Hundreds gathered on a warm Sunday afternoon to celebrate the life of Jerry Zerbe, the accomplished pilot and certified flight instructor who died in Wednesday's small plane crash in Mt. Morris Township.
â??Jerry had a positive attitude about everything and everybody. He loved flying,â?? Dalton Aiport manager Bill Campeau said.
Zerbeâ??s friends say Zerbe died doing what he loved. In fact, his mark on the local aviation community is evident on a hangar at Dalton Airport which bears his name. Itâ??s where his friends and family came to remember him Sunday.
â??I've never seen jerry so emotional as the day they dedicated the building to him,â?? Campeau said.
Campeau said he learned a lot from Zerbe over the 22 years of their friendship.
About his patience, his love of teaching and his love for the greater Flint community.
Zerbe spent 30 years working for Flint Community Schools before retiring and beginning his second career as a flight instructor.
â??He just had a hand in everything,â?? Campeau said.
â??The people that he taught will always remember him for the person he was; just the greatest guy."
The FAA and NTSB are continuing their investigation into the cause of Wednesday's crash that killed 82-year-old Jerry Zerbe and 20-year-old Bryce Frownfelter.
A funeral for Frownfelter is set for Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Sharp Funeral Home in Fenton. Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Monday. A fund has been set up in Frownfelterâ??s name to benefit Lake Fenton students.
Memorial contributions for Jerry Zerbe can be made to memorial contributions may be made to the EAA Chapter 77, PO Box 265, Flushing, MI 48433 to the Jerry Zerbe scholarship fund.