Engle, Chester “Chet” Jr. Age 79 April 13, 1940 - August 26, 2019
Husband to the late Carol (Dobis) Engle. Beloved Father of James Writtenberry, James (Joann) Engle, Sandra Ballard, Theresa (Robert) Bollenberghe, Robert (Carrie) Engle, Christianne (Jason) Abbott, and the late infant son Billy Engle. Loving grandfather and papa to Grayce, Steven, Nicole, Jaclyn, Aaron, Bobby, Ariana, Marisa, Diamond, Madeline, Max and Great-grandfather to Nine. Loving brother to Magdalene (DeWayne) Schlaff, Ellen (Donald) Custard, Earl (Elizabeth) Engle and the late Bobby Engle. Brother-in-law to Theda (Francis) Dobis. Visitation will be Thursday, August 29, 2019 1 - 9 pm at Chas.Verheyden Inc., 43300 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 48038. Funeral will be Friday, August 30, 2019 at. St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church. Instate will begin at 11:30 am, until time of Mass at 12:00 pm. Share a memory at www.verheyden.org
Chester was born in Evarts, Kentucky to the late Oma and Chester Engle where his dad was a coal miner. The family moved to Detroit for better work opportunities. Chester dropped out of school at an early age to help with the family finances. His first job was at a meat packing company. Chet started working at White Tower Laundry as a truck driver in the 1960s and remained there through retirement.
In his adult life, Chester converted to Catholicism. Through the church, he found a way to share his kind and giving spirit by volunteering with seniors and helping families in need.
After smoking for thirty-five years, Chet quit smoking in 1984.
Chester and his wife loved to travel frequently taking trips to Tennessee, Las Vegas, and Ironwood, MI. Another love they shared was their love for Paco del Grande and Molly, their dogs.
When his wife became ill with dementia, Chester dedicated his life to becoming her caregiver. He kept her at home until he couldn’t take care of her anymore, about a month before she died.
In September of 2016, Chester was diagnosed with lung cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. He never complained of pain or discomfort, no matter how intense it was for him. Throughout his illnesses, he maintained a pleasant and positive demeanor. Anyone who came to visit him felt like they were just visiting with a friend, not checking up on someone who was ill.
He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family.