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 Robert Alan “Bob” Engle

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Robert Alan “Bob” Engle

Birth
Coupeville, Island County, Washington, USA
Death
31 Oct 2015 (aged 74)
Coupeville, Island County, Washington, USA
Burial
Coupeville, Island County, Washington, USA
Plot
Valleyview, Lot 2, Space B
Memorial ID
154863008 View Source

Published in The Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, WA October 11, 2015

Robert Alan "Bob" Engle died on October 31, 2015 at Whidbey General Hospital at the age of 74. Bob was born on October 1, 1941 at the Polly Harpole Maternity Home in Coupeville, to Robert E. and Iris I. (Minahan) Engle. Bob lived his entire life in Coupeville, except for the six months he was stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Bob attended Coupeville High School and graduated in the Class of 1959.Bob was a farmer all of his life and proud to call himself a farmer. He started working the family farm as a young boy. At the age of 14, he joined his father and brothers Len and Jim, forming Robert Engle and Sons Farm. Bob became the fourth generation farmer to work the family farm that was begun by his great grandfather W.B. Engle and was carried on by his grandfather Carl T. Engle and his father, Robert E. Engle.Bob was called to active duty with the U.S. Army in 1964 and was honorably discharged six years later after serving his country in the Army Reserves. Upon completion of Basic Training in Kentucky, Bob returned to Coupeville via a cross-country road trip with his soon-to- be fiance and in-laws. Bob proposed to Cheryl Sherman in Pierre, South Dakota. He then returned to work on the farm; on June 25, 1966, he and Cheryl were married, bringing together two of the largest farm families on the Prairie.Bob was committed to farming, but he was always ready to lend a hand to anyone. Whether it was helping with the Methodist Church addition or taking in cattle from the Skagit Valley when the farms were flooded; he was there to support his community. Bob loved tractors, big trucks, anything John Deere and country music, but most important to him, was his family.Bob Engle is survived by his wife Cheryl of 49 ½ years, by three children and their spouses: Robert W. and Mary Engle and grandchildren Justin and Harley Engle of Coupeville, Donna and Russell Bailey Jr. and granddaughters McKayla, McKenzie and Mollie, also of Coupeville and Bonnie and Scott Bennett and granddaughter Sydnie of Orange, CA. and by his siblings and their spouses: Jim and Joyce Engle of Pt. Townsend, Len and Terri Engle of Coupeville, Ellen Derkland of Burlington and Jan and Dan Olson of Mt. Vernon. Numerous nieces and nephews and a wealth of cousins also survive.Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Iris Engle, his father and mother-in-law Wilbur and Grace Sherman and three brothers-in-law, Edward Morgan (Susan), Roger Purdue (Sara) and Don Derkland (Ellen).Graveside funeral services will be held at Sunnyside Cemetery, Coupeville on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 1:00pm with Rev. David Engle and Rev. Jin Ming Ma officiating. A tractor procession will begin at 12:30 at the lumber yard behind Red Apple Market. Friends of Bob are invited to join the procession with their tractor or truck. A Celebration of Life and reception will follow at the Coupeville High School Commons with Gary Wallin, Life Celebrant officiating. Please visit Bob's page in the Book of Memories at www.wallinfuneralhome.com to share memories and condolences. Memorials may be made to Island County 4-H in Bob's name. Please visit Bob's page in the Book of Memories at www.wallinfuneralhome.com to share memories and condolences. Arrangements are entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, Oak Harbor, WA.

Published in The Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, WA October 11, 2015

Robert Alan "Bob" Engle died on October 31, 2015 at Whidbey General Hospital at the age of 74. Bob was born on October 1, 1941 at the Polly Harpole Maternity Home in Coupeville, to Robert E. and Iris I. (Minahan) Engle. Bob lived his entire life in Coupeville, except for the six months he was stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Bob attended Coupeville High School and graduated in the Class of 1959.Bob was a farmer all of his life and proud to call himself a farmer. He started working the family farm as a young boy. At the age of 14, he joined his father and brothers Len and Jim, forming Robert Engle and Sons Farm. Bob became the fourth generation farmer to work the family farm that was begun by his great grandfather W.B. Engle and was carried on by his grandfather Carl T. Engle and his father, Robert E. Engle.Bob was called to active duty with the U.S. Army in 1964 and was honorably discharged six years later after serving his country in the Army Reserves. Upon completion of Basic Training in Kentucky, Bob returned to Coupeville via a cross-country road trip with his soon-to- be fiance and in-laws. Bob proposed to Cheryl Sherman in Pierre, South Dakota. He then returned to work on the farm; on June 25, 1966, he and Cheryl were married, bringing together two of the largest farm families on the Prairie.Bob was committed to farming, but he was always ready to lend a hand to anyone. Whether it was helping with the Methodist Church addition or taking in cattle from the Skagit Valley when the farms were flooded; he was there to support his community. Bob loved tractors, big trucks, anything John Deere and country music, but most important to him, was his family.Bob Engle is survived by his wife Cheryl of 49 ½ years, by three children and their spouses: Robert W. and Mary Engle and grandchildren Justin and Harley Engle of Coupeville, Donna and Russell Bailey Jr. and granddaughters McKayla, McKenzie and Mollie, also of Coupeville and Bonnie and Scott Bennett and granddaughter Sydnie of Orange, CA. and by his siblings and their spouses: Jim and Joyce Engle of Pt. Townsend, Len and Terri Engle of Coupeville, Ellen Derkland of Burlington and Jan and Dan Olson of Mt. Vernon. Numerous nieces and nephews and a wealth of cousins also survive.Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Iris Engle, his father and mother-in-law Wilbur and Grace Sherman and three brothers-in-law, Edward Morgan (Susan), Roger Purdue (Sara) and Don Derkland (Ellen).Graveside funeral services will be held at Sunnyside Cemetery, Coupeville on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 1:00pm with Rev. David Engle and Rev. Jin Ming Ma officiating. A tractor procession will begin at 12:30 at the lumber yard behind Red Apple Market. Friends of Bob are invited to join the procession with their tractor or truck. A Celebration of Life and reception will follow at the Coupeville High School Commons with Gary Wallin, Life Celebrant officiating. Please visit Bob's page in the Book of Memories at www.wallinfuneralhome.com to share memories and condolences. Memorials may be made to Island County 4-H in Bob's name. Please visit Bob's page in the Book of Memories at www.wallinfuneralhome.com to share memories and condolences. Arrangements are entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, Oak Harbor, WA.


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