Engel July 22, 1924 - Nov 27, 2013 TULSA James Donald H. Engel was born July 22, 1924, and passed away from this life on Nov. 27, 2013, in Tulsa, OK. His parents were William and Rena Engel, now deceased. Jim lived his early years in Oklahoma City and graduated from Central high School. He served in the navy as a radar man 3rd class on the USS Sands APD 13 in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, Jim graduated with a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1950. He married Carmelita Jennings in 1951, and they had two children. Jim worked for Carter Oil, Humble Oil and the Exxon Corporation for 34 years. His assignments took him to Illinois, Kansas, Texas and Malaysia as well as Oklahoma, where he and his wife made many lifelong friends who traveled and enjoyed adventures with them. Jim retired to their home in Oklahoma City in 1986. Jim was active in the Northwest Kiwanis Club and attended the 4 Stacker APD Navy Reunions. Jim's wife, Carm, passed away in 1998 after 46 years together. Jim was the last of his brothers and sisters, Louise Gilbert, William Engel, Raymond Engel, Dortha Gordy and Mary Catherine Engel. Jim moved to Tulsa, where he lived at Montereau since 2011. Jim, with his son, Russ, flew to Washington, DC on an Oklahoma Honor Flight for Veterans Sept. 18, 2013. He leaves behind one daughter, Marinee Ricks, and son-in-law, Bill Ricks, of Tulsa, OK; one son, Russ Engel, of College Station, TX; one grandson, Ryan Perkins and his wife Latisha Perkins, of Owasso, OK; and one great-grandchild, Addison Perkins, who brought great joy to his life. Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Resurrection Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 7801 Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City. The family suggests that donations be made to the Oklahoma Honor Flights, P.O. Box 10492, Midwest City, OK 73140; or to the Northwest Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City 1709 N Allen Ln, Oklahoma City, OK 73127.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 2, 2013