BRADLEY - Richard A. Engstrom, 76, passed away May 22, 2013, at Togus Medical Center. He was born Sept. 13, 1936, in Stillwater, son of Theron G. and Edith B. Engstrom.
He grew up in Alton and left high school to join the U.S. Air Force
where he served 1953-1961. He finished high school during his time in the Air Force and served over seas and in Germany at Spangdollum Air Force Base. Richard was honorably discharged from the service an airplane crash, of which he was the only survivor. He went on to a career of driving 18-wheelers, 1970-1988, working for Greenthumb, Ralston Purina and finally, Northeast Log Homes delivering log home packages. After retirement in 1988 he spent rest of his time with his children, 4-wheeling, fishing, hunting, telling stories and avidly supporting the Red Sox. Richard was also an active member of the AmVets, a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars
and a proud member of the Million Mile Accident Free Club.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Ann; children, Ricky Engstrom and wife, Diane, of Indiana, Aubrey Engstrom and wife, Nancy, of Arizona, Cindy Charlton and husband, Billy, of Old Town, Ann-Marie Baker and husband, Tim, of Alton and Dan Engstrom and partner, Heidi, of Bradley; grandchildren, Rick, Chasity, Steven, Brooke, Tamara, Aaron, Ryan, Kristen, Daniel Jr., Jennifer, Sarah and Stacy; great-grandchildren, Zoe, Judah, Ava, Ilya and Brantley, Grace, Hannah, Bella, Daunte, Zirah, Indy, Tasha, Mercedes, Marryssa, Trina, Kane and Chance; brother, Aubrey Engstrom; and sister, Phyllis Engstrom. Richard was predeceased by his daughter, Hilda Engstrom; and grandchildren, Erica and Felisha. A special thank you goes to Togus VA Hospital and the doctors who cared for him, the hospice and Palliative Care staff, his nurse, Pam Desjardins, Kelly and Dr. Jim.
Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, where a funeral service will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Bruce Stevens. Burial with military honors will be after at Alton Cemetery.