Filmore K. “Phil” Engelman, age 65, of San Antonio, TX, formerly of Howard Lake, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008.
He was born in Howard Lake Aug. 9, 1943. Growing up in a small town, Phil blamed most of his mischievous actions on one of his six siblings.
He graduated from St. Cloud State University, where he met Mary Elizabeth Vener, the love of his life. After marrying, Phil and Mary had a son and twin daughters, and eventually moved to Kansas City, MO, Houston, TX, and then to San Antonio, TX in 1986.
Phil’s career spanned many industries, but always involved banking or finances of some type. He had an uncanny ability to figure out math and percentages in his head.
You could not find a more dedicated husband, father, and cheerleader to his children in all of their academic and athletic endeavors. Phil was the adopted father of the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams at Churchill High School, and the women’s team at Trinity University. He never missed a game, was the first to “review” the game with all of the players, and was a staunch believer in good sportsmanship coming first.
As his children grew up, he dedicated his time to running fantasy football leagues, playing darts and poker, and entertaining friends with his legendary stories.
Phis was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, Mary; a brother, Earl Engelman; parents Alvin and Bernice Engelman; and a grand niece, Lexie Engelman.
He is survived by son Rob Engelman and wife Lavonne of Mars Hill, NC; daughter Kim Engelman of Austin, TX and boyfriend Matthew Schultz of San Antonio; and daughter Kristi Engelman Francisco and husband Bob of Hollywood, FL; and siblings Chester Engelman of Thief River Falls, Duane Engelman of Apple Valley, Rosalie Adams of Oklahoma City, OK, Rosemarie Workman of Maple Lake, and Janice Comstock of Howard Lake; as well as more than 20 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Dec. 20 in San Antonio.