- 84 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 19, 1929
- Place of birth:
Elvins, Missouri, United States
- Date of passing: Aug 7, 2014
- Place of passing:
Miami, Florida, United States
|Let the memory of Arthur be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Arthur Engelskind, 84, born on November 19, 1929 and passed away on August 7, 2014. We will remember him forever.
Arthur was a beloved husband, father, grandfather & friend. He is survived by his wife Shirley Engelskind, and his five children: Diane, Cindy, Arthur Jr., Laura & David. And his 3 Son In Laws: Norman, George & Michael. He had five Grandchildren: Geroge Jr., Robert, Carrie, Jessica & Julie. Arthur also had one sister Marlene. He loved all his family & friends, and those that knew him will never forget him or the imprint he left in this world.
Our family would like to thank everyone for the love & support you have shown for Arthur. To all of those that attended the memorial & life celebration...it was great to have you there with us. For those that could not attend, all the phone calls, letters, emails & gifts are very appreciated. Thank you all & God Bless you.
"Happy Birthday, Art. This is your third birthday since you left us. I think of you everyday and miss you. I know you are happy where you are now. The Monark Butterflies have been around all week and I know that was planned by you. So until we are together again, I will love you forever and the wonderful memories make me happy."
"Happy Birthday Daddy ~ Just over two weeks ago we had the honor of laying you to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. An honor that you deserved and we will forever respect & visit for many generations to come. Your fellow Naval officers bestowed you with a beautiful, honorable & respectful ceremony, which you absolutely deserved. (as I am sure you witnessed!) The unfolding & folding of THIS most beautiful flag or red, white & blue, TAPS on the bugle, and the gun salute that was SO well deserved, & were so eloquently portrayed. I, for one, could not have been more proud and sad at the same time. The sadness is mine but the honor and my pride is in & for you.
Thank you for being the husband you were to mom & loving her so much & so beautifully. Thank you for being the role model, father, grandfather, fisherman, construction expert, golfer, best chef of chop suey, teacher, comedian (glop drop expert!) card player & on and on that you were. You taught me & all of my siblings the worth of each & every day. You are always in my thoughts & forever in my heart. Please keep fluttering by! I LOVE YOU DADDY!"
"One week ago today on Nov 3rd you were laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery. It was only fitting that your final trip was made in your loved Lincoln car. It was also fitting that your first stop was at Diane and Norman's farm in West Virginia. We were joined there by your best friends Ken and Carolyn Igo and Pam and Jeff. It was a very special weekend for all of us. The ceremony in Arlington could not have been any more perfect. The weather was sunny, in the 70,s, and the trees in full color. That Navy gave you a full military service, and it was beautiful and emotional. Arlington does things right for the Veterans with much dignity and respect. We all know you were looking down on us and smiling. It was hard to leave you, but you deserve to rest in peace in that beautiful and dignified cemetery. We all know this would please you. Miss you and will love you forever."
"Please take care of Maggie for us. Love and miss you every day."
"Two years ago, at this time I was driving as fast as I could down I-95 to be by your side one last time. But you had already left this world and joined the kingdom of heaven. I will never forget this date...or the bravery you had in your eyes during your final days here on earth. Everyone misses you Geo...but we take solace in all the signs you leave us. Whether it is in a song we hear, a butterfly or cloud we see or just a gust of wind we feel. Your presence is always with us and watching out for us. Keep them coming Big Guy. Love you!"
"Just two years ago today you left us to join our Heavenly Father in Heaven. It has been a long two years and I miss you everyday..Each day there is something that happens to remind me of our life together. It may be a song, a sign I know is from you ,or just the daily routine of living. The thing that keeps me going is knowing you are in a far better place.The pain you endured during your final days, broke my heart. I am happy you no longer have that. Will love you always and someday we will be together forever. love you."
"Two years ago, we lost our patriarch. We lost such a sweet, strong soul. We miss you every day, even still. I still can't believe you're gone. However, we gained a beautiful angel who watches over us always.
