Obituary: Donald James Engle


Donald James Engle, 91, of Carmel died on Nov. 30.

Born on Jan. 23, 1927, in Lansing, Mich., Donald was the son of Guy and Leona Engle. He graduated from Constantine High School, class of 1945, and joined the U.S. Army where he served in the occupation of Japan, receiving an honorable discharge in 1947.

Don attended Michigan State College and received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1951. A year later, he married Julia Margaret Shane of Watervliet, Michigan on Oct. 4, 1952.

He was employed by New York Central Railroad (later Penn Central Railroad and then Conrail Corporation) as a structural engineer. Don particularly specialized in bridge inspection, construction, and maintenance. He held responsibility for many railroad bridges across the Midwest between Wheeling, West Virginia and St. Louis, Missouri. He retired from the railroad in 1987.

Don is survived by his wife of 66 years, Julia; his children, Thomas (Pamela) Engle, Evelyn (Michael) Carpenter, and daughter-in-law, Virginia Engle; grandchildren Bethany (Brandon) McClure, Benjamin (Karen) Engle, Rachel Engle, Stephen Engle, Daniel (Elizabeth) Engle, Andrew (Emily) Engle, Julia Engle, Caleb Engle, Mary Engle, Noelle Engle, and Thomas Engle. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Blake McClure, Katheryn Engle, and Baby Engle (due February 2019).

Don was preceded in death by both of his parents, his sister Jean (Mark) Preston, and his son, Stephen Engle.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at Hope Church, 2500 East 98th Street, Indianapolis. Calling will be from 2 to 4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Missionary Alliance Great Commission Fund

Interment will be at a later date at Farley Cemetery in Carmel.

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