Sources include: Detroit Free Press The Detroit News Observer & Eccentric Media / Hometown Weeklies Livingston County Daily Press & Argus

An 81-year-old engineer and pilot, passed away peacefully in his home on February 17, 2006, from respiratory failure complicated by Post-Polio Syndrome. Mr. Trainor was born in Olivet, Michigan, in 1925, and graduated from the Olivet High School. Just before turning 18 he contracted polio, which he survived but it left him with one paralyzed leg and other difficulties. Upon recovery from polio he attended and graduated from Western Michigan University. While at WMU he learned to fly airplanes. He joined the Flying Broncos and attended several flying competitions, where he won awards for his flying skills. He met Valta Dingman while teaching shop at the high school in Lakeview, Michigan. They wed in 1952, and moved to Royal Oak. Mr. Trainor worked at Chrysler as an engineer. This included time in the Redstone Missile division as a modeler. He retired in 1987. In 1953, he bought his first airplane, a 1936 Aeronca C-3. Eventually he acquired the remaining factory inventory of Aeronca K and Aeronca Engine parts. He restored two Aeronca K airplanes, one of which is on display at the EAA Pioneer Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He was restoring his third K when he passed away. He is survived by his wife, five children, one sister, and five grandchildren. His wife is Val Trainor of Troy. His children are Tim Trainor of Muskegon, Sally Trainor King of Eatonville, Washington, Terri Trainor Clark of Troy, Nancy Trainor Otto of Lansing, and Todd Trainor of Brighton. Memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4 at the Congregational Church of Birmingham in Bloomfield Hills at the corner of Woodward and Cranbrook Road. Condolences can also be left at The family asks that any contributions be sent to Beaumont Hospice, 1200 Stephenson Hwy., Troy, MI 48083

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Judy Watten02/25/2006

Dear Val and family, I am very sad to learn about Tom's passing and send you my deepest sympathy. I went to your wedding in 1952 (Val is my first cousin) so I have known Tom for over fifty years. I'm sure you will find comfort in your many happy memories. His beautiful children are his legacy. Love to all. Judy

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