Aug. 19, 1931 – April 15, 2014
Daniel P. Kaegebein of Depew, an electrical engineer, business owner and the holder of 13 patents in transmitter and receiver systems, died April 15 in the Rosa Coplon Living Center in Getzville. He was 82.
Born on Grand Island and raised on a chicken farm, he was a third-generation Grand Islander.
A graduate of Tonawanda High School, he completed a course at Cornell University College of Agriculture. Mr. Kaegebein left farming to pursue an interest in electrical engineering.
In 1957, he joined the Navy, where he was assigned as a radio technician and served four years. After his military service, he enrolled in the University of Buffalo School of Engineering, graduating in 1962.
Mr. Kaegebein worked part time as a radio frequency engineer for Sinclair Radio Labs in Tonawanda while attending UB and joined the company full time after graduation. He also developed numerous products for the land mobile radio market. Though he left farming after graduating, Mr. Kaegebein acquired six patents for his family’s egg business.
He left Sinclair in 1976 to found TX RX Systems in Angola along with several local investors. Over the next 28 years, the business became a supplier of high quality RF products. Many of Kaegebein’s 13 patents remain in use in transmitter and receiver products today. TX RX Systems was sold to Bird Technologies in 1995, and he retired from the company in 2004.
In 2005, the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences established a scholarship in Mr. Kaegebein’s name to recognize academic excellence in the school’s RF and microwave programs. He continued to do consulting work for Comprod Communications after his retirement.
He was a devoted member, elder and deacon of Cleveland Drive Presbyterian Church in Cheektowaga for more than 50 years.
Mr. Kaegebein was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, the former Alice M. Sauer, who died in December.
He is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Janiga and Linda Chapman; a son, Steven; a sister, Carol Gates; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Cleveland Drive Presbyterian Church, 735 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.