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Louis Elmer Engler

Louis Elmer Engler

Male 1915 - 1998  (82 years)

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  • Name Louis Elmer Engler 
    Nickname Elmo 
    Born 16 Dec 1915  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Transportation - OSU airport employee 
    Died 1 Feb 1998  Columbus, Franklin Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 5 Feb 1998  Northlawn Mem. Gardens, Westerville, Delaware Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I15410  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2019 

    Family Iris E. Sells,   b. 16 Jun 1912, Franklin Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1996, Columbus, Franklin Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Nancy Engler
    +2. Tom Engler
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F5783  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Obituary, The Columbus [OH] Dispatch (4 Feb 1998):
      "Elmer Engler, known as "Elmo" in the HAM Fraternity with call letters K8NZW, died suddenly at home on Sunday, February 1, 1998 at the age of 82. Retired from the OSU Airport and after 20 years of service and a HAM Radio operator and enthusiast for over 40 years.
      "Elmo is preceded in death by his wife Iris Engler, parents Henry and Emma Cain Engler and brothers Warren and Gerald Engler.
      "He is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Jim) Herbster of Dublin; son, Tom (Darlene) Engler of Grove City; grandchildren, Mark (April) Herbster, Melanie Corson, Kerry Herbster, Mindy Herbster, Chad (Candice) Engler, Leah Engler and Sinead Engler; step-grandchildren, Jeremy Porter and Sara Porter; great-grandchildren, Angela Corson, Hannah Herbster and Andrew Herbster; brother-in-law, Joe Sells; sisters-in-law, Mary Grau and Carolyn Tilley; nieces, nephews, neighbors and many friends throughout the world on world-wide amateur radio.
      "*** [A] funeral service will be held ... Thursday, February 5, 1998.... Interment Northlawn Memory Gardens...."
    • News article, The Columbus [OH] Dispatch (5 Feb 1998):
      "WORLDWIDE HAM NETWORK LOSES A LOCAL OPERATOR
      "Elmer 'Elmo' Engler was a ham radio aficionado for more than 40 years, so it seemed only natural to include his call letters next to his name in his obituary headline.
      "K8NZW.
      "That's how Engler, who died at 82, was known to hundreds of people on the ham network around the world. "I did not spend that much time listening to him contacting people, but I know many lived in the most obscure places on Earth," said his daughter, Nancy Herbster of Dublin.
      "You can spot a ham radio operator's home by the antennae sprouting from the roof or lawn. Herbster said her dad had 14 aerials at his North Side home.
      "Engler had been in good health, according to his daughter. He died while fixing breakfast Sunday, apparently of a heart attack.
      "Herbster said her father still lived in his own home and took care of himself. He still drove. She called him often, and he frequently told her that he was doing 'domestic engineering.'
      "A fellow radio operator whom Herbster contacted by phone to tell of her father's death said he and other ham radio operators would be transmitting word of 'Elmo's' death around the world.
      "Engler worked for 20 years doing maintenance at the Ohio State University Airport. He liked tinkering with flying but never piloted a plane, his daughter said. His job was mowing around the runways.
      "Engler was preceded in death by his wife, Iris. In addition to his daughter, Engler is survived by a son, Tom, of Grove City; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
      "His funeral will be at 11:30 this morning in Rutherford-Corbin Chapel, 515 High St., Worthington.
      "Herbster said her father had a reputation for telling jokes over the airwaves. 'Nothing naughty,' she said, 'but he had a sharp mind and good sense of humor.'
      " 'One of his favorite lines,' his daughter said: 'Old 'copter pilots never die; they just spin away.' "