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Stanley Dean Pike

February 4, 1953 ~ February 21, 2017 (age 64) 64 Years Old
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Message from James Scott
March 30, 2017 6:42 PM

I would like to send my condolences to the family of Stanley Dean Pike. May you find true comfort in knowing God is close to the broken-hearted as shown in Psalms 34:18. With sympathy, James.
Message from Dennis Wegner
March 15, 2017 12:47 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Stan at 3M in New Ulm, MN and have often shared his story. How he was able to follow his passion of ballooning and integrate it with his skills as an Electronics Technician. I can still recall his excitement as he announced his new position at Goodyear. My sincere condolences.

Message from Larry Kaster
March 3, 2017 1:49 PM

rip, buddy you will be missed very much Larry Kaster from Austin minnesota
Message from William Bayliss
March 3, 2017 11:41 AM

Being a brand new CA hire in training out for months of training in FL, who other do I plonk down next to on the old bus for the first time with the OH SOG crew than Stan Pike. Many wise words from a veteran airshipper and learned a great deal in my short time with him. You will be missed.
Message from Roger Fetterly
March 3, 2017 8:35 AM

It has been nearly 50 years since Stan, Dave Maxwell, and I ran around in Stan's 4 door Chevy. He called it gun metal gray, but I am thinking it was more of a green. Stan would sometimes go across intersections with rain channels very fast, and we would be lifted from the car seat, but this did not work out well for Dave, as he was much taller and would hit the car roof. Or sometimes Stan would repeatedly press, then release the accelerator pedal, and the car would buck so hard we would almost hit our heads on the dash. Stan was a great person to know, and it was so much fun to be in the Civil Air Patrol with him, Dave, and all the rest. His family were so inviting, and it was always wonderful to hear his dad talk at the Pike car wash about pumps, bearings, and all of the day to day running of the car wash. Stan was a very special person, and he will be missed by all. Happy travels, Stan- Your friend Roger-
Message from Jerry Shanafelt
March 2, 2017 11:01 AM

I have great memories of working with Stan . He was such a great guy and will be missed by
all who knew him.
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An Indoor Garden Basket was sent on March 2, 2017

We will always have wonderful memories of the many times spent with Stan. Sparky was a part of our family. While you will all be a great source of comfort and support to one another in his absence, please remember the community of lives that Stan enriched is here for you as well. The Dutt Family

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A candle was lit by Sherri Brake on March 1, 2017 8:52 PM
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A candle was lit by Barb Padgett of Willoughby Hills, Oh on March 1, 2017 6:36 PM
Message from Kevin Blanchard
March 1, 2017 5:41 PM

I met Stan is 7th grade at Ellis Junior High School in Austin. I remember him doing a pantomime for the talent show to the song, "Beep Beep." He was a great guy and I appreciated getting to know him through high school choir. He had a deep, resonant bass voice. I will miss his keen sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. May God's peace be with you.
Message from Willoughby Hills, Oh
March 1, 2017 6:32 PM

I met Sparky via attending ghostly events hosted by Team Specter. Often I came alone and he was always very kind and helpful to me. I am a semi-novice and he was a fountain of information. Such a kind, sweet, gentle, interesting man. Ghost hunts will not be the same. Go in love and peace, Sparky.
Message from Kenny Rogers
March 1, 2017 3:33 PM

I was lucky enough to have known Stan since 1977 I have many great memories that we have shared. I will miss that great since of humor and that quick wit, thanks Stan for being my friend. We will all miss you buddy.
Message from Jon "Austin Civil Air Patrol Cadet Member" Brimacomb
March 1, 2017 6:55 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I have so many great memories of Stan "The Man" Pike. I was a cadet member in Austin Minnesota's Civil Air Patrol squadron with Stan. We worked on his balsa wood zeppelin at his parents. I can still remember Stan driving the "Blimpabout" golf cart and his old black car. We used to chase him as he was hot air ballooning. Fly high Stan! You will be greatly missed.
Message from Janelle Korbel
March 6, 2017 12:30 PM

As a child I have one very vivid memory of Stan, my second cousin. I thought he was the greatest, especially after my brother and I were in his “day care” for the day, while our parents (Don & Sharon Sparks) were out with his parents. I must have been around 7 years old, but boy he made an impact showing us what fun was! The best memory was when our folks came home. Somehow, Stan had acquired a siren from an old fire engine or police car. When we heard our parents coming through the door, we started the siren from another room. You can imagine their reactions…I also remember his blue and yellow hot air balloon, and his mother showing us the balsa wood zeppelin in the first stall of the garage, knowing it was only one section of the project!

Stan, so wish we had the opportunity to reminisce…

Janelle Korbel (Sparks)
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A candle was lit by Jon "Austin Civil Air Patrol Cadet Member" Brimacomb on March 1, 2017 6:50 AM
Message from Bill Horton
February 28, 2017 10:22 PM

I was fortunate to meet Stanley when my brother Ken and I were hired on as Field Wages for a couple of hot weeks in the Summer of 1974 at Executive Airport, Sacramento California .
The Airship was The Columbia, N3A. Ken, of course, went on to a full career with Goodyear and the beloved airships and still keeps me laughing with stories of his buddy Stanley's amazing sense of humor.
I only spent a couple of weeks with Stan, but I will never forget him .. you will be so missed Stanley ..
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A candle was lit by Bill, and Maria Kauffman ( fellow ghost hunters) on February 28, 2017 8:32 PM
Message from Nick Nicolary
February 28, 2017 8:21 PM

I was fortunate enough to work with Stan on the Airship Columbia & Eagle. Flying with Stan on many "Night Sign" flights over the years - "So Stan, this is not good-by; merely "Ill see you when I see you", Tailwinds and following seas", my friend.
Message from les meyers
February 28, 2017 6:10 PM

Was shocked when I saw that Stan passed. Worked for many with Stan on the 20s and the 22 and you couldn't find a nicer guy. A warm, easy going guy that was always offering good a helping hand. He surely will be missed.
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