North Big Horn County lost a true gentleman and a great educator this week with the passing of Glenn Engelking.
When it came to educators, Glenn was one of the best, a man who commanded great respect both locally and across the state. Folks under the age of 35 may not remember Glenn in his professional capacity, but he was in his day highly regarded as a community leader and as the superintendent of schools for 28 years in Lovell.
Glenn was a master of stretching budget dollars during a time when the Lovell school district was one of the poorest (in terms of budget) in the state. He more than justified his salary through savings realized by careful planning and innovative ideas.
Former Lovell school board member Pat Schmidt, a veteran newspaperman who also worked with Engelking as a member of the Lovell School Board, said this week that he has covered school boards in Fremont, Park, Big Horn and Hot Springs counties and there was nobody like Glenn.
“He was the grand master,” Pat said, adding, “He was secure in himself. He would say what he thought and get stuff out and talked about.”
As a newspaperman, Pat said he always appreciated how frank Glenn was and how easy he was to deal with. He also noted that Glenn and wife Carmel raised a fine family: daughters Sharla Zwemer of Frannie, Susan McArthur and Linnea Dickson of Lovell and son Kerry of Casper.
Fellow educator and longtime Lovell Middle School principal Norm Opp said Glenn was “probably one of the best guys I ever worked with,” noting that, as an administrator, “you always had to justify what you were doing” with the boss and adding that Glenn was “very thorough, hard-working, open and honest.”
We agree. Through our association, we have come to know Glenn as a fine gentleman, a loyal member of the United Methodist Church and Tri-Mountain View Masonic Lodge No. 35, a great family man, a dedicated community leader and a second-to-none educator and administrator.
Glenn lived quietly in recent years, out of the limelight. But that doesn’t diminish the contribution he made during his professional career as one of Wyoming’s finest.
Glenn Engelking died Tuesday at his home in Lovell. He will be honored at funeral services Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Lovell United Methodist Church.
There was a quiet dignity about Glenn Engelking. We will miss him.