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BRETT GERBER: Passion fuels day job, aviation aspirations

June 7, 2013

Brett Gerber, a funeral director, pilots a small two-person aircraft as a hobby. In addition to flying, he also builds, maintains and inspects other small planes. Photo contributed

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s not a bird, but it could very well be a plane — Brett Gerber’s Long EZ to be exact.

Gerber owns and operates Gerber Aviation, LLC., which maintains, builds and inspects small air craft. He also pilots two aircraft he built — a Long EZ and a Quickie Q2.

In the cockpit, Gerber enjoys the freedom of flight, but is careful to keep a healthy respect for the possible dangers.

“I know the reality of it. I know that if I crash, there’s not much hope. These are small planes — just wide enough to sit,” Gerber said. “Flying and building planes is a stress reliever. It’s a chance to take a breath and relax.”

When Gerber is grounded, his time is spent as the newest funeral director at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, Columbia City. It may seem as if his two worlds, Gerber’s passion for aviation and his job in the funeral business, couldn’t be more different.

However, Gerber said there are some similar lessons that span the gap to make his two fascinations fit together.

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