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June 17, 1926 – March 14, 2013

Eugene A. Czeck, who had a 36-year career in aeronautical engineering, died Thursday in his Clarence home. He was 86.

Born in Dunkirk, Mr. Czeck was a 1943 graduate of Dunkirk High School. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War, serving as an aviation structural mechanic, third class.

In 1951, Mr. Czeck earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Aeronautical University of Chicago. He was a former vice president and president of the student branch of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, and a former secretary-treasurer of the student branch of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

After working a couple of years in the late 1940s for American Locomotive Co., Mr. Czeck began a 36-year career with Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory/Calspan Corporation, retiring in 1988.

As a project engineer, test conductor and engineering supervisor, Mr. Czeck’s work involved testing airplane and rocket models in several facilities – including those of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He also was involved in the development of the stealth bomber.

He was a former member of the Institute of Aeronautics and the Society of Auto Engineering.

Active in the community, Mr. Czeck was a Williamsville exempt fireman since 1954 and a member of Dunkirk’s Murray Hose Company since 1948. He was a former member of the Dunkirk Falcon Club, the National Wood Carvers Association and the Marquetry Society of America.

More recently, he was a member of Tonawanda Island Launch Club since 1986.

His wife, the former Nancy Louise Richter, died in 2005.

Survivors include a son, Kent Richter, and a daughter, Linda Maunz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 4375 Harris Hill Road, Clarence.