Duane Virgil Engelhart
October 22, 1941 – July 9, 2021
This obituary shares the life of Duane Engelhart, a beloved father and grandfather. His life was a great example of honor, sacrifice, and hard work. He was a man of valued morals, positive efforts, and kindness. A graveside service will be held on July, 29, 2021 at 10:30am at Fort Sam National Cemetery, Pavilion #3.
Duane Virgil Engelhart, of San Antonio, Texas passed away Friday, July 9, 2021 after reaching the age of 79 years old. After months of declining health, he died peacefully at Colonial Gardens in San Antonio, Texas. Duane was born on October 22, 1941 in Webster, South Dakota to the late Hugo Engelhart and Mary Gearin Weiss.
Duane would live in South Dakota through childhood until later joining the United States Air Force in 1959. Throughout his time in the military, he served in Vietnam and completed assignments in Korea and England. After retiring from the military, he worked out of Del Rio, Texas primarily for Boeing and Coca-Cola before. Upon retiring, he relocated to Devine, Texas where he became part of a strong community of special friends including a place considered a “home away from home”, with his dear friend James at Payton’s Garage.
Duane loved being able to drive in his van and spend time with his friends and family almost as much as he loved his Folgers Instant coffee. He took pride in being independent and strived to form meaningful bonds. He was a good father who did his best to provide love, wisdom and guidance to his three children: Michael Engelhart, Anna Michele Anderson and Chandley Boman. He was a strong, proud and kind man who will be missed by many.
Duane Engelhart is preceded in death by his parents, Hugo Engelhart and Mary Gearin Weiss; his sister, Elizabeth Engelhart; his brothers, Charles, Raymond and Ronald Engelhart; his wife, Marilyn Engelhart; and his stepson, Terry Chiodo. Duane is survived by his loving children, Anna Michele Anderson (Mike) of Converse, TX, Michael Duane Engelhart (Valerie) of Wartburg, TN and Chandley Renee Boman (Robert) of Midlothian, TX; his stepdaughter, Jane Booth of MN; his sisters Jan Miner of OR, Louis Bolt of SD and Donna Anderson of SD; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren; a host of beloved friends and extended family.
- Hugo Engelhart, Father (deceased)
- Mary Gearin Weiss, Mother (deceased)
- Elizabeth Engelhart, Sister (deceased)
- Charles Engelhart, Brother (deceased)
- Raymond Engelhart, Brother (deceased)
- Ronald Engelhart, Brother (deceased)
- Marilyn Engelhart, Wife (deceased)
- Terry Chiodo, Step-Son (deceased)
- Anna Michele Anderson (Mike Anderson), Daughter
- Michael Duane Engelhart (Valerie Engelhart), Son
- Chandley Renee Boman (Robert Boman), Daughter
- Jane Booth, Step-Daughter
- Jane Miner, Sister
- Louis Bolt, Sister
- Donna Anderson, Sister
- Mr. Engelhart also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, a host of beloved friends, and extended family members.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Duane Virgil Engelhart
July 19, 2021
Mr. Engelhart, I was privileged to know you and your family. I deeply respected your military service, just like my father. You were such a delight last time I saw you at the airport. I wanted to make sure you were safely on your plane just as I would my own dad. I was so excited to learn to were stationed at Laughlin AFB, and blessed that your precious daughter and my best friend was born there just 3 months prior to me. So, in God's plan I just know that you've been in my life much longer than I realized and will be longer still. I love you and your family. And I know you'll be enjoying God's Heavenly Peace.
July 13, 2021
My sweet Dad I love you and I will miss all the talks about your military life and the precious memories.