OBITS for Monday Sept. 16th
OBITS FOR MONDAY SEPT 16TH, 2013
Feryl Lee Fletcher, age 84, of North Hills, California, died December 30, 2012, at Willow Springs, Redding, California. Born on November 14, 1928 at Cairo, Iowa, he was the son of Harry Arthur Fletcher and Hazel Pearl Jones Fletcher. On November 17, 1951 at Rock Island, Illinois, the same day as his parents wedding anniversary of 42 years, Feryl married Lola Jean Nimmick.
Feryl graduated from Wapello Consolidated High School in May of 1946. After graduation, he immediately enlisted in the US Army, November of 1946, and served until April of 1948. While in the US Army, most of his time was spent stationed near Washington DC teaching classes about simple electric circuits.
In September of 1948, Feryl used his GI Bill benefit and attended Iowa State College at Ames, Iowa for the next 2 years. Benefit used up, Feryl went to work for Priestons Construction Company, Davenport, Iowa, intent on saving money to finish his college schooling. Finally in September of 1953, he enrolled back at Iowa State College and graduated Bachelor of Science in Engineering in June of 1955. Those last two years of college were a struggle for a couple with a one-year-old daughter. By day, Feryl attended classes and worked at the college bookstore, and nights, set pins up in a bowling alley.
Fresh out of college, recruiters from North American Aviation hired Feryl as a Jr. Engineer Research for their Rocketdyne Division. By July, the family was packed and driving to Canoga Park, California. Feryl started work August 1, 1955, and continued to work for the same company, now known as Rockwell Corporation, the next 38 years and 6 months, retiring in February of 1994.
During his years at Rocketdyne, Feryl was the lead Engineer in charge of selection, evaluation, qualification, procurement, installation, checkout, and operation of all flight instrumentation for the F-1, J-2, RS-21, RS-14, Condor, SE-5, Nomad, Atlas, Thor, Navajo, Jupiter, and Redstone Rocket Engine Systems; development of a direct current pressure measuring system to replace AC pressure measuring systems for the measurement of both quasi steady state and dynamic pressure measurements on rocket engines; development and testing of platinum resistance thermometer, in cooperation with Rosemount Engineering Company, for the measurement of cryogenic fluid temperatures as a replacement for thermocouples; development and testing of platinum resistance thermometers for the measurement of hot gas temperature measurement; and development of testing of turbine type flowmeter for measuring both fuels and oxidizers on rocket engine test programs. This included the design of the first large successful liquid hydrogen turbine flowmeter for use on the J-2 engine.
Still under the umbrella of Rockwell International Corporation, Feryl transferred to Atomics International, as Instrument Test Unit Manager of the Liquid Metal Engineering Center. This unit was initiated by the US Government Department of Energy to help develop the nuclear breeder reactor program and build a nuclear breeder reactor at Oakridge, Tennessee.
As Instrument Test Unit Manager, he was responsible for the development of sources and testing of a pressure measuring system for liquid sodium at temperatures up to 1200 degrees, development and testing of liquid sodium level and flow measurement systems, development and testing of sodium leak detection systems, and development and testing of heater and heater control systems.
He directed the program for the selection, installation, checkout, calibration, and data reduction of instrumentation for performance evaluation of the FFTF prototype pump in liquid sodium. This was the first test program conducted on a large liquid sodium pump. He selected and directed installation and initial operation of the initial high speed digital data acquisition and control system installed at the Liquid Metal Engineering Center, and participated in the selection and installing of four additional digital systems of other Liquid Metal Engineering Center test facilities.
In the area of Control System Instruction, he prepared the RDT Standard C 6-1T, “NaK-Transmission High Temperature Pressure Transmitter for Liquid Metal Service.” This standard defines all of the basic criteria for design and fabrication of the subject pressure transmitters, including technical, manufacturing, testing, and packaging requirements. These RDT standards are the control document for procurement of components for the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor Programs. He directed the preparation of the “Preferred Practices Manual” for sodium systems instrumentation and control systems.
