Robert Joseph Engelen, 64, of Leopold, Mo., passed away at Southeast Hospital on March 31, 2017.Born in Lutesville, Mo., on Feb 12, 1953, he was the fifth child of Paul William and Mary "Elizabeth" Bueter Engelen.
Bob grew up on the rural Engelen Century Farm near Leopold. He attended the Leopold schools and graduated in 1971. He entered basic training with the US Army on Nov 30, 1971, and trained as a heavy equipment operator at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. He spent seven years with the 1140th Engineer BN in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
He married Annabel Marie Seiler at St. John Catholic Church on Aug. 19, 1972. To their union seven children were born: Melissa (Ron) Lincoln of Leopold, Michael (Annette) Engelen of New Wells, Mo., Scott (Melinda) Engelen of Leopold, David (Angel) Engelen of Leopold, Deanna (Chris) Brown of Leopold, Kristina (Chad) VanGennip of Leopold and Cassie Engelen of Leopold.
With the faithful support and love of his wife, Bob taught his seven children to work and respect the farm which provided their livelihood. The example of his work ethic led his children on to work on the farm, to respect the dirt, and to achieve what they were capable of doing.
He was a lifelong member of the St. John Catholic Church in Leopold. He was a board member of the Leopold-Glennon Mutual Aid Society, and was a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus with Council 5898 in Leopold.
Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn his passing a brother, Leonard Engelen of Leopold; two sisters: Mary Ellen Wilhelm of Bosworth, Mo. and Glenda Wotipka of Owensville, Mo. and a sister-in-law, Catherine Engelen, of Leopold; 12 grandchildren, and many other children who called him PaPa. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Sylvester Engelen.
Visitation will be on Sunday, April 2, 2017, from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill, Mo. Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday morning at St. John Catholic Church in Leopold. Father David Coon will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.