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Guenther C. Enge, 91, of Rockford, peacefully went to meet his Savior on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Medina Manor Nursing Home. He was born June 11, 1925, in Germany, the son of Karl and Elizabeth (Seinwill) Enge. Guenther was a 1943 graduate of Winnebago High School. Guenther served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945, during World War II where he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Bronze Battle Star and Silver Star Medal. He married Lillian O. Hodges October 6, 1946, in Rockford. After military service Guenther went to work at his father's florist shop, Centerville Florist and Greenhouse and in 1960 his father turned over the business to him. He retired from the greenhouse in 1974 and then worked at Bill Doran Wholesale Florist and Pepper Creek Florist. Guenther was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church; he served as an elder for many years along with several other boards and committees. He was also a member of Disabled Veterans of America and was a 4H leader for 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian of Rockford; children, Linda (John) Henkel of Frankfort, KY, Molly (Tom Morgan) Hughes of Schenectady , NY, Karla (Les Horowitz) Woodworth of Rockford, IL, Grady (Phyllis) Enge of Longmont, CO, Susan (Ron) Watson of Rockford, and Peter (Kathy) Enge of Edwardsville, IL; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; brother, Carl (Kathryn) Enge of Frankenmuth, MI ; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceased by parents; step-mothers, Mary Ann and Vada ; son-in-law, Donn "Woody" Woodworth and sister and brother-in-law, Mary (William) McDonald.
Celebration of Life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4881 Kilburn St. Rockford with Pastor Frank Ciprys officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or St. Paul Lutheran School.

Condolences & Shared Memories (10)

  1. Rich & Bonnie Neuberger

    Our sincere condolences to Molly, Kristine & Michael, Thomas, Allison, Madeline & Matthew. We send prayers for your whole family.

  2. Linda Michaelis

    I am so sorry for your loss. May god walk with your family through this journey.

  3. Vivian Gaines

    My sincere condolences to the Enge family.

  4. Donnette and Steve

    What a legacy for your family. Your father worked hard and loved life. So sorry for your loss.Sebding our love.

  5. Ross Ellison

    He was a well respected 4-H leader and baseball coach for the Centerville Live-Wires. Thank you for the enjoyment you brought to us kids back then (mid 1960's).

  6. Ruth McClimon

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. I know you will treasure wonderful memories.

  7. Lynne Goodoff (Giardini)

    Our condolences, Linda and Carla. Bill and Lynne

  8. Martha Spannhake

    As I've said before, he was such a great man! Prayers and love to you all.

  9. Sharon Fidder-Guttmann

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Uncle Guenther was a very thoughtful and giving person. As a child growing up he and Aunt Lillian were two "Grown Ups" who I was never afraid to talk to. It may have helped that I like flowers as well. He will truly be missed by all.

  10. Lynn and Marlene Grabow.

    So sorry for your loss of a wonderful man. Linda, I heard you talk of him often and felt I knew him. God's blessings to you and your family.


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