Bryan Moon, a retired airline executive known for his efforts searching for planes shot down overseas, died Nov. 25 in Florida.

Moon, 87, formerly of Frontenac and Cannon Falls, founded MIA Hunters with his son, Christopher Moon, in the early-1990s. He led more than two dozen missions to Europe, Japan and remote areas in Papua New Guinea in search of service members missing in action.

The former Northwest Airlines executive - who also became known locally for his paintings of the Anderson House cats in Wabasha - started the organization after helping find the remains of four bombers in China from the 1942 Doolittle Raid, the first bombing of Japan in World War II following the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

The organization has expanded to include dozens of supporters around the world, according to its website.

Barbara Goggin, wife of late Red Wing Shoe Co. President Joe Goggin, said her husband accompanied Moon on three missions with MIA Hunters. She called him “a kind and compassionate friend.”

“Bryan was passionate about finding MIAs and bringing closure to their families,” she added. “He was an inspiration to all that knew him.”

Moon was entered into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2012.

“I see this as a recognition of all the MIA Hunters and what they do,” he told the R-E in an interview about the induction. “It’s not just me. I didn’t do this by myself.”