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William F. Kriegh, 87

January 07, 2009

-JAN. 5, 2009

o Aircraft designer, World War II veteran

WALLINGFORD, Pa. - William F. Kriegh, 87, of Wallingford, died Jan. 5, 2009, at home.

Born in Clear Spring, Md., the son of the late William and Ottie Boward Kriegh.

He resided in Wallingford for the past 49 years.

He was a graduate of Clear Spring High School and earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Tri-State College in Angola, Ind.

He retired from Boeing in 1978 and then worked on assignment at several aircraft companies until his final retirement in 1986, as a lead fuel systems and engine installation design specialist working on numerous aircraft, including the F15 and F18.

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Mr. Kriegh was a World War II veteran, serving in the South Pacific, including the liberation of the Philippines, and considered himself fortunate to be part of this operation.

He was a life member of the American Legion and the VFW.

He was a member of St. John Chrysostom Parish in Wallingford, the parish Respect for Life Committee, St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Knights of Columbus. Also a member of the Nether Providence Township Tree Commission, Delaware County Field and Stream Association, and past Scout Master of Troop 469.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Phyllis C. Corwell Kriegh; sons Kurt of Wallingford, Philip of Alamo, Calif., Karl of Philadelphia and Patrick of Kodiak, Alaska; and seven grandchildren. Three sisters, Emily Poole, Alice Mills and Sara Jane Ridenour, all of Washington County, Md.

He was the brother of the late Charles Kriegh, who died in 1980.

His funeral Mass will be at 7:30 p.m. today, Jan. 7, at St. Katharine Drexel Church, 20th St. and Providence Avenue, Chester, where friends may call from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery in Clear Spring on Thursday at noon.

Contributions in his memory to A Mother's Home, 51 N. MacDade Blvd., Darby, PA 19023 would be appreciated.

Carr Funeral Home, Wallingford.

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