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Bruce Arden Engler

February 09, 1948 - August 19, 2019



Bruce Arden Engler
February 9, 1948 - August 19 ,2019

I never knew him as Bruce. I knew him as Bud. He was more than just that name and those dates. He was my brother. The middle child and only son of Arden and Kay Engler. Older sister Patsy and younger sister Gail filled out the family.

Born and raised in the Tustin area, he lived a good portion of his life on old Engler land by Hewitt Lake. Homesteaded first by great- grandfather Frederick Engler, grandfather Emil, and
father Arden. He died on this land of his ancestors, with his sisters and Sarah caring for him during his final journey, within sight of the old barn and trout pond. It takes a 'village' for this journey, and Walt and Tonya Hartline, Cheryl and Steve Byers, Arden Young and others helped 'walk him home'.

He was a grandson, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, neighbor and member of the community. He always wore a full beard in his adult life. He had a mischievous sense of humor, and his stories often proved that true. Laughter always injected in the telling of childhood and later life. I loved his laugh. I recorded his voice with him telling his name and the date.

He added his favorite story of "Mom always liked me best". His eyes sparkled when he told of stories, events and people. He loved coffee, introduced first as a small child, compliments of his Swedish grandmother.

That farmhouse and land holds fond memories of Grandma Engler; of cousins, running the beams of the barn, the fish pond, the raspberries, crossing the hot sand barefooted in summer to get to the lake to swim. And tales of that summer we grew a large pickle crop and hated it,
often a topic of discussion. Playing ball in the hay field with cousins Bill and Denny. 4 against 1.
Denny, the one, always won. The four lost. We grew up rural. We lived the ideal childhoods.
And we were loved.

Bud was a builder by trade, owning B.A. Engler, Builder (Construction). He was Navy, serving in the Philippines during the Vietnam Conflict.

When his wife Barbara (Beebe) died, he eventually met the woman who saved him from his loneliness, and literally his life many times, as he dealt with diabetes and the complications of it, Sarah Hartline. She gave him extra years. They very much enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles, he loved picking raspberries and driving his tractor around the farm.

Bud is survived by sisters Pat Byers and Gail Young, his beloved soul mate Sarah Hartline, cousins, nephews and nieces and Barbara's daughters.

It was his wish to be cremated, with a Celebration of Life to be held Saturday August 24, 2019 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Tustin from 11-1.

In lieu of flower donations, please consider Uplift Pine River Area Kids, an organization to feed the kids with foods sent home with them.

We are all travelers in this world.
From birth 'til death, we travel between the eternities.
This has been a difficult journey. Thank you to all the people who have
helped to lighten the load.
He is walking into 'the Light'.
Rest now, brother, rest now.
Patsy, "Toot", and Sarah.

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  • Carla Smith - Aug 20th, 2019 3:17 pm

    "Sorry for your loss, eaters to you and family."

  • Steve Byers - Aug 20th, 2019 3:33 pm

    "Love you Uncle Bud.....till we see each other again.....Thanks for always being my Uncle."

  • Pauline Garbow Linn-Verrill - Aug 20th, 2019 3:35 pm

    "What a beautiful Obituary. So beautifully written. I'm very sorry for your loss. May God be with you all. RIP dear man. "

  • Ken draper - Aug 20th, 2019 3:44 pm

    "Vruce my dear uncle, hou will foever hold a special place in my heart. The memories of the man you was and the man you have helped me to become are very special, and I will cherish them for the rest of my life. My dear uncle you will be sadly missed, the world will be much lesser place due to passing. I can only tell anyone who didn't know you that you was an honorable man and had a heart of gold, those that had the privilege of knowing you dont need to be told. I love ya bruce and god speed my friend πŸ˜₯❀❀"

  • JUDY VANDERCOOK - Aug 20th, 2019 5:28 pm


  • Faye Bartrand - Aug 20th, 2019 5:43 pm

    "Rest in peace, cousin; no more pain or suffering. "

  • Terry and Dawn Ide - Aug 20th, 2019 8:33 pm

    "I have fond memories of time spent with Bud in the Philippines, he will forever be in my heart. Rest easy my friend, neighbor and brother in arms. "

  • Melanie Hall - Aug 21st, 2019 4:56 am

    "Uncle Bruce, you will be missed by many. Although, I haven’t visited in many years you were thought of often. I’ll always remember the countless hours of playing cards with you and Aunt Barb. I know you are with all our loved ones under the guardianship of our Savior, Jesus Christ. You are loved,Uncle Bruce."

  • Mike and Deb Logan - Aug 21st, 2019 1:46 pm

    "So sorry to hear this. We were neighbors for many years and friends before that. To the family - very sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Bud."

  • Carlton and Shelby Plyler - Aug 21st, 2019 4:31 pm

    "Dear Bud, we go back a long time. Back to when we were neighbors, and you would come up and climb our tree. We will miss your smiling face at Uplift, and in the community. But, we look forward to being with you in heaven. Until then, R.I.P., dear friend."

  • Patricia Byers - Aug 21st, 2019 6:59 pm

    "my only brother. oh, the memories you leave with me. and many others. difficult as it was, me and the others, were proud to be a part of your last journey. to see you go 'home'. rest in peace. Patsy"

  • Tina Ruppert - Aug 22nd, 2019 7:47 pm

    "The sadness of knowing that you have crossed over comes from knowing the empty void we will have to negotiate when we find our selves missing you!! I find great comfort that you no longer suffer and you are resting peacefully. May all that loved you be comforted the same! You were a great man Uncle Bud!!❀"

  • Susan Spence and family - Aug 23rd, 2019 9:47 pm

    "Soo Sorry for your loss to the family and Pat my facebook friend! HuGs πŸ’—πŸ˜₯πŸ•―πŸ™πŸŒ πŸŒ·πŸ•ŠπŸ’—"

  • Charlotte Beebe Jagielski - Aug 24th, 2019 4:21 am

    "My heart is heavy with your death. I will cherish the memories with Aunt Barb and You. Having dinner, playing cards, building our pole barn and so much more. Your gentle smile , laugh, and voice will never be forgotten. "

  • Arden Young - Aug 24th, 2019 7:36 pm

    "Love you Uncle Bud, I always looked up to you, until we see again"

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