City, CA - Coworker   January 08, 2019

Thank you Herb for being who you were. Many lives were changed for the better because of you and I am forever grateful to have worked for you , share a hug and handshake, but most importantly, a moment or two that will always be cherished . Thank you Mrs. Kellerher and family for sharing him!! Luv you Herb. God Bless you always.

Posted by Kevin Evans - Arlington, TX   January 08, 2019

It was my pleasure to be one of Mr. Kelleher's many employees. He created a work environment that made it fun to go to work. Greatly admired and appreciated, he will be missed!

Posted by Jo Ann Currie - San Antonio, TX   January 08, 2019

Condolences to the Kelleher family. Herb was my boss and friend for the last 19 1/2 years. We loved him and he will be forever missed.

Posted by Jonathan Guevara - Hickory Creek, TX - Friend   January 08, 2019

I admired Mr. Kelleher for trusting in his vision and going forward with it with gusto and humor!

Prayers to the family.

Posted by Jeannette Blanchette - Houston, TX - Friend   January 08, 2019

Herb Kelleher was one of those incredible individuals whose life perfectly intercepted with history. He came along at a time when the airline industry was deregulating and made the most of that opportunity. While it is true that Herb is no longer with us, he is not gone. Everywhere I look I see the living vision of Herb and Colleen. Pretty much everything I have I owe to him, so even when I am at home I see his provision. We all owe him our homes, our retirements, our health care, our futures, and our children's futures. Without the foundation that Herb created, I wouldn't have some of the most treasured people in my life; that is, you, my friends and fellow Southwest coworkers. And yes, he was a great man, but far more. He was generous and considerate. He always placed us and this airline above himself. You may not know this, but when he was defending Southwest in court in those early years, Herb paid the company's court costs out of his own pocket. And those court costs where sizable.He remembered thousands of our names. Not just because he had an incredible mind, but because he wanted to. Every employee, no matter what their position, was not only important but valuable to him. He taught us all how to be great leaders, if we would only choose to follow his example. We have not only lost a great man, but the best employer a person could ever have. An airline builder and CEO to put Howard Hughes, Juan Trippe and Sir Branson to shame. He was a man more in love with aviation than most of the young pilots growing up today. And in many cases, we have lost a true friend. My heart is broken. I was informed of his passing in the jetway in El Paso. I ate alone in the hotel that night. Across the table was a glass of Wild Turkey, sitting in front of an empty chair. When I left it was still full. It was my last dinner and drink with Herb. May God Bless Herb Kelleher. The world he changed will never fully understand who it has lost. That is the mark a truly great man.

Posted by Mark Boyter - Orlando, FL - Coworker   January 08, 2019

Oh Herb. There will Never be another like you. We will surely miss you.

Posted by Paula Jackson - MS   January 08, 2019

It was always phenominal when Herb was around. His spirit shown brighter than any I had ever seen. Even though I retired in 2004 after 25 years of service he was always thought of kindly and he will be missed dearly. We had lots of fun at all the celebrations in the early days.if it werent for him and Southwest Airlines I would not have met my sweet husband. His sweet and kind heart always shown through. He gave the best hugs. Rest In Peace my friend. Gone but never forgotten.

Posted by Deanna Goodwin #2830 - Corpus Christi, TX - friend   January 08, 2019


Love you Herb. We will miss you.

Posted by Barbara Williams - Little Rock, AR - family   January 08, 2019

My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Herb; may the God of comfort be with you through this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 08, 2019


Posted by alma hall - dallas, TX   January 08, 2019

Condolences Loved working for Herb rip you will be missed

Posted by Keith Bills 4233 - El paso, TX - Coworker   January 08, 2019

Herb was just that type of guy that you wanted to be around, lit up the room, and was just a genuine human being. I had the pleasure of meeting this man at the Northwest Point, where he would show for brunch on Saturdays. Same time. Same table. Same drink. I'll never forget the words of wisdom this man had shared with me and encouraged me throughout the years I worked there. It is/was impossible to not want to be around or interact with Herb. One of the fondest memories, amongst the many, was St. Patrick's day 2006 and he strolls into the bar wearing a green hat, Shamrock pants, green suspenders, pins all over like he worked at TGIFridays and the ONLY person in costume! Some, or most, would feel embarrassed or shamed by this, but Herb's charisma, in a comical way, some how had the entire room ashamed of themselves for not dressing up. One of the most genuine, funniest, humorous, and fun people I have ever had the pleasure of interacting or being around and someone that impacts everyone he has ever interacted with. Thoughts and prayers with those whom he touched.

Posted by Justin Paul - New York, NY   January 08, 2019


Thank you Herb for your vision for Southwest Airlines. It is because of you, we are who we are today! You did so much for this company etc... and now it is time for you to take your rest. RIP.Prayers and condolence to the Kelleher family, well as the Southwest Airlines family.

Posted by Denise Dixon - Corpus Christi, TX - Coworker   January 08, 2019

I spent 5 great and amazing years at Southwest and some of my favorite memories are times shared with Herb. I was crushed to hear the news. I am thankful for Herb Kelleher and the incredible influence he had on my life. Thank you Herb and Godspeed.

Posted by Charles West - Fort Worth, TX - friend   January 08, 2019

So very sorry to hear about dear Herb. May GOD comfort you and heal your broken hearts. Ps. 147:3.
CP., La.

Posted by A friend   January 08, 2019

Sorry for your loss May God of all tender mercy comfort you in your times of sadness.

Posted by A friend   January 08, 2019


My deepest and sincerest condolences to the Kelleher Family. May God give you strength during this difficult time.

Herb thank you for changing my life and the lives of millions of people. You have left an imaginable imprint on the lives of countless people. It's been an honor and a privilege to have worked for you sir. #35820

Posted by Marisol Guillen - Hawthorne, CA   January 08, 2019

It,s been an honor to work for a company created by a man who knew how to do it right. Take care of your employees, and they will take care of you. I and many others owe our careers to this man. Tail winds, and Godspeed Herb, you will be truly missed by all of us.

Posted by Richard Ginebaugh - Erie, CO - Coworker   January 08, 2019


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Posted by Rose.    January 08, 2019

I worked for Mr. Kelleher when he was at Oppenheimer, Rosenberg, Kelleher & Wheatley in San Antonio, Texas in the 1980's. His style and graciousness was what made him a joy to work for. Rest easy Mr. Kelleher.

Posted by Kim Carleston - Floresville, TX   January 08, 2019

Posted by Patty Jackson - Harrah, OK   January 08, 2019


He was one of the greatest entrepreneurs and a true hero. My daughter has received a great career because of his vision. Thank you Herb. Father of co-worker, Chantell Slaughter

Posted by Gordon La Pearle - South Jordan, UT - Daughter   January 08, 2019

My deepest condolences to "Herb's" family the Kellehers! I was fortunate to meet and speak with Herb on 2 occasions, which I had always hoped for. I appreciate his vision! I will celebrate 24 years in February working for the best company ever. Thank you for sharing Herb with us. He is truly missed!

Posted by Debra Keown - Houston, TX - Coworker   January 08, 2019

I LUV you, Herb! Few - if any - CEOs would allow an Employee to plop a 15-month-old on his/her lap prior to taking a picture. (Although I can't think of many CEOs worthy of your ROCK STAR status!) Thank you for your Leadership and Servant's Heart. You are already missed.

Posted by Hilary McHenry - Portland, OR - Coworker   January 08, 2019

It has been a great joy and privilege to fly for Southwest Airlines for the the last 22 years. Thank you Herb! You accomplished so much, and always with a sense of humor.

Posted by Dan Dorr - Santa Rosa, CA - Coworker   January 08, 2019

Amazing, Caring, Loving, Giving, Boss...So Thankful for You!! You now have really big WINGS!!! ❤❤❤

Posted by Mary Lu Thomas - Galveston, TX - coworker   January 07, 2019

"Herb Time" just became permanent. Thank you, Herb! We will miss you. Your legacy of LUV is flying high.

