Richard Nolan Hogan

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Richard Nolan Hogan, 62, passed away March 23rd, 2019, in Gordon County, Georgia, while performing a test flight in his new airplane, which he designed. A memorial/celebration of life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at Doug Ripley’s Airplane Hangar, at 517 Air Acres Lane, Woodstock, Georgia 30188. There will be an opportunity for anyone who would like to share a thought or a memory. Richard was born in Fort Worth, Texas on June 16th, 1956 to Berry Jean and Nellie Jeanette Hogan. He attended Central Elementary School in White Settlement, Texas, and discovered his passion for airplanes when he learned how to make a paper plane. While attending C.F. Brewer Junior High School in White Settlement, in his free time he enjoyed sketching and designing futuristic cars and airplanes.


During his years at Mansfield High School, in the class of 1974, he played the trombone in the stage band, and became great friends with the band members. His passion for aircraft design continued, and he developed a concept of a personal commuter plane, which would become the focus of his lifelong dream. In 1981 he married Stephanie Susan Duncan, and in 1983 they had a daughter, Pamela Susan Hogan, his only child.


Richard had an entrepreneurial spirit from very early on, founding or co-founding several companies over his lifetime. In the 1980s, he designed an innovative storm window, and subsequently he and his longtime childhood best friend, Danny Ferguson co-founded Precision Window & Screen as well as Precision Aluminum in Fort Worth. In 1989 Richard moved to Stone Mountain, Georgia, where he lived for many years. For decades Richard has been very involved in the Experimental Aircraft Association, where he has made countless lasting friendships. He was first with Chapter 690 when he lived in Stone Mountain. Then when he moved to Woodstock, he joined Chapter 1415 (the Wingnuts), and he served as President of that chapter up until his passing.


During the 1990s, he began working at ISES, a facilities condition assessment corporation in Duluth Georgia, working as a Qualified Elevator Inspector, and eventually became the Vice President and CFO. He was an artist at heart, and designed many creative products over the years, including a multi-function ladder, and a unique car trunk organizer. He also co-designed several items with his best friend of 25 years, Joel Dinerman. In recent years, he used his elevator experience from ISES to perform the inspections and provide analysis of the elevator systems at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. In 2015, after 20 years with the company, he made the difficult decision to leave ISES to begin converting his aircraft designs into production. He founded his company, Commuter Craft, and the plane he had envisioned in high school became “The Innovator,” the company’s initial model.


These last few years of Richard’s life were very challenging, as he worked nearly around the clock to get these planes to production, yet they were also the most fulfilling, as he was taking his lifelong dream to the finish line.


Richard is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Richard Everett Hogan and Lillian Mattie Melton Hogan; maternal grandparents, Nolan J Mauldin and Cora Vidie Mae Lancaster Mauldin; uncle, Bobbie Lynn Hogan; and cousins, Gordon Hogan and Patrick Mauldin. Richard is survived by his daughter, Pamela Susan Hogan Fort Worth, TX; mother, Nellie Jeanette Hogan, Sarasota, FL; father, Berry Jean Hogan (Helen) Mansfield, TX; sister, Beverly Hogan-Fleck (Bill), Sarasota, FL; niece, Miriam Fleck Cirbusoba (Stefan), Sarasota, FL; nephew, Bryan Fleck (Jessica), Orlando, FL; uncle Joe Ray Hogan (Janice), Katy, TX; uncle Jimmie Alton Mauldin, Midland, TX; cousins, Mark Hogan, Michele Hogan, Larry Hogan, Steve Hogan, and Michael Mauldin.


If you have any pictures of Richard that you would like to share with his daughter, they would sure be appreciated. Please email them to PamelaHogan83@gmail.com In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to the EAA Scholarship Program.

