Robert C. Engle, 88

March 18, 2009

OCT. 4,1920-MARCH 17, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Robert C. Engle, 88, of Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and formerly of 5765 Manheim Road, Waynesboro, Pa., died Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at the nursing home.

Born Oct. 4, 1920, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Grover S. and Ruth A. Coffman Engle.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia J. Embly Engle, in 2006.

He was a 1938 graduate of Hershey Industrial School, currently the Milton S. Hershey School. He later studied as an apprentice in the pottery trade in Trenton, N.J.

He was self-employed as a cabinetmaker and potter at his home workshop for more than 40 years, retiring in 2003. He also was the potter at Round Meadow Craft Center at Catoctin Park, near Thurmont, Md.


He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and the Korean War.

He was a member of Welty Church of the Brethren in Smithsburg and a former member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Waynesboro.

He was a member of the National Woodcarvers Association, Order of the Arrow and the Cumberland Valley Craftsmen Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

He is survived by one son, Milton C. Engle of Waynesboro; two sisters, Jane Fox of York, Pa., and Betty Shaeffer of El Salvador and formerly of York; two stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Frances Miller; and two brothers, Charles S. Engle and William Engle.

Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. The Rev. Michael Manthos and Pastor Jeffrey Walter will officiate. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 18600 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742; or Welty Church of the Brethren, 13465 Greensburg Road, Smithsburg, MD 21783.

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