Teddy Raymond Channel 1931 - 2008 O'Fallon, Mo.
Funeral services for Teddy Raymond Channel, 76, of O'Fallon, Mo., will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Reno Cemetery in Reno.Mr. Channel died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, in St. Louis.He was born July 8, 1931, in Lawrence, the son of Roy Barber and Ruby M. Silvey Channel. He graduated from Baldwin High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Following his service, he received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1959 and a master's degree in electrical engineering in 1965, both from Kansas University.He joined, in 1959, Wilcox Electric in Kansas City, Mo., where he designed and developed avionics for aircraft and ground-based navigation systems. He was lead project engineer for the design and development of the VFH radio for the Air Force's C-141 transport aircraft, which was used during the Vietnam War. He was also a member of the design group that developed the ground Instrument Landing System that was installed in most U.S. airports and Air Force bases. In 1981, he joined Motorola's Government Electronics Division in Scottsdale, Ariz., as principal staff engineer. In 1985, he joined McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis as principal technical specialist, where he headed multiple projects in support of ground-space communication, navigation and identification radios for military aircraft. He also developed a tutorial on Global Positioning System and taught other engineers worldwide on all aspects of GPS. After retiring from Boeing/McDonnell Douglas in January 1999, Mr. Channel did electronics work on a contract basis for companies around the world.He married Annette Kroeger. She survives.Other survivors include his mother, Ruby Channel, of Platte City, Mo.; a son, Steven and wife Deborah, of Troy, Mo.; two daughters, Polly Channel, of San Diego, and Karen Channel, of Kuwait; a brother, Roy B. Jr., of Lawrence; a sister, Bonnie Hannah, of Platte City, Mo.; and two granddaughters, Lauren and Elizabeth Channel.The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Stygar Mid Rivers Funeral Home in St. Charles, Mo., and from 1 p.m. until the service time Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence.The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.rumsey-yost.com">www.rumsey-yost.com</a>.