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Post  Mike1484 Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:34 am

Rest in peace Rusty .
        We all lost a good friend . Even if  you did not meet him in person we felt his presence . What a good person and a sad lost to all . We will miss him .

                            Mike1484 Crying or Very sad Sad Goodbye
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Post  crankbndr Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:27 pm

I enjoyed Rustys antics for many years. From his church yard 1/2 A flights to his trophies in competition. He was kind enough to video a lot and share. Also enjoyed his witty humor.
He will be missed.
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Post  Gerald Wimmer Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:20 pm

It was very sad to hear of Rusty's passing, the whole Wimmer family will miss you much. I knew him from Stunthangar and in particular his video chart Hangout sessions which I enjoyed and learnt so much from over the years. He often spoke of his great joy of flying his 1/2A models and would share his knowledge freely with us all. Such a dedicated, welcoming, witty and understanding host is hard to find and he made everyone feel included in his group. Just to say a few words of thanks and goodbye to Rusty I felt I had to sign up to this forum but wish I had done so earlier .
Our condolences and prayers go out to Rusty and his family.

Regards
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Post  Mark Boesen Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:08 pm

Has anybody started a paypal fund to send some flowers or something?

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Post  Dave P. Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:19 pm

I was fortunate enough to meet and hang out with Rusty and Holley at Huntersville last year.  Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers did a song called "You Can't Make Old Friends".  Rusty and Holley proved them wrong.  I only spent a couple days with them, but it didn't take long to see that Holley was the wind beneath Rusty's wings.

Please keep Holley in your prayers.  
Rest in peace Rusty.  You will be missed my friend.
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Post  Admin Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:25 pm

@Mark Boesen wrote:Has anybody started a paypal fund to send some flowers or something?


A fund is currently in the works. Ron is getting in contact with Holley to see what is preferred.

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Post  Mark Boesen Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:01 pm

cool beans, thanks!
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Post  batjac Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:43 pm

Well, this sucks.  I’ve been trying to figure out what to write for the last couple of days, but nothing seems adequate.  Like everyone else, I’ve gotten to know Rusty through the CEF, Stunt Hangar, and his Hangouts.  Being on the West Coast, I never got to meet him in person, but we’ve corresponded a lot over the years.  I really don’t have much to add to what everyone else has said about Rusty.  It’s pretty universal.  I only learned of him being in Hospice on Friday evening, so this was pretty quick.  I guess the best I can do is say how much I will miss him.  I guess it’s serendipitous that I finished my Flip the night before I heard of him in Hospice.  For the plane, I used some bladder fittings that Rusty sent me a while back.  Hopefully there will be someone out at the field tomorrow to launch for me so I can fly the plane in thanks to Rusty.

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Post  Oldenginerod Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:03 pm

@Gerald Wimmer wrote:It was very sad to hear of Rusty's passing, the whole Wimmer family will miss you much. I knew him from Stunthangar and in particular his video chart Hangout sessions which I enjoyed and learnt so much from over the years. He often spoke of his great joy of flying his 1/2A models and would share his knowledge freely with us all. Such a dedicated, welcoming, witty and understanding host is hard to find and he made everyone feel included in his group. Just to say a few words of thanks and goodbye to Rusty I felt I had to sign up to this forum but wish I had done so earlier .
Our condolences and prayers go out to Rusty and his family.

Regards
Gerald Wimmer

Hi Gerald. Welcome to our little group- I wish it could have been under different circumstances. I noticed your post over on Stunthangar and was encouraged by it. It's nice to see you here as well.
Stories such as yours regarding Rusty's encouragement of your kids in the hobby help put things in perspective a little. The old guard go out, and the plan is, the new guard come in. Clearly Rusty was doing his bit to ensure that a new generation would keep the flame burning. To Rusty it never mattered where you were from, what you did, who you voted for, we were all pretty much equal in Rusty's eyes, which is how it should be. He set us all a pretty good example of what characteristics our lives should show to make the world that little bit better.

