VeteranRaymond Engel

Raymond T. "Ray" Engel, 93, of Quincy, formerly of Ipava, died at 4:40 a.m. Jan. 13, 2012, at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

He was born May 9, 1918, in Mendota, a son of Albert and Dora Langlitz Engel. He married Erma May Foss on Oct. 3, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo. She preceded him in death on April 11, 2003.

He also was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are three sons, Nathan (and Shirley) Engel of Ipava, Keith (and Linda) Engel of Macomb and Michael (and Marty) Engel of Quincy; one daughter, Jill (and Chuck) Woody of Roodhouse; one brother, Albert Engel of Mendota; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran from June 1942 until November 1945, serving as a radio operator in the U.S. and also in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.

He helped his father on the farm until his call to service. Afterward, he worked in a lumberyard in Van Orin until 1952 when he moved to Ipava to become manager of Ipava Lumberyard. He served as manager for 26 years. In 1978, he and his wife, Erma, purchased the business, that became Ipava Home Center. Together they served their community until his retirement in 2001.

He was a member of Ipava American Legion Post #17 and Ipava United Presbyterian Church for 60 years, where he served as Elder, Trustee, Deacon and co-chair of the adult education class. He served on Ipava City Board as vice-president of the Village Board and as Village Mayor of Ipava for 12 years.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at his church with Rev. Danie deBeer officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Ipava United Presbyterian Church in Ipava. Burial will be in Ipava Cemetery. Shawgo Memorial Home in Ipava is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Ipava American Legion Post #17 or Ipava United Presbyterian Church.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/18/2012

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