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Lewis John Schwartzkopf

October 22, 1929 to May 15, 2003

Lew was born in Columbus, Ohio and died there, but in between he traveled the world, much of the time with his wife Maria. Lew spent 31 years with Marathon Oil Co. where, because of his inventions, he was called the "pipeline wizard."

He had many interests besides travel: supporting the Mazza children's library in Findlay, collecting and building music boxes, but first and last - flying!

Starting in sailplanes in his teens, he branched out to power, becoming active in the Civil Air Patrol during the fifties, and over time he acquired glider, SEL, SES and aerobatic ratings.

Lew was active in several soaring clubs in Ohio and Illinois, serving as a dedicated tow pilot.

In his book "After All" Gren Seibels wrote about fliers. "The best of them love the sky, the machines that allow them to explore it, and above all, their fellow explorers."

It was a privilege to share the sky with Lew for a few years. Like his family and many friends, I won't forget.

-Herb Tenny

Posted: 11/1/2003

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