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Offline Doug Pilcher  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, June 5, 2018 7:34:44 PM(UTC)
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John Schroder -RIP
10/30/1946 – 06/05/2018


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Today for the world, and the world of IMAC and Scale Aerobatics, and for the Remote-Control community as a whole marks a day of great loss and sorrow. Today we lost from our “plane” to a different “plane” a great groundbreaker, forward thinker and man in John Schroder. John was a leader and an example and a mentor to so many, both the young and the “not so young” over a vast amount of years with the RC community. We grieve his loss but cherish his memory. We mourn his passing, but revel in having known him.

The IMAC family extends its deepest condolences to Tina, David and Ashley and the entire Schroder family, which is a large one, both by blood and by friendships. Our hearts break with you, but we will remember the joy that John brought to this family of ours.

Growing up the son of Walt Schroder, one cannot be surprised that John Schroder would inherit the passion and vision for RC that he exhibited. John not only continued his father’s zeal and love for RC aviation, but carried on the tradition of giving back to the RC community in much the same tradition established by his father and Bill Bennett before him. John tirelessly devoted his time and personal resources to the advancement of our hobby. He concentrated on the youth of the hobby and offered support to anyone he could. John was instrumental in helping the International Miniature Aircraft Club (IMAC) achieve the status it holds today. When John retired in 2007, his desire for the ToC to live on became a driving focus of his life. He and his wife Tina began to search for a location that could support such an endeavor.

If you have never heard of Toone, Tennessee, you’re not alone. It was unknown to the vast majority of the model aviation world until John moved to town and went straight to work on his new 200-plus acre sod farm. Much as Bill Bennett did for the ToC, a few short months after putting down roots, it was ready. John christened his slice of paradise by continuing a custom he established in Florida with the “IMAC Summer School and NATS warm-up”. Each summer John and Tina opened their doors for students on summer break to come and engage in some intense IMAC practice and coaching. In return the students learned some real-life skills by working the farm to help with upkeep.

In 2008, just like his father Walt and Bill Bennett, John invited the world’s best pilots to an international aerobatics championship that rekindled the spirit of the ToC. The inaugural Clover Creek Invitational set a new standard in the world of RC Aerobatics. John opened his private residence for nothing more than the enjoyment of his fellow RC enthusiasts. His desire was to promote the art of precision aerobatics to its fullest, share his passion for model aviation, and see competitors from around the world unite and compete for the love of the sport itself.

He created and ignited the Clover Creek Invitational and continued the tradition with the world’s best to battle for $50,000 worth of prize money! In another selfless act that reflects his father and Bill Bennett, John had once again funded the $50,000 prize list from his personal resources. The Clover Creek Aerodrome and the Clover Creek Invitationals are just a few of the selfless acts made to the RC community by John Schroder.

John continued strong and focused on that prize and to the youth specifically and continually. Hosting the summer camps and his involvement with IMAC and the betterment of the organization. Bringing more and more talented kids to productive and responsible futures with a passion and love for toy airplanes. Sounds so simple, yet so selfless a task and all by this man known by many names.

If you did not have the pleasure of meeting John, the stories shared by the people who have will enlighten you to a man who had given more to the hobby than can be measured or described in these few paragraphs. John carried forward the traditions established by Bill Bennett, Art Schroeder, and Walt Schroder before him.

John Schroder – RIP our friend, our brother, our father and for all of us, a great example.

Doug Pilcher
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Offline Earle Andrews  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:32:21 PM(UTC)
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God speed John. The world is a bit emptier now.
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:33:24 PM(UTC)
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Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing the man I thank him for his contributions to the hobby and to scale aerobatics and IMAC. Condolences to his family and friends.
I think it will be appropriate at the Granite State IMAC this weekend to offer a moment of silence for this friend, mentor and supporter of the sport/ hobby we love so much.
RIP John Schroder
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Offline Rick Kroeze  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, June 5, 2018 10:13:52 PM(UTC)
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A class act, bar none.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, June 5, 2018 10:40:07 PM(UTC)
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I was fortunate to have met John 4 years ago, and was invited back several times to the Clover Creek, to which, I went. I learned a great deal from him and his pilots, as I am sure many others did as well. Going to his home and spending time with him and the others was a real treat. He and Tina were ever so welcoming to everyone and extremely generous. The contributions he made to the hobby and many young people goes beyond teaching people and the youth how to fly model airplanes. He also taught many other life lessons to many, especially if you would listen to him. He was full of knowledge and kindness. He will be forever remembered and may he rest in peace and fly high to the heavens.

