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James E. Engelking

James E. Engelking, 76, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at his residence in Edinburgh.

He was born Aug. 4, 1937, in Beech Grove to the late Irvan and Virginia (Parker) Engelking.

Survivors include his children, Phil (Heather) Engelking of Franklin, Eric (Megan) Johnson and Beverley (Danny) Shafer, both of Columbus, and Susie (Greg) Rentmeesters and Nancy (Bill Haddix) Adair, both of Edinburgh; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Thomas Engelking.

James E. Engelking enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard July 5, 1955, in the 38th Military Police Company. In December 1976, he was transferred to the Indiana Military Academy and promoted to sergeant major in E9 as the first enlisted commandant of the academy. In March 1987, he was transferred to Atterbury Training Site as the post command sergeant major. He held this position until May 31, 1985, when he was discharged as an enlisted person and appointed a chief warrant officer 2 on June 1, 1985. On Sept. 1, 1997, he was retired from the U.S. Army as a command sergeant major.

Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Engelking’s awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold and Silver Devices, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon with the numeral 3 device, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (34rd Award) the Indiana Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Indiana Long Service Medal with 40-year device, the Emergency Service Ribbon, the Indiana Military volunteer emblem and the Indiana Recruiting and Retention Badges. Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Engelking received the Council of the Sagamore of the Wabash from Gov. Frank O’Bannon on Sept. 27, 1997.

Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Engelking served on the board of directors for the National Guard Association of Indiana from 1982 until 1994. He served two terms as president of the association.

After retiring from the National Guard, Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Engelking took a position with the military department of Indiana as a maintenance supervisor at Camp Atterbury on Dec. 1, 1997. He held that position until his retirement on June 10, 2011.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Camp Atterbury Conference Center, with chaplain Doug Brown officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home in Edinburgh

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