2 area men die in crash
Santa Barbara, The bodies of two Los Angeles men have been recovered from the wreckage of their single-engine plane, which slammed into the side of a mountain 18 miles northwest of here, authorities said.
The pilot, Kirk S. Groves, 25, of Burbank, and passenger Edward E. Wekerle, 23, of North Hollywood, were enroute to San Francisco from Burbank when their Piper Cherokee smashed into the sheer rock face of a mountain in Los Padres National Forest, authorities said Wednesday.
Investigators were trying to determine why the plane hit the mountain, 1,000 feet below its peak, officials said.
Burbank Daily Review, February 20, 1976
Funeral services scheduled for Kirk Groves, 25
Kirk S. Groves, 25, died Tuesday, February 17, in Santa Barbara. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was a Burbank resident for 25 years.
He was graduated from Burbank High School, was an ex-naval aerial photographer, and has been flying since age 16. He was currently writing a book on aviation and was a Vietnam War veteran.
He is survived by his parents, Dorothy and Leonard Groves and his sister, Janet, all of Burbank. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, February 21, at Pierce Brothers Little Country Chapel in North Hollywood, Pierce Brothers Valhalla directors.