Robert Ferd Engeman, Sr.
June 10, 1925 – March 6, 2018
Robert Ferd Engeman Sr. “Bob” left this world peacefully to be with our Lord on March 6, 2018. He was born in Newark, N.J. on June 10, 1925 to the late Caroline Mueller Engeman and Ferdinand Anton Engeman. After graduation from West Side High School, he enlisted in the United States navy in the Aviation Cadet Training Program. After his time of service in the Navy, he came to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech, where he was president of Sigma Nu Fraternity an attained a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1948. He then spent a year in Emory law School, after which he worked at Atlanta Gas Company and then came to McDonough in the early 50’s to run the foundry at Snapper. He worked there until 1957 when he started Simmons Manufacturing in a Quonset building on Highway 20 in McDonough. This pump company then developed into water valve manufacturing and grew much larger to become a major competitor on the market for water well supplies and frost-free hydrants. Today the company is just known as Simmons. Bob also served on the Hospital Authority Board during the 1970's when the original Henry General Hospital was built in Stockbridge, Georgia. In 1989 Bob married Kathleen (Kathy) Colvin Engeman enjoying 28 years of traveling, gardening, farming, and continuing to work at Simmons until early 2017. Bob is survived by his wife and children, Felton Hall Henderson (Natalie), Centerville and Shannon Henderson Sanders (Matt), Atlanta and grandchildren, Rebecca Henderson Morea (Joey), Berkeley Lake, Grace Henderson, Centerville, Willow Sanders and Everett Sanders, Atlanta. Bob is survived by three children with his first wife, May Turner Engeman: Robert (Bob) F. Engeman Jr. (Paula), McDonough, Richard W. Engeman, Gainesville and Caroline Engeman Moss (Jody), Westmoreland, Tennessee and grandchildren, Heather Engeman Smith (Kevin), Springfield, Tennessee, Robert F. Engeman III, McDonough, Katie May Moss, Westmoreland, Tennessee and Richard Allen Engeman, McDonough and great-grandchildren, Jordon and Brayden Smith, Springfield, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Locust Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 277, Locust Grove, GA 30248 or to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 930188, Norcross, GA 30003-0188.
- Visitation Saturday, March 10, 2018
- Memorial Service Saturday, March 10, 2018
Robert Ferd Engeman, Sr.
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March 12, 2018
At the age of 15, Mr. Engeman and I went to the mall together in Morrow, Ga. I was his daughter Caroline’s stepson. I had recently broken my leg in a football incident and had a cast up to my thigh. Upon arriving to the mall, Mr. Bob said, “just leave those crutches in the car, you’ll be fine...” so I did, this led to this happening more often than I should and I ended up having to get the cast replaced twice due to walking the bottom of it completely out. Mr. Bob was always a pleasure to talk to and he will be missed immensely by all who had the pleasure to know him.
March 12, 2018
I've heard so many loving memories about this man. I only wish I could have met him. An angel in heaven. He will be deeply missed. My beautiful best friend Caroline Moss my heart goes out to you. My deepest condolences.
I've never had the pleasure of meeting Your e beloved father, but if he's anything like you i can see why he's so missed. The Apple sure didn't fall far from the tree .n
With love always
March 10, 2018
deepest sympathy to all the family. I have been reliving all the times we shared, they were wonderful. We go back a very long time , he was a great friend.
Rod and Sue Oglesby
March 9, 2018
Bob was a good man and will be missed much. He did many good things for McDonough and Henry County.
March 8, 2018
The greatest man that walked this earth beside God was my daddy! I will hold every memory in my heart forever! Love you daddy! Caroline Engeman moss