Jim was a member of the Cleveland Free Flight Society and was a gregarious guy – always smiling and joking and having a great time.  He’s one of the last of that old CFFS crew that helped me at the beginning of my modeling.  Here’s what Rich Weber sent out earlier in the week.

Greetings fellow Free Flighters,

Once again it is my sad duty to report the loss of another Stork Squadron member.  Jim Hyka went west last Thursday.

Jim was an active member of the Cleveland Free Flight Society from it’s earliest days. You could count on him to be in attendance at nearly every club function, always willing to lend a hand.  He became Russ Brown’s “wing man” at the contests in later years, helping out with hauling all the equipment and paraphernalia required to run the show. He especially enjoyed the Saturday club building sessions, and rarely missed one.  He was a frequent participant in the FAC Nats at Geneseo over the years, and a proud recipient of the Blue Max.  Jim’s smile lit up his whole face.  I’m going to miss him and that smile a lot.

Use the good wood.

Wingnut

Here is a link to his obituary:  https://www.hinefh.com/obituary/james-hyka