Joe Eng

September 5, 1932 - February 2, 2009
Joe Eng

Joe Eng, 76, of Wilmington, died Monday, February 2, 2009 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Beloved by all who knew him, both new acquaintances and old friends, Joe is survived by his wife Sara; daughters Elizabeth and Emily; their husbands, David and Jeremy; and four grandchildren, Evan, Theo, Riley, and Amy.

Joe was an active member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.

He retired from the US Army as a Lt. Col. in 1974 and then resided in Tucson, AZ where he earned a Ph.D. in Chinese History and touched the lives of many students and faculty. Later, he became an investigator for the Legal Defender of Pima County. More recently, he served as a
Stephen Minister, sharing his compassionate nature with those in great need.

He always loved meeting new people and adored children and
animals.

His roaring laugh and wide smile will be forever dear.

The family is planning a celebration of his life to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Dr., Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA, 91607-3421 or the charity closest to your heart.

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • February 04, 2009
    mike and pat sawyer says:
    dear sara and family, please accept our deepest sympathy at the lose of you husband and father. we will miss joe's happy smile

  • February 03, 2009
    Chuck and Carol says:
    Dear Sara and Family, Carol and I are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a special man; we feel honored to call Joe our friend. We will miss him. We prefer to remember Joe as, "the PhD who was often seen playing PacMan at the Tanque Verde Shopping Center". Sara, so glad we got to see you and Joe last August. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless. Love, Chuck and Carol

  • February 08, 2009
    Barbara Jeffrey says:
    We will miss him at bridge. Always fun to have him there. I am thinking about you.

  • February 05, 2009
    Pat Marsh says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • February 04, 2009
    Dean Butts says:
    I had the opportunity to meet Dr Eng while my mother was a patient @ Coastal Rehab. We only met 1 time, but he was so pleasant to be around. He spoke w/ my children and they seemed very comfortable around him. I am so very sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my prayers.