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Obituary: Ronald Peter Kotfila

Ronald Peter Kotfila

Ronald Peter Kotfila

Ronald Peter Kotfila, 75, passed away May 24, 2010, in Prescott Valley, Ariz. He was born March 13, 1935, in Chicago, Ill., to Peter and Josephine Kotfila.

Ron graduated from Steinmen High School in Chicago, went on to Purdue University and received his master's at The University of Southern California. Ron was captain of the men's swim team while at Purdue University.

Ron was an aerospace engineer. His work at Sperry/Honeywell included developing the autopilot and displays for the Boeing Supersonic Transport, and developing LCD displays for the Space Shuttle and for most United States commercial aircraft.

From 1980-1995, he served on the Stanford University Advisory Board School of Aeronautics & Astronautics and the Arizona State University School of Engineering Advisory Board.

Ron enjoyed golf and spending time with his family.

Ronald is survived by his wife of 52 years, Louise Kotfila; his children, Ron Jr. (Suzanne), Cynthia and David (Jennifer); and his grandchildren, Brandon and Logan.

A memorial mass will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2010, at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 2062 N. State Route 89, Chino Valley. Friends and family are welcome to celebrate his life at a reception at Hassayampa Golf Club 2060 Golf Club Lane, Prescott.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to the Phoenix Children's Hospital, Cancer Kids Department for Summer Camp, 1919 E Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 86016.

Please visit to sign Ron's guestbook. Hampton Funeral Home assisted the family.

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