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
    Margaret Herring says:
    Dear Sara, I was so saddened to read of John's death. My heart goes out to you. I remember you and him from Newcomers. I'm sending my deepest sympathy. Margaret Herring

  • February 04, 2009
    Robert H. Schmahl says:
    Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Col/ Dr Joe Eng. We were classmates of Joe at good-old Springfield Hi- class of 1950. We always knew that Joe was outstanding in all of his endevors, and we appreciate the honor of hearing about his life's achievements. We salute you, old friend, and we know that your life was worthwhile. Robert H. and Joe-Ann Schmahl (diseased, SHS Class of 1950