Aileen Engel and Jack Engel


April 12, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Aileen Engel

Evelyn Aileen Engel, 100, long-time resident of rural Aliceville, passed away Saturday night, April 9, 2016, at the Life Care Center in Burlington.

Aileen was born Sept. 16, 1915, in Neosho Falls, the daughter of Samuel Maurice and Mary Ione (Tidd) Faidley.

She grew up in the Neosho Falls area and graduated from Neosho Falls High School where she was on the girl’s basketball team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Emporia State University and later earned a master’s degree from E.S.U.

She taught in country grade schools near Neosho Falls for a short time before moving to Texas.

On Aug. 15, 1937, she and Raymond Brewster Engel were married in Edcouch, Texas. They became the parents of three children while living in Texas. In 1943 they moved back to a farm near Aliceville, where they had two more children. 

Aileen taught in various country schools before teaching fifth grade at Le Roy Elementary School for 17 years.

Aileen was a farm girl and loved the country life. She loved to cook, bake and can. She loved animals and truly enjoyed nature. On a walk in the country she could tell you the scientific name of all the plants and trees. She was an avid camper and especially enjoyed the camper built by her husband, Raymond, in the 1960s. When her children were young she helped organize the Busy Bees 4-H Club in the Scott Valley Neighborhood.

Aileen enjoyed sports and bowled for many years and participated in National Bowling tournaments. She took up snow skiing at the age of 67 and continued to enjoy skiing until the age of 85. She was an adventurer and loved to travel. She hiked the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska where she climbed the Golden Staircase. She traveled to many places including a trip to Israel.

Aileen was a woman of faith and was a member of the Methodist Church in Aliceville until it closed and then a member of the United Methodist Church in Le Roy until it closed.

In later life she enjoyed painting and was an accomplished artist. She was also an avid Scrabble player where she used her vast vocabulary.

Her husband, Raymond, preceded her in death on June 1, 1992, following more than 54 years of marriage. Aileen stayed on the farm for 10 years after Raymond’s passing before moving to The Meadows in Burlington. She then moved to Washington where she lived for eight years until moving to the Life Care Center in Burlington in 2011.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Raymond Jack Engel, who died several hours before her on Saturday; her son, Jerry Maurice Engel, in 2008; an infant daughter, Barbara Engel, who was a twin to her son, Bob; four sisters, Dorothy Bozarth, Mary Lou Hunter, Ada Ruth Grunwald and Lyla Jean Sargent; and a brother, Maurice Faidley.


She leaves her children, Robert Eugene Engel and wife Sally, Jewell, Judith Ann Nolan and husband Patrick, Puyallup, Wash., and Ralph Deane Engel, Chanute; a daughter-in-law, Sheryl Engel, Augusta, (Jerry’s wife); a daughter-in-law, Gayle Engel, Aliceville, (Jack’s wife); 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Deane Faidley, Fort Worth, Texas; a sister, Lois Bledsoe, Pharr, Texas; a number of nieces and nephews; many other relatives and friends.


Jack Engel

Jack Engel, 76, rural Le Roy, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon, April 9, 2016, at his home.

He was born June 20, 1939, in Brownsville, Texas, the son of Raymond Brewster and Evelyn Aileen (Faidley) Engel.

In 1943 the family moved back to Kansas, settling on a farm near Aliceville. Jack attended Antioch and Aliceville Grade Schools before graduating from Westphalia High School.

On Feb. 27, 1966, he and Gayle Joy Wright were married in Iola. They became the parents of two daughters.

Jack farmed and raised livestock for a number of years. Following his retirement from farming he was employed at the Le Roy Co-op Tire Shop for 12 years. In his leisure time he enjoyed doing carpentry work around the home and in later years he enjoyed drives in the country.

He preceded his mother, Aileen, who died several hours after Jack on Saturday. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond; a brother, Jerry Engel; and an infant sister, who was a twin to Bob, Barbara Engel.

He leaves Gayle, his wife with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage on Feb. 27 of this year; his daughters, Lisa Engel, Burlington, and Peggy Eccles and husband Keith, Le Roy; two grandchildren, Jennifer Eccles and her fiancé Kyler Tatsch, and Justin Eccles; a great-grandson, Logan Tatsch; two brothers, Robert E. “Bob” Engel and wife Sally, Jewell, and Ralph D. Engel, Chanute; a sister, Judith Nolan and husband Patrick, Puyallup, Wash.; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. 

Jack and Aileen were cremated. Memorial services for Jack and Aileen will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington.

Following services Aileen’s urn will be buried with her husband, Raymond’s, at St. John Lutheran Cemetery at Aliceville. Jack will be taken to his farm.


Memorial contributions in Jack and Aileen’s names may be made to St. John Lutheran Church (Aliceville) or the Coffey County Cancer Support Group and may be sent in care of Jones Funeral Home, P.O. Box 277, Burlington, KS 66839.

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