Posted by Hermann Weidemann - Gilbert, AZ - Coworker   January 07, 2019

"Herb Time" just became permanent. Thank you, Herb! We will miss you. Your legacy of LUV is flying high.

Posted by Hermann Weidemann - Gilbert, AZ - Coworker   January 07, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to the Kelleher Family. My husband, Rick worked for SWA for 30 years. We were lucky to have spent time with Herb at various functions over the years. He truly was one of a kind. You will be missed.

Posted by Rick & Susan Mielke - New Braunfels, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2019

Not once but twice, I was fortunate enough to find myself seated next to Herb on flights to DC. The time passed quickly as Herb shared stories and laughter. What a down to earth, joyful, gentle man! Condolences to his family and the SWA family that loved him so much.

Posted by Anita Porco - Irving, TX - Acquaintance   January 07, 2019

Absolutely without a doubt, the most unique and customer service oriented airline ever. I've been flying SWA for years and just requalified for the Companion Pass, so my husband can go with me for free! What a fabulous idea that is ! We are both now retired and will make very good use of it this year.
Thank you to Herb Kelleher for being such a visionary individual and making Southwest what it is today.

Posted by Linda Wittrup - Roseville, CA   January 07, 2019

I worked for Southwest for over 14 years and wish I never left. I have been sharing stories of Herb with others the past few days and realized that mine are only a few in the hundreds of thousands of stories. What a man. He is already missed and there will never be anyone like him again. Thank you for being a part of my life.

Posted by Lisa Hitaffer - Tempe, AZ - Coworker   January 07, 2019

Herb, I remember like it was yesterday when I got "the call" to come to Southwest. Thank you for making it better than I ever could have imagined! The flame you kindled still burns bright, and I will always do it the way you taught us. It is truly an honor to be a part of it. Thanks for everything. CAPT Don Lyle

Posted by Don Lyle - Arlington, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2019

To the man who literally changed my life and the lives of thousands of my co-workers. I am so proud and fortunate to call you my boss Herb, and I know your smiling down on every single one of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Sir. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Captain Craig Thornton - Las Vegas, NV   January 07, 2019

A true Gentleman, Inspiring Leader, and wonderful Man! The world is a much better place because of you. Thank you very much for everything you did for us, Herb. We will always love you!

Steve and Amy Ferris

Posted by Steve Ferris - Flower Mound, TX - Friend   January 07, 2019

My deepest sympathies to the Kelleher Family hoping that hearts will heal fast by knowing how much Herb was loved by all. I wanted to send my personal thanks to Herb for beaming me aboard the Enterprise that we all LUV-ingly know as Southwest Airlines. May he now boldly go as we continue to keep his spirit alive here at Southwest!

LUV long and prosper Southwest!

CAPT Scott A. Kirk
LAS #51349

Posted by Scott Kirk - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2019

From every pilot who has ever will or has worked for you...Thank you Herb for setting the bar just a little bit higher for all of us...May God bless you and your family

Posted by Christopher Guidi - Pacific Grove, CA - Coworker   January 07, 2019

Thanks for the laughs and the LUV. Our family sends thoughts of comfort and peace to the Kelleher family. Herb will remain in our hearts forever.

Posted by Herb Choate - Denver, CO - Coworker   January 07, 2019


I unfortunately never had the chance to meet Herb. In my lifetime in the aviation industry, I known and read Herb's legacy. I will always remember Herb as a legend, a pioneer and my idol. My thoughts and prayers are with Herb's Family. God Bless You Herb!!!

Posted by Jorge Cruz - Decatur, GA - Friend   January 07, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the Kelleher Family. Herb was the Brightest Spirit we will ever know. We were
honored to know and LUV him. Chris and Jan Cobb

Posted by Jan Cobb - Livingston, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2019

A great leader! You did it your way, what a great LIFE, you are missed......Thank you.

Posted by Todd Bourlier - SOUTH LYON, MI - Coworker   January 07, 2019

I'd like to extend my condolences to the family and friends for the loss of your loved one Herb Kelleher, may the words at 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17 soothe your hearts.

Posted by A friend   January 07, 2019

I have seen two celebrities walking down the isle of a Southwest Airlines airplane in the many hundreds of flights I have taken over 30+ years. One was the great Roger Staubach and the other was Herb with a basket handing out peanuts! What a great guy he was and what great memories he made for everyone!
God Bless his family in this tough time.
He is a guy that everyone that knew him, even from afar, admired as I did.

Posted by gary thompson - san antonio, TX   January 07, 2019

I was so very fortunate and blessed to have been hired in San Antonio, March 1992. After leaving a career in the medical field, by happenstance really, I landed a job at the San Antonio Reservations Center. After 25 years at the Best Company EVER, I retired in July 2017. It was a pleasure working for such a wonderful man and indeed a Legend. I can't thank Herb enough for his unmistakable leadership that provided me with an amazing career. I also learned some lessons from him that I implemented in my life along the way like prepare in the good times so you are ready for the bad times and if you rest on your laurels, you will get a thorn in your a$$.
Plain and simple, Herb was our hero. He will be forever in our hearts and memories. I share in your sadness, and offer my deepest condolences to the family. Thank you for sharing this delightful man with us. Herb, may you Rest in Peace. Until we meet again muuuah!

Posted by Kathryn Dannenbaum - Phoenix, AZ - Coworker   January 07, 2019

I once found myself sitting next to Mr. Kelleher on a SWA flight. I was speechless. He told me he wanted to sit up front but the pilot would not give up his seat.

Posted by D Havel - San Antonio, TX   January 07, 2019

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by A friend   January 07, 2019

Roger and I adored you - thank you for being the best boss anyone could have asked for. A more special man would be impossible to find. We love you so Herb. No one can ever fill your shoes. God bless you.
May flights of angels sing you to thee to thy rest. Cheri and Roger Holmes

Posted by Cheri and Roger Holmes - Plano, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2019

Your Humor, Wit, Leadership, Enthusiasm for Life, and respect for the customers and employees of Southwest Airlines will be remembered by everyone you came in contact with. Smooth Flight.

Posted by Joie Vitosky - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2019


Posted by A friend   January 07, 2019

Fair skies and tailwinds, Herb! I'm sorry I never got the chance to meet you! Thank you for building such an amazing company.

Posted by Rob Perez - Magnolia, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2019

Herb, you earned a special place in my heart and memories the very first time I met you back in 1984. Then and there, I knew I had stumbled upon the coolest place to work at in the world. At an airline lead by a brilliantly witty, fun-loving, chain-smoking, down-to-earth CEO, on a first name basis with every employee. For 33 years, you were THE LIFE of the grandest party I've ever had the pleasure to attend! And now, your indomitable spirit and heart of gold will forever remain the life blood of our Southwest family and its reason to exist. My own family and I are eternally grateful for the wonderful life and great memories that were made possible by you. We salute you, Herb, for a life well lived and for setting the highest standards of excellence for generations to come. May all the love you gave come back to provide you eternal peace in the warmth of God's bosom. My sincere condolences to the Kelleher family and to all of Herb's beloved friends.

Posted by Tom Riggles - Austin, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2019

Rest in Peace, Herb. I was so fortunate to have worked for Southwest Airlines under your leadership. You were such an amazing mentor and your leadership was best in class. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to work and learn from the brightest star. To your family, may you find peace which passes all understanding. With great love and admiration!

Posted by Kelly Green - Houston, TX - coworker   January 07, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss May the god of the heaven creating you a calm heart a Courageous one to meet all the days you will face in tears our prayers I with you and my choice always is to take Southwest very kind people and the price is right

Posted by Linda Albert - toledo, OH - Friend   January 07, 2019

Thank you Herb for giving me the opportunity to take great care of my family through your generous benefits that your Company provides. It is always an honor to tell people that I work for Southwest Airlines and the response is always the same, how much they love it. You will be missed so much and my heart goes out to your family as I am certain that void can never be replaced. Well done Mr. Kelleher, well done!

