2010-10-07 / Obituaries

Daniel E. Winter

McConnellsburg, 90

Daniel Emerson Winter, 90, McConnellsburg, died Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at his home.

Born May 28, 1920, in Dott, Pa., he was the son of the late Morgan and Orpha Snyder Winter.

He was employed as a machinist by Fairchild and joined the U.S. Army in 1943. He applied for and was accepted to the Army Air Corps cadet school, took bombardier training and served during World War II at a rural England base flying missions over Germany.

After the war, he returned to Fairchild as a manufacturing engineer and led or made significant developments to the first precision mass-produced helicopter rotors, heat shields for Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space capsules, wing sections and control surfaces for Boeing airliners and worked with Werner Von Braun on the Pegasus satellite program. He eventually became director of marketing for Fairchild and following his retirement, worked as a consultant in the airplane engineering business.

He was instrumental in the design and construction of the community’s first medical center in 1950.

He was a member of the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church and had served on its Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Lodge No. 774, Free and Accepted Masons.

He was also a founding member of Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church and served for many years as the president of the board. In that capacity, he led the restoration efforts for the church and today the church building is fully restored and looks much as it did in 1835.

An accomplished cook, he was well known by many for his ham and bean soup and pork and sauerkraut with dumplings.

He was married to Joan Mellott on October 1, 1948. She survives him at home.

He is also survived by four children: Margo Ostrowski of Warrington, Pa., Lisa Mimnall (wife of Blaine) of Ponte Vedra, Fla., Dan Jr. (husband of Wendy Beaver) of the Chicago area and Morgan, also of Warrington. He is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, John Stanley, and by his sonin law, Ozzie Ostrowski.

Services were held on Saturday, October 2, at Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church with Revs. John Godissart, Donald Bard and Roger Truax officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Dan’s name to the Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church, Roger Truax, Treasurer, 7191 Great Cove Road, Needmore, PA 17238.

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