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Old 06-30-2019, 11:32 PM
crabandy crabandy is offline
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I remember meeting and visiting with your dad in OSH 05í or 06í, I really enjoyed his willingness to share information and his excitement for flying. Your dad was defenitely having a Great time!

Iím sorry your family had to have the Alzheimerís experience, Iíve also had to experience this unfortunate disease with both of my Grandfathers.

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Old 07-01-2019, 06:14 AM
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Sorry for your loss!! Prayers for you and your family.

Roberta Hegy
Built/Flew an RV-7A
Air Troy Estates, East Troy, WI
Ford Expedition and TRICE "Q"
Built Glen L "ZIP" Classic Outboard Runabout and Super Spartan Hydroplane
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:00 AM
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I am very sorry to hear about you dad. Sounds like a true aviation nut (like most of us) and someone who left a lasting mark that will not be forgotten.
Dan Reed
Camas, WA
RV-7A - Slider in progress - N167DR (reserved)
Working on finish kit/cowl
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:10 PM
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Dick was a great guy and always fun and interesting to talk to.
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:22 PM
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Very sorry to hear about this. I recall Dick from the 2002 and on time frame, and we crossed paths frequently. One could expect to see him at every fly-in in the general northern midwest area. He always had that big straw hat on! His plane had "The Fast One" on it, well deserved with all the speed mods he had.
Alex Peterson
RV6A N66AP 1600+ hours
Maple Grove, MN
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Old 07-02-2019, 07:58 PM
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Location: Oconto, WI
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Originally Posted by painless View Post
Sorry to hear Dennis. I remember drooling over his -8 at OSH. As I recall, didnít he replace the empennage fiberglass tips with formed aluminum? .
Jeff, correct. Dick was one of those master wizard sheet metal guys you see at EAA forums or on video tapes. He could take a sheet of aluminum, pound on it in some seemingly random fashion for about 45 minutes, and magically turn out a fully formed fairing. No plans, no drawings, just TLAR and it was. I learned a ton from him over the years, but I never quite got the sheet metal forming. ( That and the Scintilla mags on the Warner 165 on our Meyers OTW. Those things are giving me fits!)

The obit and funeral details are here for anyone interested.

Thank you to everyone for kind words and memories. Again, I cannot stress enough how much he enjoyed meeting and talking to people about airplanes, and especially RV's. You guys really made his day.

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Old 07-08-2019, 09:54 PM
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Default Very sorry to read this

I met your dad as others at Oshkosh on a hot evening when few others were around and listened as he showed me all his mods...he invited me to some Wisconsin fly ins I never made...wish I had....
He was a special person...always willing to share.
Doug Bell
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Grand Haven, MI
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:32 AM
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I remember him from Sun N Fun. I was building, and he answered may, many questions I had.

Marshall Jacobson

"Miss Sue"

RV-8 80749 slow build taildragger
7.5 year build first flight Dec 2005
SOLD at 540 hours and 10 years of FUN
Watkinsville, Georgia
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:45 AM
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Dennis, I'm very sorry to hear about your dad. I think his RV-8 was the first RV I had ever seen up close. I learned to fly in Rio Creek and it was always a treat to see his beautiful polished airplane at the local fly-ins and see the speed mods he was working on. Godspeed!
Katie Bosman
RV-3B sold, but flying!
Next project: ???
Builders gonna build...
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