Posted by Marcy Mulnix - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2019

Dear Joan and family - My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Herb will be greatly missed by
lots of people, including me. He was a wonderful man. My love to all of you,

Posted by Kathleen Kuper - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 07, 2019


In loving memory of a wonderful person.

Posted by Diane Marsh - Del Rio, TX - friend   January 07, 2019


"You hired a 52-year old, ex-flight attendant, who loved the job description of a SWA flight attendant: to show an attititude of company of pride and loyalty! You let us be ourselves and be free in our daily mission: to bring the passenger back. We had fun and I will be forever grateful. Phyllis Beima
PHX Inflight #r52867.

Posted by Phyllis Beima - Gilbert, AZ - Coworker   January 07, 2019


RIP Herb. It was an honor to be a 17 year employee with this family that you created, Southwest Airlines. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family as we remember you with Luv. You will be greatly missed.

Posted by Susan Renek - Chandler, AZ - Coworker   January 07, 2019

Our prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of Herb Kelleher. Herb was a very smart and wise person. He improved the Airline industry with creating Southwest Airlines, where people of low means can travel. May the memories that you have shared together give you comfort at this difficult time. Romans 5:17, 18


Posted by A friend   January 07, 2019


You will be very missed.
Dybas - HDQ Ground Ops

Posted by Stephanie Dybas - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2019

Posted by Jenell Evans    January 07, 2019

RIP Herb. You were such a mentor in many folks life! My sympathy to the family along with my prayers. Thank you for sharing him with us for so many years.

Posted by Linda Dennis - St. Petersburg, FL - Coworker   January 07, 2019

I remember my first day of work as a contractor at SWA. Herb walked up to me and gave me a big hug and kiss. I thought this man must have mistaken me for someone else. When I got to my new manager's office, I told him about it. He responded "Oh, that's just Herb, he does that to everyone." And from that day on whenever I would see Herb it was like seeing an old friend. My sincere condolences to the family, friends, and SWA family.
Herb will be greatly missed!

Posted by Rita Evans - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2019

Herb was just the BEST! Every time I had the chance of being in his presence, I always considered it an honor. I always enjoyed his big genuine hug and kiss, just like in the pic. I attended a few luncheons where he was the main speaker, and I was always so impressed at how smart, witty, and captivating he was. He could answer any question. Not only was he all these things, he was so kind, so approachable, had a distinctive funny laugh, and made you feel important. Before my father passed in December 2011, he had been in a San Antonio hospital for about four months, I emailed Herb's office to see if Herb could send my dad a note of encouragement, since I knew my father respected him. Well, not only did Herb send my dad a beautiful letter, but a SWA model plane, and few more items. He was just an amazing person! I only had my few moments in his presence during my now 22 years of being with SWA, but I am so grateful for the wonderful moments. I truly loved him! Thank you Herb for giving me an opportunity to work for the Best Airline!! I LUV you Herb and may you rest in Peace. Love, Matilda Ayala Fousie

Posted by Matilda Ayala Fousie - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2019

My condolences to man who made a dream come off napkin, and made it a reality..
I love southwest!!.
My mother, sister, and myself were returning from Arizona, and the stewardess "SANG" to us!!. She entertained us, talked to us, she personalized herself to us..telling us little things about herself, and what a great company she worked for even how she became "part of the southwest famy".
She had a lovely voice, and I've flown southwest many times, that certainly was a treat I have never forgotten thruout the years.

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Posted by Rex Taylor - Lawrenceville, GA - Friend   January 07, 2019

I had the true pleasure of meeting Herb outside an airport in Chicago. What a fantastic person with a grand personality. Our handshake will always be bright in my memories. Chicago Police Detective William F Kazupski

Posted by William Kazupski - Chicago, IL - Acquaintance   January 07, 2019


Prayers and condolences to
Herb Kelleher's Family on the
loss of their loved one.
Life well lived! Rest In Peace, Herb; May the Perpetual Light shine upon you.

Ms "GG" Bigrigg
Flyer & ShareHolder

Posted by GG BIGRIGG - San Antonio, TX   January 07, 2019

Herb will forever be missed! It was an honor and joy to know I was working for an employer who put his employees first! His investment in his employees, fun-luving attitude, and his beliefs and authenticity to the golden rule, were only a small fraction of what made him such an amazing CEO! He earned his wings long ago has the freedom to fly. May he rest in eternal peace!

- Krystal Tigno
OAK CSA #e77616
San Francisco, CA. Jan 7, 2019

Posted by Krystal Tigno - San Francisco, CA - Coworker   January 07, 2019

A true LEGEND!!!! There will never be another man like you, Herb! Thank you for LUVing us and all the hugs & kisses! Heaven has gained a beautiful Angel! I hope they are welcoming you with a Wild Turkey and an awesome deck party to last a lifetime! Prayers to your family! You are free to explore and soar the Heavens! Ding!~ Trang

Posted by Trang Suehring - Gilbert, AZ - Coworker   January 07, 2019

Herb, you loved your employees. You worked tirelessly so others would have a better life. You are a hero
Rest In Peace

Posted by Terri Kaiser - Dallas, TX - friend   January 07, 2019


Both my husband and I work for the "LUV Airline". I'm a Flight Attendant and my husbands a Pilot. We've been with SWA 25 wonderful years and consider ourselves lucky to have worked for Herb. One of the many reasons we love SWA, Herb believed in his employees to be themselves and have fun while you worked. He treated everyone like they were part of his family. It's made the last 25 years for both of us a joyful experience. We have Herb to thank. He would lead by example and was a gem of a man. Thank you to his family for sharing him with us. Our condolences and love to friends and family.

Posted by Monica Miller-Deamer - Las Vegas, NV - Coworker   January 06, 2019

To paraphrase a famous quote of Winston Churchill's, we can confidently state, that never in the history of earning a living, have so many, owed so much to one person.

Posted by Nathan B-Y - San Diego, CA   January 06, 2019

My sad condolences. I love Southwest, and will only fly this airline when I go back East, I don't care how many stops that I have to make, but usually only 2! Most of the times, the trip has gone swimmingly, and I have no doubt that his employees loved him as well. I heard stories about this airline that he co foundered, many, many times, especially when I worked within the DoubleTree family and would have visitors to the Sacramento area. He did good, and I am sorry for this loss to so many and for his family. Good flying up in those heavenly bodies...

Posted by elizabeth rohde - carmichael, CA   January 06, 2019

God Bless

Posted by Pat Hiles - St. Louis, MO - acquaintance   January 06, 2019

Herb, I was so very, very, fortunate to know you as a client, but also as a friend.

You weren't just legendary in the airline industry, but certainly as a friend of Texas and Dallas. And, you became the saving grace of Love Field and so many of its employees and businesses.

Thank you for teaching me how to play PacMan, and I won't say where. But, that was fun that would be hard to compete with. (Still have a little Wild Turkey at times. )

What an honor to get to know you, and see you in action so many times.

Rest in peace, Herb. Once again, you're flying with the best - this time for eternity.

Posted by John Weekley - Dallas, TX   January 06, 2019

I was honored to work for Herb as a Customer Service Agent for 27 exciting years. I have a great number of wonderful stories and the ones I'm most proud of are the stories from behind the scenes. During times of national and local disasters, family emergencies etc. Herb and Colleen via Southwest would authorize free travel, lodging etc. to external and internal customers in distress. Too many times to count. I am truly blessed and my family has enjoyed a wonderful life and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the greatest adventure! Godspeed Herb and God Bless Your family and SWA current and retired employees.❤Sheryl Mead. Proudly #2128.

Posted by Sheryl Mead - SanAntonio, TX   January 06, 2019

A true visionary and leader. God bless you Herb. The world is a much better place because you were here. The southwest family will miss you but never forget what you have done for them. The angels in heaven will love the way you fly.
A loyal Southwest customer for years.

