Jack A. Kinzler

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94, of Taylor Lake Village, passed away peacefully Tuesday March 4. He was born January 9, 1920 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Edward Fredrick and Maggie May Smith Kinzler. Jack graduated from South Hills High School in Pittsburgh. He was a model airplane builder and that led to a career with NASA. He was recruited along with other model airplane hobbyists to join NACA, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in March 1941 at Langley Field in Virginia. Jack graduated from apprentice school and worked as a model builder and toolmaker at NACA. He met his lovely wife Sylvia Richardson at NACA and they were married in 1947. Jack and Sylvia had three children in Hampton, Virginia. NACA became NASA in 1958 and in 1961, NASA decided to build the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. Jack was asked to develop the Technical Services Division there. He moved the family to Texas in 1962 where he was the Technical Services Division Chief until his retirement in 1977. Jack and his crack team are known for the Apollo moon flag and moon plaque. Jack received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for spearheading the parasol fix for Skylab. Many people knew him from his Precision Boring Service related to motocross racing. After his retirement, he became involved with NARFE, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and served on the Board for the Bay Area Community Center. Jack was a Deacon, Elder, friend of all, fixer, inventor, procrastinator, grandfather, father, and husband and will be missed by all. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Sylvia; three children; son John and wife Linda, daughter Nancy, and son James and wife Kim; grandchildren Andy, Lindsay, Jeffry and wife Jennifer, Bronwen, Erik and wife Libbie, Tyler and fiancée Paige, and Megan as well as nieces and nephews and their families. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 22, at 2pm at Webster Presbyterian Church. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Jack's memory may be made to the Webster Presbyterian Church General Fund or the Hospice Care Team at 1708 N. Amburn Rd, Suite C, Texas City, TX77591.


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