Henry Edward Engstrom was born on May 11, 1920 and passed away on July 6, 2013. He was a native of Pensacola, Florida and graduated from Pensacola High School in 1937. In October of 1941, Ed enlisted in the United States Navy and served our country during World War II. He served as a quartermaster chief on the U.S.S. Breckinridge (DD-148) and U.S.S. Patrol Craft 566 (PC 566).
On April 9, 1944, Ed married Julia Claire Hoffman. He attended the University of Miami (Florida) and in 1948 received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Accounting. He later used the skills he learned in college at Saint Regis Paper Company, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Florida Department of Corrections. A lifelong member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, he served as Secretary of the Plant City, Florida lodge.
Ed was predeceased by his parents John Oliver Engstrom, Sr., a Swedish immigrant, and Eva M. Mueller, wife Julia Claire Hoffman Engstrom, brother John Oliver Jr., and sister Ellen Threadgill, all of Pensacola. Ed is survived by son George (Mary) of Milton, Florida, son John (Carol) of Lutz, Florida, former daughter-in-law Pamela Porter Engstrom of Milton, Florida, and grandchildren Chris (Barbara), Eric (Hayley), Emily and Jonathon.
Gather with friends and family at the Memorial Pavilion at Barrancas National Cemetery 1:15pm, Friday, July 26th to celebrate Henry Edward Engstrom’s life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local food bank.