Joseph R. “Dick” Capka, passed away on October 13, 2016, in St. George, Utah. He was 83 at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife Sharon; four children, Steven Capka, Tim Capka, Shari Ordog, and David Capka; four grandchildren, Rhian Madrid, Kyle Capka, Chase Ordog, and Ava Ordog.
Dick was born in Jednota, Pa. and graduated from Middletown High School in 1951. He attended the University of Notre Dame. After serving in the United States Marine Corps for three years, he worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry for 55 years. In 1968, he received a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California.
His aerospace career included participation in the launching of Spy-in-the-Sky Satellite during the Cold War, manufacturing and testing of the air-to-ground attack missiles, and development and qualification testing of the propulsion system used on the shuttle orbiters including supporting the first shuttle’s launch operations.