Donald Frank Crego

September 23, 1919 - March 26, 2021
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Donald Frank Crego

 

Surrounded by family, Donald Frank Crego passed away March 26th, 2021 at the age of 101 at his home in Springfield Virginia due to complications of old age. Born in Chicago on September 23rd, 1919, Crego graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in June 1941 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. A pioneer in Atomic Energy, Crego spent the World War II years designing equipment for the tedious separation of uranium isotopes U235 and U238 required for nuclear fission for the Manhattan Project and nuclear energy. Over his career, he had many patents in metals, pumps, turbines and compressors-including those used in hydroelectric and nuclear power plants. In his Reading, Pennsylvania years, he worked as a chief engineer at Gilbert and Terraqua in coal gasification, reducing emissions from burning coal. After retirement, he established his own company as an engineering consultant to waste-to-energy plants in Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Crego was an avid musician, playing piano in Chicago depression-era jazz bands and accompanying music for the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, even as a non-member at the time. He eventually married the Branch President’s daughter, and some years later he joined the Church, eventually becoming Bishop of the Reading, Pennsylvania Ward from 1986-1990. After his role as Bishop, he served as secretary/treasurer of the Muhlenberg Ministerium, and on the Greenspring Pastoral Council.  Throughout his life in service to his Church and community, he used his skills in music, photography, carpentry, and leadership to serve members and neighbors wherever he lived in Illinois, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Most important to Crego was his family, who still congregate for reunions at the outer Banks of North Carolina. His wife, Margaret Louise Rasmussen (pictured with Crego), pre-deceased him in 2004, and his burial April 3rd will be on their 78th anniversary. He is survived by their four children, Kathryn Ann Crego Hildebrandt (David), Suzanne Marie Crego Saatkamp (Garold), Donald Frank, Jr. (Janis Diane Wobszal) and Mark Stephen (Susan Willyerd), 21 grandchildren, and 49+ great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be webcast on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Go to www.kleefuneralhome.com to the Donald Frank Crego obituary and click on the webcast tab to watch his service.

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Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021

Graveside Service will be webcast at 11:00 AM


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Born: September 23, 1919
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The Erbs posted on 4/3/21

We're grateful for the time we were able to know Don in the Springfield Ward - hearing him play and share memories. It's clear he lived a full life and left a wonderful legacy. May you be bouyed up in the spirit of this weekend as we reflect on the life, sacrifice, and resurrection of Him who offers peace, hope, and eternal life. Sending our love to all the Crego family; may their memory be a blessing.

 

Robert and Jane Turner posted on 4/3/21

Don Crego, is an amazing man. Given his long and full life, there is a wealth of memories for his family and friends to enjoy. May you all be blessed and comforted with keen memories of him. It was delightful to have him around us for so many years in Springfield and to see how much he enjoyed his family here. He was an inspiration and will continue to be. Appropriately, his passing at this Easter time, not only resonates with the wonderment of the Resurrection, but also the anticipation of how he will eternally care for his family in new and special ways.

 

The Merrell Family posted on 4/3/21

We love you, Crego family!! Don is such a great example to all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn his passing. May our Savior’s resurrection bring you some peace and comfort during your loss.

 

Roy Crego posted on 4/3/21

Don and Janis, So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. The service was beautiful. He was clearly a special person. Roy

 

Love, The Van Dam Family posted on 4/3/21

Crego family! We love you! Our heart felt sympathy goes out to you this weekend. How fitting to have this not only on their 78th anniversary but also Easter weekend! We imagine their reunion was awesome and the celestial choir welcomed an awesome member back in their fold. We know that through Christ we may all look forward to a glorious reuniting of families. Oh! How much joy will accompany that day when we see each other again! We hope you each find a peace and joy this Special weekend through the One who can offer it now and for eternity.

 

Love, The Van Dam Family posted on 4/3/21

Crego family! We love you! Our heart felt sympathy goes out to you this weekend. How fitting to have this not only on their 78th anniversary but also Easter weekend! We imagine their reunion was awesome and the celestial choir welcomed an awesome member back in their fold. We know that through Christ we may all look forward to a glorious reuniting of families. Oh! How much joy will accompany that day when we see each other again! We hope you each find a peace and joy this Special weekend through the One who can offer it now and for eternity.

 

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