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John William Laugle

November 20, 1948 ~ December 12, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old

John Laugle Obituary

LAUGLE, John William, 75, of Huber Heights, Ohio, engineer, astronomer, steam train enthusiast, cryptographer, computer programmer, carpenter, polymath, and devoted family man, passed away unexpectedly at home on December 12, 2023. John was born on November 20, 1948 in Cincinnati, OH. He is survived by his eternal friend Donna, mother of his sons Michael (Malissa), Gregory (Karla), Mark (Christina), Thomas (Laura), Adam (Jeannette), and Alex (Rachel), and his grandchildren Avery, Alicia, Ian, Lacey, Andrew, Anja, Freja, Zenja, Cora, Carter, and Isla, his brother Joseph (Maxine), and sisters Carol Laugle and Connie Fretcher.  John was preceded in death by his parents John A. and Celesta (Meyer), as well as his sister Jackie Becker.

John graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1971. During those studies, his hard work earned him a co-op position with his dream employer, NASA, where he worked on Apollo Missions 8 through 13.  After graduating, he applied to both NASA and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  John had already started working at WPAFB when he received the offer from NASA, so he made Dayton his new home.  While working, he obtained his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1979. At the Base, John worked with a team of aeronautical and thermodynamic engineers to design, develop, and test engines and their individual parts for various military aircraft, including the F-15, F-16, F-22, A-10, B-1, C-17, C-5, KC-135, and many others.  John had the honor and privilege of being selected to be the Chief Engineer for the F110-GE-129 engine, in which capacity he served from 1985 to 1995.  After retiring from the Base in the mid-2000s as a federal civilian, he was quickly hired to work part-time with Universal Technology Corporation and assigned to a project developing and testing a revolutionary renewable fuel for use in military aircraft.  All the while, John continued to spend his free time with his children and grandchildren.

After retiring from his second career, John picked up many new hobbies, including welding, blacksmithing, computer programming, tree-felling, wood-splitting, beekeeping, and—his favorite—steam locomotives.  He spent nearly a decade of his retirement volunteering with the Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society in Dayton where he and other enthusiasts operated the small ride-on trains at the Southwest portion of the Park.  He also volunteered at German festivals around Dayton and Cincinnati, working the drink trucks and game stations.  But John treasured most the time spent with his grandchildren, who were the ultimate joy of his life.  He set all else aside to attend sporting events, concerts, piano recitals, nature hikes, and weekly dinners with the entire family.  John lived a nonstop life of learning, doing, and loving his family, and he will be forever missed.

Funeral service 10:00 AM Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at Marker & Heller Funeral Home, Huber Heights Chapel, 5844 Old Troy Pike. Interment Glen Forest Cemetery, Yellow Springs. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-7 PM Tuesday. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in John’s memory.

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December 19, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Marker & Heller Funeral Home
5844 Old Troy Pike
Huber Heights, OH 45424

Funeral Service
December 20, 2023

10:00 AM
Marker & Heller Funeral Home
5844 Old Troy Pike
Huber Heights, OH 45424


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