19 Comments To "Richard Nolan Hogan"

Peter Oparnica On Apr 18 2019 at 2pm
Richard was a member of our RC Club, and he will be dearly missed by all 32 of our members. Truly wonderful person, I miss you Richard! Reply to this comment
Alex Ripley On Mar 31 2019 at 11am
Was very upset to hear the news. Richard used to watch me fly rc’s outside the barn house/hangar at Mathis. Every time I’d see him either at air acres or sun n fun he always made me feel right at home. An everlasting smile. Reply to this comment
Steve Teffenhardt On Mar 30 2019 at 2pm
Richard was a very special person in my life and that of my family for the past 25 years. I am one of a long list of people who were benefited and were blessed by knowing Richard. He shared his A+ level motivation and dreams and desires. He was probably the most gracious, caring, motivated, enduring and inventive man that I have ever known. A kind Texan that could make you smile in the most trying of circumstances. There is a giant hole in my life now having lost such a dear friend. And that hole could only possibly be that big because Richard helped me expand my life by being supportive of my dreams and aspirations to enlarge my life. Blue Skies my Friend! Rest In Peace Richard. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends and everyone at Commuter Craft. Sincerely the Teffenhardt Family Reply to this comment
Steve Frink On Mar 29 2019 at 2pm
The thing I remember most about Richard was his genuine love of aviation and the people around him. There were no strangers in his world. The aviation community is better for the time we shared with him. Go with God my friend. Reply to this comment
JOEL DINERMAN On Mar 28 2019 at 5pm
When Richard and I met 25 years ago we had an instant bond because we had so many things in common. We were like brothers. We both had similar dreams and we spent countless hours figured out how to make them come true and we did. The memories of our trips and adventures will stay with me for the rest of my life. I will miss Richard and our times together very much. Reply to this comment
Janice Hogan (Aunt) On Mar 29 2019 at 7pm
Joel, we have heard about so many of your and Richard's adventures. He told us so many stories, and always with a smile of fond memories. You were very much a positive influence on him in years past. Thank you for posting here.
Bill Klug On Mar 28 2019 at 3pm
Wow!! This is truly a sad moment for me. As part of the Rans build team, I was known as "Mr. 1/64th", but NO ONE was more focused on detail and precision than Richard. I was there in his garage at Mathis field in the late 90s when he showed me the prototype of his Commuter Craft explaining the aircraft's CG and how the battery pack would shift forward and aft as the vehicle transitioned from from flying machine to roadable vehicle. Definitely the work of a genius mind. And now to hear that fate has taken this innovative mind from us hurts. I am hopeful that his enthusiasm for flight and creativity will live on. Blue skies Richard. Reply to this comment
Maryjane Stout On Mar 28 2019 at 2pm
Richard was an inspiration to many in the aerospace world. His friendly, cheerful optimism will be greatly missed. Reply to this comment
Kathleen Brown On Mar 28 2019 at 12pm
Altho I did not meet Pamela's Dad, she wrote such a honoring and detailed tribute, many know him better. What a rare gentleman and aviator genius. Surely his insight and legacy will be far reaching and long lasting. I'm sorry his beloved daughter Pamela, family and friends had to say goodbye so soon. May the gathering at the hanger be a comfort to all who gather. God is an ever present comfort in times of need. I sure hope the memories and stories will be recorded on some sort of tech device. Reply to this comment
Charles Churchman On Mar 28 2019 at 12pm
Richard and I were partners and good friends on the RANS S-6 we spent 10 years working together on. He had the highest integrity and honor I have seen in anyone I've ever met, and his efforts on the Commutercraft I always have been inspired by. His loss is the most deeply felt in many years. I will miss him terribly. Reply to this comment
Bobby Bone On Mar 28 2019 at 12pm
I was so saddened to hear of Richard's passing doing what he loved to do. I met him through the window industry as we worked in the same building. He actually lived with me and we built a light table for his drawings which was in use constantly. Was able to see him a couple of years ago to catch up in Cartersville as he referred and client to us. RIP Richard!!!!! Reply to this comment
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