Verlin (Butch) Engel
4/16/44 - 7/6/19
Our dad could do anything. Born in Hays, America (aka Hays, KS), dad grew up with four sisters (Norma, Imelda “Millie”, Elgerine, Phyllis) and two brothers (Clayton, Darrell) on a farm in Ellis, KS with their parents Florian and Clara, where he learned numerous skills, including the curiosity and desire to make ‘stuff’.
In 1966 he married and moved to California, where he started a family and a 45-year career at Lockheed Martin. From internship, to teacher, to senior manufacturing engineer, he was a vital part of the Skunk Works, recognized by pilots, co-workers, and all levels of mgmt for his contributions to the program.
His detailed mind was evident not only at his job, but in the little things he did outside of work to meticulously create lasting and solid projects. His retirement was filled with antique shopping, old fashioned diners, good friends, building bird & butterfly gardens, and a love of planting & taking care of trees. And, of course, laughing, teaching, and making memories with us- ‘his favorite people call him dad’.
We were surprised our energetic dad did not come home after his bypass surgery. Through our sadness we are finding various ways to honor his memories, as he touched so many lives with his generosity and kindness.
We miss you and love you, dad.
Tammy & Wendi
Gravesite burial is 11:00AM Monday, Sept 23 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ellis, followed by a luncheon at K of C Hall.
Remember our dad by planting a tree, donating to our veterans, and paying kindness forward. Please share your memories with us:
Tammy & Wendi Engel, 785 Tucker Road, G-243, Tehachapi, CA 93561