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Donald Edward Engle
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Donald Edward Engle died March 3. He was 81.

Born on Jan 6, 1932 in St. Louis, Mo., to William McKinley (Mack) and Cornelia Engle. Grew up in Tracy, Calif., member of the Sea Scouts, enlisted in Navy at 17 during Korean War. Tail gunner and head ordnanceman in the P2V-2 Neptune and the PB4Y-2 Liberator, saw combat from January 1952 through April 1953, flew 42 combat missions over North Korea.

Attended Modesto Junior College where he met the love of his life, Ruth Conable Engle. Earned a B.A. in psychology from Sacramento State. Worked as a dance instructor, finance company manager, returned to work for the military and was assigned to an ammunition storage facility in Northern California. Transferred to Japan for two years on loan to the Japanese government to study problems associated with transfer of fuel and bulk oil from ocean-going tankers. Assigned to Defense Logistics Service center in Battle Creek, Mich., then U.S. Submarine Base Bangor as an analyst.

Returned to school to study geology and water well drilling. Moved to Omak in 1984 and operated Alpine Drilling for 24 years. In 2008, a brain tumor was found and removed. Moved to Seattle area to be near his children and their families. Attended meetings at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Enjoyed art, firearms, fishing, history, hunting, photography, storytelling.

Survived by his loving wife, Ruthie; children, Kathryn, Ken, Laura, Kirk; sister, MaryAnn; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard, and great-grandson Tyler. Celebration of life March 24, 1-4 p.m., WiseAcres Common House, 20800 Midway Ave., Indianola. Email

— Family of Donald Edward Engle


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