Lynn E. Daeke, 64
Hudson – Lynn E. Daeke, 64, died Saturday June 25, 2011, at Emerson Hospital in Concord after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Teresa Fox-Daeke, and their two children, John Walter Daeke and Kelly Fox Daeke, all of Hudson.
Born and raised in Southern Pines, N.C., the son of the late Walter H. and Georgia E. (Crumpler) Daeke, he attended local schools there and was a 1964 graduate of Southern Pines High School. Following high school, he was accepted as a Cadet with the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. upon graduating in 1969. After graduation, he attended pilot training and served for one year in Vietnam with the 834th Air Division as a pilot of C-&A Caribou.
Following his service in Vietnam, Mr. Daeke became a flight instructor at the Craig Air Force Base in Alabama and later was stationed at the Langley Air Force Base in Virginia as a computer systems officer. He spent a few years as an inactive reservist following his regular service in the Air Force. In subsequent years, he served as an active reservist out of the Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. He retired holding the rank of Major.
He and his wife Teresa have resided in Hudson the past 24 years, raising their family and developing many friendships he cherished. He has spent the last 30-plus years as a senior systems engineer with the Mitre Corporation in Bedford.
He was an active volunteer in his community. As a member of Saint Michael Parish in Hudson, he served as a lector, spent time as the Parish RCIA Catechist and was always involved in the Saint Michael Parish Schools’ various fund-raising events. He was also a devoted volunteer with the Hudson Youth Sports Programs, spending his spare time coaching and raising funds to support the programs. An avid sports fan, he especially enjoyed the Celtics and was well known by his friends as a competitive golfer. He enjoyed playing tennis, also.
Besides his wife and two children, he is survived by his two brothers, Ray Daeke and Jerry Daeke and wife Carol, all of Aberdeen, N.C.; his sister-in-law, Patricia Fox of St. Paul, Minn.; his brother in-law, John Fox of St. Paul, Minn.; several nieces and one nephew; and many close friends.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday June 30, 2011, at 11 a.m., in Saint Michael’s Church, 21 Manning St., Hudson, followed by burial in Saint Michael’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Wednesday June 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc. 50 Central Street, Hudson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Commonwealth Hematology & Oncology, Bethke Cancer Center, John Cuming Building, 131 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner (ORNAC), Suite 200, Concord, MA 01742. For online condolences, please visit www.tighehamilton.com.
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