NOTE: Each new Member News item is “pushed” down the list.
Replacement Funeral Flags for MAPS members
2/5/20 – The Curator’s Department has a limited number of United States funeral flags available to MAPS members for free. The intent is to replace a lost or missing flag of a family member or friend. They are not being made available for the purposes of resale and there is a limit of one flag per member. These are the 9½’ x 5’ burial or casket flags. There are both 48 star and 50 star flags available. The 48 star would cover the time period of 1912 to 1960 for veterans of WW1, WW2, and Korea. The 50 star came in to use in 1960 and is our current flag. It would cover veterans of the Vietnam War on up to present day. Flags will be available until March 1st on a first come, first served basis. If you would like one see Scott Denniss in the Curator’s Department.
Scott Denniss, MAPS Curator’s Department
Tour Guide Training Dates
1/4/20 – Now that the New Year has come, I have started planning for the tour guide training sessions, particularly for those tour guides that will be helping with the high school groups this Spring. The dates are:
MAPS Christmas Party & Santa Fly-In News
11/29/19 – This Sunday December 1st is the Santa Fly In starting at 12 Noon Cookies needed. If possible please prepack 2 two to a small plastic bag.
Did YOU have a makeshift Christmas tree while deployed?
MAPS Museum 2019 Holiday Season Closed Schedule
2019 MAPS Member Christmas Party
11/20/2019 ~ Our annual MAPS Volunteer Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 7th, at 6 PM in the hangar. The cost is $15.00 per person and due at the time of sign-up to Bob Schwartz, Kim or Reed. The deadline for signing up is Saturday, December 1st. Mr. Mike’s will be catering our dinner.
Remember, we are supporting the CAK Ohio National Guard Food Bank. Bring donations to the Christmas Party of non-perishable food, toiletries or a monetary donation to MAPS throughout November and December. Help make a merrier holiday for our military families!
Santa Fly-in volunteers needed!
11/18/19 – Happy Holidays to All of You, From Pam McFarland
In just two weeks, on Sunday, December 1 our annual MAPS Santa Fly-In will be here! As Head Elf of this event, I’m requesting volunteers to help with the lines of excited children waiting for the big guy to whip out that long list of wishes!
Here is what I need for the event:
Cookies! We are requesting that you put them in bags prior to delivery in the lunchroom. 3 small cookies per bag or 2 large cookies per bag! Your decision!
I will need these tables or areas “elfed”-
Cookies and Punch
Greeting Table in Lobby
If you have any other suggestions, please let me know!
There are several areas you can sit, if standing is hard for you. Just let me know!
I would appreciate if you can be there by 11:00 am., prior to opening. If you cannot arrive at that time, but would still like to help, let me know what time you can arrive. Santa will arrive from upstairs at 12 noon. Santa’s hours are 12-3pm.
Wear something festive and fun, including elf hats, antlers, Santa hats, etc! I have only a few available.
Please respond by email with “Santa Fly-In” in the subject area ASAP if you are able to volunteer, what time you will arrive and if you will be bringing cookies! If you cannot volunteer but you can provide cookies, please let me know that too! Email me with any questions. You can stop by Val’s office with any concerns or confirmations as well!
Thank you to all who are willing to help bring smiles
to both young & old during this special event!
Your Head Elf,
Richard “Dick” With Obituary
8/23/19 – It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I report the passing of MAPS member Richard “Dick” With. Dick was a very active MAPS member until about 4 years ago. Dick was a tour guide, board member and also a crew member restoring the Goodyear GZ-22 blimp gondola that sits in our hanger. Dick also was instrumental in getting the the Collings Foundation to visit MAPS with their WWII bombers.
Dick’s favorite restaurant Palumbo’s will be catering lunch after service’s in our hanger at 12:30
Richard “Dick” E. With, age 83 of Canton, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Aultman Compassionate Care Center.
He was born November 16, 1935, in Newark, OH, the son of the late Thorlf “Pete” and Helen (Hanna) With.
He was a veteran serving in the Army.
Richard was a retired pilot. Working with Midwestern Industries and was a Safety Counselor for 30 years, a FFA flight examiner from 1975 to 1985 specializing in private and commercial instrument and multi-engineering.
He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church, Aircraft Owner & Pilot Association, East Central Ohio Pilot Association, where he was chosen Pilot of the Year in 1988, Maps Air Museum Charter Member #95, Buckeye Winnies Winebago Motor Home Club, Sons of Norway #5-662.
