November 29, 1926 – March 12, 2020
Donald Gene Grunke passed away on March 12, 2020 at 93 years of age.
He began working for Concorde Aircraft Battery Company as an application engineer and was in their employ up until his very last day on earth, at 93 ½ years of age! He loved the people at Concorde and loved working for, and representing, Concorde.
In 2017, Don received a most prestigious award: The FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, awarded only to exemplary pilots who first soloed more than 50 years ago.
He always had a story to tell: stories about his childhood, his children, his grandchildren, or even relatives long passed, and often about his flying adventures and the many, many interesting friends he met while on those adventures, none were boring.
Don Grunke lived life at full throttle, seized every moment, and danced with the clouds on the outskirts of heaven. He has received his very final “cleared for final.” So, “shove off Cox’n, you’re loaded”!
Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.