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Donald C. Kengla ’68

Published in Dec.12, 2007, issue

Donald C. Kengla died Aug. 19, 2007, in Atlanta.

Don entered Princeton from Medford (Ore.) Senior High School. Valedictorian of his class, Don also was a varsity basketball player and cross-country runner. At Princeton, Don majored in aeronautical engineering and ate at Dial. Senior year he roomed with Jerry Frucht, Kent Garner, Damon Miller, and John Ragazzini. His classmates remember him as being a contrarian of sorts but always a loyal friend.

After graduation, Don entered the Navy and became an aviator. During a 20-year Navy career, Don served several sea tours and numerous shore assignments across the United States. He retired in 1988 as a commander. His decorations included the Navy's commendation medal, achievement medal, meritorious unit commendation, and Battle "E" ribbon. After his retirement from the Navy, he joined Delta Airlines, where he began a second career as a flight engineer, then co-pilot, and later captain of various aircraft. He retired a second time in 2005, then spent his last two years as a volunteer with Trout Unlimited. He went fishing whenever he could.

His greatest love was his family: Joan, his wife of 38 years, son Peter, and daughter Ann. They and his many friends miss him dearly. To them all, the class extends deepest sympathy.

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4 Remembrances posted for Donald C. Kengla

A.B. Millerd Says:

2012-08-28 10:27:46

I knew Lt. Kengla in the early 1970s during his tour with VS-37. I was an enlisted crewmen (AW)an flew with him a few times including WESTPAC on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk. I also spent a week TAD at NAS Whidbey Island, where we stopped in southern Oregon to drop off something for his dad on the way up. Lt. Kengla was a squared-away officer, and I remember he was really gung ho . . . sorry to hear he is gone.

Joan McAmis Good Says:

2013-02-25 16:58:23

I was married to his older brother Dick and have happy memories of Donald as being very bright, funny, and kind. Today's ramble on the Internet accidently led me to his obituary. I was happy to read that he had a wife and family. God bless!

Charlie McDaniel Says:

2013-09-17 14:05:21

I remember Cmdr. Kengla from my Navy days onboard the USS Independence at NAS Willow Grove, Pa. He was one of our COD pilots. Every time he showed up to fly, he would be wearing a old WWI-style white scarf. Fun to be around. RIP, Commander

Margaret Adams Says:

2015-09-22 09:39:05

I am so sorry to hear this. He was my cousin on my father's side.We spent a lot of fun times together as children. Margaret
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