Posted by Joe Crady - San Antonio, TX   January 06, 2019

Herb, You were Truly Loved!

Posted by Vernissa Hebert - Ovilla, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2019

A Senior employee with Southwest passed away unexpectedly, Herb allowed anyone working with Southwest to attend the funeral-in Amarillo, with pay. I gained a lot of respect for him that day.

Posted by Jay Weeks - Amarillo, TX   January 06, 2019

What a wonderful person! Herb will surely be sorely missed. In fact, I owe my family to him; my sister and brother in law MET while working at SOUTHWEST AIRLINES.HAIL HERB!!

Posted by Russell Reid - Dallas, TX - Friend   January 06, 2019

One of a kind! There will NEVER be another one like him. Larger than life and a GREAT person. Those shoes can NEVER be filled. We love you Herb. Your LUV will live on forever! RIP.....

Posted by Bob Dulinski - Reno, NV - Coworker   January 06, 2019

Rest In Peace Herb. What a legacy you have and so many lives that you touched in a positive way. I met you at the grand opening of Central Market in Dallas on Lovers and was amazed at your positive, gregarious, personality as well as your drive and determination; mostly you wanted to have fun and I believe you did live life to its fullest. Your legacy outlives you but you will never be forgotten.

Posted by Lisa Maddox - Dallas, TX - Acquaintance   January 06, 2019


RIP Herb, meeting you was one of the highlights of my career. You will be missed by this Southwest warrior❤.

Posted by Mori Yancey - Phoenix, AZ - Coworker   January 06, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the Kelleher family in this time of sorrow. The same for the thousands of SWA family that are grieving, with them. Thank you, Mr. Kelleher for your great example of wisdom, kindness, giving to and sharing with others. Your taught us well. RIP. You will never be forgotten. Much LUV & respect.

Posted by Patty Nielson Roberts - Salt Lake City, UT - Coworker   January 06, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Kelleher family as well as the Southwest family. I worked at the Chicago reservation center and I cannot day enough about Herb and how well the employees were treated. I left Southwest to pursue another dream and have regretted that decision since. Such a wonderful man.

Posted by Mary Gleason-Rosenbrock - Oak Lawn, IL - Coworker   January 06, 2019



Posted by Irma Hernandez - San antonio, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2019

No words can Express the sadness that we feel for you!We are sending our heartfelt condolences.My husband
Who is still with Swa after 33 yrs and myself(Wn Retiree)just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing him with us.We will forever have him in our heart and you in our prayersGod Bless you!!Ps,I was hired in 1978 during the hot pants and boots era...Oh what fun and hard work

Posted by Pat White-Craig - Birmingham, AL - Coworker   January 06, 2019

I am heartsick today, hearing that my biggest inspiration in life has passed on to greener pastures. I'm sure that he will have a lead office in heaven within a week as soon as they all know what an amazing man he is. I worked for SWA from 1197 to 2003. I got to meet Herb about 5 or 6 times, between the Chili Cookoffs and other events and parties that I got the opportunity to go to. I always looked forward to traveling to the Message to the Fields because I would get to see and hear this wonderful speak and feel the inspiration that he was to sooooo many. It always amazed me that when he rode in on his motorcycle to the Chili Cookoff and he would have an entourage of body guards around him as everyone treated him like Elvis walking on to a stage. He remembered everybody's name even if you only met him once. I remember giving him an idea for a marketing campaign and although they didn't use it, he wrote me personally to let me know how much he appreciated the time that we put into it and said that we may have been able to use it for training. I remember standing in line for two hours waiting to see Herb and Colleen and to give them a hug and of course a Herb kiss at a reunion party that I got to attend. I would not leave without the opportunity again of saying hello and that I love them. Thank you Herb for all of the time that you put in to SWA and it making all of us employees feel as though we were your personal immediate family and giving your heart to each of us. RIP my friend. Luv always. Mindy Hardy

Posted by Mindy Hardy - Salt Lake City, UT - Friend   January 06, 2019

Thanks for the memories Herb. You will be greatly missed by your family and all who ever knew you are met you. I pray that God wraps his arms around your family and the employees at Southwest Airlines along with the retirees. You definitely knew how to motivate and make us laugh. We love you and everyone who knew you will miss you. You've earned your new wings and now you can even fly higher. Go Herb!

Posted by Mary Jane Henrich - San Antonio   January 06, 2019

I will never forget this amazing man and my honor to have been a part of the SWA family.

Posted by Judy Morris, Leal - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2019

At Southwest, Herb was our hero and inspiration. Herb's passing is a tremendous loss for all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are for the Kelleher Family. God Bless.

Posted by Charlene Zeman - McKinney, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2019

Posted by Janie Selva - Dallas, TX   January 06, 2019

Mr Kelleher was most wonderful Human Being I ever met. Professional, fair, loving, giving, and most of all Loved Life. I'm sure he is sitting next to God, offering Wild Turkey. To one of the elite.

Posted by Janie Selva - TX - coworker   January 06, 2019

There will never be another like you, Herb. You were the best! So enjoyed working with you and your wonderful Southwest Airlines.

Posted by susan meurer - New Braunfels, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2019

Herb, you didn't just change my world, you changed the business world as well. And you changed the world for many by making air travel an egalitarian pursuit. I will never further forget you and I will always be grateful.

Posted by Drew Carpenter - Sprint Branch, TX   January 06, 2019


My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends. Herb was such an influence in my 20 year career with Southwest Airlines..He was such a caring soul. He really cared about the employees just as much as the customers, maybe more. He made all of us such a big caring family and we had so much fun working together. You could always count on him to do the right thing. Not too many people can say that about their boss. We will miss him greatly. R.I.P. HERB! ❤❤

Posted by Sue Chatagnier - Beaumont, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2019

What a blessing to have worked for Herb and listen to him speak off the cuff at our meetings! It was always such a joy to see Herb coming towards you in the SWA hallways , it would make my day! Herb was a fine man with a great mind and so gregarious! He was just a joy!

Posted by Mary Creason - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2019

Mr Kelleher: had an interesting life.
My condolences to family, friends, and other relatives. My the "GOD of ALL COMFORT support you during your time of grief. (2Cor1:2-4)

Posted by Carolyn Smith - GREENVILLE, NC   January 06, 2019

Back in the day we would walk through the airport and passengers would say here comes Herbs girls..I was so proud..I was so blessed to have worked for SWA for 23yrs..I wanted to be the oldest to retire but was not to be..Herb passed out the peanuts on my flt then said now what I said well ice my cups..He was dearly loved

Posted by mary law - Surprise, AZ - Coworker   January 06, 2019

Forever Luvd! Forever Remembered!

Posted by Sandra Morris - San Antonio, TX - coworker   January 06, 2019

Herb Kelleher, larger than life, in love with life and with people and with serving people. I love how you were so approachable, and cherish the conversations we had. I was beyond privileged to have worked for Southwest Airlines during your tenure, sir. I salute you, your life, and all for which you stood. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to your family, friends, and all of the former and current employees of Southwest Airlines. You will be missed.

Posted by Pat Turner - Carrollton, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2019

Thank you for all of your LUV, Herb! The SWA family will never be the same without you. ❤ There are no words to describe the impact you have had on so many. god speed!

Posted by Stacie Whitford - South Weber, UT - Acquaintance   January 06, 2019

Thank you for inspiring me to be great every day in all I do .
GOD bless you and your family Herb. I'll luv you forever!6217 barb

Posted by Barbara Gabaldon - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2019


You were always an inspiration! We saw your example of love for life in all things you did. You will never be forgotten, and always in our hearts!

Posted by Rayemanette Welch - Las Vegas, NV - Coworker   January 06, 2019

Best. Boss. Ever! You lead with love and we felt it and shared that some love with our customers and co-hearts. Thank you for putting us first and treating us with so much respect! Love you and will miss you always!

