Douglas Byron Engelhart

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  • Name: Douglas Byron Engelhart
  • Location of Birth: parent's homestead
  • Date of Birth: April 17, 1930
  • Date of Death: April 27, 2016 (86 years old)
  • Parents: George and Jessie Engelhart
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  • Branch: Army
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  • Military Awards:
    Expert Carbine Rifle Medal

  • Military Highlights:
    Douglas continued to play basketball in the United States Army.
    While in the Army, Douglas worked in the Machine Records Unit and helped to develop some of the technology that pioneered the computer industry.

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  • Civilian Life:
    Douglas was raised in Longville, Minnesota, the youngest of ten children. While attending high school, he played baseball, football, and basketball, and worked as a lumberjack.

    While home on leave in the Army, he met and instantly fell in love with the love of his life who three years later became his wife of a full sixty-one years of marriage.

    He continued his computer industry career through the years until his retirement as Manager of Computer Systems and Operations at Blandin Paper Company, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    His hobbies included golf, chess, hunting, and he was an avid Boundary Waters canoeist even before it officially became the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

    He loved spending time with his family and being entertained by his two little dogs, Angus and McKenzie.

    He was well known for being humble and kind and for having a great sense of humor, which will be missed.

    Preceded by parents, George and Jessie; brothers, Harold, Frank, George, Ray, and Gib; sisters Clara, Erma, Lola, and Mae.

    Douglas is survived by his wife of sixty-years, Beryl; children, Lin (Bob) Lawler, Gail Frieze, and Jay (Kim) Engelhart; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and numerous step-great-grandchildren.

    Douglas died at Grand Rapids Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. A private burial service was held with immediate family.

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