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BARNICKI, Roger Joseph Roger Joseph Barnicki passed away on September 25, 2013. Born October 16, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio to parents Jon and Katherine (Soloski) Barnicki. Roger is survived by his widow Jo Ann (Henley) Barnicki, sons; Jon, Joseph and Randal, daughters; Toni (Mike) Normand and Kathy (Doug) Paterson, brothers Donald (Jeanne) of Kingsport, Tenn. and Richard (Christine) of Rancho Palos Verdes. Roger was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Ann Ridolfi and daughter-in-law Karen Sue Barnicki. 'Grandpa Pooh' as he was known is survived by 13 grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren. Roger graduated from West Technical Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, and entered the NACA, Lewis Laboratory, Cleveland, Ohio, Apprentice Program, transferring in 1955 to the NACA High Speed Flight Station, renamed NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Roger held various positions, Including Director Life Support System, Dryden Community Officer, and during the initial Shuttle launches served as the Dryden Protocol Officer. Upon retirement he formed a consultant firm, Barnicki and Associates supporting the various aerospace programs in the Antelope Valley, and Point Mugu, Calif. Roger was a Third Generation Polish immigrant, known to be the first on the dance floor for a good round of Polka. He loved golf, woodworking and was an avid political debater. He served on the initial planning committee for the present day Lancaster Walk of Fame and was a Corporate Sponsor of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). A family memorial is pending. Roger is entrusted to Joshua Memorial Park. Donations may be made to The Edwards AFB AFFTC Museum, 405 So. Rosamond Blvd, P. O. 57, Edwards, Calif. 93524 or Hoffman Hospice, 655 West Avenue Q, Palmdale, Calif. 93551

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