Mark Edwin Engerer
Mark Edwin Engerer, age 67, of Mechanicsburg, and formerly of St. Louis, MO, was called home to be with the Lord with family by his side on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Mark was born on Wednesday, November 8, 1950 in Decatur, IL to Edwin William Engerer, Jr. and Carol Jean (Bremer) Engerer.
Mark’s survivors include his wife of 39 years, Joyce Ann (Musser) Engerer; his three daughters: Jennifer Anne (Engerer) Troutman and her husband, Jameson, of West Chester, Mary Elizabeth Engerer, of Raleigh, NC, Stephanie Jean Engerer, of Hummelstown; his two grandchildren: Tyler and Kaylee Troutman; his parents: Edwin William Engerer, Jr. and his wife, Carol Jean (Bremer) Engerer, of Mechanicsburg; and his two siblings: Steve Engerer and his wife, Barb, of Valparaiso, IN, Jon Engerer and his wife Julie, of St. Louis, MO; and several nieces and nephews.
Born in Decatur, IL Mark moved to several cities growing up. Some of his most treasured memories came from his summers spent 'on the farm' in his mom's hometown of Ocheyedan, IA with extended family. During his youth, he was in scouting and played little league baseball where he was guided by a great coach and mentor - his father. In 1969 he graduated from Lutheran High School South in St. Louis, MO.
Mark proudly served his country in the Army during Vietnam while stationed in Thailand. Perhaps from this experience, he had a strong sense of civic duty and was one of the few people eagerly waiting to be called and selected for jury duty.
Mark and Joyce were married in October of 1978 and soon welcomed three baby girls in four years! He loved his family and making memories with the kids at the New Jersey Shore or enjoying traditions like cutting down live Christmas trees each year. He was the kind of dad who would drive you an hour to your college and not even complain when he had to turn around and come back after you forgot your purse in the front seat of the car.
Always a fan of history and politics, one of his favorite past times was driving to Washington DC to discover new places. He sat in on many sessions of congress and the Supreme Court, watched the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery and got to know the subway pretty well. If there was a book or movie about JFK - he had read or seen it for sure.
He loved keeping up with the local sports teams and his beloved Saint Louis Cardinals. He enjoyed taking his family to Harrisburg Senators baseball games in his younger years. He was on a bowling team at Trindle Bowl for many years and reveled in giving his daughters pointers on their spin. More recently, he would always be sure to call his aging father to alert him of any upcoming sporting events to ensure his father would not miss his favorite teams.
He was employed by the Harrisburg Post Office for 35 years and then with the State of PA for 6 years before officially retiring.
As a man of faith, Mark was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Shiremanstown and volunteered in several capacities there throughout the years. Prior to joining St. John’s, Mark’s mother even recruited him to volunteer to play in the handbell choir she directed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Harrisburg. He also was recognized by the Central PA Blood Bank for all the lives he saved over the years by donating blood.
Mark and Joyce had nearly 40 years together as husband and wife. It was not always easy, but they took their marriage vows seriously and she cared for him tirelessly for many years as his disease progressed. She was beside him when the Lord called him home. Now he will be watching over her from heaven, no doubt!
Mark will be remembered as a great keeper of facts and dates who loved his family and never missed a chance to play 'the instigator' or share old stories during family gatherings to get a laugh.
All are welcome to join Mark’s family at his memorial service beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the Chapel at Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village, 100 Mount Allen Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with the Reverend Sarah Keilholtz officiating. After the memorial service, a reception will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Shiremanstown. Private interment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in celebration of Mark’s life can be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 44 West Main Street, Shiremanstown, PA 17011.
Mark’s family has entrusted his care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421. Read Mark’s full obituary, and sign his official guest book at Buhrig.com.
St. John's Lutheran Church
44 West Main Street, Shiremanstown PA 17011