At the direction of the US Department of Energy, Feryl made several trips to Japan, France, and Germany to consult and help in Breeder Reactor Programs.
Feryl and several other employees started a Gun Club sponsored by the Rockwell International Corporation. On property owned by the corporation, in the Santa Susana Mountains, they built a skeet and trap range. At the facility once a year, Feryl would teach Hunter Safety classes to the Boy Scouts of America.
Feryl was a registered Professional Engineer with the State of California, a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a senior member of the Instrumentation Society of America, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and a member of the Los Angeles Zoo Society.
His surviving family includes his wife, Lola Jean Fletcher; a daughter, Sharol Lee Fletcher; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Those preceding him in death include his parents; six sister, Geneva May Simmons, Dorothy Marie Humphreys, Verlee Lucille Stewart, Harriet Lorena Boysen, Nelda Eileen Breuer, and Ruth Joan Keller; and three brothers, Harold Wayne Fletcher, Robert Jones Fletcher, and Ronald Delbert ‘Jiggs’ Fletcher.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the Wapello Cemetery in Wapello, Iowa. Family and friends are invited to share thoughts and remembrances. Following the service, a celebration of life will be held at the Corner Market in Wapello.
The family requests no flowers. Donations may be given to the Alzheimer Association.\
Charles E. Poland, 73, of Quincy, IL, died Friday, September 13, 2013, at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, IL. His walk on earth is done – today he is with the Lord.
Born August 4, 1940 in Keokuk, IA, he was the son of Glenn C. Poland and L. Juanita Poland. On July 15, 1962, he married Norma I. Cronk in Burlington, IA.
Mr. Poland worked as a Professional Engineer (Structural/Civil), starting in 1963 at Black & Veatch Engineering, Kansas City, MO, 3 years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island, IL, 8 years with Sherman Smith & Assoc., Burlington, IA, 10 years as a partner in Midland Architects, Inc., Burlington, IA, 4 years with Carl A. Nelson & Company, Burlington, IA, and 12 years self employed as Charles E. Poland Engineering Consultant, Burlington, IA.
He retired in 2000, but continued to use his abilities to help others. He volunteered for 3 months at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO, from 1984 To present he served on the Board of Directors of the United Presbyterian Home in Washington, IA, he always found time to serve the Church, doing work projects at First Presbyterian and First Christian in Burlington, IA and at Faith Presbyterian in Quincy, IL. He enjoyed hiking in the woods, riding his motorcycle, reading a good book, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He graduated from Burlington High School in 1958, attended Burlington Junior College and received a B.S. degree from Iowa State University, Ames, IA, in 1963.
He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Iowa Society of Engineers and had served as president of the SE Iowa chapter.
Survivors include his wife, Norma; three sons: David S. (Denise) Poland of Quincy, IL, Michael E. (Lisa) Poland of Minneapolis, MN, and Gregory T. (Kimberly) Poland of Joshua Tree, CA; three grandsons: Benjamin D. Poland of Quincy, IL, Matthew S. Poland of Fort Collins, CO, and Dylan Thomas of Minneapolis, MN; one granddaughter, Alex Thomas of Minneapolis, MN; four sisters: Delores (Bob) Witte of West Point, IA, Marilyn McGinity of New London, IA, Karon (Bill) Belcher of Burlington, IA, and Beverly (Frank) Myllo of Lakewood, CA; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clarence G. Poland; and two sisters, Laquita Joy Brown and Carol Brissey.
Memorial services for Charles E. Poland will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church, Quincy, IL, on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Rod Bakker and Rev. Kevin McGinnis will officiate. Private interment of ashes will be in Long Creek Cemetery, Danville, Iowa. The family will receive friends at the Faith Presbyterian Church, Quincy, IL, on Tuesday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. A memorial has been established to the United Presbyterian Home in Washington, IA. Condolences may be left at www.prughfuneralservice.com.