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Major Robert J. Engle

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Major Robert J. Engle Obituary

JONESVILLE - Major Robert J. Engle, 91 of Jonesville, Michigan passed away Monday, January 18, 2016 at the McGuire Skilled Nursing Facility in Hillsdale, MI. He was born May 21, 1924 in Jonesville, the son of Frank and Margaret (Bean) Engle.

Robert was a graduate of Jonesville High School, Class of 1942 and in 1943 during World War II, enlisted in the United States Army. After completion of basic training Robert went on to Fort Benning, GA for Airborne Jump School and paratrooper training with the 82nd Airborne. During World War II, Robert participated in the D-Day Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Market Garden.

In 1949 Robert attended Officers Candidate School at Fort Riley Kansas and then completes artillery training at Fort Bliss, Texas. Afterwards Robert goes to Korea and serves his country during the Korean War as an artillery officer. Upon his return stateside Captain Engle receives missile training and is stationed in California as well as serving 2 tours in Germany. Reassigned to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas in 1962 Captain Engle serves as a missile battery commander. Before his retirement from Fort Sill Oklahoma in 1966, Major Engle also does 2 tours in Vietnam.

After 23 years of service to his country during 3 wars, Robert now retired from the military becomes involved in the finance and logging industries, until permanently retiring in 1984. Mr. Engle relocates to Livingston, Montana and purchases a small horse ranch. Over the next 14 years breeding and raising horses and big game hunting occupied his life. Robert was an avid collector of firearms and military war memorabilia.

In 1998 Robert returns to Jonesville, Mich. where he continues his support of Second Amendment rights. Robert was a Benefactor member of the National Rifle Association having 80 years of continuous membership. He also was a Founder and Trailblazer member of the Whittington Center in New Mexico and a member of the American Legion in Jonesville.

Survivors include four children, Sandra Karnes of Arkansas, Margaret Ann Bogdan of California, Mark (Virginia) Engle and Robert (Jennifer) Engle, both of Montana; siblings Lois (Tom) Herron and Beverly Engle of Michigan, and John (Jeanene) Engle of Colorado. 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren also survive Major Engle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Frankie, Irene, Barbara, and Lenard.


Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,

Would you really want some cop-out, with his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want a solider, who has sworn to defend,

His home, his kin, and country, and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier, and his ranks are growing thin,

But his presence should remind us; we may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldiers part,

Is to clean up all the troubles, that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor, while he's here to hear the praise,

Then at least let's give him homage, at the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline, in the paper that might say:

"Our country is in mourning for a soldier died today."

Author unknown

Thank you Dad for your service! We will miss you.

Graveside memorial services honoring Major Robert J. Engle will be Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 3 p.m. at Sunset View Cemetery in Jonesville with Pastor Sam Nutter officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville.

If desired memorial contributions in Robert J. Engle's name are suggested to the Jonesville American Legion or National Rifle Association. For online condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on May 19, 2016
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