OSWEGO, NY – Hugh E. McKenna, 82, a resident of County Route 176 in Scriba, passed away on Monday October 8, 2012, at home.
He was born in Marion, NY, on April 29, 1930, to Walter Jr. and Lucille (Van Hall) McKenna.
Hugh served in the U.S. Navy from 1948-1952.
He received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport, his master’s in education from Syracuse University and his PhD from Laurence University.
Hugh worked at SUNY Oswego as an instructor and Director of the Learning Resources Center, retiring in 1982.
Hugh had a lifelong love of aviation and obtained his pilot’s license at the tender age of 16.
He was a longtime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and enjoyed constructing and flying homebuilt aircraft.
In his later years, he supervised youth aviation workshops at the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisc.
He also enjoyed traveling and camping with his family.
Hugh is survived by his wife of 51 years, Diana; two daughters, Antigone of Delmar, NY, and Whitney of Mattydale; one brother, Ronald (Barbara) of North Chili, NY; one sister, Anita (Thomas) Schaefer, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two grandsons, Artemus and Brydon DeVolder; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Herbert (Jack).
Calling hours will be held from 3-6 p.m. Friday at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.
Services will be private.
Donations can be made to the Brockport Foundation, College at Brockport, 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY 14420 or EAA Donor Relations Department, P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, Wisc. 54903-3086.
Nelson Funeral Home has care of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com