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Remembering passed Framily members
The collective group of forum members we call The Framily has lost several members over the years. We'd like to take this opportunity to remember these folks who were such a large part of other folks' lives. Click on a photo below to read a brief tribute to the individual.

Paul Hansen
Paul Hansen


Ed Juge
Ed Juge


Don Jordan
Don Jordan


Harlan Smith
Harlan Smith


Jean Hart
Jean Hart


Barbara Barbera
Barbara Barbera


Shayne Berta
Shayne Berta


Jim Scoggin
Jim Scoggins


Karl Kolbus
Karl Kolbus


Shirley Mckeen
Shirley Mckeen


Bev Maxwell
Bev Maxwell


Gary Lee
Gary Lee


Pete Harpin
Pete Harpin


Joe Akins
Joe Akins


Ann Lacey
Ann Lacey


Marty Erlich
Marty Erlich


Jean Mullen
Jean Mullen


Judy Davis
Judy Davis


Jerry Ray
Jerry Ray


Norm Lankford
Norm Lankford


Jeanette Reavis
Jeanette Reavis


Russ Mahoney
Russ Mahoney


Betty Jordan
Betty Jordan


Wally
Wally Hepworth


Ned Reiter
Ned Reiter


Jayne Murray
Jayne Murray


Arlyne Ray
Arlyne Ray


Raymonda Dane
Raymonda Dane


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Paul Hansen
Paul passed away in 1998.

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Ed Juge
Remembered by Tom Jones.

Ed, founder of the original RV Forum, passed away on March 31, 2003. The term Gentle Giant was coined during a Virtual Wake held shortly after his death. It's about the best description I could come up with for this wonderful person. Anyone who met him knew instantly that this was someone special.

Ed used to say that he always wanted to be an RVer and, when he left corporate America in 1993, one of his first actions was to buy an RV. One day he realized there was no online place for RVers to share ideas and ask for help, and he created the original RV Forum. Ed used to describe himself as a semi-retired wanabee retiree.

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Don Jordan
Don was active in the RV Forum from its early days, both as a forum member and as a staffer. He was described by all who new him, both online and in person, as a gentleman.

Don was involved in RVing of one sort or another since his Dad jury-rigged a tent trailer on a box trailer when he was about 8 years old. He progressed through various tent trailers, travel trailers, pickup campers, class C and class A motor homes over the years. Don retired in May 1993 after 42 years in the paint and coatings industry. After retiring Don and his wife Betty traveled for nearly six months each year before deciding in May, 2000 to live full time in their Monaco Dynasty.

It was with deep sadness that we learned of Don's passing on February 11, 2006. Don's extensive contributions to the forum live on in the various articles he produced and advice he gave to other RVers.

Betty Jordan passed along the following poem, selected by the family as a message from Don:

AFTERGLOW

I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways.
Of happy times and laughing times and bright sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave
when life is done.

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Harlan Smith
Harlan was one of the early RV Forum members. I met him at the RV Forum rally in Plymouth, CA. He was an athlete who liked to run every morning.

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Jean Hart
Jean and his wife Jan were early RV Forum members who I met at the RV Forum rally in Plymouth, CA.

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Barbara Barbera
Barb held a special place in the hearts of many long time forum members. Forum staffer Jim Dick passed along this story:

"I'll never forget the first time we met Barb and Frank Barbera. We were coming through Phoenix on our way to Tucson some time before we had our first motorhome. She had told me in a message if we were ever in Phoenix to be sure to call. We did and they were home. She gave us directions to their park model and, as we turned the corner on her street, there she was in the road waiting for us! We sat and talked and had coffee but time was short and we had to head south. They were the first couple we on the forum we met face to face. I think she's the sweetest person I have ever met."

Barb passed away on 25 November 2004.

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Shayne Berta
Shayne was known on the RV Forum for his tag line "Old, Stubborn, Opinionated, Set in my Ways, and Independent", and was easily recognized in a crowd by his signature orange cap. The following, written by Shayne's son, describes very well the Shayne we knew in person:

"Today is a good day knowing that heaven has received a wonderful, strong, caring proud man today. He was a friend to all and an enemy to none, you could always count on him for a good laugh, or a shoulder to lean on, or whatever else you could dream up. He would always be there in any way that was helpful.

