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Paul Frederick Engler

August 23, 1929 — May 3, 2024


Paul Frederick Engler peacefully passed from this life on May 3, 2024, at the age of 94. He was born on August 23, 1929, in Stuart, Nebraska, to Henry Paul Engler and Jenny Gill.

 He was born an entrepreneur with a love of cattle. He bought his first herd at the age of twelve. Paul graduated from High School at the age of fifteen and continued on to the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1951. In 1960, Paul founded Hereford Feedyard and became an executive at Iowa Beef Packers in 1972. He moved to Dumas, Texas, in 1975 and founded Cactus Feeders. Paul received numerous awards and recognition in the industry throughout his career. In May of 2022, he received an Honorary Ph.D. in Business Administration and Agriculture from West Texas A&M University from both the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business and the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences.

 Paul valued the opportunities that God and the business world provided him, and as a result, Paul’s legacy is not confined to his lifetime. It thrives through the University of Nebraska, West Texas A&M University, and the Paul F. and Virginia J. Engler Foundation. Paul’s influence and commitment to excellence extended far beyond his professional life, personally touching the lives of many.

 Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia. 

 Paul is survived by Michael Engler and wife Dalia, Teresa Raizen (†) and husband Dan, Matthew Engler, Mark Engler, Jennifer Coleman and husband Tom, and Sara Cady and husband Steve. He also leaves grandchildren Rachel, Nat, Garrett (†), Ryan, Ben, Claire, Jaxon, Emma, and Sofia, and four great-grandchildren Able, Trevor, Tyler, and August.

 Paul is also survived by stepdaughters Claudia Gilson and husband John, Cathleen May and husband Jeff, and Caroline Fauks and husband Steve. 

 Paul leaves his beloved sister, Katherine Anderson. 

 Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 10:00 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 4100 S. Coulter Street, Amarillo, TX 79109.   

 The family requests that all memorials be sent to Catholic Charities at PO Box 15127, Amarillo, TX 79105.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

4100 Coulter Street, Amarillo, TX 79109

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