I know you are with me every time the song My Way by Frank Sinatra plays. When we went on our day trip to Cologne last weekend, we went to have dinner in this busy area of the city. There were a bunch of different individual street performers playing, but out of nowhere (and while I was mid-conversation), I could hear a man on his trumpet playing the song. I got chills, but I was so happy to know you spent the day watching over my little family.
I love you grandpa and am so grateful you watch over all of us from heaven."
"I've been thinking about you a lot lately Grandpa. I had a dream about you recently and when I woke up I tried to go back to sleep so I could talk to you more, but it didn't work. I miss you like crazy and wish we'd had more time together. I hope you're having fun up there with the angels. Love you! ♥"
"Happy Valentines Day! You always made this day very special for me and our children. Never came home from work without candy for all! Thinking of all the good times and miss you like crazy."
"This is the 2nd year that you have spent your birthday in heaven. Hope it is a good one for you. I miss you every day, but on days like this it is harder. I am thankful that you are in a better place, free of pain and with loved ones. Will just remember the great ones that we shared together. we will meet again . Love you always!"
"I decided to take mom some flowers this morning so since today is not only special because it's your birthday, but also special because it's your anniversary. I drove over to the house before work. As soon as I parked my car and shut off the engine, I looked up and a beautiful Monarch butterfly was the first thing I saw fluttering outside my window. I knew it was another sign of your approval. I love you daddy. Happy Birthday and thank you for your signs of reassurance."
"Miss you Big Guy. Hope you are celebrating your birthday in style today in heaven. Love you."
"Love you and miss you every single day. Happy Birthday, Grandpa."
"Happy Veterans Day in heaven, grandpa. Thank you for your incredible sacrifices and service you provided for our country. Whenever I think of you, I can picture you wearing your navy t shirts and hats. You made us all so proud of you. Love and miss you so much❤️"
"On Oct. 23 1948 Art and I met on a street corner in Pittsburgh, PA. while waiting for a bus. I was 16 and he was 18. Little did we know that 4 years later we would get married. We had almost 62 happy years together. Had 5 wonderful children and 5 wonderful grandchildren ! In Dec we will have our first great granddaughter.I wish he could be here to witness that. Somehow I know that he will. I will always remember that beautiful day in Oct when we met and all the happy years we shared. Miss you every day! I know we will be together again someday. Love you forever."
"We have gotten thru the first year and all the "firsts". Still missing you and seeing you in the butterflys that have remained here. Love you always."
A lot has changed since you left, but the one thing that's stayed the same is how much I miss you. It feels like you missed so much, because I didn't see your face, but I know that you've been with me through all the big changes. I am fully aware that this sounds crazy, but I know you sent me the birds. When my last relationship ended, I saw a cardinal, and I felt better. When my next relationship started, I saw a cardinal, and I knew things were going to be good. On the day of my graduation, I saw a cardinal, and I knew it was you. As much as it hurts to know I can't hear your voice, or give you a hug, it's comforting to know you stuck around.
I'd also like to thank you for sending me someone wonderful. I know that you had something to do with it... I see all my favorite things about you in him. I just find it a little too hard to believe that I found him all by myself. The one thing I never realized you taught me until after you passed is how a man should love a woman, and that's how you loved my grandma. You steered a good one in my direction somehow, and I know that he's the kind of man you would love and want me to be with.
Missing you hasn't gotten any less painful or easier to cope with. It still feels like someone is missing at family gatherings. It still feels weirdly quiet on holidays, especially during dinner. We're trying to adjust to a new normal, but it still just feels strange. I always feel the urge to run down to the shop and say hi to you, but then it hits me that you're not down there playing computer games anymore. I guess I always took that for granted.
I don't think missing you is gonna get easier during the next year without you. Maybe it will be less painfully obvious, but it won't end. I hope you still send me signs, and birds, and I hope that you don't miss out on all the big things coming up in all of our lives. I'll love you forever.
"Dad, It has been a year now since you left this earthly realm to hold the hand of God. As much as I miss you and wish you were still here, I know in my heart that you are still with us. Your presence has been felt many times over the last year. There are moments in time when your voice still fills the air...and your laughter makes me smile. I'm sure wherever you are in heaven it is beautiful, and if not...you probably changed it and re-built it, so it is perfect now.