He enjoyed life and everything about it, he was living his dream and wouldn't change anything that was ever dealt to him. He had more friends than we'll ever know and it kept climbing each day. We all Loved him for him and he loved us all for us. I myself know that he made us better and made so many of our dreams come true.

Today is a day to remember him he may be gone but will never be forgotten he's in good hands now and we know it's were he would want to be."

Shayne passed away on 14 January, 2008.

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Jim Scoggins
Jim had been a forum member since October, 2007. He suffered an unfortunate accident while working under his coach and the air system collapsed, crushing him.

Jim passed away on 7 June, 2008.

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Karl Kolbus
Rememberd by Karl's long-time friend and RV Forum staffer Ned Reiter.

Although an active RVer for only 6 years, Karl did what he always did, he learned everything he could about his new adventure, and was always willing to lend that knowledge and his many talents to anyone needing his help. Over the years he flew airplanes, raced sailboats, and, of course, worked with computers. His signature in the forum summed up his life quite well:

"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "...holy cow ...what a ride!"

He had a great ride and those of us that were privileged to ride with him will miss him terribly.

Karl passed away on 29 March, 2009.

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Shirley Mckeen
Known to Framily members as The Campground Manager at Sam's Camp, then home of Ron and Donna (Sam) Ruward. Shirley lived in a mobile home on the property, keeping an eye on things when the Ruwards were on the road. She also welcomed forum members who arrived to stay on one of the Ruwards' RV lots.

Shirley passed away on 8 April, 2009.

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Bev Maxwell
Many on the forum spent time with the Maxwells, either at a rally or at their home. Bev was a wonderful lady, fun loving, a good friend to many, and always true to her faith. Bob was on his way home, after picking up Bishop Bill who had flown in from South Africa to be with them. He posted this shortly afterwards:

"As Bishop Bill and I were driving home, Bev's soul entered into eternal life.
Liz Pearce was playing her keyboard beside Bev and Mike & Sheri, Jayne Murray, Jack Pearce, "Poquita, Pancho, Pucci, Poco and Lady Jasmine" the four legged family members were around Valerie as they watched her into our Lord's presence.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful rest in peace and rise in Glory."

Bev passed away on 21 September, 2009.

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Gary Lee
Remembered by forum Chaplain and staffer Bob Maxwell...

Gary Lee, 'The Gray Ghost', was quite a man. I knew him from the RV Forum on Compuserve. In 1995 he served as one of my scouts for an RV park from Casper WY to Ruidoso NM, I was the Wagonmaster for the 1st RVF Centermost Rally that the forum hosted. Estes Park was chosen. He and Mr V will be long remembered.

Gary had the quiet faith of his missionary parents, their multi cultural skills and their commitment to service. He didn't realize that until one night over drinks while he was staying in our yard, I pointed out that they served in organized religion an he served as a Foreign Service Officer, both ways of serving others that required loyalty and commitment.

Gary passed away on October 12, 2010

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Pete Harpin
Remembered by Jim Johnson...

I met Pete Harpin sometime in the late 1990's during the annual RV Forum get-to-gether in Quartzsite, AZ and our friendship just clicked. He had ridden motorcycles in the past and I was presently riding, so that was a connection we made. It was not too long before Pete had gotten back into motorcycling, and he got into it big-time.

Everything he owned was in A-one condition. If it was not when he bought it, it surely was shortly after. I have seen him buy a bike, almost completely disassemble it, put it back together in better than new shape. If he needed a part and could not get it, he would make it himself.

Pete was a lover of music. He had a great sound system in his motor home and sometimes I would approach the motor home and it would be just vibrating from the sound of his music. His favorite singer was Eva Cassidy, whom he introduced to anyone who would listed to her story.

He produced a CD of pictures he had taken along Route 66 and placed these CD's in various establishments along Route 66 and sold every one. He still received requests for copies of this CD.

Pete used to stop and spend a month or two with us in Alabama as he worked his way to Massachusetts where he used to work the summer months. I introduced him to our motorcycle group and it was not long before he was one of the most popular members. I would answer questions all winter about “When is Pete coming back?”.

