In memory of
Donald Schwanda
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In memory of
Donald Schwanda
Donald Schwanda He spent his life teaching people to fly Donald Schwanda, 82, of Hackettstown, N.J., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in the town he called home for all of his life. Born Aug. 5, 1937, he was a son of the late Joseph Schwanda and Maud (Murphy) Schwanda. Don leaves behind many loving family members, including his devoted wife, Jennifer Donnelly; and cherished nieces and nephews, Sandy Corby, Danny Philhower, Joey Zurine, Tom Zurine, Dave Zurine, Jimmy Joe Philhower and Marie Zurine-Whaley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Brenda Zurine and Norma Philhower; and a cousin, Ruth Best. Don attended Hackettstown High School, graduating in 1955. He enlisted in the National Guard, serving honorably for nine years. Don was best known in the community as a flight instructor who spent his life teaching people to fly, and as owner and operator of the Hackettstown Airport. His father, Joe, founded the airport in 1937, the same year Don was born. He had been using his farm field as a runway, when officials informed him that he needed to fly out of a legal airport - so Joe filled out the paperwork and certified his field as an airport. Don grew up surrounded by airplanes, learning the basics at an early age and taking his first solo flight in a J-3 Piper Cub at age 12. Don loved to fly, earning his pilot's license on his 17th birthday, then going to get his driver's license on the same day. Don took off on a flight instruction career spanning more than 50 years. He became an FAA Designated Examiner and, at the time of his qualification, the youngest in the United States. Don and his father ran the airport together and kept it flying, while Don gave the eager new pilots their wings, including Jennifer Donnelly, the woman he would spend much of his life with. Don leaves behind a legacy to be proud of: family, friends, community and country. Visitation and services are private for the family. A public Celebration of Life will be held at Hackettstown Airport in the spring, and all family, friends and acquaintances are welcome to attend. Messages of condolence may be made at cochranfuneral.com Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings... - John Gillespie Magee Jr. Cochran Funeral Home 905 High St. Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 852-3361
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In memory of
Donald Schwanda
Donald Schwanda He spent his life teaching people to fly Donald Schwanda, 82, of Hackettstown, N.J., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in the town he called home for all of his life. Born Aug. 5, 1937, he was a son of the late Joseph Schwanda and Maud (Murphy) Schwanda. Don leaves behind many loving family members, including his devoted wife, Jennifer Donnelly; and cherished nieces and nephews, Sandy Corby, Danny Philhower, Joey Zurine, Tom Zurine, Dave Zurine, Jimmy Joe Philhower and Marie Zurine-Whaley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Brenda Zurine and Norma Philhower; and a cousin, Ruth Best. Don attended Hackettstown High School, graduating in 1955. He enlisted in the National Guard, serving honorably for nine years. Don was best known in the community as a flight instructor who spent his life teaching people to fly, and as owner and operator of the Hackettstown Airport. His father, Joe, founded the airport in 1937, the same year Don was born. He had been using his farm field as a runway, when officials informed him that he needed to fly out of a legal airport - so Joe filled out the paperwork and certified his field as an airport. Don grew up surrounded by airplanes, learning the basics at an early age and taking his first solo flight in a J-3 Piper Cub at age 12. Don loved to fly, earning his pilot's license on his 17th birthday, then going to get his driver's license on the same day. Don took off on a flight instruction career spanning more than 50 years. He became an FAA Designated Examiner and, at the time of his qualification, the youngest in the United States. Don and his father ran the airport together and kept it flying, while Don gave the eager new pilots their wings, including Jennifer Donnelly, the woman he would spend much of his life with. Don leaves behind a legacy to be proud of: family, friends, community and country. Visitation and services are private for the family. A public Celebration of Life will be held at Hackettstown Airport in the spring, and all family, friends and acquaintances are welcome to attend. Messages of condolence may be made at cochranfuneral.com Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings... - John Gillespie Magee Jr. Cochran Funeral Home 905 High St. Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 852-3361
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