Richard is survived by his companion for 20 years, Linda Lippert; sister, Nancy Merrill; and nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Necia With; daughter, Traci With; son, Richard With; sister, Helen Huber; brothers-in-law, Ferdinand “Mike” Huber and George Merrill.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Heitger Funeral Home – Jackson Chapel, 5850 Wales Ave NW at 11:00 am.
Calling hours will be held two hours prior to the service from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
Burial to follow the service at Sunset Hills Burial Park in Canton.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Maps Air Museum, 2260 International Parkway North Canton, OH 44720.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.heitger.com
Heitger Funeral Home and Crematory 330-830-0148
MAPS early closing this Sunday
7/26/19 – MAPS Air Museum will be closing early Sunday, July 28th. The museum will close at 3 PM to accommodate the event, Modern Warriors Live.
Gloria Armitage Obituary
7/25/19 – Gloria became a MAPS member in July of 1999 and is the wife Ron Armitage who was a very active tour guide. Our condolences go out to Ron and his family.
Gloria Marie Armitage, age 95, of Massillon made her earthly departure Monday July 22, 2019 at The Inn at University Village. Born January 8, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio she was a graduate of Cleveland State University and worked many years as office manager at Central Presbyterian Church.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, George and Carmella (Casoli) Codeluppi; two brothers and one sister.
Surviving are her husband, Ronald E. Armitage; daughter, Robin Gloria Armitage; her beloved Yorkie, Lovey; and a niece Norma Aultman.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday July 26 at Atkinson Feucht Hare Funeral Home in Massillon at with Pastor Larry Lalama officiating. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Private burial will be in Sunset Hills Burial Park. Memorials are suggested to Stark County Humane Society.
Members only sale this Saturday!
5/23/19 – We are having another, members-only sale of deaccessioned items this Saturday. They can come upstairs to the storage area between 10 am and 2 pm and see what’s available.
June MAPS Meeting also altered
5/11/19 -PLEASE also note that the June membership will held on June 15th, the 3rd Thursday in June as it has been scheduled for the last several years due to the Don Sitts Car Show on the second Saturday of the month June 8th.
MAPS Members meeting
5/10/19 – The Monthly MAPS members meeting for tomorrow has been postponed for 1 week, until Saturday, May 18th at the normal time. Sorry about the short notice.
New Online Volunteer Time Card
Members only Auction
3/12/19 – From: Scott Denniss
Random photos at MAPS
2/24/19 – From Richard Willaman:
A-26 Restoration Update
2/17/19 – From A-26 crew chief, Ken Ramsay:
MAPS 2019 Cash Raffle
2/15/19 – MAPS Members, it is time for our annual MAPS Cash Raffle! Last year, over $14,000 was raised, and in part, went to the continued 2nd floor construction and the restoration of the F-16, OV-1, FG-1, as well as other projects/planes.
By now you should have received in the mail your 10 raffle tickets. We request that you sell each of these for $5 to your friends, family and acquaintances. More tickets are available at MAPS!
Win as much as $1000!
If you do not want to participate, just follow the instructions that came with the raffle tickets and please return the unsold tickets to Bob Schwartz so that the raffle can go on without a hitch.
We greatly appreciate your participation!
2/10/19 – Here is an update from Ken Ramsay on activities in the Restoration Building:
More painting. Bruce and I painted 4 coats of yellow on the propeller blade tips (photo). The top blade tip on each engine was a little dicey but no injuries other than yellow drips on a few things. Ray gave me the paint he used on the B-26 propellers and I will use on the A-26 props.
2/6/19 – From Ken Ramsay:
On Wednesday Mark, Bruce and I spent most of the day doing touch-up painting. Mark was on top (black), Bruce was underneath (black) and I touched up the yellow. Ran out of black paint.
Weather Closing mid-week
1/28/19 – MAPS Air Museum will be CLOSED due to frigid temperatures for both volunteers and visitors from Tuesday, January 29th through Thursday, January 31st.
Thomas J. Koteff
1/28/19 – Obituary – Thomas J. Koteff: April 19, 1950 – January 21, 2019
George Richard Pashley
1/23/19 – Obituary – George Richard Pashley: June 9, 1928 – January 16, 2019
Weather Closing this weekend
1/18/19 – MAPS Air Museum will be CLOSED for both volunteers and visitors this Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th for the expected weather. Thank you for your understanding.
2 Videos added to the History Page archives
1/7/19 – 2 videos were added on the History Page:
- TheUnknownRoad YouTube series; Episode 13 – October 20, 2018
- Harriet Laubacher talks about her time as a nurse in the Army – MAPS Air Museum Interview – December 23, 2018
CALLING ALL AVIATION EXPLORERS!
