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R.L. (Dr. Ben) Bendixen
Nov. 7, 1937 – June 6, 2019




Flight is freedom in its purest form,
To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;
To roll and glide, to wheel and spin;
To feel the joy that swells within;
To leave the earth with its troubles and fly,
And know the warmth of a clear spring sky;
Then back to earth at the end of a day,
Released from the tensions which melted away.
Should my end come while I am in flight,
Whether brightest day or darkest night,
Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain,
Secure in the knowledge that I'd do it again;
For each of us is created to die,
And within me I know I was born to fly.

— Gary Claude Stokor

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