Layton B. Engle earned his angel wings on January 14th, 2021. He was born in Laurel Kentucky on December 14th, 1928 to Matt and Mollie Engle. As times were hard, he only received a 4th grade education. At that time, he began working as a full time farmer for his father. During which he learned the value of hard work and developed an amazing work ethic. He enlisted in the Army before his 18th birthday.
He married Virginia M. (Bowen) Engle (who passed away on 4/5/98) and they soon started their family. They had 4 children, Terry (Linda) Engle, Sue (John) Muncie, Jerry (Barb) Engle and Alice (Don Carter) Horn. They also had 9 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
For years, he worked for Bryant Heating and Air Conditioning and was a member of the Steel Workers Union. When he retired from Bryant, he was able to pursue his passions of fishing, bowling and church.
Early September of 2005, he met Selma (Sam) Spears. He was instantly smitten. He sparked up a conversation with Sam about bowling shoes while she stood at the counter at Western Bowl. He eventually asked her to marry him and she said yes. They got married on September 30th, 2005 and they were best friends ever since.
He was a devoted member of the Spirit of Life Church. He was very generous with his time and finances. He enjoyed outings and get-togethers with other church members. He loved having lunch with the other members after Sunday services.
He was an avid fisherman. It was one of his greatest joys in life. He caught his prize bass but very much loved to fish for crappie. If he wasn’t fishing or bowling, you could always count on finding him watching a good ol western with John Wayne or Clint Eastwood.
He was an extremely gifted bowler. Carrying an average of 225 to 235. He had several sanctioned 300 games, several 700+ series and even landed an astonishing 800+ series. He was televised on King of the Hill competitions. He won several awards, rings, plaques, pins and patches.
He loved to share his awards with family. He was highly sought after in the bowling community. Everyone wanted to know him. Everyone wanted to bowl with him.
When he wasn’t bowling in his leagues, he would bowl jackpot. He would travel from house to house and scoop up the winnings. He was smooth, fierce and admired by anyone who ever watched him bowl. CHARGE!
Your family loves and misses you and your charisma was second to none.
Due to COVID19, there will be no traditional funeral services at this time. A celebration of Layton Engle’s life is scheduled in the spring of 2021, in addition to his daughter in law Linda (McCoy) Engle’s (9/14/50 ~ 12/12/21) celebration of life, COVID19 pending.
Hartley Funeral Homes Cicero Chapel is entrusted with all arrangements, and where you may send condolences at www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com.
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