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Jacob "Jake" F. Engle

August 15, 1931 — October 9, 2023



Jacob Francis Engle, 92, formerly of Lewisburg, passed away peacefully at 4:20 a.m. on Monday, October 9, 2023, at Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home, Duncansville, PA.

He was born August 15, 1931, in Buffalo Township, Union County, a son of the late Jacob Benjamin and Maude T. (Troxell) Engle. Jacob was a 1949 graduate of Lewisburg High School. On March 26, 1955, in Washington, D.C., he married the former Zona G. Showers, who survives.

He retired after 20 years of honorable service (1950 - 1971) in the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant, with assignments around the continental US, in Japan, and a tour of duty in Korea during the Korean War. After retirement Jacob returned to Union County, where he built a home and worked a second career at the Buffalo Valley Telephone Company.

Jacob was a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge Hiram-Tacoma, Washington, D.C., the Free & Accepted Masons Lodge #370, Mifflinburg, and the Scottish Rite, Williamsport.  He was also a member of the Lewisburg American Legion Post 182, and formerly attended the Hillside Bible Church, Mifflinburg.

He enjoyed being outdoors – hunting, fishing, and camping – both in central PA and around the US. Jacob was a much-loved husband and father and a friend to many, with an even larger number of acquaintances, with many of whom he shared his lifelong love of political discussions.

He was also engaged in community affairs and the activities of the Dale-Engle-Walker House historical site in Lewisburg, where he was born and spent his life until joining the U.S. Air Force at age 18.

Surviving in addition to his wife Zona of 68 years, are two sons, Michael Engle of New Columbia, and Jeffrey Engle of Mifflinburg; two daughters, Melissa Engle of Mifflinburg, and Valerie Engle of New Berlin; one brother, Nevin Engle of Zion; one sister, Mildred E. Noll of New Columbia; three grandchildren, Laura and her husband Brock Solomon of Mifflinburg, Andrew Kline of New Berlin, and Hannah Wilson of Coudersport;  two great-grandchildren, Evan and Greenley Solomon, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Paul, Richard, George, and his twin brother Arthur; and three sisters, Ruth Clemens, Anna Dersham, and Grace Buckley.

Family and friends are welcome to a time of visitation from 1 to 2 p.m., Sunday, October 15 at the Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg, where the memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m., with Nelson Doebler officiating.  Masonic service will be accorded by the Mifflinburg Masonic Lodge #370.

Interment will be private, at a later date, in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the donor’s charity of choice in Jacob’s name.

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