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Post  londke3 Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:00 pm

I spoke to Holley yesterday. There will be no funeral or memorial service at this time. Rusty is being cremated and Holly will scatter his ashes in the places he enjoyed most. She did speak of a gathering of sorts after all Covid restrictions are lifted. We'll just have to wait to see when and where that will occur.
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Post  dckrsn Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:06 pm

@londke3 wrote:I spoke to Holly yesterday. There will be no funeral or memorial service at this time. Rusty is being cremated and Holly will scatter his ashes in the places he enjoyed most. She did speak of a gathering of sorts after all Covid restrictions are lifted. We'll just have to wait to see when and where that will occur.
Thanks for that, Mike.
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Post  Kim Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:18 am

"Rusty was a miraculous strong man who survived on Dialysis for 35 years…teaching all who knew him that there were no obstacles in life preventing you from living it to the fullest!"

There we are...that's our ole friend.
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Post  GallopingGhostler Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:43 pm

@londke3 wrote:I spoke to Holley yesterday. There will be no funeral or memorial service at this time. Rusty is being cremated and Holly will scatter his ashes in the places he enjoyed most. She did speak of a gathering of sorts after all Covid restrictions are lifted. We'll just have to wait to see when and where that will occur.

https://southcarolinacremation.com/tribute/details/534/Benjamin-Knowlton-III/obituary.html#tribute-start
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Thanks, Mike. I've pasted the actual obit after your link, so it will be readily available for others to read as time passes. Links for someone including to contributing toward planting a tree in memory of Rusty are at the bottom of the obit. I understand how Covid-19 has affected visitation in memory of lost loved ones. My mother passed away in Charlotte, NC January 28, 2020. Plans to visit her grave site next to my father at Punchbowl National Cemetery in Honolulu, HI this Fall have been put on hold because of mandatory out-of-state visitor quarantine requirements. I am reminded of:

Romans 8:28 (WEB) wrote:We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose. (World English Bible)

I admire the strength of Rusty's wife in all this, she is a stout person in how she is handling this.
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Post  Oldenginerod Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:22 am

Can I encourage members to take the time to leave a message of condolence for Rusty's family at this link.  

https://southcarolinacremation.com/tribute/details/534/Benjamin-Knowlton-III/condolences.html#content-start

I'm sure they would appreciate seeing how far and wide Rusty's life and love had reached around the world.

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Post  Admin Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:46 am

A fund has set up to collect donations. After two weeks, the fund will be awarded to Rusty's family to do with however they see fit.

Rusty has given so much to this forum, I feel that this is at least an attempt to give a little back.


https://paypal.me/pools/c/8swqUhRNke

I plan to leave this open until at least the 26th of September.

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Post  Jason_WI Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:44 am

Here is Rusty’s entry into the journal from the Traveling Engine 1.

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Post  1/2A Nut Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:55 pm

Early 1980's Rusty with Jean and his Camaro


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Post  GallopingGhostler Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:48 pm

Almost looks like a storybook couple, nice, thanks for sharing.
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Post  Cribbs74 Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:43 pm

Rusty’s wife is named Holley. Doesn’t look like her so perhaps Rusty’s sister?
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Post  Cribbs74 Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:14 pm

Hey guys,

Let’s do our best to chip in. I know money is tight for everyone at this time, but Rusty deserves our very best.
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Post  1/2A Nut Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:47 am

Yes that is his sister Jean Knowlton.
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Post  KariFS Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:40 am

Oh no. Just logged in to see what’s going on and saw this.

I always really admired Rusty’s determination, or stubbornness even, to learn and become better at pattern flying. From those churchyard flight videos with the RR-1-powered little combat plane doing vertical 9’s to the ”big and proper” stunt planes he so meticulously built and flew with success. All this with the medical challenges making it physically more and more difficult as time went by. He was always eager to give advice here on the forum, his write-ups (essays I think he called them Smile ) were thorough and well thought of, good and entertaining material. I was kind of worried as his Forum entries became few and far between in the past year or two.

This is a huge loss to the hobby and to our little community, but it must be absolutely devastating to his family and friends that knew him personally. I wish I would have had a chance to meet him. Well, maybe another lifetime.

His last line on the Traveling Engine Logbook shows the ”Spirit of Rusty”: Teach a kid to fly!

Rest in Peace, Rockin’ Rusty. We miss you.
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Post  Cox International Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:56 am

Just saw this...

Rusty was a decade old customer of our Cox products and, far from being his final flight; wherever he now is, he is spinning circles with a Cox engine equipped airplane, mentoring us with his spirit Smile

We will be donating a portion of what he spent with us Smile
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