I never, ever, heard Pete complain or feel sorry for himself. When he first had lung cancer, he spent the winter in Massachusetts, in his motor home, with only water and electric. He had to drive some distance to dump his tanks. He had surgery and underwent chemo treatment and never missed a beat. He always said he was doing good. When he was staying with us and the cancer returned in his brain he took it all in stride. It was not long after surgery and radiation treatment before we were back on the road on the bikes.

It is hard to explain what his loss means to Tarry and I. He was one unique individual and we miss him greatly. He left a hole in our lives that will not soon be filled. Rest in peace, Pete.

Pete passed away on June 13, 2011

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Joe Akins
Remembered by forum members Kim & Christi Bertram.

Joe and his wife Kathy, from Artesia, NM, were newbies to the Wildflower Scramble in 2011. Everyone oohed and aahed over their new Super B Freightliner. He had a few months to retire from an oil production company and they hoped to enjoy the road and explore caves and wear out their cameras.

Joe was especially fond of catching little critters on film and they were really taking some amazing pictures. Tremendous spirits and good cooks, to boot!

We can all be reminded how fragile our time here on earth can be and the importance of living our dreams daily, as Kathy and Joe were doing. They were a wonderful example of the Framily we all meet at rallies and other events and why we should try to maintain those contacts as best we can on the road.

It was far too short a time, but thanks for the memories, Joe!

Joe was killed in a motorcycle accident early in 2012.

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Ann Lacey
Ann, affectionately known by husband Joe and friends as Cricket, was well known by long-time forum members. Joe was one of the first RV Forum staff members, and Cricket would accompany him to forum rallies when she wasn't overseas nursing our troops.

Cricket passed away on July 25, 2012 after a long battle with liver cancer.

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Marty Erlich
Remembered by Ardra Fitzgerald.

Many of the long-time RV Forum members will recall that Marty always wore cowboy hats. He and his wife Gladyce were active in The RV Forum during the days we were hosted on CompuServe.

During the winter of 2011/2012 Marty contracted multiple myeloma and had chemotherapy. While his immune system was still depressed he got a "bug" that resulted in pneumonia and he passed away on April 1, 2012.

Jim Dick recalls that the first time they met, Marty introduced himself as "front slash, back slash, front slash, back slash". That was Marty\s signature on the forum (/\/\arty), and is the image displayed above in lieu of a photo of Marty.

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Jean Mullen
Jean, wife of long-time forum member George Mullen, passed away in 2012 after a long period of illness.

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Judy Davis
Judy, wife of long-time forum member John Davis (aka John From Detroit) died on April 1, 2013 in a tragic car accident.

Judy and John had realized their dream of selling their home, and living full time and traveling in their RV. John recalls that tragic day in his own words:

We sang Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter morning masses, then returned to the campground to finish packing and off to Anderson SC for Linner (Lunch/Dinner), then on to Modoc. I was driving the Motorhome and Judy followed in the Jeep. I noticed she was no longer behind me so, after a long wait, I doubled back. I found a one car-fatal-accident, a red 1987 Jeep Wagoneer with Judy and My choir bags inside.

It appears she drifted a bit too far to the right and off the road, over-corrected and went left, ove- corrected again back to the right, over-corrected again back to the left and the tree... This was the account of witnesses, corroborated by the skid marks.

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Jerry Ray
Remembered by Betty Brewer.

Jerry put up a brave and long fight with cancer. His friend Joe Annuzzio told me that the chemo was working, as Jerry's voice kept getting better and better toward the end. But not enough; He passed away Friday, April 12, 2013 at his home in Palmdale, California.

Jerry's deep voice resonates in my mind along with his hearty laugh. He was known as an instructor for the RV Driving School. Many forum members took his class.

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Norm Lankford
Norm was a member of the RV Forum since the days when we were hosted on Compuserve. In those days, he was known as KingNorm. He and his wife, Connie, were winter residents of Country Roads in Yuma and spent the summers in Oregon, most recently on their lot at the Escapee park in Sutherlin. They recently gave up the full timing life when they bought a park model in Country Roads, but still used the motorhome as their summer residence.

Norm passed away on the morning of May 7, 2013 having recently suffered massive heart failure.

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Jeanette Reavis
Remembered by Gary Brinck.

