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Jun 8, 2014 10:52 PM by Victoria Johnson, KSBY News

Two Paso Robles men killed in plane crash remembered

A small plane crashed Saturday in Templeton, killing two Paso Robles men.

Family members, friends and a community are mourning the loss of the men tragically killed.

The San Luis Obispo's Sheriff's Office says 82-year-old Robert Berg and 66-year-old John Warren, both from Paso Robles, died.

Both men were very active in the Paso Robles community, were very much loved, and will be missed.

"We've lost two great men. Not only my dad, but John Warren as well," says Sandy Berg, daughter of Robert Berg.

"Bob and John loved to take me flying and I am going to miss them a lot. I am going to miss flying with them," says Alexander Cole, a friend of John Warren.

Witnesses say the men were taking off in a single engine piper cub airplane Saturday morning from a private airstrip in the 5100 block of Vineyard Drive in Templeton. They say that it was clear there was something wrong. The plane took off and started banking right; it continued flying in a circular pattern until it spiraled downward, crashing into the ground.

82-year-old Robert Berg was an experienced pilot. His family says flying was just one of his many passions.

"He was a man that gave back in immeasurable ways. He was a man of incredible talent. He was a master woodworker, he was an accomplished pilot, he loved music, he loved his family," says Berg.

Robert Berg restored the piper cub airplane that crashed on Saturday.

Alexander Cole was friends with both men and had been working for Warren's hot air balloon company for the last 8 years.

"Now, more than ever, I want to get my balloon license in a way to honor him," says Cole.

KSBY's Jeanette Trompeter featured Warren and his business in her "No Place Like Home" segment last November. To see that story, click here.

Both men were well loved in the small community of Paso Robles and shared the same passion of aviation.

"We are getting a tremendous outpouring of love and grief and sadness over the loss of both of John and my dad," says Berg.

"I know they are in a better place and they passed away doing what they loved to do," says Cole.

If you do want to help, Berg's family has asked donations be made to the Robert and Donna Foundation which helps kids in the community.

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