Posted by Marjorie Lee - Sacramento, CA - Coworker   January 06, 2019

One of those rare individuals that leaves an indelible mark on your soul from the first time you meet him. I was/am in awe.

Posted by Bron Ama - Glendale, AZ - Coworker   January 06, 2019

We luv you, Herb. Godspeed

Posted by Karen Voelkel - Frisco, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2019

Another good man is gone. Rest in peace Herb.

Posted by Raymond Prevott - Boerne, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2019


You are my hero. My heart is with your family who shared you with us. Judy Kendrick

Posted by Judith Kendrick - San Diego, CA - Coworker   January 06, 2019


My deepest sympathies for Herbs family and all of the SWA family. Herb was such a great example of camaraderie between coworkers and between work groups. Of course if he showed up on a flight he would pass out peanuts and talk with everyone, customer or coworker we were all made to feel like we were part of the team. What a character, Herb we "luv" you and will miss you. There will never be another like you.

Posted by Lisa Tresner - Stansbury Park, UT - Coworker   January 06, 2019

My four hours of employment with Southwest was spent with you in you office little did I know the tremendous impact that you would have on me years later. When I left your office that day my official nick name was Hers Helper. From that day on I couldn't even remember my real name. Herb you changed my life and you gave me an opportunity of a lifetime and for that I love you and for that I thank you. Being raised in a local children's home I could see the Southwest airplanes coming into Dallas and was always fun to watch them until they got so low that I couldn't see them anymore. Little did I know that one day I would be able to actually see the take off and land at love field. I want to tell you exactly what you told me when you would hold me and shake me and kiss me tell me I Love You, I Love You, I Love You !!!!!!
May you Rest In Peace my Special and dear friend. Herb's Helper

Posted by David Stiff - Coworker   January 06, 2019

Herb, I can't even find the words to say "Thank you" for just being you. My condolences go out to your entire family. I'll probably end up writing a book with all I'd like to say but just know that even though you're in a better place, your memory will live on. Especially in my heart. I am honored to have gotten to meet and speak with you on different occasions and you welcoming me to the family when I got hired in the Inflight Dept. You will be missed but until we meet again...Cheers to you.

Posted by Guillermo Martinez III - El Paso, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2019

Words seam so meaningless. I would like to say thank you for such a wonderful career. I love working with SWA. I will miss the kisses planted without warning.

Posted by Nancy Bloom - Nashville, TN - Coworker   January 06, 2019

There are no words. Only memories. The best memories of a great man who wouldn't let anything stand in his way. Herb, you made the world a better place. Now, you're making heaven a better place.

Posted by Oliver (Matthew) Smith - Brighton, CO - Coworker   January 06, 2019

What a joy to work for I enjoyed every moment knowing he was at the helm he made working for Southwest Airlines very enjoyable we're going to miss him

Posted by Etoyle Taylor - PHX, AZ   January 06, 2019

Dear Herb you gave me hope that I could have a life outside of my own and I am truly grateful for that! Thank you for the two kisses I got from you! Rest In Peace ❤❤❤

Posted by Suzanne Bellamy - Las Vegas, NV - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Never believe that one man cannot make a difference. Herb sure didn't.

Posted by Tim Kelleher - Newark, DE - Friend   January 05, 2019

Thank you for the opportunity to work for the company you started. I wish I could have had the opportunity to have met you. My sincere condolences to your family. Rest In Peace! You will never be forgotten!!!

Posted by Carmen Castillo - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

My condolences to the family.

Posted by Janet Koch - Wimberley, TX   January 05, 2019

You will be missed. I love Southwest
Best thing that ever h happened for Texas travelers.

Posted by Janwt Koch - Wimberley, TX   January 05, 2019

My deepest sympathies to the family. Thank you for sharing this beautiful kind man with the rest of us. Everything I have is because of Herb. He created this wonderful company that I and many others are so fortunate to work for. Herb is a wonderful example of how one person can change thousands of lives. Thank you Herb ...from the bottom of my heart!

Posted by Tammy - AZ   January 05, 2019

Herb you will be missed by so many of us! I loved your craziness your fun loving personality! Until we meet again RIP my friend!

Posted by Chris Gonos - Phoenix, AZ - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Southwest Airlines survived and thrived through its infancy and adolescence due to one reason: Herb. Our success today sits squarely on the foundations he built and nurtured. We miss him terribly already.

Posted by Les Howard - Irving, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

What a tribute from Herb and his wonderful family to have the donations to all that we supported as employees. I thank his family for sharing his wonderful personna with us. As an 18year employee I know He shared his heart with us all. Thank you Herb

Posted by Francine Jennings - Sun City, AZ - Coworker   January 05, 2019

I only worked for SWA from 1996-1997,but it was the best time of my life. What made it great was King Herb. It was Halloween and he made that day live forever in me. Thank you may you and your family have peace.

Posted by Tori Bommarito - Antioch, TN - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Thank you for the opportunity to have worked at the wonderful airline you helped create. I will always be grateful and blessed for it. If it wasn't for Southwest I wouldn't have the amazing daughter I have today. Thank you Herb

Posted by Esteban Garcia - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

My thoughts and prayers for all. I also worked at the law firm. My father, John Hinchey, spoke of his friendship with Hetb.

Posted by Ida Hinchey - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 05, 2019


R.I.H. Mr. Herb Kelleher. Your influence made Southwest Airlines the best company to work for. My career was cleared for takeoff because of the foundation you paved. You LUVed us, we LUVed you! You will be missed!!!❤

Posted by Angela Grant - Houston, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Never has there beeen a better Leader yesterday, today or tommorrow! You have always been our Hero! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with such Beautiful people and the freedom to fly! You will always be loved and thought of for many people! I Love Our Herb and Southwest Airlines!

Posted by Linda Evans - Phoenix, AZ - Coworker   January 05, 2019

We've lost a Great Man. He always said hello and knew me by name when he came to SAT. Employee 1961. Rest in peace Herb. You will be missed

Posted by Peggy Conerly - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   January 05, 2019

Herb made Southwest a fun place to work, like working with a family. Thanks for 15years with a great company.

Posted by Peggy Paregien - Bradenton, FL   January 05, 2019

He was a great man, fun leader and the life of the party....always loved the "message in the field" boss ever!!!

Posted by Jeanne Wiesley - Phoenix, AZ - Coworker   January 05, 2019


Thank you for literally everything. May we continue to make you proud.

Posted by Nicole Claus - LAX, CA - Coworker   January 05, 2019

My deepest sympathy to your family . May you keep in mind the hope of life everlasting which can help sustain you through this difficult time . John 17:3

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Posted by ron parker - pottsboro, TX   January 05, 2019

His plan for hedging fuel was brilliant.

Posted by Kent Ross - Mesa, AZ   January 05, 2019

There will never be another boss like Herb. My family and I have so many wonderful memories I would have to write a book about them. He always said, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life" He made it happen for many of us. He changed my families lives forever. Thank you, Herb. Rest In Peace, Herb. We love you, and we will never forget you. Tina, Ruben Lopez, and family.

Posted by Tina Lopez - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 05, 2019

What a privilege to have known him.
There are no words.
Well done, Herb, God's good and faithful servant.

Posted by Denny Keller - Payson, AZ - Coworker   January 05, 2019

To Herb's Family,
May God's Arms be Around Each of You Today and Always.
Herb was A Wonderful Man and I Will Miss Him. Heaven Has A New Angel, Fly High......

Posted by Lita Arnaud Coleman - New Orleans, LA   January 05, 2019

Friends used to ask if working with Herb was as fun as many said. I told them, and still do, that it was even more fun and rewarding then they could ever possibly imagine. Words can't adequately describe Herb. One had to experience working with him, having impossible fun with him, and yes, love him. He has left his indelible mark on the fabric of American life with his vision, courage, and compassion and his passing is a loss to us all.

