Graveside services for Everett Leroy “Honk” Engling, 88, were Monday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Horseshoe Cemetery near Glendo. The Reverend Bill Walker officiated and military honors were accorded by the John Prince American Legion Post #15 and the Wyoming Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors.
Everett “Honk” Engling died Thursday, Dec. 12 at Life Care Center in Casper. He was born March 23, 1925 in Waldo, Kan., the son of William and Alma (Deiter) Engling. He was raised and educated in Lucas, Kan.
Honk served in the United States Marine Corps from Dec. 9, 1943 to May 9, 1946. He was wounded at the Battle of Saipan in the Marianas Islands on June 20, 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. He was a member of the John Prince American Legion Post #15 in Glendo.
Honk came to Wyoming from Kansas on a combine crew and ended up staying in Glendo to work building the Glendo Dam. He also worked for “Fat” Thomas at the Conoco Filling Station in Glendo. He was co-owner of Honk’s Standard Service in Glendo from 1963 to 1975 where he developed his excellent mechanic skills. During this time he drove the ambulance and fire truck for the Glendo area. He was a partner in Engling Brothers Trucking, hauling mostly livestock. Honk also loved farming and raised wheat east of Glendo. Honk was on the City Council for several years and also served as Glendo’s Mayor.
He married Evelyn Joy Cooper on Oct. 24, 1954 at the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist in Glendo. They raised two children, Gary and Sharon. They lived in Glendo where Honk was able to spend time tinkering in his shop. Many of Honk’s friends would come and go from the shop to see what latest project he was working on. He loved building windmills and other works of art out of barbed wire. He created many interesting yard ornaments from junk he collected. Honk also loved going to the coffee shop, playing cards, going to auctions, and being around children, especially his grandkids! Honk had a unique sense of humor and loved playing pranks and joking with people. There was never a dull moment when Honk was around.
Honk was survived by his wife of 59 years, Joy Engling, of Glendo; children, Gary (Kathy) Engling of Big Piney and Sharon Engling of Casper; three brothers and two sisters, Dean Engling of Glendo, Orval Engling of Luray, Kan., Ed Engling of Natoma, Kan., Viola Karst of Russell, Kan., and Mary Ann Standley of Lucas, Kan.; five grandchildren, Katie, Scott, Callie, Sara, and Kyra; five great-grandchildren, William, Rylan, Madison, Avery, and Keegan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Everett was preceded in death by his parents.
Serving as pallbearers were Jim Wilson, Jamie McCormick, Frances Trenholm, Bob Trenholm, Doug Curtis, and Wayne Paris. Serving as honorary pallbearers were the Coffee Drinkers, Scott Engling, William Lewis, Rylan Wehr, Kevin Hall, Jeremy Shepherd, D.J. Gonzales, Logan Murray, and Jerry Ogden.
A memorial to the Glendo Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 404, Glendo, WY 82213 would be appreciated by the family.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com.
A special thank you from the family to the Life Care Center staff for all of their support.
See you in the funny papers, Grandpa.