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Industry Loses Leader: Charles Engelken

An extraordinary journey on this earth came to a close with the passing of Charles Orval Engelken, age 48, of Overland Park, KS on Saturday, September 3, 2011. He charles4x6was born on July 14, 1963 in Kansas City, KS, the son of Verna Jean (Lewis) and Orval Charles “Skeeter” Engelken.

Charles was a 1981 graduate of Center High School and earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Management at Webster University. President and partner of Wall-Ties & Forms, Inc., former board member and active supporter of the Concrete Foundations Association, and managing partner of several successful businesses, he started his career at Ford Credit. Charles was an exceptional entrepreneur and an avid traveler who visited nearly 100 countries through work and with his family. He always had a colorful tale to tell of his amazing worldwide adventures. His love of international travel began after high school when he joined the Marines, proudly serving as a Marine Security Guard at U.S. Embassies in Paris, France and Zagreb, Yugoslavia.

Charles was a generous, selfless individual who placed the interests of others above his own. His joyous personality and passion for life were exceeded only by hislove and devotion for his cherished wife and children. He married Pamela Cooke on January 30, 1988 in Overland Park, KS. In addition to Pam, survivors include his beloved son, Michael Engelken; adored daughter, Jaimie Engelken; brother, Carl and his wife, Michelle Engelken; mother, Verna Jean Engelken and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.

Ed Sauter, Executive Director of the CFA said: “Charles and Wall Ties were strong partners and devoted advocates of the Concrete Foundations Association. Every time we asked for help, it was given. They were constantly putting forth ideas to help the Association grow and to help our members. His presence at meetings and events will be sorely missed and his impact on the industry will be lasting.”

A celebration of Charles’s life was held on Friday, September 23, 2011 with burial at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Memorial contributions honoring Charles’s good works in his industry may be made to the Concrete Foundations Association Education and Research Foundation, 113 First St. NW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314 or 319-895-6940.

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