On days like this I hope you are looking in on the family and keep blessing us with your presence. You we're a loving Husband, Father, & Provider and we all miss you. Keep inspiring Mossy each day and let her feel the comfort of your love. From the tributes written on this page so far...I can see you are doing a great job as usual.
Love you Big Guy!"
"Grandpa, I cannot believe it's been a year. I still feel like I'll see you next time we go visit. I keep wondering when or even if it'll ever stop hurting, but I know you're in a better place and that helps. I hope you're at peace now, without pain, watching over those of us who loved you, and being unseen support for those who need you most. You were truly a wonderful person, tough when you needed to be but loving and soft at heart. I love you so much and I miss you more than words can express. You will forever have a spot in my heart and mind. Rest in Peace"
"It only takes a little space
To write how much we miss you
But it will take the rest of our lives
To forget the day we lost you."
"Grandpa, I never thought it was possible to miss someone so much until the world lost you. I think of you always. I miss sitting on your lap for hours hearing all of the amazing stories that were your life. I miss how you'd always greet me saying "hi baby!" in this indescribably excited tone, and would give me the biggest kisses on my forehead. I miss making you watch Shrek with me over and over again and how you'd never deny my requests even if your beloved golf games were on TV. I miss the ways you would compliment my beauty even during my points of insecurity, because you truly made me feel beautiful. You are what every man should idolize and strive to become, and you are for those who knew you. I can't describe how much you mean to me or how much love I'll always have for you. You never failed to make trips to grandma and grandpa's house extremely joyful and exciting.
I know that you are still with us, even though you aren't on Earth. You are the voice that keeps me strong when I feel weak. You are my reason for striving to become a better woman, the person you would want me to be. Your example of being unconditionally loving is something I hope I can exemplify, it is often difficult yet you made it seem effortless. I know you are watching over our family, and I couldn't have a more perfect Angel on my side. I always trust the signs you send me of your presence, I wish you knew how grateful I am for all of them.
You were in so much pain in your last moments on Earth, but a selfish part of me wishes you were still here. I wish I could show you my appreciation for all of the blessings you gave this family, I wish I could hear one last story, I wish I could hug you and kiss you one last time, and I wish more than anything that you could meet my daughter. You put up one hell of a fight, and God knew it was your time to feel at peace. I miss you more every day, and life without you will never be the same.
If I could request one thing of you Grandpa, I would ask you to please keep a special eye on my Grandma during this difficult day (and always). I know this day will be especially hard on all of us, but I can't imagine how much harder it must be for her to not have the love of her life here. I have faith that you will. Your love for her was stronger than any love I've ever seen, and I could only dream of being loved by a man the way you love her.
Thank you for leaving us your legacy. Thank you for making us all so proud to have known you. Thank you for showering us with your love. Thank you for making all of the family traditions so special and dear to my heart. This will forever be a difficult day to get through. I didn't get the chance to say goodbye to you, but part of me feels like it might be better that way. Goodbye isn't necessary when you are my guardian Angel. I love you past forever❤️"
"One year ago today I lost you as my father and gained you, as my and many other's, Angel. As painful as this day is and will always be, I want to thank you for being the provider that you were, loving your children the way you did, and always loving our mom with every being of your soul. You were a role model before that was even a thing! In the last year we have learned & uncovered so many things about you that you were too modest to admit. Purple Heart, awards, poems, & the endless profess of how much you loved our mother. You were truly the biggest Teddy bear with the biggest growl! I thank you Dad from every part of my being for everything you did for me. I have so many great memories that I will forever treasure and take to my grave. You were definitely one of a kind. I see the signs you send me & hope they will continue. I Love you & miss you...........til I see you again, I will carry you with me, always."