Cam
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Offline Adi Kochav  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, June 6, 2018 7:05:16 AM(UTC)
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We have lost a Giant.
Rest in peace Big John.
Our deepest condolences for your loss, Tina, David and Ashley and whole the Schroder and the Clover Creek family and friends.
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Offline Doug Pilcher  
#7 Posted : Wednesday, June 6, 2018 3:29:12 PM(UTC)
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First let me be clear the original post here was a copy from Front page post from the BOD.


BUT, my intent here is that we all share our fondest, funniest and most memorable moments and time with John and Tina and the Clover Creek Family. Let's fill this thread up as I know there are many many stories and musings out there to be shared by all.

I have several I have to share when I finish putting them to paper so to speak.

Let laughter and fond memories help us all with this.

Please all, Share on

Doug Pilcher
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Offline Gil R. Major  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, June 6, 2018 6:44:41 PM(UTC)
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Big John’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Clover Creek Hangar on Saturday afternoon, June 16th, 2018, followed with a great Clover Creek meal at the cookhouse.

John would want us to fly, have fun, and enjoy the comradery. With that, Tina would also like you to do what John would do - fly, have fun, and enjoy the comradery in true ‘Clover Creek Casual Fashion’ by sporting your favorite RC attire.

Clover Creek will be ready Friday, June 15th for those who would like to come early and camp; but, you will need to prepare your own meals and libation arrangements for your stay with the exception of Saturday evening’s meal. We want to make sure we have enough food for everyone; help us plan Saturday’s meal by emailing us at gilrmajor.cca@gmail.com not later than Wednesday, June 13th with the number of folks attending.

As we all know, Clover Creek is about the youth as well as rescue animals; instead of flowers or plants, Tina has asked to please give generously to your local Youth Organizations and/or Animal Shelters!

Tina, David, and Ashley truly appreciate the notes, texts, and calls. Please do not feel ignored if they have not responded to you directly; believe me the notes, texts, and calls are all providing strength and support to each of them, bringing smiles to their faces!

As Big John always says – “Come Early Stay Late”
Sponsored by my Wife!
Life is about choices and accepting responsibility for those choices!
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Offline Doug Pilcher  
#9 Posted : Thursday, June 7, 2018 7:54:06 AM(UTC)
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OK, I will start with one of several memorable moments and encounters. It was with John at a contest in Arkansas.

He arrived with a few guys in tow, and "Loose Change" in transit had come unsecured from tail wheel and was apparently bouncing in travel breaking his carbon fiber tail gear. John walked the line to see if anyone had a spare. I told him, I have two! One brand new and one I had repaired with epoxy and had flown on it quite a while until I replaced, well cause that is what you do.

John said "I will take the epoxy'd one" and I handed it to him. He asked "How Much do I owe you"?

I replied, "John, it is essentially broke and just a backup, Take it, and when you get home, replace yours and throw that in your box as a spare. Maybe someone else will be able to use down the line".

He replied " (Expletive) DOUG! Tell me what I owe you, so when the (expletive) breaks I can get my (expletive) money back!" I rolled laughing and said, "John, you simply make my day! Go fly your airplane"! And we both walked away laughing.

To me, these are the John Moments I will never forget. as It was John, BEING JOHN!

Doug Pilcher
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Offline Extra Yak  
#10 Posted : Saturday, June 9, 2018 12:46:22 AM(UTC)
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Glad I had a chance to meet John as well. My first encounter with him was at the tryout for the 2014 Worlds back in 2013 which was held on his property at Clover Creek. I was competing for a space in sportsman class. About halfway through the contest I lost one of my mufflers due to a loose bolt on the engine mount. John offered to let me use one of his, so he drove me back to his garage on a golf cart, gave me the tools I needed to remove a DA 150 muffler from one of his planes and I was set for the rest of the contest. So if it were not for John, it is likely I would not have made it to the 2014 Worlds. I have run into him several times since then, including last year when he came to Arkansas, and he has always been very nice to me. Sorry to lose someone who has contributed so much to the RC and IMAC community.

Greg
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Offline Orthobird  
#11 Posted : Sunday, June 10, 2018 9:27:07 PM(UTC)
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This is a picture I took of John on June 10, 2016, doing what he loved to do.

He loved to mow the lawn.

In fact, he would tell me some very interesting information,
He would tell me the rate at which the blades of grass grew and before a contest, I usually arrived at the Clover Creek on Thursday night, then Friday was practice day.

During that Friday, towards the afternoon, he would shut the flying down so he could mow the grass.

The following day, from what I recall, on the day of the competition, he also would mow the grass in the afternoon.

Rest in peace John.

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Offline Tony Bonanno  
#12 Posted : Monday, June 11, 2018 12:30:48 PM(UTC)
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Rest in Peace my friend. You'll be greatly missed

Tony
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