Glen F. Nickerman, a controversial figure in San Gabriel Valley aviation for more than 20 years, has died, apperently of a heart attack.
A funeral service was held Tuesday morning for Nickerman, owner of G & H Aircraft Inc. at El Monte Airport. He was stricken at his San Gabriel home last Thursday evening and died early Friday morning at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, authorities said. He was buried at Resurrection Cemetery in South San Gabriel.
Nickerman, 56, faced a barrage of legal problems at the time of his death.
He had been scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing next Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court on 24 felony charges involving G & H Aircraft, which buys and sells airplanes and operates a flight school and maintenance shop. The charges, which included grand theft and forgery, grew out of a yearlong investigation by the El Monte Police Department and the district attorney's office.
Nickerman was accused of selling aircraft with liens against them without telling the new owners. Detective John Eckler of the El Monte Police Department said 16 victims lost about $322,000 in the transactions.