"One year ago tomorrow you left us to be with Our Heavenly Father. There has not been a day go by when I have not thought of you and missed you. There is always something to remind me of things you said or did. I am sincerely happy for you, the pain you endured has ended. But for me, it has been the hardest and most difficult year of my life. I will love you forever. For those of you lucky enough to still have the loves of your life, enjoy each day and cherish each moment. Once they are gone, life will never be the same. I know we will be together again, so until that day comes, memories will keep me going. Love you, together forever. Shirley"
"I've been thinking about you a lot today. It's almost been a year without you... It's hard to believe. I miss you so much still.
I also wanted to thank you for the sign you sent me on my graduation day. I knew you'd be there. I love you."
"Grandpa, I've been thinking about you a lot lately, especially today. It was strange not seeing you on Father's Day or during our annual Keys trip. I miss you so very much. I miss your wise cracks, your long hugs, and the way you smiled at me when I talked your ear off. I realize you had so many untold stories and wish I could hear just one more from you. Happy Father's day Grandpa. I hope you know what an impact you made."
"Missing you a lot lately, but I know that I carry you in my heart, so that makes the pain a little easier to bear."
"It seemed really strange this year not to have you come out to breakfast on Christmas wearing your Santa Hat. You had done that for years. But you had your Christmas in Heaven this year. As much as I have missed you, It gives me comfort knowing you are now pain free, and with loved ones who have passed before you. We are happy that 2014 is over, and have hope that the new year will be a better one for all. Miss you every day. Shirley"
"Sad to start a new year without you, but glad to leave some of the pain in 2014. I miss you every day."
"Happy birthday Grandpa. And happy anniversary to you and Grandma. I miss you more and more every day. The world is not the same without you in it. I hope you're having the best birthday ever and that you're happy and at peace. Today it was the first day in the longest time that it wasn't storming, and the skies were beautiful. I knew that God wanted the world to be beautiful for your special day. I love you so much, and I think about you all the time. I know you're watching over our family."
"Miss you Big Guy. Gonna be thinking about you all day. Tonight's cigar is in your honor. Hope you are smoking a really good one today in Heaven. Love You."
"Grandpa, I miss you more than words can say. I will never forget you. You would have been 85 today and married to my sweet Grandma for 62 years and I wish you were here to celebrate. I love you forever."
"Thinking of you and missing you on your 85th birthday & 62nd wedding anniversary Dad. Life, and especially the holidays, will never be the same without your larger than life personality and gentle soul. I miss you & love you more than words can express."
"Art would have been 85 today. It would have been our 62nd wedding anniversary. He was the love of my life and I miss him every day.
"Happy Birthday Grandpa. I still can't believe you're gone. I know you're up there celebrating with the angels today. Look down on us and know that we're thinking of you and miss you. Love you Grandpa <3"
"Uncle Art was a very special person----I will always remember his kindness, how he would think of others, and his wonderful laugh----especially when he was teasing someone! I have so many wonderful memories of visiting he and Aunt Shirley and I will treasure them forever! We are all better people for knowing him. Love you Uncle Art!!!"
"'It is healthy and honorable to weep at the loss of someone we love. Healthy because such passion must be released. Honorable because it is respectful to admit the importance of people who have loved and supported us...people whose footprints cannot ever be matched.' (Maya Angelou) while I was searching for words to express our deepest sympathy, I found the above words by Maya Angelou, and thought it was very honorable for Art: a great husband, great father, great grandfather, great friend. We are fondly remembering "uncle" Art, boating, fishing, and vacationing in the keys, our thoughts and prayers go out to Shirley and family, take care, love from long time friends Skip, Debbie, Tony, Andrea and family."
"During my lifetime, I have known only a few men who could "do it all" or "fix anything". I read somewhere that it takes awhile to accomplish hard things--but to accomplish impossible things takes a little longer. The word impossible was not in Art's vocabulary. He was a hard and steady worker and would tackle any job. The end result was always WELL DONE.
The words "jolly good fella" come to mind as I remember Art: His smiles, laughter, teasing (I was sometimes on the receiving end), his enjoyment of TV, and the many catalogs he received in the mail, and his pleasure when folks dropped by.
