Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DHS Grad, USAF Officer Don Palky Passes At 71

Donald "Don" Lee Palky, second son of John Wm. Palky, Sr. and Helen Marie Heeren Palky, was born in Friend on Nov. 6, 1942. He attended rural school southwest of Dorchester and graduated from Dorchester High School in 1960. Donald was commissioned to the United States Air Force Academy in 1960, graduating from there in 1964, and served as an F4 pilot based in Germany during the Vietnam conflict and then at Edwards Air Force Base working on the Space Shuttle Program.

After retiring from the Air Force, Don worked as a systems analyst for the Navy based at San Diego. Don passed away on July 6, 2014 at Encinitas, Calif. at the age of 71.

He leaves to mourn him: brother, John (Kathy) of Dorchester; nephew, David (Belinda) Palky and family of Ohio; nephew, Gary (Vickie) Palky and family of Dorchester; cousins, Jimmy (Dona) Heeren of Dorchester, Jean (Bob) Muckel and Mary McComas of Crete and their families.

His ashes will be committed for burial at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. at a later date.

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