Harold Viking Engh Jr., 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in DeKalb, Ill., with his family at his side.|
Harold, known as Bud by family and friends, was born on July 30, 1923, in Sycamore, the son of Harold Viking Engh Sr. and Helen Whittemore Engh.
Bud's high school years were spent at The Taft School in Connecticut, and he went on to attend Cornell University. While at Cornell, he took a two-year leave of absence to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was honorably discharged in 1945. Upon his return to University, Bud joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and met Florence Dombrowski, a fiery co-ed who would later become his wife.
Although Bud's family moved to Weschester County, N.Y., when he was young, his summer visits to Sycamore left an impression. After graduating from Cornell, he set down family roots in Sycamore and began his working career at Pyle National in Chicago. He later served as president and CEO of Turner Brass, eventually founding North American Plastics in Aurora, the position from which he retired.
Bud was a member of YPO, on the board of directors of the National Bank and Trust Company of Sycamore and an active member of St. Peters Episcopal Church in Sycamore. In addition to sharing everything with his wife, whom he affectionately dubbed "Ginger," Bud loved the game of golf and satisfying his engineering mind by fiddling with the latest and greatest in technology.
He is survived by sisters, Barbara Croft of Glenview and Dorothy Moore of Dallas; children, Sharon (Jim) Eley of West Chester, Pa., Kris (Jon) Hunt of Wheaton, Harold (Leigh) V. Engh III of Newburgh, Ind., and Victoria (Craig) Kindl of Geneva; grandchildren, Beth Eley Moore, Eric Eley, Patrick Hunt, Abigail Hunt, Charlie Hunt, Amanda Engh Kowalski, Tyler Engh, Kaitlyn Scott, Maggie Engh, Anthony Mills and Mollie Mills; and great-grandchildren, Madison Kowalski and Jack Kowalski.
Harold was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Florence Engh; and sister, Jean Lycan.
The family will hold a private memorial service and asks that memorials be directed to Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, 2944 Greenwood Acres Dr., DeKalb, IL 60115.
Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., Quiram Sycamore Chapel. For information or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.olsonfh.com or 815-895-6589.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Oct. 2, 2013