Donald Eugene Hegland

By on August 7, 2014

Donald Eugene Hegland, 77, of Elburn, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva.

He was born Sept. 22, 1936, in DeKalb, the son of Stanley and Theresa (Kissel) Hegland.

Don married Eleanor Newhall on Aug. 17, 1957, in Dekalb.

He graduated from NIU in 1958, and received his master’s in physics at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in 1962. He was employed by NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland for nine years; Penton Publishing in Cleveland for 14 years; and was editor of Assembly Magazine for 24 years.

Don was an accomplished photographer, golfer, private pilot and certified flight instructor. He loved to fly and belonged to the Nasairs Flying Club.

Don was a life member of the NRA, and belonged to the Sycamore Sportsmen Club. Don had a special interest in law enforcement and was involved in a number of community activities.

Don was surrounded by an abundance of his family and friends in the days leading to his passing.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eleanor; two children, Kathryn Leenhouts and David (Erica) Hegland; two grandsons, Donald Leenhouts and Forrest Rosenberg; and one sister, Carol (Tom Shaffer) Hegland.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on July 28 at First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.

Don’s visitation was held on July 27 at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Delnor Cancer Center, sent in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave, Sycamore, IL 60178.

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