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Updated: 03/23/2014 08:00:01AM

Donald R. Kemmerling Sr.

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Donald R. Kemmerling Sr., 83, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and formerly of Chicago, Ill., passed away Monday, March 17, 2014.

He was born Nov. 14, 1930, in Evanston, Ill.

Donald served in the U.S. Navy as an Air Traffic Controller. He was a retired air-traffic controller and manager. Donald was a member of the Lions and the Punta Gorda Boat Club, and was a former member of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. Donald enjoyed playing tennis, going boating, and flying. He was an enthusiastic model airplane builder and flier.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 65 years, Gay; son, Donald (Kathy) Kemmerling Jr. of Illinois; daughter, Carolyn Laitsch of California; grandchildren, Michelle, Stacy, Don III, Matthew and Katie; great-grandson, Jake; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. To express condolences to the family, please visit and sign the online guest book.

Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

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