Richard A. Engel
Richard Alan Engel, 70, passed away June 10, 2017
unexpectedly at his home in the Town of Byron. He was born on February 5, 1947 the
third son of the late Herman J. and Florence A. (Zangl) Engel in Fond du Lac.
Rick was a 1965 graduate of LP Goodrich High School in
Fond du Lac.
Rick served his country in the U.S. Army from January 1967
through 1968, including a tour in Vietnam.
Upon his return stateside, he served in the Army Reserves until 1973. He
received the following metals: National Defense Service, Vietnam Service &
Campaign, Army Commendation, two Overseas Service Bars and Sharpshooter Badge
Upon returning from Military Service, Rick continued his
education and graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Business Administration in 1974. Rick married Kathleen “Katie” Pritchard in
Milwaukee in 1974. The marriage ended in divorce in the early 1980’s. Rick also
earned a private pilot’s license, enjoyed flying, owned and maintained two
airplanes, one being experimental.
In the late 1970’s, he owned and operated “Ruby Begonia”
a plant store and greenhouse in Madison.
Following sale of the business, Rick then prowled around the Sierra
Nevada Mountains panning for gold in mountain streams and operated snow
grooming equipment at Homewood Ski Resort, Lake Tahoe, CA. Rick was recently self-employed
as a driver for FDL Reporter, Action Advertiser and Country Visions Cooperative.
Rick had a “green thumb.” He was a house plant specialist and an avid gardener.
He enjoyed selling his produce at Farmer’s Markets and sharing excess produce
with neighbors and friends.
Rick is survived by two brothers, James H. Engel,
Sacramento, CA and Ronald J. Engel, Fond du Lac, WI; numerous cousins, other
relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and older brother,
David J. Engel, formerly of Redundo Beach, CA.
Services: The family will receive relatives and friends
on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Calvary Cemetery Chapel
of the Risen Christ, 686 Fond du Lac Avenue, Fond du Lac. Military Honors will
take place following the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the
family for distribution to local military organizations.
Zacherl Funeral Home is serving the family.