Hengel, John A., Lt. Col. of St. Louis, Mo. (Ret. US Army) died peacefully on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the Missouri Veterans Home. He was born on July 15, 1926, in Pierre, SD, and was one of seven children to Tony and Hattie Hengel. He grew up in Pierre and after high school he joined the US Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. After the war he returned home and attended S.D. State College to study Engineering. He then entered the US Army as an officer in the Engineering Corps and went on to a lifetime career in the service of his country. He served in post war Germany, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and at numerous posts and assignments throughout the world and USA. In Germany, he met and married his wife, Ann. After a career of over 25 years, he concluded his Army service as the last commanding officer of the Granite City Ill. Army Depot. After several years in the civilian business world he finally began his retirement. During his retirement he enjoyed reading about military history, starting home projects (actual completion optional), cooking (he made the holiday meals from scratch), gardening, bowling, playing loud games of cribbage, drinking beer with tomato juice, root beer floats, spoiling his grandkids, offering cookies and sweets to anyone within earshot, and chasing squirrels out of his backyard. John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann, of Florissant; his four children, Terry (Marshall) Jorel of St. Peters, Julie (Mike Fujimori) of Honolulu, David (Sylvia) of San Francisco, Phil (Case Mansfield) of Wilmington, Del.; four grandchildren, Chris, Jacqueline, Antonio, Luca; three brothers, Ray, of Rapid City, SD, Bernie, of Aberdeen, SD, Paul, of Swedesboro, NJ., and many, many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Elizabeth (Lamster) and two brothers in infancy. The family expresses their sincere thanks to the staff at the Veterans Home for the care and consideration they provided during his time there. Services: Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, April 1, 2013 at 2pm, Columbarium C.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jan. 17, 2013