Eastern Iowaís Family Ballooning Connection

Buzzards Glory Balloon Company

To contact us:

 

340 Rosedale Rd SE

Cedar Rapids IA† 52402

 

Phone:† 319-363-3842

Email:† rides@buzzardsgloryballoons.com

Carol Frye

It is with a heavy heart Iím reporting the passing of Carol Frye, aka Hollywood Babe, half of the wonderful duo of ďBig Dick and The Hollywood BabeĒ.† Carol had a long love of life, a sense of adventure and an incredible warmth she shared with anyone she met.† She surprised her husband, Dick with a balloon ride for their anniversary in July of 1984.† They flew with Roger Bentley and her love affair with ballooning began.† She and Dick crewed for Roger until 1994 when Roger had to retire his balloon.† That didnít end the affair.† She and Dick started crewing for Peter and Susan that same year.† In a way she came full circle with ballooning.† She weathered the passing of Peter in 2003.† Roger started flying with Susan in the Fall of 2003 when Peter was sick and continued to fly with Susan after Peterís death.† So, Carol ended up crewing for both Susan and Roger up until this year.

Carol and Dick went to many competitions with Susan and Peter over the years:† Monroe, WI, Battle Creek, MI, Rockford, IL, Freeport, IL, St. Louis, MO; Pendleton, OR and Amana, IA.† Iím sure Iíve forgotten some of them.† One of the most memorial trips was a cross country ballooning trek starting in Coos Bay, OR.† Dick and Carol, along with Bob Porazil, helped Peter, Susan and Ed Heltshe (a balloonist from Pennsylvania) fly in stages across the US.† Even though Carol was afraid of heights she was a passenger in the balloon over the mountains out of Park City, Utah.† When we finally reached the Denver, CO area Carolís job was calling and we had to put her on a plane back to Cedar Rapids.† The journey to Coos Bay and back was an incredible experience.† Carolís joy and laughter was a big part of the trip.

For me, personally, Carol was a sounding board.† On days when I didnít have a passenger and I had let my stress start to control me and I was about to take off from the launch site I would tell Carol to get in.† I would ventÖand I donít mean pull the red lineÖand she would listen, not saying much and then we would laugh.† She read me pretty well as she did other people.† One of the endearing quotes of Carolís happened with Peter.† Carol, as Dick always said was a cheap date, it didnít take very much alcohol to make her silly.† One night after ballooning the four of us stayed after the rest of the crew left and Carol was drinking her second Margarita, which was a rarity.† Carol was giggling and her eyes were shining.† Peter looked at her and asked how she was feeling and she said ďMy nips are lum!Ē

 

Carolís enthusiasm was contagious.† Here she sits on the balloon bag with the youngest crew member at the timeóbringing a smile to Matthewís face.† Notice her Especially For You 2003 shirt.† Carolís battle was courageous and she always made us laugh during tough times.

May 15, 1946óAugust 16, 2005

Cheers to the Hollywood Babe!

We, and I mean all the Buzzards Glory crew, will miss her.† She will be forever in our hearts.

Susan Stamats and Mimi
Roger and Bonnie Bentley
Stacey, Trevor and Cole Randall
Brian Bentley and family
Jeff, Julie, Laura Portz, Jason Deppe
Todd, Jan, Matthew and Kristen Rosauer
Randy and Wendy Portz
Victoria, Terry, Rob, and Arik Wallace
Paul, Julie, John and Brittney Marshall
Emily Shields
Dave Maulke
Linda Ferguson
Tom Gehrke, Chris Gehrke and family
Bob, Kathy and Reid Lander
Brad, Lynn, Eric, Justin and Jeremy Hahn
Bob Porazil
Ruben Reyes
Bill and Nancy McClelland
Justin Speed
John and Sherry Purdie
David, William and Stephanie Law
Linda, Brian and Erin Reichert
Kathy Condon
Gregg and Ben Driscoll
Kevin, Shelly and Peter Kamp
Bill and Winnie Hosford
Chris, Michele, Jessie, Ryan, Lisa and Megan Heildelbauer
Nickie Burke
Luke Reichert
Don, Toni, Jayden and Joel Ellis
Josh Bye
Molly Burns
Julie Nelson, Amanda Novak and Mark Miller
Roy Wilson
John Strait and Carol Stockdale

And all the other crew weíve had over the years.† I apologize if Iíve missed anyone.