Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Earl Engelbrecht

   Earl W. Engelbrecht, 75, left this world to be with the Lord, his family and friends, living in eternity after a brief fight with cancer Jan. 19, 2008.

   He was born in Highland Park, Michigan Sept. 18, 1932 to William M. and Pearl L. Engelbrecht, now deceased. Mr. Engelbrecht and his family moved to Gladwin 34 years ago from Westerville, Ohio, where he built and operated LakCo Products. For the past 17 years, he has owned and operated Sugartown Products, Inc. manufacturing gourmet cooking charcoal.

   He has belonged to Rotary International, both in Ohio and Gladwin. He was active in Masonry: Lodge #397, as stewart, the Bay Consistory, and El Khurafeh Shrine Temple, both Vacationland and Frontier Shrine Clubs.

   Earl set up the program to serve M-Dot Coffee Break program for the Fourth of July week since 1991 at the Mackie Rest Area for Frontier Shrine Club and the Lodge.

   Earl was also a Fraternal member of Phi Kappa Epsilon and Theta Xi, Sigma chapter. Most often, if a project was for or about children and youth, you would find him working behind the scenes, for example: The Shrine Circus, the Halloween party at Gladwin Community Schools, Boy Scouts troop 675 and Band Boosters at Gladwin High School. In Ohio, he saw a need for a 24-hour crisis-calling center and implemented it into an effective program.

   Earl was a member of First United Methodist Church and active on many committees and projects over the years. He attended Christ the King Lutheran Church and served on a committee as a non-member representee. He served his family and community by being the hands and feet of Christ. Family was very important and his focus was to keep them together and safe. He enjoyed watching any sport, and when younger, participating. His most enjoyable quiet time was reading and listening to classical music.

   Earl was an industrial/mechanical engineer graduate from the University of Michigan and a journeyman tool maker for Chrysler Corp. He served the Michigan Air National Guard for six years and was honorably discharged as a S/SRG, machinist.

   He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia (Pat); their two sons, Warren P. (Trudi) of Saugatuck, Michigan and Leigh M. (Lori) of Rockford, Michigan; two precious granddaughters, Emily and Megan; and two brothers, Charles K. (Nancy) of Canton and Gordon P. of Blacksburg, Virginia. He was preceded in death by one brother, Martin W.

   He will lie in state Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 at Christ the King Lutheran Church from 1 p.m. until the service at 3:30 p.m. where a celebration service will be conducted. Pastors David Sprang and Charles Marble will officiate.

   It was his wish to be cremated after the service. A Masonic Memorial Service will be Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008 at 4 p.m. at Gladwin Masonic Lodge, 200 N. Silverleaf Ave., refreshments following. The public is welcome to attend.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 2211 North Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707-3392.

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Michigan Air National Gaurd.
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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September 2009
Bob Frei
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