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Gone West

Not alone into the sunset but in the company of friends who have gone before


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Paul Poberezny

Paul Poberezny founded one of the world's largest aviation organizations and emerged as one of the 20th century's greatest aviation leaders, creating a worldwide aviation organization and the world's....(more)

EAA members form strong bonds of friendship through their shared passion for aviation. Here you will find the obituaries of members of the EAA family that positively impacted the lives of those around them. Each entry contains a memorial guest book for families and friends to remember and honor their loved ones.

Entries marked "MW" are also immortalized on the Memorial Wall located in on the EAA's grounds by Fergus Chapel in Oshkosh. Each submission for the Memorial Wall also includes a tribute page online in the year's Memorial Wall album and automatically lists the individual here within "Gone West."

If you would like to submit an obituary for a member of the aviation community that has "Gone West" please follow this link (one entry per person immortalized).

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William (Bill) Haddock (05/04/1922 - 04/05/2014)
Captain Bill Haddock flew west after a fantastic career as an aviator on April 5, 2014.
Bill soloed a J-2 Cub in 1938 and continued to amass an incredible 50,000 hours flying an unbelievable array of aircraft.
Bill served our country in the USAF and the Michigan Air Guard.
A devoted....(more)
Don Gugeler (12/01/1922 - 04/02/2014)
Don Gugeler, EAA 8942 passed away at 91 years old. He grew up with his three brothers on the family farm southwest of Burlington, Iowa. Interested in airplanes at an early age, the brothers would build crude machines and gliders, even riding one off the roof of the barn in an attempt to become....(more)
Mr. Russell DeLombard (03/21/2014)
Russell passed away at 91 years and after a 51 year membership in EAA. Russell and family attended the early Rockford Fly-Ins. Flying became a part-time job for Russell over three decades by teaching hundreds of students to fly and by flying freight and passengers for Griffing Flying Services. In....(more)
Mr. Donald Stovall (07/30/1928 - 03/16/2014)
Donald was born July 30, 1928 in Lubbock, TX. His parents were Marvin and Minerva (Richardson) Stovall. He was raised and educated in the Lubbock area. He farmed near Lubbock & Plainview, TX until he moved to Burden, KS in 1973.
He married Jean Walston in 1947 in Texas, she preceded him....(more)

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