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David R. Kahl, retired engineer, volunteer firefighter

Sept. 23, 1949 – Jan. 6, 2016

LEWISTON – David R. Kahl, who worked at Eaton Corp. for 25 years before returning to his hometown, died Wednesday at home after a short illness under the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 66.

Mr. Kahl was a Lewiston native who graduated from Lewiston-Porter Central School.

As a young man, he held a summer job at Pierce Marine in Youngstown and drove a ferry boat between the U.S. and Canadian sides of the Niagara River. He played in a rock band called The Marlboro Street Union and sailed aboard the family’s cabin cruiser.

He studied at Allegheny University and Niagara University before earning a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Detroit.

That led to his career with Eaton, where he worked at various times in Battle Creek and Southfield, Mich., and Kearney, Neb. He worked his way up to the position of worldwide marketing manager for Eaton Controls Division.

Mr. Kahl took early retirement after being injured in a boating accident in 1998, and moved back to Lewiston to be closer to his parents.

He served on the Villa Condominium Association and the board of the Tuscarora Yacht Club. In the past couple of years, he was a fire policeman for the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company, which his family said was the organization he was most proud to have been connected with.

Survivors include his husband, David Rhoades; his mother, Beverley; and his brother, Les.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company, 625 Third St., Youngstown.