Harold Ray Engel - May 16, 2010
Harold Ray Engel of Ft. Collins, Colo. passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on May 16, 2011 at Poudre Valley Hospital.
Harold was born in Brule, Neb. Aug. 6, 1926 to Grace and William Engel. He graduated from eighth grade and worked the family farm between Grant and Ogallala, Neb.
Harold married Nancy Elizabeth Hankins on June 20, 1948. He also worked as an auto mechanic in Grant until 1954. At that time he and Nancy bought the Gamble Store in Lewellen, Neb. They spent 13 years running the store and raising their four boys. Looking for a better opportunity, they sold the store and moved to Ft. Collins in 1967.
Harold became a plumber for Allen Plumbing and Heating and soon was the preferred service plumber. He received his GED and became a journeyman plumber. His ability to solve problems satisfied more customers than any of us can ever imagine and he left a reputation that is legendary in Ft. Collins.
After open heart surgery on his 60th birthday, he barely slowed down and continued to work for Allen P & H until he semi-retired in 1989. Not allowing himself to get bored he worked for Corman Mechanical in Greeley until 1997. Harold and Nancy continued their favorite hobby of RV travel until Nancy became too sick to travel, at which time Harold concentrated all of his efforts to provide total care for Nancy until she passed on Nov. 1, 2001.
Throughout his life Harold showed his tremendous work ethic by helping people in unimaginable ways and never expected anything in return. He repaired just about anything that broke or wore out. He worked with the Boy Scouts, Lion’s Club, Lewellen 1st Methodist Church, Attack Pack, and was an advocate for hope to heart surgery patients before and after surgery.
Harold was the mayor, fire chief and judge for the town of Lewellen simultaneously. He enjoyed RV travel, boating on Lake McConaughy and working on his Crystal Lakes lot with Nancy and his family. His gentle character and subtle wit will be dearly missed by his family and more people than we will ever know.
He is survived by four sons: Roger and wife Diana of Golden, Colo., Jerry and wife Sharon of Greeley, Colo., Jim of Ft. Collins, and Tom and wife Jan of Santa Fe, N.M; six grandchildren; Dan and wife Beth of Seattle, Wash., Annia and husband Shawn Smith of Westminster, Colo., Nate and wife Kalynn of Covington, Ky., Sarah and Josh Neel of Arvada, Colo., Laura and fiancé, Kane Carey of Wellington, Colo., and Jason of McGuire AFB, N.J.; one great-granddaughter Lena of Seattle and one great-granddaughter in the oven Harper Grace of Covington. He is also survived by three brothers Fred and Gerald of Grant, Neb. and Paul of Westminster, Calif. and one sister Ruth Joosten of Albuquerque, N.M.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Elizabeth; his parents William and Grace; brothers William and Max and sisters Maxine Hall and Edith Roscoe.
Funeral services were held May 20, 2011 at the 1st United Methodist Church in Ft. Collins.
Honorary Pallbearers were his six grandchildren Dan, Annia, Nate, Sarah, Laura, and Jason.
Donations in Harold’s name can be made for a conservation project at Crystal Lakes in Red Feather, Colo., through Allnutt Funeral Home.
Allnutt Funeral Home of Ft. Collins was in charge of arrangements.