William Crosbie Engle, 103, of Washington, died Saturday, May 24, 2014.He was born January 16, 1911, in Washington, a son of the late Russell George Engle and Jennie Crosbie Engle.During World War II, Mr. Engle served four years with Bell Aircraft and U.S. Army Air Forces as a mechanic instructor on P-39s fighter aircraft. After the war, he started Engle's Radio Sales and Repair in Washington and eventually went into TV sales and service.He always enjoyed boating and built a boat in the basement of his home. In 1946, he went into boat sales and service. From 1951 to 1952, Mr. Engle chartered the Ten Mile Power Squadron and served as squadron commander. He served as instructor in basic boating-seamanship and advanced piloting classes. Elected to the District 7 Bridge after serving four years as lieutenant commander, he was elected to District 7 Commander of U.S. Power Squadrons, covering three states. He also was elected to Squadron Educational Office of Ten Mile Squadron.He established Engle's Holiday Harbor and Marina in 1959 on Ten Mile Creek in Millsboro. He and his sons raced E-Service Class runabouts for many years and won three national championships.Mr. Engle was a member of First United Presbyterian Church, American Power Boat Association, life member of U.S. Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Masonic Lodge 164, Pittsburgh Syria Temple Shriners and Coudersport Consistory and a longtime member of the Elks.Mr. Engle was married twice; his first marriage was to Elizabeth Brown Engle in 1930. After her death, he married Lois Wise, who is also deceased.Surviving are two children, Lona Jane (William) Vogeley and John Hugh (Loraine) Engle; 10 grandchildren, Lori Martin, Darcy (Paul) Bickerton, William (Elizabeth) Vogeley, Craig (Michelle) Vogeley, John H. Engle Jr., Linda (William) Westfall, Robert (Barbara) Engle, Elizabeth (Christopher) Knisely, Christy (Kevin) Pollen and Brian (Rebecca) Engle; two stepgrandchildren, Ashley (Ava) Bickerton and Michael Bickerton; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two daughters-in-law, Patricia and Rebecca Engle.Deceased are two sons, William Robert Engle and Thomas Richard Engle, and a brother, John Russell Engle.Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, with the Rev, James Newman officiating. Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Washington Alliance Church, 246 Sanitarium Road, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
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Published in Observer-Reporter on May 26, 2014