The Rev. Dr. Richard W. Engle

The Rev. Dr. Richard W. (Dick) Engle, 80, of Clarks Green, entered the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, March 9, surrounded by his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara (Mitchell) Engle, and his devoted family.

Born Dec. 14, 1933, in Port Crane, N.Y., to the late Richard M. and Laura (Kimball) Engle, he was a graduate of North High School, Binghamton, N.Y.; Baptist Bible Seminary, Johnson City, N.Y.; Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas; and earned his Th.D. at Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. He was ordained to the ministry by Fundamental Baptist Church, Indiana, Pa., in 1965.

After 10 years of pastoral ministry in Dallas, Texas and Indiana, Pa., he served on the faculty of Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pa. for 35 years, investing faithfully and lovingly in the lives of hundreds of students. He retired from the seminary as Professor of Old Testament Literature, Language and Exegesis in 2006. "Doc Engle" was loved and respected by his students and colleagues, trusted as scholar and friend, and a quiet source of strength and encouragement to all – family, friends and neighbors. He was a faithful member and teacher at Heritage Baptist Church, Clarks Summit.

Also surviving are his children, Diane Henzler and husband, Mark, Managua, Nicaragua; and Richard W. Engle Jr. and wife, Cheri, Irvona, Pa.; sisters, Lois Kirby, Spring Hill, Fla.; and Laura Palmer, Rush, N.Y.; brother, Donald Engle, Roscoe, N.Y.; and grandchildren, Suzanna and Andrew Henzler, and Emily, Jonathan, Kathryn and Abigail Engle.

He was predeceased by a sister, Louise Drewry; and a brother, Robert.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at Heritage Baptist Church, 415 Venard Rd., Clarks Summit, Pa. Visitation will be at the church from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., with the service following. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Dr. Richard W. Engle Memorial Scholarship Fund of Baptist Bible Seminary, 538 Venard Rd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411, or online at

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Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 13, 2014