Jeanette passed away on October 19,2013 after losing her bout with cancer. She was with Dave and her sons in a North Carolina hospital near their Yadkinville home.

Jeanette survived a previous breast cancer some years back, but it came back again a couple years ago. She had been receiving treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, but it took a turn for the worse with tumors spreading to her lung, liver and brain region. Simply too much damage to contend with, so she and Dave traveled home to spend their remaining days with family. Nancy spoke with her via phone and she was the always cheerful Jeanette right up to the end. She is going to be missed wherever forum framily gather.

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Russ Mahoney
Dr. Russell Mahoney was a long-time RV Forum member. Following retirement, he sold his home in Iowa, purchased an RV, and hit the road. At some point, he purchased a lot in an RV community in Arizona, where he spent the winters, then traveled during the summer months. He was highly respected and loved by his numerous RVing friends.

Russ Mahoney passed away on April 17, 2014. Updated orbituary to follow.

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Betty Jordan
Betty, 84, passed away on June 11, 2014 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Betty was the widow of Don Jordan, a long-time RV Forum Staff member. Betty met the love of her life, Donald Jordan, whom she married in 1973. When she retired after 42 years of nursing, she and Don sold their house and bought a motorhome in which they lived and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada. They eventually bought a home in Yuma, AZ in which to spend the winter months. Betty was an active, vibrant woman. She loved going to the theater and concerts, playing bingo, traveling to visit her family, and the pleasure of shopping or having coffee with her dear friend Pam Vanluchene.

She leaves three grown children, grandchildren and great grand children. Betty was a beautiful woman who showed class and grace her entire life. She will be missed, never forgotten and forever loved.

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Wally Hepworth
Wally passed away on August 11, 2014

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Ned Reiter
Ned had been in the computer industry since 1961 and was a self employed programmer from 1974. He and his wife Lorna were RVers from 1990. They started with a used trailer, upgraded to a new one, and later switched to an Itasca class C. They subsequently lived full time in a 37 foot Holiday Rambler Endeavor LE, allowing Ned to work from his home on the road.

Ned was a long-time forum staffer and a technical support to many, both on and off the forum. He would often make "house calls" at forum rallies, helping folks with computer, networking, and other technical issues.

Ned lost his battle with cancer and passed away on June 27, 2016.

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Jayne Murray
Remembered by Lou Schneider.

Jayne joined the Forum in 1998 when she started thinking about quitting her job, selling her house and using part of the proceeds to buy an RV. She was an Army veteran and had worked several years for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industry in Olympia.

Jayne decided to visit Quartzsite and see what desert boondocking was all about.

Jayne sold her house and bought her RV - a used Ford pickup towing an older 27 ft. Collins 5th wheel. When the Collins started falling apart, she traded it in for a new 2000 Arctic Fox 26x trailer. She lived in her RV on a friend's ranch south of Olympia, WA for a couple of months while she wrapped up her work projects. She left her job in December, headed from Olympia to Quartzsite, and stayed at the RV Forum rally site from late December 1999 to early March 2000 along with several other Forum members.

Jayne spent the summer in the Prescott area and almost got caught when a fast moving wildfire blew through the campground where she was staying. She lost her cat when it bolted in the excitement and she almost lost her whole rig, getting it out just ahead of the flames.

Later she bought some rural property near the Zuni Indian reservation south of Gallup, NM and settled there, thus the ZuniJayne handle when she returned to the forum.

Jayne was found at home deceased on February 24, 2017.

You can read the full text of Lou's rememberance of Jayne in this forum message.

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Arlyne Ray
Arlyne Ray, wife of long time forum member Jerry Ray, passed away on April 12, 2017. This was four years to the day after Jerry passed. Arlyne was a resident of Oklahoma at the time of passing.

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Raymonda Dane
Raymonda Dane, wife of long time forum member Bill Dane, passed away on May 24, 2017 having lost her battle after 4 years of declining health. She had recently celebrated her 80th birthday. Bill and Raymonda had been married 57 years, and full-timed in their RV for the last 18 years. Forum Staffer Betty Brewer recalled Raymonda this way:

"She had so many talents, interests and a love of life. Never heard her complain ever, even with thousands of bee stings and falling backwards out of motorhome on her head! She tackled adversities with a grace and strength that is a role model for all."

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