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William Engel

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William F. Engel

June 23, 1930

August 19, 2011

Beloved husband, father and grandfather and long time Reno resident Bill Engel passed away peacefully after a valiant fight late on Aug.19, 2011.

Bill was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., June 23, 1930. He moved to Reno with his parents, Abe and Hattye Engel in 1946, graduating from Reno High in1948 and UNR.

He joined the Nevada Highway Department and in1974 was named executive assistant to the Highway Engineer. In1979 he left his position with the Highway Department to accept the appointment as commander of the Nevada National Guard.

Engel's miliarty service began in Reno with his1950 USAR enlistment. In 1953 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant from ROTC at UNR, and entered active duty in1953. He was released in1955 and transferred to the USAR school system and performed as an active reservist from1955 until appointed captain in the Nevada Army Guard,1961. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College,1979.

Bill was a member of the Rotary Clubs of Carson City and Reno, where he was president, 1999-2000. He was a long time member of the Boy Scout Board, receiving their Silver Beaver Award, 1976. He was honored by the Nevada Day Committee for his many hours of service; in 1982 he received recognition for serving as chairman of the Combined Federal Campaign and for his dedicated service to the northern Nevada Chaper of the United Way; in 1984-85 he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sierra NV chapter, of the American Red Cross.

After retiring, he continued these and many other affiliations. He loved golf and time with his his wife, Sharon; his only daughter, Laurie, her husband, Todd and grandsons, James, 19 and Mikey, 16, Salt Lake City, all of whom adored him. He also enjoyed travel abroad, cruises and his little dogs, Beau and Roxie.

The family wishes to thank Lend A Hand, Infinity Hospice Care and Home Away From Home for their care and kindness to Bill in his final days. Thanks to neighbors who were friends to Bill and his dogs on their daily walks. A very special thanks to fellow Rotarian, Jim Backoff.

A small, private military service was conducted by Chaplain Harold Woomer, MAJ, of the Nevada National Guard. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The or the charity of your choice.

Job well done, General, time to rest Our love is with you forever.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Aug. 25 to Aug. 28, 2011
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