Category: Memorial

John Donelson – California – Gone West

Roger Willis reports that California FACer, John Donelson, has passed away.  John was a charter member of the WESTFAC Working Committee.

Orv Olm – Gizmo Geezer – 25 Sept 2018

As we gathered in Muncie last Wednesday, several of us received an email from Marcy Green letting us know that Orv Olm had passed away.

Orv was known, if only by his nickname, throughout the Free Flight world.  He changed the way that many, many Free Flighters prop their rubber planes and adjust their thrust settings.

He suffered in the last several months with what turned out to be some sort of cancer, with lung cancer being the secondary cancer (he chose to stop research and treatment when they realized there was “more”).

I don’t know what to say…I’m sure most are already aware of his passing, but I feel we need to acknowledge what he meant to us – which was a lot.

Thermals, Orv.

(photo from his website)

MIke Zand – Gone West

Sad news out of the Cleveland Squadron late last night:  Mike Zand passed away.  Here is a note from Rich Weber.

“It is my sad duty to inform the club of the passing of our old friend 
Mike Zand. I received this message from Irene earlier today:

> To our friends, brothers, sisters, and classmates,

> Michael entered into hospice care on Fri. and I am deeply saddened to announce his passing at 5:30 PM on Aug. 27th. Michael may now rest in peace.

> Further details will be announced on Cleveland.com and buschcares.com. Please feel free to share.

> Peace be with you,  Irene

Mike was a member of the Cleveland Free Flight Society since the early days, and served in every capacity as a club officer over the years. He was the club’s secretary/treasurer for as long as I’ve been associated with the organization, ably keeping our club records and finances on track. I never knew him to miss a meeting in all those years, until health issues prevented him from participating recently. He was also a top notch modeler in every respect, with 125 kanones to his credit over his modeling career. As a side note, Mike was the first CFFS fellow I met, and he introduced me to the joys of FAC style building and flying.

He will be missed…

Wingnut

I knew Mike as part of the influential (to me) Cleveland Free Flight Society – the Stork Squadron.  He was one of the friendly and supportive members that got me started down this Free Flight path.  He was always made a point of saying “hi” and asking about my family.   He would ask about Costa Rica and talk about his international travels and his music.  Here is a photo I took of Mike at one of his last visits to Muncie.

Mike Zand launching a Jimmie Allen Parasol at Muncie in 2014.

Here is a link to his obituary and visitation times:  http://buschfuneral.tributes.com/obituary/show/Michael-C.-Zand-106377122

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