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Dr. Leo Francis Engler

Salisbury-Salisbury-Dr. Leo Francis Engler passed away August 1, 2017. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on July 7 1925, the son of Norbert Vincent Engler and Marie Cecelia Unash Engler. Leo served as a scout in the US Army in Europe during World War II, and was awarded a Purple Heart. After his tour in the Army he attended the University of Iowa, and completed a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Texas. Dr. Engler was a professor at Salisbury University from 1973 until his retirement in 1987. Prior to joining the faculty at Salisbury, he taught for eleven years in the English Department at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He was well known for the mentorship and personal interest he took in his graduate students. His early career included positions in Ankara, Turkey, and later work as a consultant in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Poland, and Colombia. After retiring, Dr. Engler pursued his hobbies of woodworking, writing, and cooking. Leo was married to Martha Jeanne Hart from August 4th, 1951 until her death August 1st, 2016, a year to the day before him. He was a devoted family man who loved bouncing grandchildren on his knee and sharing endless stories and laughter and random Turkish interjections and odds and ends that he picked up along the way.

Leo is survived by his 6 children and their spouses: Kathleen McGrath of Las Vegas, Janet and Dan Stephens of Kansas City, Chris and Cliff Cook of Melbourne Florida, Stephen and Margaret Engler of Salisbury, Pete and Amy Engler of Easton MD and Kristjan and Lisa Grabbi of Leesburg VA, 19 grandchildren: Ryan McGrath, Angie McGrath, Cort Stephens, Andrew Stephens, Lane Stephens, Collin Stephens, Connor Cook, Drew Cook, Taylor Cook, Brian Engler, Caitlin Engler, Matthew Engler, Nicolette Engler Mansfield, Lindsey Engler Bennett, Jordan Engler, Kinsleigh Engler, Erika Grabbi, Priit Grabbi, Eneli Grabbi, and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Joy Hladek, Kay Walsh, Robert (Orv) Engler and Richard Engler.

Leo's family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the John B Parsons home for the wonderful and loving care they provided him.

Leo will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery next to his beloved Martha Jeanne. The family will have a private celebration of Leo's life at a later date. Donations in Leo's memory can be made to Coastal Hospice.

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Maryland 21804. To send condolences to the family please visit www.hollowayfh.com.
Published in The Daily Times on Aug. 13, 2017
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