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Dave Hoffman Long Term member of JSCRCC

by Benny Behrens   April 7, 2019

Below is an excerpt from an article by Mike Laible, President of Johnson Space Center RC Club’s (JSCRCC) newsletter:

"This month I start the column with mixed feelings. Last week I just found out that Dave Hoffman passed away last year. He meant so much to this club and was treasurer for over 40 years. Dave was so proud of being a part of the JSCRCC and always helped the club and had a huge heart for instructing new members. Over the years his flying subsided some but up until a couple of years ago was still treasurer. It was a tough decision for him to step down, but he put the club before his own desires.”

At JSCRCC’s 2017 Warbird event I had the honor to present a District VIII Service Award to Dave. Dave had been a member of JSCRCC for 50 years and was the club Treasurer for almost the same 50 years. Dave will be missed by the club’s members and by all the modeling community he touched during those years….Benny Behrens, District VIII AVP – Houston area.

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 Dave at JSCRCC's 2017 Warbird with his award Mike Laible JSCRCC President with Dave 

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Mike Vawters

by Benny Behrens   October 28, 2018

In August of 2018, Alvin RC Model Airplane Association lost one of its most dedicated and well-liked club members, Mike Vawters. As Vice-President and Safety Officer, he provided the club with invaluable leadership and expertise through the years. Alvin RC's yearly Fun Fly, now named after him, is to honor him for his contributions to the club and to the hobby. We are continuing his idea of having this Charity Fund Raiser Fun Fly Event to welcome other clubs to our flying field just to have an enjoyable day of flying, camaraderie and to support a very worth while cause.

Mike you will missed by the club members and your friends in the local RC community.

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 Mike (on the right) presenting Sheriff Wagner with $1700 in gift cards last year Mike with his latest Warbird 

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District X looses a great man.

by Brian Regan   September 13, 2017

On Tuesday September 12th we lost Chuck Brooks. Chuck flew a lot of planes and was in air shows over the years. He helped anyone that wanted to learn to fly. He was a husband, Father and friend. I will miss his smile as he flew his P47. He liked all planes. He always made me feel at home when I would visit him.
Chuck was my fiend. He made me laugh.

 Chuck Brooks. 

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Vaughn Hefley memorial.

by Brian Regan   February 25, 2017

It is sad when one of our members pass away. Vaughn Hefley last flight was February 18th 2017. I first met him at Maloof Memorial RC Airfield here in Albuquerque NM. He helped me fly my first D7 at a scale contest. He was always willing to help new flyers. I don't know how many people he taught to fly.
Today we had a memorial at the field. There where a lot of friends there.
We will miss him.

Brian Regan

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 Some of the friends that came out to say goodbye. Dave flying a Cub in memory of Vaughn. 

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Tim Haskins June 2016

by Benny Behrens   July 25, 2016

Tim Haskins, long term member and Officer of Alvin RC Model Airplane Association (ARCMAA) passed away in June of 2016. Tim was an old fashion kind of modeler which included kit building and scratch building. He enjoyed all types and sizes of airplanes including WWI and WWII warbirds and had recently gotten into and was enjoying helicopters.

Tim was a common face at Alvin’s field and many events at other fields in the Houston area. He was known by many members of the local RC community and was always willing to help others as an instructor or simply by providing friendly assistance when needed. Tim was President of ARCMAA for several years and was instrumental in a major expansion of the club’s clubhouse.

Tim will be missed by his friends at RC flying fields around the Houston area.

 Tim Haskins 

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Phillip Vance, Sr., May 10, 1928 - May 7, 2016

by Benny Behrens   May 17, 2016

On May 7, 2016 Phillip Vance, Sr. passed away. Phil was a founding member and Icon of the Alvin RC Modelers Association (Alvin RC) in Alvin, Texas and an avid RC modeler since the early 70’s. The following Remembrance was provided by Grady Owens, Treasurer of the Alvin RC Club
Alvin RC Club Remembers Phillip Vance, SR.
May 10, 1928 – May 7, 2016
I met Phil Vance in 2002 when I joined Alvin RC Modelers Association, more popularly known as Alvin RC Club. He was the club treasurer at the time. He signed my first membership card, took my dues, of course, and gave me a new member briefing. I quickly learned that Phil was the embodiment of the history and spirit of the Alvin RC Club, and reflecting on this man’s involvement and personal effort in club activities over many years, I must conclude that Phillip Vance was the Alvin RC Club.
Since the founding of the Club in 1975, it would be difficult to examine any activity that did not involve him. Over the years he has been President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Trustee. He has filled the Trustee role since 1983 and only recently gave it up because of poor health and advanced age.
He wrote a history of Alvin RC Club and put together a legacy file for us so that we can carry on in his absence. It can be said without hyperbole that this man made our club his life’s mission. It can also be said that he carried on that mission with great care, diligence, and integrity. He loved our hobby, he loved the fellowship of modelers, and he remained steadfast to Alvin RC Club - his club - to the end.
One last action is worth mentioning. Phil wrote his own position description for club trustee. An excerpt from that description says, “The role of the trustee is a call to leadership, leadership through cooperation between all club members, (and) leadership through group action.”
Phil Vance “did good.” We will miss him.
Rest in peace, Phil. I can see you flying a model airplane through heaven’s sky.
Grady Owens
Treasurer, Alvin RC Club

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 Phil at the Alvin RC flying field Phil on his "Stick and Rudder" Transmitter holder 

