Gordon Frederick Engeler, Jr., 81
Gordon Frederick Engeler, Jr., 81, died the evening of June 26th in Mountain Home. The son of Gordon Frederick Engeler, Sr. and Elisabeth Jenkins Engeler, born Nov. 18, 1931, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Growing up on a dairy farm and the eldest of six children, he was his father's right hand man, milking cows at 5 am and other farm duties.
He graduated from Pike Township High School where he was class president and a three-sport athlete. His favorite was baseball, and his favorite position was pitcher. Later on he pitched softball in Air Force Leagues and with Mountain Home community leagues.
Mr. Engeler attended Indiana University, where he became of a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, as were his father and several uncles. He left studies with the beginning of the Korean War, joining the Air Force. He was accepted into linguistics and intelligence programs at Syracuse University, where his focus was on Russian language. He was stationed in England from 1951-1953, where he intercepted and translated enemy communications and conducted interrogations. After his service he returned to Indiana University to graduate in Slavic Studies. He married and moved to Arkansas to attend Law School at the University of Arkansas, where he was selected to the Law Review.
After Law School he moved to Mountain Home to set up a practice. He was appointed City Attorney and was elected Municipal Judge, serving sixteen years in that capacity. During this time he was a member of the Elks and Rotary clubs, and was involved in many other professional organizations. Also in Mountain Home, he and his then-wife (Jeanne R. Bachman of Mountain Home) raised a family of four children
While serving as judge, he joined the Army Reserves. When he retired from law, he returned to active duty with the Army serving as Chief of the Language Division. There, his focus was on the instruction of interrogation techniques, from which he retired in 1989.
He is survived by his children, Gordon Frederick Engeler III (of Springdale), Rodney Wade Engeler (of Conway), David Warren Engeler and Sally Ann Engeler Williams (both of Mountain Home); his siblings, Buff Engeler Snyder Siler, Rock Jenkins Engeler, Ann Amerson Engeler and William James Engeler. He had six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Susan Engeler Bell and his grandson, Jacob Alan Engeler.
The family wishes to extend its deepest appreciation to the staff of Care Manor Nursing Home for the love and care they provided our father and brother.
Visitation is Sunday afternoon, June 30th, from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., at Kirby and Family Funeral Home, with a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. and burial at Mountain Home Cemetary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Mountain Home Senior Center, 1101 Spring St, Mountain Home AR 72653.
Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.
Published in Baxter Bulletin from June 28 to June 29, 2013