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Services for long-time former U.S. Postmaster and businessman, Rudolf A.
"Rudy" Engelking, Jr., 99, of Sealy, were conducted Monday, May 22, 2006, at
St. John's Episcopal Church in Sealy, with the Rev. Bob Wawee officiating.
Interment followed in the Sealy Cemetery.
Mr. Engelking died on May 18, 2006 in Sealy. He was born September 7, 1906
in Broomtown, Texas to R.A. Engelking Sr. and Adele Schaffner Engelking.
The family moved to Sealy in 1914 when Rudy's father relocated his broom
Engelking graduated from Sealy Public Schools in 1925 and the University of
Texas at Austin in 1929 with a degree in Business Administration.
Rudy and Gladys Keding were married on July 2, 1930.
In 1929, Rudy was employed by C. Jim Stewart and Stevenson Co. of Houston as
office manager for the San Antonio office. Returning to Sealy with his wife
in 1932, he joined his father as assistant manager of the Sealy Broom Co.
He was appointed Postmaster of the Sealy Post Office on April 15, 1940, and
he served in that capacity until his retirement in 1972.
Rudy was a member of the Meyers Methodist Church through the 1930s before
joining St. John's Episcopal Church in 1939. At St. John's he served in many
A member of the Sealy Chamber of Commerce since 1933, he served that office
in many capacities, as well.  An avid golfer, "Red," as he was often known,
helped organize and charter the Stephen F. Austin Golf Assoc.
He also served on the Board of Directors of the Sealy Oil Mill and
Manufacturing Co., and was elected President in 1956 until the mill was
A civic-minded person, he was also a member of the Texas Excs Assoc., the
Herman Sons, Sealy AARP, the National Association of Postmasters, the
National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Sealy American
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents -- R.A. and Adele Engelking Sr.; two
bothers -- Paul; and Leslie; as well as his wife of 65 years, Gladys.
Though Rudy and Gladys had not children of their own, they were blessed with
a large family. He is survived by five nieces and one nephew. Dolores
Sengelmann of Yoakum, Diane Janda and husband Jerry of Sealy, Myrna Ashorn
and husband LeRoy of Huntsville, Beverly Ekarius and husband Charles of
Sealy, Suzanne Bozean and husband Robert, of Sealy, and Bubba Luchan and
wife Evelyn of Sealy.
He is also survived by 12 great nephews and one great niece: Gary, Greg and
Mark Sengelmann; Chris, Brett and Mark Janda; Chris Ashorn; Ryan Ekarius and
Jana Ekarius; Keith and Rick Luchan; and Robbie and Brad Bozeman.
Pallbearers were Billy Browne, William Kutra, Carl Nastoupil, Ron Remmert,
Billy Schavrda, and Tommy Ward. Contributions in Rudy's name may be made to
St. John's Episcopal Church, PO Box 1477, Sealy, Texas, 77474.
Posted by Joy Neely


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