Posted by Randy Rickard - N Fort Myers, FL - Coworker   January 05, 2019


I am onboard SWA in Feb. 2002 as a Flight Attendant. I always heard about this man, Herb Kelleher but never got to meet him until my 10th Anniversary Party in Dallas. I, myself and two other flight attendants made our way to his table where he was sitting beside Colleen. We asked him if he would allow us to take a picture of him with us. Of course, he said with that smile of his. Mr. Kelleher was missed very much when he retired and now he will be miss forever in our hearts. Gold Bless his family and may he Fly with his Angel wings.

Posted by Annette Elliott - Houston, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Prayers for Herb's wife & family! My daughter, Brenda Jones is a flight attendant for Southwest & loved Herb as CEO. He made work fun!

Posted by Adiene Jones - North Richland Hills, TX - Classmate   January 05, 2019

Hay Herb, save the 4th jump seat for me, I'll be there before we know it. Your Friend, Montyman.

Posted by Monty Montgomery - Hou, Hobby, TX - Friend   January 05, 2019

My daughter and son in law are proud members of the SWA family as flight attendants. Our family is proud and grateful for the company made by Herb. My children are proud to have known him on a personal basis and that memory will always stay with them as they continue the legacy of Herb Kelleher. Deepestcondolences to the family who knew him best. I am proud to be associated with this company through my children. Fly High Mr Kelleher.

Posted by Donna Sparr - Friendswood, TX - Acquaintance   January 05, 2019


Godspeed Herb...

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   January 05, 2019

I will always consider myself "one of Herb's kids"! He was an amazing man in ever way and a great mentor. He will always be the heart and soul of Southwest Airlines! We will carry on his legacy. Herb, you will be missed.

Posted by Kelly Valentine - Rosenberg, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort, sustain your family during these challenging times.

Posted by thomas brown - flint, MI   January 05, 2019

Herb was my hero and a gentleman we all loved and cherished. He taught everyone the meaning of really giving "LUV". He hugged, kisses, laughed and touched everyone lives and hearts. This was my dream job come true, and Thank you Herb for creating such a wonderful work environment. We all are blessed to have had you in our lives. My prayers go out to your family! Much love. Sally Purdin, Coworker, North Richland Hills, Texas, Jan.05,2019

Posted by Sally Purdin - North Richland Hills, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Herb will most definitely be missed by all who knew him and loved him. May the God of all comfort provide much comfort and peace during this time of great loss.

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2019

Herb was the definition of servant leader. I still do my best to emulate his amazing leadership style and explain the feeling of working with the best leader there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Somehow, we all felt like part of Herb's family.

Posted by Al Silva - Miami, FL - Coworker   January 05, 2019

So many good memories! Rest in Peace my friend...

Posted by Bill Niederer - Scottsdale, AZ - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with all your familes How blessed we have all been. God is good all the time, went I started working at SWA in 1973, I did not know you, but in 1999 when I had breast cancer, you and our company got me thru this time in my life. Thanks for all the memories

Posted by Glenda D. and William Hendon - Dew/ Waxahachie, TX   January 05, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family of Herb Keller. He will be truly missed. May God comfort your hearts each day. Psalm 86:15

Posted by BW H - MD   January 05, 2019

Herb was a great servant leader who inspired all of us who worked with him to give our very best effort every day. He was the most positive person I have ever known who genuinely cared dearly for all of us at SWA. He loved us and we loved him. We are all better people because of Herb. Please accept my deepest condolences for your great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Gary Flynt - Rockwall, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019


Herb, safe travels flying WEST. Thank you for all you did and touching millions of people around the world.
Eva Nowakowski, Carrollton, TX

Posted by Eva Nowakowski - Carrollton, TX - Acquaintance   January 05, 2019

This MDW based FA will never forget you! Fly high Herb!

Posted by Paul Lober - Kansas City, MO - Coworker   January 05, 2019


Forever "LUV'd" by ALL.

Posted by Cathy W - TN - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Herb's vision has, and will continue to change the airline industry and affects the millions who have taken a flight on Southwest Airlines over the last 40 plus years. And the Southwest family of thousands who have worked for him over the years. He has mentored and groomed people to be nice to others, to be kind to others and run a business at the same time using that philosophy to become one of, if not become THE leading airline in this country. Our hearts are mourning with all his family with the loss of this generous, caring man. You became a legend sir, and we as the employees of this little old airline that could......wish you God speed and rest in peace.

Posted by Vickie Bullard - Denton, TX - coworker   January 05, 2019

Thanks Herb for giving us a family environment to work in. It was a joy to go to work because everyone loved Southwest Airlines. It was the only job I had where no one spoke negative about the company. I owe it all to you. It starts from the top. You were the best and I will never forget you. You are a part of my life. I started working for YOU in 1982. Thanks for all your love.

Posted by Gloria King - Desoto, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Herb was one of a kind. Remembering putting himself and the late Dr. Tony Ryan to bed in Gleneagles in Scotland as we all had competition to drink all the best whiskey Scotland could offer. Both laughed heartily when I told them I had to pick up the £ 690 tab. Both Dr. Ryan and Herb were both visionary's in aviation. We will miss him. May he Rest In Peace.
Ulick McEvaddy.

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2019


Thank you so much Mrs. Kelleher for bringing Herb to Texas! It was such a privilege working under Herb's amazing loving leadership! You and your family are in my heart and mind.

Posted by Rhonda Schraub - Cedar Park, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. What wonderful memories we all have of our great friend and leader of the band!

Posted by Rob Vos - Va Bch, VA - Coworker   January 05, 2019

We wish blessings for your family Herb. Thank you so much for all you have done for so many of us. We truly appreciate and love you.

Posted by Ron Burkhart - Sharpsburg, GA - Coworker   January 05, 2019

My condolences to the friends and family of this talented and caring man. May those mourning find comfort in each other and in God during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2019

God bless you Herb, THANKS for everything over the years, we will miss you, hope to see you on the other side one day!

Posted by Sam Rogers - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

It was a great pleasure to work with you Herb.
Jack Mercer

Posted by Jack Mercer - Grand Prairie, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Dear friends and family, i am so sorry about the loss of your loved one. May our heavenly father comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2019

Best boss I ever had...such a kind, brilliant man

Posted by Nancy Love - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Thank you for believing in me, affording me opportunities I wouldn't have had without your guidance and friendship.

Posted by George Pratt - Georgetown, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Prayer's to the family!

Posted by Deryl Winchester - Fulshear, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with every soul that loves you. You are and will always be truly missed.

Posted by Angela Foster - Pearland, TX   January 05, 2019


Dearest Herb! You taught me so much about people, love, and the airline industry as a whole. You were so full of life which makes your passing especially hard! You watched over us for years! You are truly an Angel now Herb. Spread your wings Herb! You have truly earned them!

Posted by Jennie Williams - Paradise Valley, AZ - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Herb, there will never be another you. Through the telling and re-telling of Herb stories you will live on eternally as our Founder and the head of our Southwest family. Thank you for being a visionary and a benevolent leader. I will always be thankful and grateful to have known you and worked for you.

Posted by Steve Snyder - Paradise Valley, AZ   January 05, 2019


Our thoughts and prayers to the family during this time of sorrow. Herb was a wonderful man, and a great boss. He would meet you once and remember your name the next time he saw you. He was always ready to give a hug. zoi se sas, na ton thimaste ...eternal life to him, may you remember him.

Posted by Janie Kennedy-Evans - Coleman, MI - Coworker   January 05, 2019

May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.

Posted by Tina Lesieur - Manchester, NH - Coworker   January 05, 2019

What a blessing Herb has been to me and countless others. Best Boss ever.

Posted by Alfred Hyde - Denton, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Working with Herb was an honor!! What a beautiful person he was. Thank you Herb, for allowing me to be a part of your SWA family. Heartfelt condolences to close family and friends.

