Grover Frederick "Fred" Mirgle
1944 - 2015
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Fred Mirgle

Pelzer, SC

Grover Frederick "Fred" Mirgle, 70, husband of Joyce Elizabeth Barnes Mirgle, died Saturday, July 4, 2015.

Born in Greenville County, South Carolina, he was a son of Wilma Elizabeth Woods Kissimon, of Pelzer and the late Fred Mirgle. He was a U.S. Air Force 62-66 veteran. He became a professor and administrator at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, FL, and was later named Professor Emeritus. He was also a pilot and held several ratings through the Federal Aviation Administration. He was instrumental for getting the Department of Aviation Maintenance Science changed to honor Charles Taylor who was the Wright Brothers mechanic. He attended Oak Hill United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife and mother, survivors include sons, Michael D. Mirgle (Jennifer) of Deltona, FL, Douglas R. Mirgle, Sr. (Tara) of Honea Path; step-father, Alexander John "A.J." Kissimon; sisters, Susan Kissimon Del Priore (Michael), Jan Kissimon Stitt (Tom) of Pelzer; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 10th, 2 pm at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 430 Oak Hill Rd Belton, SC 29627. All are invited to visit with family in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University 600 South Clyde Morris Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Make checks payable to: ERAU c/o Chuck Horning for "Fred Mirgle AMS Scholarship Fund."

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


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July 10, 2015
What a great person Fred was. I enjoyed talk about aviation with him. His knowledge was great.
Curtiss Johnston
July 10, 2015
It was an honor and privilege to have known and worked with Fred during his final years at ERAU. His never ending drive to jmake things better for both the staff and students is something I will never forget. Fred was one of the most caring, considerate and honest guys I have ever known, and will miss him dearly. Thank you Joyce for sharing such a wonderful man with us over the many years. God bless you and your family during this time of loss.
George DeWees
July 10, 2015
Dear Joyce and family, We are so saddened to hear about Fred. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.God bless and love you.
Robert and Linda Reed
July 9, 2015

July 9, 2015
I was sad to hear of Fred's passing. I worked with Fred for over 30 years. I will always consider him "one of the good guys." He was known for being direct, honest, and caring. He was a natural leader on campus and always put the interests of others before him. In short, he was part of a rare breed that we need more of in this world. I learned many things from him, although he never had a clue he was teaching me anything. I miss him. I wish his family well during this time and know that my thoughts are with them.
Mike Wiggins
July 9, 2015
Very sad news.

We and aviation lost a great friend, teacher, mentor and advocate.

He did so much for so many and I count myself blessed to have known and worked with him.

He persisted against the odds and the will of administration to do what was right for ERAU and the many students who have and will pass through there.

Many did not see or know of the struggles to realize the vision that is now the Charles Taylor Department of Aviation Maintenance Science.

Through his untiring passion, he leaves a legacy that lives on through those who knew him and many who will not get that honor but will reap the benefits of the Department.

Thank you Fred for leaving the aviation world and many of us better than you found us.

God speed -

Joyce and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob Manelski
July 8, 2015
It was very sad to hear of Fred's passing. To be able to work along side him prior to his retirement was an honor. The current success of the ERAU Aviation Maintenance Science department is in no small part due to his efforts and dedication. The trip we made to Kitty Hawk is something that I won't forget ... and not just because he drowned a bunch of shrimp in grits. Something that still doesn't seem right to this northerner! I will always remember him as an educator, historian, mentor, and above all a friend. Fred, you will be missed. My condolences to Joyce and the rest of family.
Chuck Horning
July 8, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was a dear friend when we taught together at ERAU. I will always cherish the time we spent together, especially the gatherings the AMT Department held at the President's Residence. Fred held the AMT Department together during some very difficult times, and the success the Department is having today is because of Fred's efforts many years ago. Rest in peace my friend.
Peter Vosbury
July 8, 2015
Fred was a kind and caring man and will be fondly remembered by those who had the honor of knowing and working with him through the years. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences to Joyce and family.
Linda and Pete Vosbury
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