|Birth: ||Dec. 20, 1929|
|Death: ||Aug. 11, 2013|
Allen E. Kolander (December 20, 1929 - August 11, 2013)
Allen E. Kolander went home to be with our Lord on Sunday, August 11th, 2013 after a nearly year-long battle with cancer.
Born in Racine, Wisconsin on December 20, 1929, Allen graduated from St. Mary Springs Academy in Fond du Lac, WI in 1948.
Eager to serve his country and to pursue a career in aviation, Al joined the Air Force, where he learned Aircraft engines, airframe, and general aeronautics, and became an FAA certified flight mechanic. He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant, with many letters of commendation.
Shortly after his honorable discharge in 1952, he began a 41-year career with Vought Aeronautics. He acquired his private pilot's license as well as certifications in aircraft engines, airframes, electronics and advanced weaponry. Allen had unique opportunities with many Navy and Marine flight testing programs over the years, including world speed records, experimental aircraft, and weapons testing with test pilots and future astronauts John Glenn, Alan Shepard, and Scott Carpenter.
During the Vietnam war era, and through 1991, Allen was involved with stealth fighter/bomber technology, weapons testing and development of various versions of the A7E Corsair II Attack airplane, concluding with experimental work on the A7F fighter jet that was successfully tested at Edwards Air Force Base. Allen received many accommodations and awards over the years for his exemplary service and thoroughly enjoyed his time in the National Defense Industry.
But the real joy of his life was with the time spent with his wife of almost 55 years (married October 18, 1958), Betty, his daughter Lisa and son Kelly and their families.
He was also a longtime member of the Navy League and the Knights of Columbus, and a huge supporter of Valley Children's Hospital. Al spent many a day building special projects as fund raisers for the Hospital, as well as fantastic projects for his grandkids. He also thoroughly enjoyed his beloved Green Bay Packers and trips back to Wisconsin to see family and catch a game at Lambeau Field.
Allen is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Betty, daughter Lisa Donkin and her children Sarah, Ian, and Hannah of Lemon Cove, CA, son Kelly and his wife Charlotte Kolander and their children Michelle, Jennifer, Molly and Thomas of Danville, CA; his brother Jim Kolander of San Jose, CA; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother John and sisters-in-law, Mary and Mary Jane.
Allen will be sorely missed by his family and many, many dear friends throughout the Aerospace Industry and his longtime hometown of Hanford.
Services are planned at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Hanford (200 E. Florinda Street, Hanford, CA 93230, (559) 582-2533); Rosary Sunday August 18th at 7 p.m., Funeral Monday, August 19th at 1 p.m. at St. Brigid Catholic Church.
Burial at Calvary Cemetery, with reception following.
Arrangements under the direction of
Whitehurst-McNamara Funeral Service
100 W Bush St, Hanford, CA 93230
- published in The Hanford Sentinel on August 14, 2013.
- published in the Fond du Lac Reporter on August 16, 2013.
MARRIED OCT 18, 1958
Created by: Bob Bardo
Record added: Aug 14, 2013
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