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View Original Notice in the Toledo Blade


Toledo Blade, August 27, 2003
Pilot flew Lake Erie islands route for 30 years

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio - Harold D. Hauck, a pilot and airport manager who transported thousands of tourists and local residents among the Lake Erie islands off Port Clinton, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at the Western Reserve Community retirement center, Medina, Ohio. He was 81.

Mr. Hauck shuttled air passengers in small aircraft for more than 30 years from Port Clinton to North Bass, Middle Bass, and other islands in western Lake Erie.

He also managed the airport’s Island Airlines from 1950 until he retired about 1982. He logged more than 15,000 hours on the 15-seat Ford Tri-Motor "Tin Goose" airplanes.

During the summer, he flew up to 20 flights a day for the airline, billed as the world’s smallest airline because its longest leg was just 11 miles. In winter, he flew children daily to and from school at Put-in-Bay and transported ill residents.

"He would go in snowstorms and any kind of weather safe enough to get people to the hospital," Sandra Brausch, his daughter, said. "He was just everybody’s lifeline."

He also flew supplies to the islands and learned how to control unruly summer passengers.

"He talked about keeping a stick close by to keep the drunks back who wanted to try to fly the plane," she said.

Born in Port Clinton, he grew up on Catawba Island, graduating in 1940 from Port Clinton High School. An Army veteran, he was an ambulance driver during World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Mary; daughters, Jane Hauck, Patricia Mangas, and Sandra Brausch; sons, Harold, Jr., and Kevin; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be private. Arrangements are by the Waite & Son Funeral Home in Medina. The family suggests tributes to the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society.




Thanks for the item on Harold Hauck's passing.
I didn't know him very well and I think I first met him in the Rhodes family kitchen.
Didn't he live directly across the road from the Rhodes' ?
Once, over at the Bay, I was sitting with someone out at the airport waiting for a person to arrive on the Goose. There was a two seater (Beech, Piper, whatever) sitting at a catty cornered angle to the airstrip. All of a sudden, Harold comes out of the terminal (Hah) with a young gal. They get in the plane and he takes the goddam thing off crossways to the strip. He didn't taxi right or left and, as I recall, he barely got the motor going and they were airborne. I guess wind direction was of no importance to him. It was the goddamdest thing I ever saw.
After seeing that event, I can recall thinking that Harold will never die in bed. The fact that he did, certainly attests to his flying skills. Another Catawba "one-of-a-kind."
God bless him. May he rest in peace.



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