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Dave Rotigel


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Old 11-08-2017, 09:46:11 AM
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David E. Rotigel Obituary
Dr. David Emery Rotigel, 79, of Bonita Springs, Fla., formerly of Greensburg and Indiana, Pa., died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. He was born Nov. 10, 1937, in Detroit, Mich., son of the late Joseph and Fern M. Emery Rotigel. He was married to Jennifer Vickers Rotigel, of Greensburg, on Nov. 14, 1981, and they had 36 wonderful years together that included raising six children. Dave enjoyed living in the country and was an avid gardener, house builder, hunter, woodworker and lover of all things mechanical. Dave received his doctoral degree in Philosophy of Education from the University of Illinois. He served as a professor for 39 years, first at the University of Indiana and subsequently at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was chair of the Foundations of Education Department and coordinator of the Langley/IUP Urban Teaching Center in Pittsburgh. He was an active professional and made many presentations and published many professional articles. Dave was a gifted educator and enjoyed mentoring novice teachers. Dave was a loving husband and father who was very involved with his children and their activities. He served as Packmaster of Cub Scout Troup 212 in Delmont for a number of years and coached his sons' dek hockey and baseball teams. He was also active in the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education. An active member of the Fort Allen Antique Farm Equipment Association, he enjoyed repairing and restoring antique farm equipment, especially Hit and Miss Engines. He loved attending engine shows all over the country and showing his many engines and tractors. Dave was widely sought for his expertise and experience and was instrumental in several large projects to preserve the historical nature of the equipment he loved. Dave was internationally known and kept in touch with his engine friends around the world. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Vickers Rotigel, of Bonita Springs, Fla.; children, Seely Emery (Tammy) Rotigel, of Kalamazoo, Mich., David John (Misty) Rotigel, of York, Todd Michael (Tina O'Hara) Rotigel, of Mt. Pulaski, Ill., Pedro Martin (Marisa) Bidegaray, of Miami, Fla., Daniel Leslie (Brigid) Rotigel, of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Michael Steven Rotigel, of North Fort Myers, Fla.; a granddaughter, Sydney Rotigel-Finegan; and a grandson, Pedro Julian Bidegaray.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Entombment with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 will follow at St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg.
For online condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, 2017
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:14:46 AM
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Dave was a large part of the activities here on Smokstak and in the shows where he displayed his engines. He will be missed! -- Harry

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Old 11-08-2017, 01:08:50 PM
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It was an honor to be a friend of Dr Dave! First Class guy that will be truly missed!
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:09:50 PM
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RIP Dave..
I always enjoyed seeing him at Coolspring.
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:34:58 PM
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I'll miss Dave. He was a college philosophy professor who, surprisingly, was conservative.
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:13:24 PM
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Long ago Dave was an anchor for a email group called oldengine.org. The conversations were lively. A logo was developed showing a Galway belted to a Mac computer. The signs were posted on a area at Coolsprings where we all got together. The group brought people from the US, Europe, Australia and more.

Good times.

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All this was hard work



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Old 11-09-2017, 06:44:31 AM
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Ahh yes. Dave doing what he did best.

I think he was the one that came up with the "FATG" button. It was his light-hearted way of poking fun at Fat Assed Tractor Guys.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:58:16 AM
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Ahh yes. Dave doing what he did best.

I think he was the one that came up with the "FATG" button. It was his light-hearted way of poking fun at Fat Assed Tractor Guys.
And the following year he bought and showed a antique tractor. Grin
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:00:19 AM
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He was quite a character. I'm sure lots of Dave stories will start showing up here soon. He sure did a lot to help me over the years, I'll miss him at the shows. Rest in peace.
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the first time i met him at Portland, he invited me to the casino Buffet with the SEL guys.
then he sat with me and talked like we were old friends.
(yes, Dave did have some very descriptive language :-) )
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:32:59 PM
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Dave organized a job to remove three big Fairbanks Morris Diesel generators from a closed plant in Long Lake NY. After a lot of disassembly (Removing the exciter, alternator, and Flywheel and more) we found that we would need a jack hammer to remove the caulking. The crew consisted of a number of us grown men who were old enough to realize that using a jack hammer was not fun, and one 15 or 16 year old boy. The boy had been brought by his father and was on his own. The kid stepped up and volunteered to run the jack hammer. About 3 hrs later the job was done and we all went to dinner. The boy was asking the waitress about prices. "OK how much is a plane hamburger, no cheese."

Dave spoke up. KID, You like Steak? Ah, yes. Waitress, bring him two steak dinners. Kid, tell the lady how you want them cooked. and back to his conversation with someone else.
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