1/7/19 – Pass this on to your kids and grand kids or anyone you think might be interested!
Are you interested in Aviation? Ever thought about joining the Explorers? Now you can do both!
MAPS Air Museum is sponsoring a new Explorer Aviation Post. We are seeking young men and women, ages 14 to 20 years old, who want to help build an Explorer Aviation post from the ground up. Aviation Explorers will learn about what it takes to be a pilot, aircraft mechanic, air traffic controller and other aviation careers. Explorers will learn through a combination of classroom training, facility visits, guest speakers, and hands-on learning. Explorers will attend program activities approximately once per month.
Some potential activities include:
Hands-on training on actual planes to learn about pre-flight and post-flight procedures
- Use of Flight simulators to learn about Airport operations, Basic Instrument Maneuvers
- Explore Aviation careers through visits to Commercial Airports, Air traffic control facilities, Military base tours, Aviation Maintenance school visits.
- Want more information? There will be an Open House informational meeting at MAPS on Saturday, January 26th from 10am – 11:30am
Have questions or plan to attend?
Please contact Jim Felner at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to meeting you in January!
Jim Felner, MAPS Scouting Coordinator, 330.800.8063
Obituary – William Humphreys
12/23/2019 – It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of William “Bill” Humphreys. Bill joined MAPS in August of 2010 and was active as a tour guide.
February 1, 1943 – December 19, 2018
Born in Springfield, Ohio
Resided in Massillon, Ohio
William E. Humphreys, age 75 of Massillon, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at his home. He was born in Springfield, Ohio on February 1, 1943.
Bill served his country with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He went on to work at the Hoover Company, retiring on June 30, 2001.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Massillon, helping in many areas.
He was active with the MAPS museum, serving as a tour guide.
He is survived by his wife Betty Anne (Strohm) Humphreys, whom he married on August 30, 1980, his daughter and son-in-law, Traci and Michael Tanksley, his grandson Dawson Tanksley, his sister and brother-in-law, Edith and Richard Speegle and David Bagley, who he met through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and treated like a son.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, December 29th at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Dr. Roger Alber officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Military honors will follow the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 20-6th Street S.E., Massillon, OH 44646
Santa Fly-in ~ HELP still needed!
12/6/18 – In addition to the limitation on kids for the event mention in an earlier Member notification, HELP is still needed for this Sunday, Dec. 9 is our annual MAPS Santa Fly–In! As a reminder, I’m requesting volunteers to help with the lines of excited children waiting for the big guy to whip out that long list of wishes!
- Face Painting- filled at this time
- MAPS “Theatre”- if we can locate a small tv (watch short flicks like Rudolph, Frosty, etc)
- Story Time- Reading Christmas stories to kids
- Cookies and Punch – filled at this time
- Greeting Table in Lobby
- If you have any other suggestions, please let me know!
A-26 Invader primary work complete
12/6/18 – Primary work on the Douglas A-26 Invader is complete. Come see it at MAPS! Here is a quick Post regarding it on the website.
Military Component Collection Page added to the website
12/6/18 – The MAPS Air Museum website now has a Military Component Collection page. This page highlights the pieces/parts of aircraft on display and also the small items carried by soldiers. This page is linked below the Exhibit section, though you can go directly here: Military Component Collection
Arsenal Collection Page added to the website
12/6/18 – The MAPS website has added a page underneath the Exhibit menu to highlight the Arsenal Collection that we have at MAPS. Here is a quick link to take a peek.
Santa Fly-in 2018 Update!
12/6/18 – PLEASE NOTE!!!
Louise Timken Library & Archives added an online database
11/30/18 – The Louise Timken Library & Archives has added an online database for you to view anywhere on what is available to you as a member of MAPS. They are still entering the information into the database through Library World, but should be finished in the next week or two. You can access the online database through the drop-down menu Education to the Library page which has the permanent link. Here is a quick link for you.
Military Vehicles Collection page added to website
11/30/18 – The MAPS website has added a page, underneath the Exhibit menu, to highlight the Military Vehicles Collection that we have at MAPS. Here is a quick link to take a peek.
MAPS on the YouTube blog, TheUnknownRoad
11/15/18 – Here is a blog post, via YouTube, on TheUnknownRoad. They originate from Indiana and it is always good to hear what the other side has to say about the MAPS Air Museum.
