Larry 'PawPaw' Engel Sr.


Larry B. "PawPaw" Engel Sr., 72, of Defiance, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, in his home.

He was born on September 16, 1941, in Holgate, Ohio, the son of the late Richard and Leona (Cruey) Engel. Larry retired as a millwright at General Motors, where he worked for 25 years. After retirement, he worked as Home Owners Friend-Handyman, and the UAW Hall groundskeeper. He also was a member of the UAW Local 211 Retirees.

Larry spent most of his free time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were the apples of his eyes, and following their sporting events. He was a loving husband, dad, PawPaw, and will be sadly missed by many.

Larry is survived by his wife, Charlene (Brown) Engel of Defiance; seven children, Penny Engel of Florida, Larry Engel Jr. of Cecil, Ohio, Joy (Robert) Growe of Florida, Jacquelyn (Daryl) Scott of Florida, Kim (Ryan) Anderson of Defiance, Ohio, Kelly (Jerry) Feeney of Oakwood, Ohio, and Chuck (Nicole) March of Defiance, Ohio; brothers, Kendal Engel of Florida, Roger Engel of Bryan, Ohio; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Byron Engel; and a sister, Betty Leaders.

Visitation for Larry will be held Friday, July 25, 2014, from 2-8 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and one hour, from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church prior to services. Services will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11 a.m. in First Baptist Church, Defiance. Burial will follow in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be left at

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