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32814 Utica Road
Fraser, MI 48026
Phone: (586) 293-3390
Fax: (586) 293-5837
Willard Engelhardt

Willard P. Engelhardt

Sunday, February 16th, 1930 - Thursday, October 24th, 2019
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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.

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
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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 28th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, October 28th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home
    Address
    32814 Utica Road
    Fraser, Michigan 48026
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home
    Address
    32814 Utica Road
    Fraser, Michigan 48026
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Posted at 12:35pm
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How many do you want.....lots of them.
When I was a young teenager I used to baby sit for Dale, Marie and Doug. Melinda wasn’t around yet. I’d let the kids stay up for awhile then put them to bed. Aunt Ardie would always let me have pop or candy or whatever after they went to bed. Then on Sunday morning Uncle Willard, Aunt Ardie and us kids would all go to Church. Always enjoyed going there.

Went up to your Dad’s trailer in Chase before he built the house there. Was a young teenager then, too. One time I sprayed Dale with the hose while we were washing something and Uncle Willard chewed me a new one because it was cold out. “Don’t do that....you want Dale to catch a cold and get sick??? Oops, sorry, Dale.

Then there was the time I went up to the property with Uncle Willard and Uncle Ray in that old green SUV that Uncle Willard had. It was snowing to beat heck and we got stuck on the road. Uncle Willard drove and Uncle Ray and I tried to push, but the SUV decided to slide toward the ditch....I don’t remember how we got it out.....LOL

Always enjoyed seeing Uncle Willard at the Sugar Festival for years, especially when Aunt Ivadel lived on Henry St. across from the park. We’d all eat Chicken dinners together.

Finally, Uncle Willard used to tease me to no end. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but, it didn’t bother me and we always got along great! It was great when he went “up north” to his property and would ask me to go along!

Jim Bratton
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Thinking of you Uncle Willard. Rest in peace!
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Lisa Fiddie

Posted at 09:13am
My deepest condolences on the loss of your Father-in-law.
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