Cookies needed for Santa Fly-in
11/11/18 – Organizers for the Santa Fly-in on Sunday, December 9th from 1-3 PM are seeking cookie donations for the kids. This year, they are asking donations to be done by putting 3 cookies each in baggies/ziplocks to help ensure all the kids get some and passed out in a more efficient way.
Louise Timken Aviation Library opening longer
11/11/18 – The goal of MAPS members in the Louise Timken Aviation Library is to be open during the same hours as the MAPS Air Museum starting in the new year. They are seeking volunteers to staff the library with at least 1 person during open hours. Inquire with Barb Johnston if you would like to help or have any questions.
MAPS Legacy Award ceremony being combined
11/11/18 – FYI: The MAPS Legacy Award ceremony is being incorporated into the yearly Member Christmas dinner.
Inexpensive weekly lunch available for MAPS Members
11/11/18 – Members, you all have an inexpensive lunch available to you at the MAPS lunchroom, where you can have a pleasant and relaxed conversation with other members. Volunteers donate time and food for you! From approximately 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM every Saturday, there will be hot-dogs, assorted chips/snacks, a different dessert and a hot soup (cold item during summer) for your enjoyment. Donations are encouraged. A donation of $1 per item is recommended to help this inexpensive offering continue into the future. Surplus monies are given to the MAPS general fund.
Save ACME receipts
11/11/18 – Save and turn in your ACME receipts so that MAPS can get a rebate. This is a simple and “no cost” way to help MAPS raise more money.
Tour Guide Training Soon
11/11/18 – With multiple high-school tours coming up soon, Reed Kimball will be having 7 training sessions available for your choosing. All of them are Saturday from 1-3 PM. Dates are: 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19 and 1/26. MAPS is always in need of more tour guides. Being educated on MAPS information is key on ensuring our visitors get the most out of our aviation history. Let Reed know ASAP if you can attend one of the dates.
2018 MAPS Christmas Party Information
11/11/18 – “Ugly Sweater” Christmas Dinner for MAPS members – Our annual MAPS Volunteer Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 8th, at 6 PM in the hangar. The cost is $15.00 per person and due at the time of sign-up to either Kim or Reed. The deadline for signing up is Saturday, December 1st. Mr. Mike’s will be catering our dinner!
Mrs. Claus and Elf will be back entertaining our guests! We would like our volunteers to share a favorite Christmas picture or two for a little surprise.The picture could be of family, friends, or military…just make sure you are in it! Send the pictures (jpg) via email to email@example.com December 1st.
Remember, we are supporting the CAK Ohio National Guard Food Bank. Bring donations to the Christmas Party of non-perishable foods, toiletries or monetary donation to MAPS throughout the month(s) of (November) and December. Help make a merrier holiday for our military families!
Dessert/cookies donations for the event are requested. Any left over usable desserts/cookies will be utilized the next day at the Santa Fly-in.
This Saturday’s Akron Symphony concert link updated
If you were trying to buy tickets to this Saturday’s Akron Symphony Youth Concert and were not able to due to a bad link, that has been corrected. The youth symphony’s website had started using a new website and we just now heard about it. Sorry for the confusion, if any. Link to the concert is ready to sell you tickets!
Members thoughts on the updated MAPS Website
MAPS’ (relatively new) webmaster, Ronald Schultz, is seeking input from the membership on your thoughts on the current website (as of today, 10/30/18). The website has been updated or renovated throughout. Is it more user-friendly? Come across any broken links, spelling errors or have updated facts (please reference where you can). Have an idea that can be added to the website? Email Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
MAPS Member News
Theodore “Ted” Vozenilek passed away
Theodore “Ted” Vozenilek, age 84 of Massillon, passed away Monday, October 1, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.
He was born April 22, 1934, in Uniontown, PA the son of the late Emil and Judith (Jasenka) Vozenilek.
Ted was an Army Reservist.
Ted was a 1959 graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University. He was a retired aeronautical engineer of 42 years working at Westinghouse Research, Babcock and Wilcox, and Wright Tool and Forge Co.
He was a member of Church of the Lakes United Methodist Church, a member of the Hall of Fame Lunch Group, and a volunteer at Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) for over 20 years.