Art was my brother-in-law, but he seemed more like the brother I never had. Through the years, we shared many good times and made lots of memories I will miss you, big brother.
"As a niece to Uncle Art and Aunt Shirley, my memories are of their generous hospitality. I can remember spending a week in the summer with them. My cousins and I swam in their above ground pool and just had oodles of fun! The family moved to Florida shortly before I was married. Trips to the Sunshine State were not as frequent after that. However, when my husband and I did travel to the South, before children and with children, Uncle Art was always very happy to see us. He and my aunt graciously opened their home to us and treated us like royalty. One visit particularly comes to mind. Our family had just begun an extended trip to the South. Uncle Art and Aunt Shirley's home was one of our first stops. Somewhere en route, my husband, Bob, had done something to his back. He was in great pain and could hardly walk. Our vacation was just beginning, and five days at Disney were to come after our visit in Ft. Lauderdale. We were very concerned. Uncle Art saw the problem and just took over. He stretched Bob's back, told him to do some back exercises (which he modeled for him), and he even gave him one of his back braces. Miraculously, Bob's back got better. Before we left their home, his back was basically back to normal. Uncle Art masterfully saved our vacation! We were so appreciative, not only for the hospitality shown to us, but for his advice and help. I don't remember if we ever returned that back brace. However, Bob still does the back exercises on occasion. Even though this incident happened over twenty years ago, the memory has remained as though it were yesterday. Thanks, Uncle Art! We love and miss you!"
"Where do I begin to thank you for all you have taught and instilled in me? You taught me about God and faith, strength and endurance, patience and honesty. You showed me so much about fixing and building things that I can take on any task and share my skills with my own children. You showed me how to take on any challenge and to never give up. I caught my first fish at Woodley's Pond with you right there, and that was the beginning of many wonderful fishing trips. You taught us all how to have fun and laugh and enjoy time together with each other. You are the brightest star in the sky for me now Daddy. I won't say good-bye because I know you will always be here with us all...just end it with these words from a Christmas present you gave to your girls:
With so much in common and the kinship we share,
We have a connection that's perfect and rare.
We're there for each other whenever, whatever
- Like Peas in a Pod - together, forever!"
""Art, you were always a second dad to me, you always treated me like
a son. I grew up with you and your family. I have always loved you and Shirley as I would my own parents.
Art, David and I are closer than blood brothers, and Diane,Cindy and Laura are all my little sisters who I love very much. The best times of
my life were spent with you and your family. Whether it was fishing or
playing golf, or spending time with you up at the camp, or simply sitting
around on the patio shooting the breeze. These are the times I cherish the most. I will miss you but I will always smile when I think of you and
think back on all the good times. I will celebrate your life, not mourn your passing. I know this is what you want and expect of us all !!!
love ya G.O."
"How do you thank someone for your life? Are there enough words that can be written? My Dad was so much more to me than I can ever express. He was a mentor, a friend and truly a hero in my eyes who I loved and admired. He built an incredible home and raised a family while working to early morning hours each day. His hard work ethic and dedication to his family always made sure we were provided for. With the love of his life...his wife Shirley at his side, our home was always a place of laughter & love. His presence will be missed but never forgotten. He was one of the finest examples of a man from the greatest generation, and I will always be proud & honored to be his son."
"It was awesome that we met this great man and were guests in his house. Every time we felt as the german part of the family. So we are really sad that he is no longer with us. Our thoughts are always with you and the family. We will never forget the time we had when we were in Florida. Wir werden Dich vermissen.
Michael and Kirsten with Nicolas and Dominic, Germany"
"I loved Arthur's sense of humor and his storytelling abilities. His childhood tales were very interesting and I always looked forward to listening to them while he had his after dinner cigar. His whole family made me feel very welcome when I visited and like part of their family. Arthur was an exceptional father and Shirley is an exceptional mother. Together, they raised a very moral, loving, caring and close-knit family, which seems to be such a rarity in today's society. I pray that in the coming days, The Lord will fill the grieving hearts of all who are mourning Arthur, with comfort and happy memories. Arthur will be missed."
