PLANE CRASH: Community Honors Victims


Nearly three months after a fatal plane crash in northwest Iowa, the community came together to remember the three men killed.

Passengers Lee Schroeder and James Smith died in the crash and the pilot, Gaylen Knaack, died from his injuries earlier this month.

“They were three of the finest gentlemen you could ever meet, honest, honorable,” says benefit organizer Kevern Koskovich.

The night of the crash the men were picking up supplies for the opening of a new grocery store. They all worked on building a new one after Correctionville’s only store burned down.

Knaack was known for his fundraisers to benefit the community, and neighbors returned the favor.

“I guess if there’s anything positive that comes out from this is the community’s support, situations like this are never great. Just to see the kind of people, what Lee did to the community as far as the friendships has been amazing,” says Patrick Schroeder, Lee’s brother.

Organizers hope to have more fundraisers in their honor, for community improvement projects.

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