David Lee Engler, a beloved resident of Russellville, Arkansas, peacefully passed away at his home on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the age of 80. Funeral services to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 2:00 PM in Humphrey Funeral Chapel. Reverends Brian Ryals and Mike Norberg will officiate the service, and friends and family are invited to visit with the Engler family an hour prior, at 1:00 PM. David will be laid to rest at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Russellville under the caring guidance of Humphrey Funeral Service.\n\nDavid was born on November 6, 1943, in Oakland, California, to Alfred and Mary Elizabeth (Drew) Engler. On June 8, 1984, in Antioch, California, he married the love of his life, Sandra Jean (Bly) Engler.\n\nDavid was preceded in death by his parents, but his memory lives on through his loving wife of 39 years, Sandra; three sons: Travis Engler (Cheris) of Newport, AR, David Engler, Jr., of Fresno, California, and Brian Engler of Federal Way, Washington; two daughters: Laura Hopelian of Fresno and Stephanie Shephard (Tom) of Reno, Nevada; 14 cherished grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Connie Herter (Tom) of Oakdale, California; two sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.\n\nA proud veteran, David served his country in the United States Navy for four years, fueling his deep passion for World War II history. Throughout his career, he worked as a maintenance supervisor in the newspaper industry, contributing his skills to three San Francisco newspapers, the Oakland Tribune, and the Contra Costa Times in California.\n\nDavid was a man of many interests and talents. He was an avid pilot and held a membership in the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA). His love for the outdoors led him to enjoy activities like motorcycling, boating, skiing, and scuba diving. His enthusiasm for history extended to collecting antiques of all kinds. He held a special place in his heart for his faithful canine companion, a yellow lab named "Ben."\n\nDavid's faith was a cornerstone of his life, and he shared his belief in Christ's salvation with those around him. He worshiped alongside fellow believers in the United Methodist church and the Assemblies of God. He actively participated in music ministry, Promise Keepers, and the Kairos Prison Ministry.\n\nKnown affectionately as "The Saxophone Guy," David played the instrument professionally and for the pure joy and appreciation of music. He often said that he played the saxophone to soften hearts and bring people closer to God. His love for all genres of music, especially gospel and jazz, was profound. His exceptional gift of perfect pitch eventually led him to a hobby of tuning pianos. He proudly restored an 1880 European square grand piano, which now graces the living room of their Russellville home.\n\nDavid's internet obituary and online guestbook are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com, where friends and loved ones can share their memories and condolences in honor of a life well-lived. David Lee Engler will be dearly missed and forever remembered for his love, faith, and passion for music and history. May his soul rest in eternal peace.