Richard A. Engelke, 71, of Shattuc, Ill., died on Monday, March 4, 2013, at his residence.
Mr. Engelke was born on Aug. 8, 1941, in St. Louis, Mo., a son of George W. and Ruth N., nee Pierlow, Engelke. He married Sue Laws on June 8, 1963, in Salem and she survives in Shattuc, Ill.
Richard graduated from Jennings Senior High School in 1959. He served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1962, stationed at Shepperd Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas and Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. He began working for the advertising department and display department of Famous-Barr, Co. in St. Louis, Mo., where he attained the title of advertising production manager. He then worked at the Metro-East Journal in East St. Louis, Ill., as a layout artist and color coordinator. He also worked at the Advertiser Press Printing Co. in Collinsville, Ill., the Belleville News-Democrat, the Journals of Southern Illinois in Belleville, Ill., Premium Associates in St. Louis, Mo., and E & J Printing Co. in O'Fallon, Ill. He was an honorary member of the St. Louis Newspaper Guild, Local 47, serving as treasurer of the Metro-East Journal Chapter for more than five years. Richard owned a landscaping company for more than ten years and was a certified master gardener. He also owned a commercial art company, Graphics Plus, which he operated for more than 30 years and created many logos and artwork for area businesses. Richard was currently illustrating for the Labor Tribune and Outdoor Guide.
Richard was a certified Illinois artisan, and has won many awards at the St. Clair and Monroe County Fairs, as well as shows at the Gateway Artists Guild, of which he was a former member. Active in the Boy Scouts of America with his children in their youth, he served as president of Troop 431, going on many campouts with the troop from St. Philip School. He was a CYC Softball umpire and a member of several parent's committees with the Little Knights Football teams. Richard was a member of the NRA and supported many wildlife and environmental causes, American Indians in the Four Corners area and Indian Schools in Montana. His greatest thrill was field trips with and watching his grandchildren participate in sports and dance.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ruth Engelke; his grandparents, George and Ida Engelke and Jules and Jesse Pierlow; his mother and father-in-law, Mae and Martin Laws; and his brothers-in-law, Terry M. Laws and Harold Beardslee.
Surviving are his wife, Sue; his daughters, Kim Suhany and husband, Tony and Erica Johnson and husband, Avey; a son, Richard Engelke Jr., and special friend, Lesley Plate; a daughter-in-law, Jeana Engelke; his grandchildren, Abby, Grace and Kate Johnson, Richard Engelke III, and wife, Amanda, Craig, Elisabeth, Codie and Lyndon Engelke; and his great-grandchildren, Hayley, Tripp and Olivia Engelke. Also surviving are his sisters, Sharon Beardslee, and Susan Eckmann and husband Daniel; a brother, David Engelke and wife, Linda; his in-laws, Bette Schreiber and husband, Jim, Sally Andrews and husband, Robert, Jack Laws and wife, Beverly, Brad Laws, and Barb Jarman, and many nieces and nephews. Richard will be missed by his "grand animals," Allie Mae, Boutrous, Loverboy, Tux, Cherry and Tank.
The Engelke family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. James Wade and his staff for their exceptional care.
Donations in Mr. Engelke's memory are suggested to
or Stray Rescue of St. Louis and will be received at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.zierenday.com.
Funeral: There will be no funeral services. Richard chose to be cremated and a portion of his ashes to be scattered at the Grand Canyon.
ZIEREN DAY FUNERAL HOME, Carlyle, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 6, 2013
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