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Service Sunday for Robert Lee 'Bob' Engelhardt

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Robert Lee “Bob” Engelhardt, age 81, of Portage, IN, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017.

He was born on March 20, 1936, in Chicago, IL, to the late Noah and Emma Engelhardt.

He married Carolyn Klok on August 31, 1957, who preceded him in death.

Bob is survived by his sons, Brian, Gregory and Dean (Betsy); daughters, Melody Riley, Vanessa (Allen) Gardner and Monica Bradley; one brother, George (Shirley) Engelhardt; two sisters, Marie LaVine and Virginia (Duane) Scharpf; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was an active member of the Chesterton Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for many years. Bob grew up on a farm near Bremen, IN. He was well known to be a very caring, loving person. He had a deep love for the Bible and was always sharing with others the truths found therein. Bob so looked forward to the time when the Earth will become a beautiful paradise when there will be no more sickness and death.

Bob owned a construction business known as Engelhardt Construction. He did work on many Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He even went to England to work on Kingdom Halls. After retirement Bob did woodworking. He made many wooden bowls, spoons, and cutting boards the old fashioned way by hand. He went to many shows displaying and selling there. Bob was a member of Portage Historical Society, NIPHA, Woodworking Society and a volunteer for the National Lakeshore. Bob will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., at Ambassador Banquet Center, 1967 E. 37th Ave. Hobart, IN 46342.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dunes Hospice, 4711 Evans Ave., Valparaiso, IN, 46383, or

Arrangements were handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Portage Chapel.

Online condolences to the family may be made at




Posted 10/27/2017




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