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Old 11-04-2016, 11:01 AM
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Default Joe Blank: Rest in Peace

"Van's regrets to announce the death of our friend and colleague Joe Blank after a courageous struggle against cancer. He was 59. Joe worked for Van's since 2006 in builder support and IT administration, and was a highly regarded employee here. He completed an RV-6 in 2004, and flew it extensively, as well as indulging his other interests of sky-diving and mountain biking. He was especially enthusiastic about formation flying as part of the West Coast Ravens, and became Van's go-to pilot for our air-to-air photo shoots. He'll be greatly missed, not only here, but also by the many customers whom he met or assisted over the years. Our condolences to his wife Trish and son Jamie. "

Blue skies, Joe

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Old 11-04-2016, 11:06 AM
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Default RIP Joe

Too young to be taken like this..............

Reno BBQ a couple years back.

Homecoming ------ just after helping Cathy/Slasher/Weeble with formation intro.

Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."

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Old 11-04-2016, 11:09 AM
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This was one post I was really hoping NOT to see.

Joe was a great help in countless ways on my project, and we enjoyed many wonderful chats while visiting the factory. He will be missed.....

RIP and eternal blue skies, Joe!
Chris Michalak
Tenino, WA (KOLM - Olympia, WA)
RV-8: QB Wings
N828CM - Reserved
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Old 11-04-2016, 11:21 AM
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Default Very Sad!

... I will miss this gentleman very much. He was a real asset to
the RV community, and was always a joy to see and talk with.
Rest in peace Joe, and we will see you soon.
Allan Nimmo
Innovative Aircraft Safety
Products, Tools & Services
Southern California (KREI)
RV-9A / Edge-540
(909) 824-1020
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Old 11-04-2016, 11:28 AM
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Our condolences as well. Joe was a great guy, and a respected member of the Van's family.
God Speed Joe--
Tom and Suzanne
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
Joint Venture with Aircraft Specialty
Teflon Hose Assemblies for Experimentals
Proud Vendor for RV1, Donator to VAF
RV7 Tail Kit Completed, Fuse started-Pay as I go Plan
Ridgeland, SC,
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Old 11-04-2016, 11:40 AM
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Default RIP Joe

Joe was a good man and a good friend. Big loss to the RV community. I will miss him.
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Old 11-04-2016, 11:48 AM
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Very sad to see this, last year he gave my son and I a tour of Van's. My sincere condolences to his family.
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Old 11-04-2016, 12:06 PM
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Default Sad News..

I'm really sad to hear that Joe has passed on. My condolences.
Mike Rettig
EAA Chapter 301
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RV-10 - Working on engine / prop installation
F-14 (Pedal Plane - Daughter's Project) "Flying"
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Old 11-04-2016, 12:11 PM
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Far too young. God rest your soul Joe.
"Kindness is never a bad plan."

exemption option waived. Donation appropriate.
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Old 11-04-2016, 12:17 PM
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Joe - you will always be my "lead". I am very disheartened with this news. I had hoped I would have one more chance to see you, but I know your in a better place. Teach those Angels a thing or two about formation flying, friendship, and caring. They need a lead too.

One of the best people I ever flew with. I am very sorry to see you go, but I will carry the memories of our times together.

As you would always say; "Blue Skies".

Smart People do Stupid things all the time. I know, I've seen me do'em.

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