Donald F Krill
(Designed piece of equipment for space program)

Donald F. Krill, 84, of Erie, died Friday, Dec. 26,2003. He was born Dec. 11, 1919, in Erie, son of the late William Berthold Krill and Anne DeNile Krill. He founded Don F. Krill Co., a creative manufacturing design firm, in the early 1960s. He was an inventor and machine design engineer. He was awarded several patents and was recognized for designing and manufacturing the first electronic full-wave bridge rectifier that was used in the Apollo space program and be- came part of the lunar-Ianding equipment. He attended St. Mary School, Erie Technical Memorial High School and Penn State Behrend. He was a member of St. Julia Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a chief weapons officer of the 67Oth Tank Destroyer Battalion, which was preparing for the invasion of Tokyo when the war ended. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Barbara A. Krill; three sisters, Viola I. McMahon, Annetta Kalvelage and Gertrude Kerner; and two brothers, William J. Krill and Clement B. Krill. Survivors include his wife, Margaret I. Krill; five sons, Philip D. Krill of Grand Rapids, Mich., Denis W. Krill, Thomas J. Krill and his wife, Catherine, Donald C. Krill and Christopher D. Krill and his wife, Kimberly, all Erie; a biother,J erome D. Krill; and six grand-children. Friends may call Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Brugger Home for Funerals, 1595 W. 38 th St. A service will be held there Tuesday at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Julia Catholic Church, 638 Roslyn Ave. Burial will be at Trinity Cemetery.

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