Ken White Passes away at 91

We received notification today that WWII veteran and MAPS member Ken White passed way on June 18th. Ken had joined MAPS in August 2008 and was our safety officer.

Ken White

In Memory of
1922 - 2014

Kenneth Franklynn White, 91, of Akron, passed away June 18, 2014. He was born in Cleveland, OH on July 15, 1922 to the late Frank and Elsie White. He was in the Navy, employed at Goodyear Tire, a member of the Mason Adorniram-Joppa Lodge No. 0517 and many other organizations.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth.

Ken is survived by his daughters, Kathy (David) Morris and Karen (Michael) Jewell; grandchildren, Rebecca (Tim), Rachel (Matt), Carl (Christine); great-granddaughter, Michelle; nephew, Ron (Patty) Halvorson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Red Cross.

Rick Jones Passes Away at 65

Rick Jones
August 27, 1948 – June 16, 2014
Eric “Rick” Jones, age 65 of Green, passed away June 16, 2014. He was the loving husband for 35 years of Barb (nee: Kline), proud father of Nathan and Sara (Mark) Titus and dear brother of Alisa (John) Charles. He is also leaves behind many sisters and brothers-in law, nieces and nephews, and longtime friends. He was a proud graduate of Buchtel High School in 1966 and The University of Akron in 1970 with a degree in secondary education.
Rick absolutely loved to teach and was proud to say he was a teacher. He loved and nurtured the many kids he influenced over the years. “Mr. Jones” was a beloved educator in the Barberton School District for two years and then joined the Coventry Local School district for 34 years, retiring in 2006. He wanted to convey his passion for history and government and his love for his country to his junior high and high school students. Rick was very involved in teacher association activities at the local and state level and served as the Vice President of the Ohio Education Association from 1982-1986. He loved classic cars and was a proud owner who won numerous awards for his 1957 Thunderbird and his 1986 Mustang. After retirement, he really enjoyed serving as a tour guide at MAPS (Military Air Preservation Society) in North Canton in keeping with his interest in World War II and military aviation.Nothing gave him greater pleasure than coaching his children’s baseball and softball teams and attending his children’s many sporting events. He was a very proud father of his children’s athletic and academic achievements. 
Rick was an avid Cleveland Brown and Ohio State Buckeye fan. It is his family’s belief that he will personally engineer a Super Bowl win for the Browns someday from above. 

He was proud of his Albanian heritage and was an active member of the American Albanian’s Men’s Club. He was also passionate about rock and roll and firmly believed that the best music was produced in 1966. He enjoyed reading, working on his yard, keeping his cars spotlessly clean (Fords only), and family vacations at Hilton Head. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Faye.
Family will receive friends Friday, June 20, from 4-8 pm at the CATAVOLOS FUNERAL HOME 3653 West Market Street Fairlawn, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10am. Interment will be at Rose Hill Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Rick’s name to MAPS (Military Air Preservation Society) 2260 International Parkway, North Canton OH 44720.

June – Aug 2014 Briefing

The June through August Briefing is available. Click HERE to download the Briefing. This is a very important issue because it contains the Bio’s of all of the members that are running for positions on the board of directors.

There are 4 positions open and 6 members who have agreed to run. Voting procedures have been explained in a previous post, scroll down to see this information. The results of the voting will be announced at our annual Membership Meeting on Saturday June 21, which starts at 11:00.


June 14 – 2014 Don Sitts Car Show

Thank You goes out to everyone who helped make the show a big success. We had about 270 beautiful cars, the day was great, we saw a bunch of smiles and made a lot of new friends. It was a wonderful day at MAPS. Thanks Don!

Click HERE to see pictures from Don’s supporting images.

Come join the fun at the Don Sitts Car Show, June 14 at MAPS Air Museum. Click HERE or on Don’s Logo to download the brochure for the event.

Don Sitts Logo

2014 OHMA Show


May 16 through 18 at MAPS Air Museum.

Click HERE to download the brochure for the convention.

Click HERE to link to OHMA website for the convention.

Come see 19 homes and a hangar full of exhibitors. We would like caned good donations that are being collected for military organizations. Thank you for your support and see you at MAPS Air Museum.

P-51 Mounting on Massillon Road

 Congratulations to Crew Chief; Bob Sours, Ron Duplain, Jim Jackson, Jim Shoop, Dave Pawski, Allen Hess, Dave Hoerig and Wayne Noall for their effort to plan and mount the P-51.


Bob Withee and his plane

Bob Withee was able to watch the entire process.

P-51 mounted

Click HERE or on the picture to see more pictures of the mounting. We mounted Jean Ann II on her pole on Saturday April 12 at 1:00pm. It took about 45 min to complete the activity. The crew still has to add the canopy, the air scoop panels do some touchup to the  and paint the pole before she is finished.

Click HERE to see the Akron Beacon Journal Article.

Click HERE to see the Canton Repository Article.

Work will now begin on the rest of the monument. Limestone, stanchions, chain and a walkway made from pavers donated by the Belden Brick Company.

Special thanks to: Jerry Leeks for transporting the aircraft to the site. Mark & Matt Preusser, Jim Vance from Ohio Bridge Stripper Inc. for providing the crane and operator and Mark Stuckey for his expertise for the pole and the mounting structure.

The Move to the Pole

Move to pole

Click on the picture to go to more pictures of the move by Rick Willaman.

Click HERE to go to Pictures by the Massillon Independent.

Putting the P-51 on the small trailer.

P-51 Flying

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