The Recreational Aviation Foundation reports that RAF director Reade Genzlinger was killed in an aircraft accident near the Alpine, Wyoming, airport Jan. 4.
His passenger, 17-year-old Mackenzie Ruston, was also killed on the crash. Mackenzie Ruston’s father, Mark, is also an RAF supporter.
Genzlinger joined the RAF board in July 2012 and served as the secretary/treasurer for the foundation.
He had long been associated with aviation and philanthropic work, primarily in the Philadelphia area. He brought financial management expertise to the RAF along with his deep love of aviation, according to RAF officials.
He leaves behind his wife Lynn, five children, and their families. Services are planned for Sunday, Jan. 10 at Bryn Athyn Cathedral, in Genzlinger’s home state of Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, Lynn and the family suggest memorials to the RAF honoring Genzlinger’s passion for its mission, and “his gratitude for the wonderful friends he’d made through his work there,” she added.