1929 – 2022
Engel E Grow was born December 1, 1929, in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Dr. H. Russell Grow and Dorah Engel Grow. Engel spent his childhood in Jenks, Oklahoma where most of his mother’s family resided.
At Jenks high school Engel excelled in football and track as well as in the classroom. The combination of academics and athletics continued for him thru college as he earned athletic scholarships until his master’s degree.
Engel first attended Oklahoma A&M university to play football and transferred to other universities later to finish his undergraduate degree. Later he earned a master’s degree and ultimately a doctor’s degree.
He volunteered for military service in the USN/USCG and was in occupation forces in Japan after WWII followed by active duty in the Korean War, where he was wounded and decorated.
After his wounds in Korea, Engel was in a military hospital for a year recovering. When he was released from the hospital and on convulsant leave he met Beverly Showalter and the two were married December 24, 1955. She was the love of his life, he often said, and survives him.
Beverly and Engel had three sons; Brad, Bart, and Eric, all who have survived him as well as six grandchildren; Clint Grow, Amy Haddad, Cristina Grow, Jackson Grow, Carson Grow and Harrison Grow as well as two great grandchildren; Engel Shepard Grow and Siena Haddad.
Engel was a lifelong teacher after leaving the military. He taught at the University of Central Oklahoma from 1965 until he retired 1992 and was director the guidance and counselling department in the college of education there.
Engel was always involved in Academics and athletics. He was an avid, but not too good, golfer and was also very involved in trout fishing as well as attending his sons, and grandsons and granddaughter’s athletic events. He was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school and was active in the American Legion.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at First United Methodist Church Edmond, OK. To live stream the service click the following link x.rtmp.youtube.com/live2