|Richard Hays "Dick" Englehart|
|Birth: ||Oct. 1, 1922|
|Death: ||Dec. 8, 2008|
Richard Hays "Dick" Englehart, a retired insurance manager/agent who had homes in Indianapolis and Palm Desert, CA, has died. He was 86. Englehart suffered a stroke after attending church on Dec. 7 at Palm Desert, and died the next day. He was born in Brazil, IN, son of Ira and Virginia Englehart, and played high-school basketball there under legendary coach Harold "Babe" Wheeler. In 1941 he entered Indiana University, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, and served as a radar specialist on Guam Island. He returned to marry Virginia Luther "Gina" Boughan of Brazil in 1946 and to earn his I.U. Business School degree in 1947. Then he began, as an agent, a 60-year successful career with the Equitable Life Assurance Society. He rose to district manager and the agency manager in Indianapolis before moving to California in 1968 as the Pasadena agency manager. He resigned that post in 1972 to become an agent specializing in Tax Shelter Annuities for hospital physicians and staffers. He retired in 2007. Equitable awarded Englehart its highest honors for sales achievement: Centurion, Hall of Fame, and Order of Excalibur. In Indianapolis the Englehart family lived on acreage at the northern tip of Carmel. Two horses in their barn were prized by the four Englehart children. The family's California home was in Malibu on high ground beside the Pacific Ocean. They developed an avocado orchard on the property and maintained a kennel of champion Briards (French sheep dogs). In 2000, their grown children out of the nest, the parents departed the costal height for flat Palm Desert. Englehart was an avid golfer and fisherman. He often enlivened parties wielding a drum stick on a "boom bass"--a 5-foot pole contraption outfitted with cymbals, tambourine and a drum face. The family for years owned a cottage on Big Bear Lake north of Los Angeles. A member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at I.U., Englehart gave it loyal service the rest of his life. He was a longtime board member of the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation and chairman of its national fund-raising campaign in the 1980s that harvested $6 million. Englehart was a member of Rotary International and two Presbyterian churches--First in Brazil and Brentwood in Brentwood, CA, where he was a deacon. Wife Virginia died in 2000 on Dec.8--the same date of Dick's death eight years later. In 2003 Englehart was remarried, to Barbara Cutshall "Bobbie" Pollom of Brazil. They spent half of each year in Palm Desert and half in Indianapolis. Surviving are brothers Theodore and David Englehart of Indianapolis; son Richard Hays (Regina) Englehart Jr., of Orinda, CA; daughters Mrs. Frances (Jefferson) Lockwood of Katy, TX, Mrs. Virginia (Ken) Watt of Monrovia, CA, and Mrs. Louise (David) Strausberg of Redwood City, CA; grandchildren J. Grey Lockwood of Los Angeles, Erin Cooley of Oakland, Army Capt. Benjamin Watt, Iraq, Sarah Watt of Richmond, Va., and Ashley Englehart of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and great-grandchild Lola Belle Cooley. Wife Barbara's children are Dr. Stephen (Connie) Pollom and Dr. Dan (Robyn) Pollom of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Ann (Dr. Rob) Weller of Brownsburg; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial services will be held Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. in Tabernacle Presbyterian Church Chapel, 418 E. 34th St., Indianapolis, followed by a reception at the Canterbury Hotel, and Jan. 24 at Brentwood Presbyterian Church. As they did with Virginia's ashes, the family will strew Dick's ashes in the Pacific Ocean fronting their former Malibu home. Memorial gifts are requested to be sent to the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation at 10000 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038.
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Pacific Ocean fronting family's former Malibu home
Created by: William Taber
Record added: Jun 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71557516