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Wilhelm Karl "Bill" Engman


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Wilhelm Karl "Bill" Engman Obituary
Wilhelm Karl "Bill" Engman

Wilhelm Karl "Bill" Engman was born 5/16/1932 in Flensburg, Germany, nest Hamburg, passed away 5/13/17 in Fayetteville Ar. He immigrated to the United States in Dec of 1950 with his mother, Nicolene & sister, IIrmtraut, when he was 19. His life in Germany was hard & he did not like what was happening there during those times. He lost his grandmother to the gas chamber & he was required to join Hitler Youth. He knew he did not want that life. He had to support his family there by working in the Black Market.

When he arrived here, he was young, he was hungry & he did not speak English. He had his chemical engineering degree from Germany and he taught himself perfect English,

he did not speak with an accent. Bill became an American citizen 3/5/65.

Bill had many friends but his two best friends, Bud Clark of Eureka Springs who built his home on Boat Mountain, the highest point in NW Arkansas, and Bud Walling of Sioux Falls.

Bill worked for international Filter and began a successful career with WR Grace/Dearborn Chemical Division, ending up as VP of resale products. Upon retirement from Dearborn in 1983 Bill joined Walling Water Management as VP General Manager and eventually managed the resale division as well.

He was a very proud American & loved all things that being an American citizen allowed him. He was grateful & very patriotic. He flew the American flag with pride. His young grandson, Hunter, taught him flag etiquette so he made sure to follow all the proper etiquette when flying his flag, which also included folding it properly, storing it & never letting it touch the ground.

Bill loved to talk. For hours & hours...He loved to debate topics & was disappointed when we might not remember our American History like he did. He had very conservative views & was very concerned about our country & about "history repeating itself". He also loved Russian History, European History and finance. He loved the arts and music. He even drove his sweetheart, Doris from Eureka Springs to Sioux Falls, SD to see Elton John!!

Bill enjoyed boating & was active in the US Power Squadron, an organization dedicated to boater safety. He instructed for several years for the squadron and became Captain.

He loved animals & was a supporter of Good Shepherd SPCA in Eureka Springs.

He spent the last three weeks of his brilliant life in a hospital in Fayetteville. He died on Saturday, May 13, three days before his 85th birthday.

Bill is survived by sons William, Chuck(Ginny) Dell of Dallas, daughters Diane and Lanette of Dallas, sister Irmtraut of South Carolina, grandsons Hunter and Chase Dell, granddaughter Chandra Dell and great granddaughter Rowan Dell of Dallas, and his special friend Doris of Berryville Ar.

No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Humane Society, 6486 Hwy 62 East, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com. © Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. 2017
Published in The Argus Leader from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, 2017
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