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Kenneth F. Packer
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Obituary for Kenneth F. Packer

Dr. Kenneth F. Packer, age 93, a resident of Naperville, IL since 1957, passed away on April 4, 2018 in Naperville, IL. He was born on August 12, 1924 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Ken is survived by his wife Paula Packer; children Tom Packer, Jim Packer, Lynn Packer, and David (Beth) Packer; step-children Mark (Amy) Langille and Ryan (Tiffany) Langille; grandchildren Ray, Stacey, Will, and Renee Packer, Nate, Cooper, Olivia, and Sawyer Langille, and Stella and Owen Langille; siblings Jim (June) Packer and Janet (the late Perry) Greene; many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his brothers Donald and Morris Packer. Ken considered himself a farmer at heart as he grew up on the farm in Allendale, MI. During WWII he was accepted into Naval flight school and became Marine Corps Aviator Piloting Corsairs and Hellcats. He attended University of Michigan and Purdue University earning his PhD in engineering. He went on to found Packer Engineering in the basement of his home on Wellner Rd. in Naperville.

The work he was most proud of was with the Packer Education Foundation that included Packer Wings, which taught aviation and technology to high school students and teachers.

He was a driving force in a team from DuPage County that built a period replica of the Wright Flyer on its 100th anniversary which actually flew. Grandkids could always count on a spin around the farm on grandpa’s tractor.

Ken was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Family and friends to gather Saturday, April 14 for visitation 3:00-7:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services 44 S. Mill St. Naperville, IL 60540.

A private inurnment will take place at a future date in Michigan.

Ken asked that donations be made to Purdue Foundation, in lieu of flowers. Donations to Purdue Foundation, Inc. to be used for the benefit of Purdue University School of Engineering 403 West Wood St. West LaFayette, IN 47907.

For more information, please call (630)355-0213.


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Visitation

Saturday

14

Apr

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home

44 S. Mill St.
Naperville, IL 60540


Memorial Contribution

Purdue Foundation, Inc. to be used for the benefit of Purdue University School of Engineering

403 West Wood St.
West LaFayette, Indiana 47907
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