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Obituary: CSM (Ret) James E. Engelking, Edinburgh


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James E. Engelking, 76, of Edinburgh, died at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at his home.

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 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 31 May 1985 when he was discharged as an enlisted person and appointed a Chief Warrant Officer 2 on 1 June 1985. On 1 September 1997 he was retired from the United States Army as a Command Sergeant Major.

CSM (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 (3rd Award), the Indiana Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Indiana Long Service Medal with 40 year device, the Indiana Outside Continental United States Ribbon (three awards), the Indiana Emergency Service Ribbon, the Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem, and the Indiana Recruiting and Retention Badge. CSM (Ret) Engelking received the Council of the Sagamores of the Wabash from then Governor Frank O'Bannon on September 27, 1997.

CSM (Ret) Engelking served on the Board of Directors, National Guard Association of Indiana from 1982 to 1994. He served two terms as President of the Association.

After retiring from the National Guard CSM (Ret) Engelking took a position with the Military Department of Indiana as Maintenance Supervisor at Camp Atterbury on the 1st of December 1997. He held that position until his retirement on the 10th of June 2011.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Camp Atterbury Conference Center, with Chaplain Doug Brown officiating.

Arrangements were made by Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home in Edinburgh.

Born in Beech Grove Aug. 4, 1937, CSM (Ret) Engelking was the son of Irven Engelking and Virginia (Parker) Engelking

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

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

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