Donald Robert Silvey
69, of Carmel, Indiana passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2013 after a struggle with cancer.
Don was born on May 27, 1944 to the late Walter and Velma Silvey of Irvington, Indianapolis. He graduated from T.C. Howe High School in 1962. He graduated from Purdue University in 1968 with a degree in civil engineering, with an emphasis in environmental engineering. Don obtained his professional engineer's certification in 1970.
Throughout Don's career he designed sewage and water treatment plants throughout Indiana, including Carmel, Fishers, Lebanon, Speedway, and Greenfield, as well as cities and towns in both northern and southern Indiana. Don retired from Commonwealth Engineers as a principle and co-owner in 2004. Don was a member of The Academy of Environmental Engineers and active in the Indiana Water Pollution Control Association for over thirty years.
After retiring, Don became the President of the Hamilton County Airport Authority, where he worked tirelessly to promote aviation at Indianapolis Executive Airport and economic development in the area.
Don had a wide variety of interests. An avid outdoorsman from an early age, Don was active in Ducks Unlimited and was happiest when surrounded by nature. Also, Don was fascinated with American military history. Don was proud to be a past president of the Indiana Antique Arms Collectors Association and a member of the American Society of Arms Collectors.
While Don had many interests, his primary focus was always his family. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sara; their children, Kathy Mayberry (Sean), Craig Dragoo and Brent Dragoo (Melissa); grandchildren, Daniel, Matthew, Carter and Emerson; sister, Kathleen Schneider; nephew, Jeff Schneider; niece, Beth (Bret) Troutman and three great-nieces. His oldest grandson frequently noted that what made him such a wonderful grandfather was that he was always there for them and never let them down (and came through with lots of candy).
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, September 9, 2013, at Flanner and Buchanan - Carmel , 325 East Carmel Drive. Memorial services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at Carmel Lutheran Church, 4850 East Main Street, Carmel, Indiana. Burial will be private. Attendees are invited to bring a written memory of Don to be shared with his grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The Donald R. Silvey Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund, Purdue University, 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907.
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