OSWEGO, NY – Ronald Allan Engel, 78, of Oswego, died suddenly on Sunday September 7, 2014, while visiting his daughter in Columbia, SC.
He was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, on July 27, 1936, and was the son of the late John Jacob and Ethel Avis Jackway Engel.
Mr. Engel received his BS Degree from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, and his MS and PhD. degrees from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
He was a member of the Sterling Nature Center Board of Directors and had served as treasurer.
Mr. Engel was a member of the Fair Haven Yacht Club and the Syracuse Power Squadron and had taught boating classes in Oswego.
He was a member of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, the Sterling Historical Society and the Oswego County Historical Society.
Mr. Engel had previously worked at the Rice Creek Field Station and retired from the Biology Department at SUNY Oswego in 2002.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Helen Butterfield Engel; one daughter, Helen Avis “Christine” Gonzalez of Oswego; one son, Michael (Kim) Engel of Watertown; one sister, Roberta (Dr. James) Boucher of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren, Devin Engel, Madison Engel, Carli Engel, Morgan Engel, Keith Davis and Christian Gonzalez; one great-grandchild, Peyton Engel; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Westfield Cemetery, Westfield, NY.
Calling hours will be held Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to Sterling Nature Center 15380 Jenzvold Road, Sterling, NY 13126