Gone West

Forever gone but never forgotten– may our former members of Chapter 33 rest in peace.
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Gary Sharp
(12/11/2015 - Age 77) Gary was an aviation enthusiast holding private, instrument, commercial and multi-engine pilot licenses and ratings. He was an active builder of a Glasair and two RV’s. Gary’s workmanship was impeccable and award-winning. He set the standard for many, and he will be missed by all.
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David Pearson
(5/22/2015 - Age 72) Dave served with the USAF in Vietnam and was honored with many awards and decorations over his 20 year career, including the Meritorious Service Medal w/OLC and Air Medal w/9OLC. He retired in 1986 after attaining the rank of Major-- only then working to get his pilot license, going from private to CFI in just two years. He quickly became an accomplished instructor with a knack for seeing things from the student's point of view. He contracted with Rockwell Collins to provide the highly successful TOFLY program, allowing avionics engineers to experience a taste of flying. Even after he became too ill to fly on his own, he'd go up with fellow Chapter members and leave no doubt that he was still a "good stick" right to the end.
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Mike Wilson
(2/15/2015 - Age 94) Mike proudly served as a pilot and certified airplane mechanic in the Army Air Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of major. He was an accomplished P-38, P-51 and P-52 pilot and instructor, and owned a PT-22. He was known to generously give rides to any chapter member who "put their thumb out." Working many volunteer shifts, he was one of the primary rebuilders and restorers for "Glacier Girl", the famous P-38 that was recovered from being buried over 200 feet beneath an ice field in Greenland after a forced landing in 1942. Thanks in large part to his contributions, that plane took to the skies again in 2002. We will miss the marvelous WWII flying stories he shared at every Chapter meeting.
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Larry Wood
(9/7/2014 - Age 79) Larry was born in Fort Collins, CO. He did his first solo and got his pilot's license when he was 21 years old. After serving in the Navy, he received his degree in electrical engineering at Colorado State University. Larry had various engineering positions, until settling at Rockwell Collins, where he retired after 28 years. Larry's passion was avionics. He was building a Zenith 701 aircraft.
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Max Dirks
(3/13/2014 - Age 76) Max didn't fly, but he devoted a great deal of time and energy to Chapter 33, including serving as President for many years. He came to every meeting with his wife Karen, who always brought cookies or cake. Max loved to mingle with the folks at EAA HQ, and it's largely because of him that our chapter has received such a good deal of positive attention from them over the years. Look for his tribute brick at EAA Oshkosh's Brown Arch that our Chapter has placed in his memory.
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David Yeoman, Sr.
(5/30/2012 - Age 75) Dave earned his pilot's license in 1960, and over the years owned and flew several aircraft including a Flaglor "Scooter" which he kept at his airstrip home, Wingspread. That plane now hangs in the NewBo Market and is scheduled to adorn the new atrium of the Cedar Rapids airport. He served on the board of directors in EAA in its early stages with Paul Poberezny, as well as spending many years as President of Chapter 33. Camping at AirVenture became a favorite event for Dave and his family – a tradition that extends to many of his children and grandchildren.
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