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.
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
Graveside Service will be webcast at 11:00 AM