Posted by Sally Shafer - Carolina Beach, NC - Coworker   January 05, 2019

We shared many laughs and you never ceased to amaze me. Your love for your Employees was beyond measure and I was proud to work for Southwest Airlines. God Speed to you and know that I will never board or see a Southwest plane without thinking of you. You are loved.

Posted by Kim Peters - Birmingham, AL - Coworker   January 05, 2019

We will Herb but his legacy lives on. I'm a retiree who only worked for 17 years for him. It was a pleasure and an honor. Rest in peace.

Posted by Debra Lavender - Marque, TX - Friend   January 05, 2019

My condolences to Herbs family. I was once part of his Southwest Airlines family. Loved working for Southwest ! Herb made everyone feel like they knew him. So kind and genuine. His legacy of being the best continues but no one will ever be Herb. Thank you sir. Elizabeth Morgan

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2019

My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with your family during this difficult time of loss. We truly appreciate all that Herb did for so many, in sharing his vision so that many could benefit and will continue to benefit from. What a life well lived. May our loving heavenly God and father comfort and strengthen his family to cope in the days ahead.

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2019

Condolences to the family of Mr. Kelleher along with friends.

Posted by Mary    January 05, 2019

To The Family Of Herb Kelleher
My deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of your dear beloved one. May the God of all comfort,comfort you and grant you peace now and in the days ahead.

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2019

Dear Herb, May God bless you for all you have accomplished on behalf of the millions of people you have helped throughout your lifetime and beyond. Thank you.

Posted by Edward Alan Sobolewski (formerly Edward Allen) - Phoenix, AZ - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Thank you for all that you have done Herb. You will be missed.

Posted by Robert Phillips - Wyoming, PA   January 05, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family at this very difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2019

Ashley Pardue

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Posted by Ann Stokman - Milwaulee, WI   January 05, 2019

Words seem so inadequate. But Herb was a man of words and a message of love to spread. A beautiful soul with a giant heart! A boss unmatched by any other. A lover of people, an astute business man and leader who knew how to motivate by creating an atmosphere of fun. He challenged us to be our best because he was the best. I am forever grateful to him for my livelihood. I left another carrier after 17 years to start all over at the bottom just to have the privilege of working for Herb. Almost 24 years later and I have never looked back. He made us all better people. I pledge to honor his legacy by continuing to color outside the lines. My deepest condolences to the Kelleher Family. ❤

Posted by Malinda Hart Goodman - Davis, CA - Coworker   January 05, 2019

May tender memories soften your grief and the love of family and friends surround you and give you strength. I'm praying for God's peace to bring comfort and courage as you face the days ahead. Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by those of us at the SWA family. To describe Herb as a remarkable man seems....simple. He was so much more! He will be profoundly missed, but we will make him proud! God Bless

Posted by Kristin Vanden Branden - Phoenix, AZ - Coworker   January 05, 2019

My thoughts and prayers to the family and extended family as well.

Posted by Berta Campos-Lawson - Houston, TX - Friend   January 05, 2019


Luv'd Herb ! He was a Texas Legend and leader during my SWA career starting in 1987! I was one of millions whose life was changed greatly at Southwest Airlines ! God bless you Herb

Posted by Michael J Miller - Arlington, TX - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Mr Kelleher was in every leadership text I used teaching college biz courses. Thanks for being an engaging leader who paid attention to customers & employees by visiting them in person RIP. Your earthly journey is done.

Posted by Donna Coulson - Wilmington, NC   January 05, 2019

I remember when Southwest Airlines changed the game in the early 1970s when I was young. Great ads: hot pants and always on time! $13 one way from Dallas to Houston or SA. SW is still making flying fun and affordable for EVERYONE. Thanks, Herb.
Mary, Dallas TX

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to the Kelleher family. It has been (and is still) an honor to be a part of the Southwest Airlines family that Herb created! He will continue to inspire me and so many others for years to come. God Bless!

Posted by Marsha Robers - CAVE CREEK, AZ - Coworker   January 05, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I worked for SWA from 1990-2009, when I was able to retire. I was always amazed how Herb knew our names. I am so proud to have worked for him. He will be truly missed.

Posted by Maureen Derse - maricopa, AZ - Coworker   January 05, 2019

Herb, you were the best Boss in the world, bar none. I have so many great memories. Like, me sitting in the concourse, waiting for my next flight, and have you come by with Executives, and see you tear yourself away from them to come over and give me a hug. Of course they would look really weird when you would tell them you would catch up to them. That was so special, as you were always So Special. I'll never forget you.

Posted by Clinnetta Moore - Bedford, TX - Friend   January 04, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family during this time of bereavement. Grateful to have become a part of the Southwest Airlines Family in 1987. During my 18 years at SWA, it was indeed an honor to have served alongside such an awesome Servant Leader...Herb Kelleher. He was not only a wonderful Leader, mentor, great boss, and friend ...but overall a kind, giving and loving human being. We will miss you Herb. ❤

Posted by Tammye Walker-Jones - Carrollton, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

I worked for Herb Kelleher in the late 80's, early 90's, and he was an amazing man and employer. His ingenious business model for Southwest Airlines is still going strong and prospering to this day. He'll be missed ❤

Posted by Kerry McCarthy - Heber City, UT   January 04, 2019

I am very happy my home town of Bakersfield recognized this incredible loss of our legendary leader. Little did this man know, as a little boy dreaming of being an airline pilot, that one man would make a dream so much bigger than any little boy could imagine. So blessed to be a part of this American legend.

Posted by A friend   January 04, 2019

I am proud to be one of your stews!! I will live your legacy forever.❤

Posted by Kathy Jen - Sunnyvale, CA - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers to the Kelleher family
We will miss Herb , he was our hero

Posted by Martha LeBlanc - Frisco, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Thank you for my wonderful 20 years with your company. You have always been a tribute to a genuine honest hardworking man! You will be greatly missed but not forgotten!

Posted by Fredde Gentry - Oklahoma City, OK - Coworker   January 04, 2019

RIP Herb. Thanks for your wonderful Southwest Airlines. Condolences to you family.

Posted by Cecilia Flores Sigler - El Paso, TX   January 04, 2019


Herb you were the life of Southwest. You made many dreams come true for so many employees, passengers, so many others over the years. You will be missed is an understatement! Enjoy your wings!
Cyndee LaFontaine

Posted by Cyndee LaFontaine - Sun City, AZ - Friend   January 04, 2019

My condolences to the family, friends and employees on the loss of Herb. May the God of all comfort sustain you during this difficult time and beyond.

Posted by LF    January 04, 2019

Condolences to the Kelleher family.
Keeping you in prayer.
It was an honor to work for a legendary CEO.
Thank you for loving all your employees!
We will miss you Herb. Godspeed.

Posted by Jeannie Barrera - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Condolences to the Kelleher family.
Keeping you in prayer.
It was an honor to work for a legendary CEO.
Thank you for loving all your employees!
We will miss you Herb. Godspeed.

Posted by Jeannie Barrera - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Herb was a brilliant, kind, creative and loving leader and friend. He always made everyone feel important. My heart goes out to you his family and friends, and prayers for you during the loss of this magnificient man. I always told him he was the 8th Wonder of the World. I remember his fondly. Love to him and all of you.
Kay Caldwell, Retired Southwest Airlines Manager

Posted by Kay Caldwell - Dallas, TX - Friend   January 04, 2019

Praying for your family. I was blessed to work for the best boss anyone could have. May you have comfort in knowing how loved Herb was.

Posted by Lisa Trafton - Schertz, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Herb, thank you for allowing me the privilege and honor to work at the Best Company and be a part of your LUV family for the past 29 years.. In our hearts you will always be. Your love, voice and laughter will always be remembered in our minds. You will be missed dearly. Rest In Peace Herb

Posted by Shonna Roberts - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

I still can't believe it's true. You will be so missed! I'm honered to work at the greatest company in the world and it wouldn't be possible without you! RIP, Herb. Much love to your family.