"Grandpa, I miss you so much. Last time I saw you, I told you I was proud of how strong you are, and you left this world fighting like I always knew you would.
The days of sitting on your lap in your big armchair, getting horsey rides and being tickled until I thought the hiccups would never end, teaching me about how the big Navy Warships worked, teaching me tongue twisters, talking like Donald Duck, taking us into the hot tub, taking us fishing, and watching cartoons with us have been over for a long time, but they've never been forgotten. From you, I've learned so many important lessons in life, but the most recent thing you taught me is how a man should treat his wife, and I will always be grateful for that. One of the last times I saw you, Grandma had just gotten out of the hospital, and even though she wasn't at her best, you looked at her like she was the most beautiful, perfect, important person in the world, and I'm glad that I found someone who looks at me the same way.
The last time I saw you (the day before you passed) you seemed happy and healing, so it was a crushing blow the next morning when I found out that you didn't make it. I will always be satisfied knowing that I got to hug you one last time before you left for heaven, and that I got one last crazy story out of you.
I will always love and miss you. You may not be physically present anymore, but I will carry you with me in my heart forever. Thank you for being proud of me, and inspiring me to be persistent and creative, and for teaching me to stand my ground when people try to knock me down. You were the only Grandpa I ever knew, so thank you for being the best Grandpa I could ever imagine. I love you, and hope that you're resting comfortably in Paradise."
"Art and Shirley et al were the best neighbors we have EVER had. We lived next door to them for almost 20 yrs. You both were not only great neighbors but GREAT friends and we still miss you after 9 yrs. Keith said, "Art was one of those 'old-school' kinda guys that knew how to do everything. The boys were blessed to have a dad like that." I say, any girl would love to have had a dad like Art. His influence is evident in their choices of great men. We are saddened by Art's passing but we will look forward to seeing him again. . . and we'll have a good laugh. . . after I get my hug. With much love and sorrow, Keith and Cheryl Moore"
"I was very lucky to have the dad everyone in the neighborhood wanted - even though he worked hard he made time for his children and our friends. It was not uncommon to have a game of kickball going on in our front yard after dinner. My daddy and mom provided us with a great childhood onto adulthood. Thank you for everything including my sisters and brothers (all brats). I am so glad I got to spend more time with my parents in the later years from trips to West Virginia to our Friday night card games. I will miss it all."
"Grandpa, thank you for being the most incredible male figure in out family. My favorite memories as a child are the days I spent sitting on your lap; being teased and tickled, hearing your stories, watching tv together and picking on you. You always knew how to make me smile. I miss you so much. You will always be in my heart forever, and I know you'll watch over all of us. Thank you for everything you've done for our family, no one could ever express how grateful they are for you. I love you grandpa, you're the most handsome angel heaven has."
"Art, the last time I saw you I told you THANK YOU for the wonderful gift you gave me and my family. That would be your daughter Laura. You looked me straight in the eye and shook your head and said your welcome. You were such a wonderful man, father, grandfather, husband and friend. You will be missed but you have left behind a great legacy. Wonderful great respectful children. And I love them all. So honored to have known you. Thank you for your gifts. I'll see you in heaven.
Love May May. Aka. Marilyn."
"Grandpa, I am at a loss for words. You were the only Grandfather I ever had and all I ever needed. I will always remember your great laugh, your amazing stories, your strong hugs, and the way you called me 'little girl.' You meant the world to me and it's hard to believe that you're gone. I hope you're finally at peace now, without pain, and looking down on the rest of us. I love and miss you Grandpa. You were a truly amazing man and you'll forever be in my heart."
"Dad, Words cannot express how much I will miss you. I don't have enough words or room on this message to express my gratitude. You have inspired me in more ways than you will ever know. You taught all of your children to be strong, hard working individuals just like you were. You were loved by so many. I will cherish every moment that we spent on the boat, fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying nature. Your "lucky charm" was truly the lucky one. I love you Daddy. I will always carry your love and strength with me forever in my heart, and I thank you for being the best dad a girl could ask for."
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