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Don Teel was born in Kansas. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1927. During the 1930s, Don was a barnstormer, ran a flying service, operated an airport, and operated a Civilian Pilot Training program. On April 1, 1941, before the U.S. entered World War II, Don joined the Royal Air Force Ferry Command as a civilian and continued with the RAF until the end of the war. He was honored by King George VI with a Commendation for Valuable Service.
From 1946 until 1950, Don Teel worked as the Chief of Flight Operations for FAMA (Flota Aerea Mercante Argentina), an Argentine airline that was later renamed Aerolineas Argentinas. He then flew for Seaboard for a brief period. In 1952, he was hired by U.S. Steel Corp. to establish and operate an aircraft department that he managed for twenty-one years until his retirement at age 65. After retirement, Don became a consultant to Bell Helicopter and was involved in many aviation organizations.
Don's wife Mildred, predeceased, him. He is survived by his daughter, Peggie Don Osgood; grandson, David Osgood; great-granddaughter, Sabrina Osgood of Germany; and other relatives.