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Stephen B. Dunkelberg


1929 - 2015
Stephen B. Dunkelberg Obituary
Stephen Blair Dunkelberg, 86, died at his home Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Service: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Mount Olivet. Mr. Dunkelberg was born May 18, 1929, in Fort Worth to Kent and Gladys Dunkelberg. He grew up in the Poly Area. He graduated from Polytechnic High School, from Texas A&M with a mechanical engineering degree, and he received a master's degree from SMU. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Mr. Dunkelberg married Jane West Dec. 2, 1950. They had three children: Lee, Marc and Kenneth. Mr. Dunkelberg was a cub master in Cub Scouts, helping to found a pack at St. Luke United Methodist Church, where he was also a member. He and his wife, Jane, had celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year on Dec. 2. The couple traveled extensively, including to China, South Korea, Egypt, the United kingdom and all of the states but Hawaii. He was also an avid reader and lover of classical music. A retired aerothermodynamics engineer from Lockheed Martin, Mr. Dunkelberg worked at "The Bomber Plant" for 44 years. He began when it was Convair, and stayed through the changes to General Dynamics and eventually Lockheed Martin. He first worked on the B-36 "Peacemaker" strategic bomber. Later, he was on the design teams for the B-58 "Hustler" supersonic strategic bomber, the F-111 "Aardvark" fighter bomber, the F-16 "Fighting Falcon" fighter and the F-22 "Raptor." He and his family also moved to San Diego, Calif., for work on the Atlas "Centaur." After retirement, he worked in South Korea briefly as an F-16 consultant for the Republic of Korea Air Force. He also served as a captain in the army reserves Corps of Engineers. The family would like to thank everyone at Hospice Community Care who lovingly and professionally saw him and his family through this difficult time. He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Rienzi Dunkelberg, M.D., of Austin; and his sister, Rachael Sonntag of Abilene. Survivors: Wife, Jane; sons, Lee of San Antonio, Marc of Dallas and Kenneth of Seattle; brother, John Roy of Oakland, Calif.; and five grandchildren.
Published in Star-Telegram on Dec. 20, 2015
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