Major Robert J. Engle

Major Robert J. Engle, 91, of Jonesville, Michigan, passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at the McGuire Skilled Nursing Facility in Hillsdale, Michigan.

He was born May 21, 1924, in Jonesville, Michigan, the son of Frank and Margaret (Bean) Engle.

  Robert was a graduate of Jonesville High School, Class of 1942 and in 1943, during World War II, he enlisted in the United States Army. After completion of basic training, Robert went on to Fort Benning, Georgia, for Airborne Jump School and paratrooper training with the 82nd Airborne. During World War II, Robert participated in the D-Day Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Market Garden.

  In 1949, Robert attended Officers Candidate School at Fort Riley Kansas and then completed artillery training at Fort Bliss, Texas. Afterwards, Robert went to Korea and served his country during the Korean War as an artillery officer. Upon his return, stateside Captain Engle received missile training and was stationed in California, as well as served two tours in Germany.  Reassigned to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, in 1962, Captain Engle served as a missile battery commander. Before his retirement from Fort Sill Oklahoma in 1966, Major Engle also did two tours in Vietnam.

  After 23 years of service to his country during three wars, Robert retired from the military to become involved in the finance and logging industries, until permanently retiring in 1984. Mr. Engle relocated to Livingston and purchased a small horse ranch. Over the next 14 years,  he bred and raised horses and big game hunting occupied his life. Robert was an avid collector of firearms and military war memorabilia.

  In 1998 Robert, returned to Jonesville, Michigan, where he continued his support of Second Amendment rights. Robert was a benefactor member of the National Rifle Association, with 80 years of continuous membership. He also was a founder and trailblazer member of the Whittington Center in New Mexico and a member of the American Legion in Jonesville, Michigan.

  Survivors include four children Sandra Karnes, of Arkansas, Mark (Virginia) Engle and Robert (Jennifer) Engle, both of Montana, and Margaret Ann Bogdan, of California, ; siblings Lois (Tom) Herron and Beverly Engle, of Michigan, and John (Jeanene) Engle, of Colorado. Nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren also survive Major Engle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Frankie, Irene, Barbara, and Lenard.



Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,

Would you really want some cop-out, with his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want a solider, who has sworn to defend,

His home, his kin, and country, and would fight until the end?

He was just a common solider, and his ranks are growing thin,

But his presence should remind us; we may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldiers part,

Is to clean up all the troubles, that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor, while he’s here to hear the praise,

Then at least let’s give him homage, at the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline, in the paper that might say:

“Our country is in mourning for a soldier died today.”


— Author unknown


Thank you Dad for your service!  We will miss you.

  There will be no visitation or calling hours for Major Robert J. Engle.  A memorial service honoring Major Engle will take place in Jonesville, Michigan, the third weekend in May.

If desired, memorial contributions in Robert J. Engle’s name are suggested to the Jonesville American Legion or National Rifle Association. For online condolences, visit