GREAT BEND, Kansas – Great Bend is mourning the loss of two men killed in a plane crash Sunday morning.
Roger Brining, a well-known farmer was flying with his daughter’s boyfriend, Daniel Bishop, when the plane went down Sunday morning northwest of Great Bend.
Friends remember Roger Brining as an avid pilot, Air Force veteran and loving family man.
“Roger was very generous about giving rides, taking people up, exposing them to aviation, and uh when we’d have an event out here especially he was very, he was fired up, he wanted to help out, he wanted as many people as he could get up in the air,” said Martin Miller, Director at Great Bend Regional Airport.
Brining flew a lot, donating his flight time for Young Eagles, and Angel Flights, helping transporting kids with cancer to out of state doctors appointments.
But he was also known as an activist for the community.
“He was instrumental in getting a lot of things updated. he was a real pusher, in terms of of making sure the organization was going in the right direction, and if he didn’t have the help or the resources, he’d just do it himself,” says Dietrich Kastens, a friend of Brinings.
Brining leaves behind his wife, Erica, three children and a grandchild.
“He loved his family, very very much, thought being a grandpa was such a neat thing, and I think he let his beard go grey just to look like a grandpa,” said Dwight Dozier, Pastor at First Assembly of God Church.
A farmer active on agriculture boards and with church but most of all he’s remembered as a friend.
“Roger was notorious for running late because he loved people so much that he would always stop to talk to someone,” said Dozier.
The Brining family is still making funeral arrangements.