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Jack Webb 1931-2016

by Benny Behrens   April 20, 2016

Jack Alfred (John) Webb
Jack (John) Alfred Webb, 85, left this world peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer on March
9, 2016. He was born, at home, on February 21, 1931 in Tonawanda, New York to the late Edwin Dyer
Webb Jr. and Daisy Phillips Webb. He is survived by his sister Carolyn Webb Gentz and brother in-law
Bruce Gentz of Grand Island, New York; nephew David Gentz with wife Mary Gentz with their children,
Phillip and Katie Gentz of Grand Island, New York; his daughters Molly Kistler with grandsons Zachary
and Nicholas Kistler of Friendswood, TX; Nora Webb of Pendleton, NY; and son, Edwin John Webb with
wife Meghann Clark Webb and grand-daughter Josephine Violet Clark Webb in Seattle, Washington.
At 17 years of age, Jack Webb earned Eagle Scout and The Distinguished Rifleman medal from the National Rifle
Association. At 19, he earned The God and Country Award. After graduated from North Tonawanda High School 1950,
he began working as a tool and die apprentice at Spaulding Fiber Co. 1950-1970. John joined the United States Coast
Guard Reserve. Jack was employed with Thiele- Coal and Feed, and Houdaille Hydraulics in Buffalo, NY; Grumman
Houston Corp.; J.W. Lighting Inc., and Fyco Tool and Die, Inc. all in Houston, TX. He retired on Feb. 1, 1996. Jack
resided in Friendswood.
Jack's hobbies were hunting, fishing, photography, shooting at the range, and radio controlled airplanes and boats. The
Alvin RC was an everyday reward, to talk with friends, fly his planes and be away from doctors and hospitals.
Jack was a fighter. He endured 6 rounds of chemotherapy and 3 experimental treatments. He stayed positive throughout
his battle, hoping the research that was being done with him could help others. He was a model to his children and
grandchildren of high work ethic, honesty and being prepared. Jack, his sense of humor and love of flying will be missed
There will be a family service in North Tonawanda, NY in May.
Published on from Mar. 23 to Apr. 5, 2016
Jack Webb Obituary: Jack Webb’s Obituary by the The Friendswood Journal. Page 1 of 1 04/19/2016

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Ray Randolph 1936 - 2015

by Benny Behrens   October 20, 2015

Ray Randolph passed away Sunday night October 18, 2015. Ray was a member of both Texas City RC Club and Johnson Space Center RC Club and was past President of Johnson Space Center RC Club. Most people remember Ray for his Tetherite landing gear and other items.

Obituary for Ray Randolph:

Raymond Arthur Randolph "Ray" was born November 5, 1936 into this world and passed over into the Lord's hands on October 18, 2015. He graduated from the McDonald Douglas Aerospace Engineering School and University of Houston. He spent his career as an aerospace engineer, working on the Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, Space Shuttle and Space Station programs at Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center. For hobbies, Ray loved cooking on his Weber "The Grill" perfecting the Rib-Eye, fishing, and flying remote-controlled airplanes. He was a loving husband and father, a generous man with a tender heart. He leaves behind wife Resha Randolph; son Robert Jeffrey "Jeff" and wife Cathy Randolph; daughter Kristin Randolph-Westerhof and husband Rob Westerhof, grandson AJ Randolph-Westerhof; step-daughter Laila Sandel, and step-grandsons Damon Samoska and Devin Sandel; many other family members and friends who will miss him greatly. He was preceded in death by his mother Ameila Randolph and father Art Randolph. The Family will receive friends at 10am with a Memorial Service at 11am on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 East Main, League City, Texas 77573. In Lieu of flowers, you may send a memorial to a charity of your choice.

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Oklahoma Sooner Squadron renames site in honor of Mike Harvey

by    July 18, 2015

The Oklahoma Sooner Squadron Club lost one of their founding members, Mike Harvey three years ago. Mike served in numerous leadership roles throughout his 40 years as a member of the Sooner Squadron. The OK Sooner Squadron decided to honor Mike and his family by changing the name of the club field to the Mike Harvey Model Airpark. Club President Jim Ellis officially dedicated the new field name during a noon ceremony at their Dawn Patrol event on July 11th. Mike's wife Mary, son Mike, grandchildren, club members, event participants, and many friends were in attendance for this celebration.

I was in attendance for the event and Jim Ellis did a great Job with the dedication. Jim and Mike were very close and it was very hard for him. I hope I have as many friends when my time comes as did Mike Harvey.

Well Done by the Oklahoma Sooner Squadron!!!

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Last Flight for John Reed L-80

by    July 8, 2015

Overtaken by cancer John Reed passed away very quickly on 4/16/2015. Way too quick for most of us. John was a mentor to so many in the hobby, particularly the North Dallas RC Cub (NDRCC), so we are compelled to mention that first. However, our strongest memories of John are led by his dominating personality and his humor; humor, which was noted by his pastor friend (and the rest of us), to sometimes be irreverent. He was loved by all.

John was a telecommunications engineer who traveled the length and breadth of North America installing and correcting problems with our nation’s 1st generation Cross-country Microwave Systems. That knowledge and adventurous spirit carried into our RC Hobby when he experimented with onboard video cameras (duct taped on), wacky multi-engine concoctions, gyrocopters and even ornithopters. He was always looking for something new, different or unusual.

John was a born leader. He was President of NDRCC several times, and at one time or another held every club office including treasure, field maintenance, membership, and John was at the forefront of our Boy Scout and youth programs. While once shuttling between two students flying at the same time he wasn’t quite fast enough; one plane flew over the horizon to the North and the other to the South. We all gave him a hard time but that never deterred him.

When you needed to trim a new airplane John was the one to turn to for its maiden flight. When urbanization forced NDRCC further north, “Eagle Field” that we are now so proud of, would not exist without John’s untold hours dedicated to the project. He made sure everything was done right and is credited with naming the field after an injured Eagle was found at the site during the construction phase.

He will forever be missed but his legacy lives on.



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