Posted by Michele Garcia - Houston, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019


Thank you Sir for all the love and laughter. Working at SWA is the best job I ever had and it's because of you. May you RIP!

Posted by Wendy Angel - Fulshear, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019


I believe there's not enough positive words to say about Herb.
May God's Blessing Be with Herb & Herb's family

Posted by Neicee Coulson-Johnson - InFlight Dallas Texas, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

I met him first at the 40th Anniversary in HOU. I got here way too late but so thankful I got here in time! What a blessing I have to work for the Little Airline That Could! AND Did! I pray for his family and closest friends. Your ache must be massive!

Posted by Janet Notary - DEN, CO - Coworker   January 04, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Kelleher family, May the give you strength at this difficult time. The greatest boss and hero is gone but not forgotten. He will be received with open arms into heaven.

Posted by Maria M Valdez - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

This link asked your relationship...I put coworker because I've worked with Herb since 1971 BUT weren't we ALL his FRIENDS? So, I wanted to pick that too...he made us all feel so was appropriate Herb started the LOVE airline because that's what he always showed us! He left a legacy to the world of lower fares for sooooo many more people to be able to afford to fly! Imagine being able to leave a legacy to millions of people, not only because of THAT, but because of the legacy he left to us at Southwest Airlines for all of us to have a financially secure future! Thank you for all you've done for us, Herb...we love you, and you will forever be in our hearts...

Posted by Joy Bardo - Bedford, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

It will be hard to forget someone who gave so much to remember. My most sincere condolences.

Posted by Lynda Barker - AR - Acquaintance   January 04, 2019


I'm so thankful to have had a BOSS that was great at his JOB, it showed how his coworkers love to do there jobs! that's why the LUV airlines is still going STRONG. With thoughts and prayers going to Herb's Family. thank you for sharing him to so many of us!

Posted by Cindy Albro - chandler, AZ - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Deepest condolences to the Kelleher family. Herb was one in a million!

Posted by Billy Stephan - Glen Rose, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Thank you Herb for creating an environment that anyone would want to work in. I feel so fortunate to be a part of it and will continue to honor you and everything you have done for all of your employees. You were one of a kind and will truly be missed. Rest well you will never be forgotten.♥

Posted by Debbie Lamont - Houston, TX   January 04, 2019

Thank you for creating Southwest Airlines by having the vision to provide an affordable way for everybody
to travel to create memories with family and friends. Heaven is definitely gaining a special angel named Herb.
You will definitely be missed but your footsteps will be along the halls of Southwest Airlines HDQ and your boisterous laugh will be forever heard by your Southwest Family and Friends. Your vision will forever be supported by us, the People of Southwest Airlines. My condolences go out to the Kelleher family.

-Jennifer A Mathes, Customer Service Agent/Nashville, TN

Posted by Jennifer Mathes - Old Hickory, TN - Coworker   January 04, 2019

So honored to work for such a great company that was started by the most incredible man ever. Thank you Herb for being you Rest In Peace Carrie Kyniston 24 years strong

Posted by Carrie Kyniston - Houston, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Prayers for your family. Thank you for sharing Herb with all of us at Southwest. We adored him!

Posted by Julie Bryant - Bedford, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

I have loved working for your amazing airline. Everyone will miss you for sure
Brian Walker

Posted by Brian Walker - Bradenton, FL - Coworker   January 04, 2019


Whatever I say here about Herb is inadequate to describe the man who loved me when I didn't even love myself. I am who I am in large measure because of Herb. Some people, including me, have to work so hard to do what came so naturally for Herb. Herb was a spiritual giant who positively affected the lives of so many. Now that God has retired Herb, may he rest in peace!

Posted by Donald Hood - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

I really appreciate what Mr.Kelleher did for my favorite airline. His vision has helped me travel to so many places. My deepest condolences to your family. Please stick close together in love during this difficult time. (Proverbs 17:17)

Posted by A friend   January 04, 2019


Thank you for allowing me the privilege and honor to work at the Luv airline. You have been such a wonderful example of how to love people. Someone who has touched as many lives as you have will be greatly missed.

Posted by Valerie Hightower - Memphis, TN - Coworker   January 04, 2019

God bless you, Herb Xo thank you sooo much for being the absolute best YOU, you could be. You have provided for countless people and instilled the Golden Rule in each of us to carry on your legacy. You will be sorely missed but we will do our best to keep you alive in our spirits.

Posted by KATHY SKOWRON - Phoenix, AZ   January 04, 2019

Thank you so much for everything you did for us!! We love you soo much and you'll never been forgotten! Praying for the family and friends!! Amazing guy!

Posted by Kellie Storts - Oklahoma city, OK - Coworker   January 04, 2019

I'm so thankful to have worked for Herb. He was the BEST CEO and Boss to all of us. I will miss him so much. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all. Brenda K HC

Posted by Brenda K Johnson - Houston, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Herb was and always will be a giant in our industry. He touched many lives. He made flying affordable to the masses...a Henry Ford of our time. There won't ever be another like Herb. I was honored to know and to be of service to Herb and his SWA family.

Posted by Lee Sanders - Dallas, TX - Friend   January 04, 2019


Herb, You have always been an angel to me, and now an angel in Heaven. You will be missed tremendously. Your kindhearted spirit will remain in my heart for eternity. The mark you have made on this Earth will live on through your Southwest Family.

Posted by Dolores Sanchez - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

I have been blessed to work for this amazing man and company. There was never Central time, it was always Herb time. He will always be loved and admire by all of us. Rest in Peace and you will ALWAYS be in our hearts. We will carry on and make you proud. Thank you for everything. We are all better people because of you. You made the world a better place.

Posted by Sandra Hartford - san antonio, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Herb, thank you for your creation, of a wonderful company to work for. I been part of your creation for 23 years, and many more to go, God speed Herb,,

Posted by jerry medina - apache junction, AZ - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Herb will always be loved as the stand up man that he was and will never forgotten!

You will be missed❤

Posted by Linda Moesta Brennan - The Villages, FL - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Sincerest condolences. God bless!

Posted by Tom Moore - Amarillo - Coworker   January 04, 2019

My condolences on your loss. I have known/worked for/loved Herb for almost 39 years and it was truly an HONOR! There will never be another Herb.

Posted by Paule Baker - Canyon, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019


Thank you, Herb, for your selfless devotion to this company and all our employees. I have worn my wings for 31 years and will still gladly wear them in your honor.

Posted by Susan Golliheair - Houston, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Wow.. Thank you for starting a great Airline ❤

Posted by Lois Schultz - Booker, TX   January 04, 2019

Thank you for creating an excellent work environment, I have had the pleasure of being employed here for mort than 12 years.

Posted by Debra Johnson - Henderson, NV - Coworker   January 04, 2019

You were the most Amazing Man.....Love Always
Donna Redd

Posted by Donna Redd - Dallas, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019


It's been a true pleasure to work for the airline he created. Thank you for your years of dedication and support . We will all miss Herb

Posted by Karen Pringle - Phx, AZ - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Thank You for all your dedication, foresight and humanity. I've never met anyone like you and probably never will again. You created the best airline in the world in which I shared from the early days for 30 years. You were an amazing man and I can only imagine the private person that you were and how your family must love your. Everyone will miss your guidance and wisdom. Until we meet again, prayers for your family and I'll see you again sometime in Heaven and we can talk shop!

Posted by Nelda Walters - Tolar, TX - Coworker   January 04, 2019

Herb Kelleher, a man of distinction. A great friend. We first met Herb at La Posada Hotel, in San Antonio. (now La Mansion) Pat Kennedy, introduced us to him. Herb was a big fan of our music, especially my husband, Fred Salas's musicianship. God Bless your beautiful soul, Herb. May you rest in peace.
Condolences to the family.

Posted by Sylvia Salas - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 04, 2019