Willard Paul Engelhardt, former longtime resident of St. Clair Shores, died surrounded by the love of his family on October 24, 2019. He was 89 years of age.
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Willard was born in Sebewaing, Michigan on February 16, 1930, one of eight children of Carl and Dora (Dubs) Engelhardt. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Willard was united in marriage to his beautiful wife, Ardie Fay Kieschnick, on August 11, 1951 in Redeemer Lutheran Church of Lubbock, Texas. Once he was discharged from the Air Force, the couple made their home in St. Clair Shores, Michigan and was blessed with four beautiful children of whom they loved and cherished. Willard began a career as a Master Mechanic and retired at the age of 64 from L & L Products of Romeo after many years of dedicated service. After his retirement, the couple headed to God's country in Chase, Michigan and nestled around their 80 acre wooded property. Willard was his happiest when he could be outside enjoying all God's creation. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and tending to his garden. Willard was known for his creative hands, that was always there to give and could fix anything. You could often find him in his pole barn working away on his project of the day or a tractor that needed to be fixed. Above all, he was a God loving, hardworking, family man who always stayed focused on what was important in life; God and family. He led by example with purpose and love. He will be greatly missed and his light will continue to glow in our hearts forever.
Willard is the devoted and loving husband of the late Ardie; dearest father of Marie (Tony) Korbely, Melinda (Brian) Cummins, Douglas (Danielle) and the late Dale Engelhardt; dear father-in-law of Josie Engelhardt; cherished grandfather of Brent, Bryan (Kim), Rebecca (Robert), AJ (Jenn), Danielle, Dustin and Drew; and beloved brother of Carl and the late Walter, Elmer, Arlene Pickney, Ray, Roy and Gerald.
Visitation will be held at Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home, 32814 Utica Road, Fraser, Monday from 4pm - 8pm and Tuesday 10am until the time of funeral at 11am with Deacon James Schurig officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be addressed to the USO in his honor. Share memories at faulmannwalsh.com