Ted is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis (Lelux) Vozenilek; children, Michael (Theresa) Vozenilek and Terri (Robert) Hall; four grandchildren, Courtney and Kyle Vozenilek, Kamryn and Heather Hall; three great-grandchildren, McKayla, Grace, and Hunter.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Emil Vozenilek.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Heitger Funeral Home Jackson Chapel, 5850 Wales Ave NW, from 6pm to 8pm.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 11am, calling hours an hour prior to the service at Church of the Lakes United Methodist Church with Rev. Bryan George officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to MAPS, 2260 International Parkway North Canton, OH 44720 or Church of the Lakes, 1753, 5944 Fulton Dr NW, Canton, OH 44718.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.heitger.com
Heitger Funeral Home and Crematory 330-830-0148
James Mosley passed away
Jim Mosley passed away on September 5, 2018 at the age of 88. Jim was a long time member of MAPS, he served as a director during a very difficult time and is considered one of the key leaders who saved our organization. Click HERE to read his obituary.
Jun-Aug 2018 Briefing Published
Click HERE to go to the Briefing.
Len Palmer passed away
Len Palmer passed away on May 8, 2018 at the age of 68. Len was a recent addition to the MAPS Board of Directors and was very active in the BT-13 renovation project. [More Information]
Results of the 2018 MAPS Raffle
Here are the results of the 2018 Raffle: $1,000 Pat Ryan $500 Al Bachman $250 Dale Ryba $125 Gary Shorter $75 Don Neidert $50 Larry Perkins We want to thank everyone who supported this year’s Raffle by either buying or selling tickets. This program us pay the utilities during the coldest part of the year.
Results of Akron Beacon Journal, “Beacon’s Best 2017”
MAPS Air Museum was the winner in the Beacon’s Best for the Category of Museum. MAPS received a 3rd place Best things to do under $10, 3rd place for Kids/Family Outing. We received top ten for three other categories, Area Attraction/non-sport, Party Center/Event Hall and Wedding Venue. Congratulations to the membership for great results.
Ralph Lynn passed away
Ralph Lynn passed away at the age of 98 on March 16. Ralph was very active past his 95th birthday until declining health caused him to move to Laurens, South Carolina to live with his daughter. [More Information]
A special April Briefing has been published to honor Ralph. [More Information]
Sandy Aegerter passed away
Sandy Aegerter passed away at the age of 75 on August 14, 2017. Sandy is the wife of Henry Aegerter a very important member of our volunteers in the restoration department. [More Information]
Jim Baker passed away
Jim Baker passed at age 81 on October 31, 2016. He was a good friend and a great volunteer at MAPS. [More Information]
Milan Savan passed away
Milan Savan 12-16-2016: Milan Joined MAPS in June 2008 and volunteered as a tour guide until April 2015. Milan volunteered on Tuesdays and also for special events. Milan really enjoyed being a tour guide and was very easy to talk to. [More Information]
Three of our members passed away in July and August
- Nancy (Walsh) Massoud: August 21, 1933 – August 11, 2016
- Dean Putnam: June 17, 1928 – August 8, 2016
- Dr. John Massoud: November 5, 1931 – July 29, 2016
Alvin Tharp passed away
Alvin was a member for the past couple years. [More Information]
Robert Kleinknecht passed away
Bob was a member and the father of Kent who is a very active member. [More Information]
Gregory Maternowski passed away
Greg was with for just a short time, joining in January of 2014. He was very active for the first 7 months until medical issue’s caused him to curtail his activities. [More Information]
Jim Bede passed away
A pioneer in the aviation industry he was a mentor and a friend to everyone who had the dream to own and fly their own plane. [More Information]
Art Rohr passed away
WWII vet, 93 years old. His services should be in the paper soon and Bob Schwartz will send out a mass email. Art had joined in 2011.
Bud Mock passes on 6-29-2015
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of long time MAPS member Bud Mock. Bud passed away yesterday, Monday June 29, 2015. Bud was a WWII veteran and retired from Goodyear. At MAPS Bud was on the Spirit of Akron restoration crew and also worked on the B-26. Bud had been inactive due to health issues since 2011. Bud had been a active member since 1999. [More Information]
Directors for 2015 – 2017 term have been voted with the following results. We want to thank all the candidates for their interest in serving as a director.
- Bob Hollis
- Jim Jackson
- Wayne Noall
- Ken Ramsay
June 14, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – Unveiling Jean Ann’s Plaques
Please join us on Flay Day and Bob Withee’s Birthday for an unveiling of the granite plaques that will be mounted around Jean Ann’s base. The ceremony will begin at 1:00 at the monument. After the ceremony, we will have a reception/birthday party in the hangar. Please bring a dessert to share, we will get a small cake.
Members Die in plane crash
We have lost two MAPS Members and two very nice people. George and Pamela Ihrig Fonseca died after a small plane crash in southwestern Virginia. They were very supportive of the museum and our mission. “Flying was their passion and they did everything together” according to Michael Kelly, their son-in-law. [More Information]