Gene Franklin Engle, 1920 – 2013


Gene Franklin Engle, 92, of Crozet, passed away on January 21, 2013, at home surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was born on November 3, 1920, in Pleasantville, Ohio to the late Alva and Jennie Engle. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Marian Engle, and five brothers: Stanley, Wayne, Lowell, Chuck, and Llewelyn Engle. He is survived by his two daughters, Jennifer O’Dea and her husband Eric of Great Falls, and Becky Belew and her husband Danny of Afton; four grandchildren, John and Christine O’Dea and Brandon and Bonnie Belewm who were the pride and joy of his life and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind many dear friends and a devoted caregiver, Tonya Hicks.

Gene graduated from Capital University in 1944 with a degree in music. He was a talented violinist, pianist, vocalist, and drummer. After college he attended the Midshipmen’s School in Chicago and then served as a Lieutenant JG in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war he further pursued his love of music by studying at the Ohio State University. Then he was a public school music teacher in New Bremen, Ohio, where he met his wife, and later in Forest, Ohio. Shortly after, he accepted a job with the Department of Army in Germany as the Supervisory Education Officer and was responsible for six education centers for deployed troops. During this time he and his wife began their family and lived in Germany for eight years. They returned to the United States in 1959, where he worked at the Pentagon as the Deputy Director of Dependent Schools world-wide for the Department of Army. Later his office was transferred to the U.S. Office of Education, from which he retired in 1977. After retiring he and Marian moved to Crozet, which quickly became his home. He enjoyed gardening and landscaping at his home, playing music, his church family, traveling to 48 states and 19 foreign countries, and being an active and involved Papa to his grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 26, at Crozet United Methodist Church with the Reverend Doug Forrester officiating. Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The family suggests that any memorial contributions be made to Crozet United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 70, Crozet, VA 22932 or the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 188, Crozet, VA, 22932.

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