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Alan P. Kugler
September 19, 1934 ~ July 24, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
Al was “old school.” Sinatra. Street Ball. Education. Respect. Old school as in a street kid from Brooklyn who could play a great game of ball, and also have a career as a professional dancer with the stage name “Mambo Al”. As a young man he was a bit of a tough guy, but always an old softie when it came to kids, his siblings and his parents.
An engineer of some repute throughout most of his adult life, Al made invaluable contributions to the industrial military complex of the United States. He had his hand in designing all sorts of stuff he could never talk about, but mostly it was “jammers” and “anti-radar” for fighter jets. So, when you see a B1-B, F-16 or F-22, know that there is some of Al inside them birds.
He did his part to keep this country safe both as an engineer and as a member of the US Army in the 1950s. Stationed in Germany, he always liked to say that he made such an impact on the Army that it took Elvis to replace him (Elvis did go to Al’s unit as part of the replacement when Al came home).
Most importantly though, Al was a proud and devoted family man. Happily married to his wife Linda for 62 years, a fantastic Dad to Deborah (Homan) and Rochelle (Loskywitz), a loving “poppy” to Cat and Bronwyn and father-in-law to Jeff Homan & Joe Loskywitz. He took great pleasure in the simple things: reading, spending time with his family, watching old movies, and telling amazing stories from a life well-lived. (…and even if you had heard the same particular story a few times before, it was still pretty special).
He was loved by many, and he will be greatly missed by all of them.