William Engstler


William J. "Bill" Engstler, 80, of Sun City, died Jan. 3, 2002. He was born April 2, 1921, in Crystal Lake, Iowa.

One of seven children born to Carl and Minnie Engstler, he excelled in sports and received an athletic scholarship to Drake University.

Engstler enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941 and served until the end of World War II on an LST. He saw action at both the Normandy Invasion on D-Day and at Anzio, where he was injured and was awarded the Purple Heart. He relocated to Phoenix and worked for Sears. He was transferred to Yuma in 1957 and retired in 1983. He then moved to Payson. Bill dedicated his life to others through his involvement in his church and the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Edna of Sun City; two sons, Doug of Phoenix and Steve and his wife Leann of Tucson; one daughter, Ja-an and her husband Robert Walker of Yuma; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Carl of Seattle.

Services were held Jan. 8 at St. Philip's Church in Payson.

Donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1102 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ.

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