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Jan 13, 2005
While we wait for a new forum resource to post our memorial to passed forum members, I thought I'd post this thread.

Paul Hansen passed away in 1998.
Ed Juge 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.
Don Jordan 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. It was with deep sadness that we learned of Don's passing on February 11, 2006.
Harlan Smith 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.
Jean Hart and his wife Jan were early RV Forum members who I met at the RV Forum rally in Plymouth, CA.
Barbara Barbera held a special place in the hearts of many long time forum members. Barb passed away on 25 November 2004.
Shayne Berta 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. Shayne passed away on 14 January, 2008.
Jim Scoggins 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.
Karl Kolbus 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!" Karl passed away on 29 March, 2009.


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