Donald L. Enkerud, 78, a retired steel salesman, died Thursday (Sept. 25, 1997) in his Buffalo home after a brief illness.
A Buffalo resident since 1946, Enkerud retired in 1980 after working for 28 years as a sales representative in Buffalo area offices of Carpenter Technology Corp., a steel company based in Reading, Pa.
Earlier, he worked for a year at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Hamburg but was forced to give up that job when he contracted polio.
Because of the determined way he approached his rehabilitation, he became a role model for other people with disabilities.
During World War II, Enkerud served in the Pacific Theater with the Army Air Forces. A technical sergeant, he was assigned to maintain the propellers on B-29 bombers.
A native of Minneapolis, Enkerud was a graduate of the former Chown School of Business and he attended the University at Buffalo.
He was a member of the Leonard Post Jr. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and St. Margaret's Senior Citizens Club.
Enkerud is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Lucille Grieco; a daughter, Marsha Smith of Reston, Va.; a son, Donald of Gainesville, Fla.; two sisters, Virginia Gill of Aberdeen, Wash., and Barbara Crook of San Jacinato, Calif.; a brother, Lloyd of Aberdeen, Wash.; and four grandchildren.
Prayers will be offered at 8:45 a.m. Monday in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, prior to a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Blessed Sacrament Church, 1029 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.