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Richard Hays "Dick" Englehart

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Richard Hays "Dick" Englehart, a retired insurance manager/agent who had homes in Indianapolis and Palm Desert, Calif., has died. He was 86.

Englehart suffered a stroke after attending church on Dec. 7, at Palm Desert, Fla., and died the next day.

He was born in Brazil, son of Ira and Virginia Englehart, and played high school basketball there under legendary coach Harold "Babe" Wheeler.

In 1941, he entered Indiana University, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, in 1942, and served as a radar specialist on Guam Island. He returned to marry Virginia Luther "Gina" Boughan of Brazil, in 1946, and to earn his IU Business School degree in 1947.

Then, he began as an agent, a 60-year successful career with the Equitable Life Assurance Society. He rose to district manager and the agency manager in Indianapolis before moving to California in 1968 as the Pasadena agency manager. He resigned that post in 1972 to become an agent specializing in Tax Shelter Annuities for hospital physicians and staffers. He retired in 2007.

Equitable awarded Englehart its highest honors for sales achievement: Centurion Hall of Fame and Order of Excalibur.

In Indianapolis, the Englehart family lived on acreage at the northern tip of Carmel. Two horses in their barn were prized by the four Englehart children.

The family's California home was in Malibu on high ground beside the Pacific Ocean. They developed an avocado orchard on the property and maintained a kennel of champion Briards (French for sheep dogs). In 2000, their grown children out of the nest, the parents departed the coastal height for flat Palm Desert, Calif.

Englehart was an avid golfer and fisherman. He often enlivened parties wielding a drum stick on a "boom bass" -- a 5-foot pole contraption outfitted with cymbols, tambourine and a drum face. The family for years owned a cottage on Big Bear Lake north of Los Angeles.

A member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at IU, Englehart gave it loyal service the rest of his life. He was a longtime board member of the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation and chairman of its national fundraising campaign in the 1970s that harvested $6 million.

Englehart was a member of Rotary International and two Presbyterian churches -- First in Brazil and Brentwood in Brentwood, Calif., where he was a deacon.

Wife Virginia died in 2000 on Dec. 8, the same date of Dick's death eight years later. In 2003, Englehart was remarried, to Barbara Cutshall "Bobbie" Pollom of Brazil. They spent half of each year in Palm Desert, Calif., and half in Indianapolis.

Surviving are brothers Theodore and David Englehart, Indianapolis, son Richard Hays (Regina) Englehart Jr./, Orinda, Calif., daughters Mrs. Frances (Jefferson) Lockwood, Katy, Texas, Mrs. Virginia (Ken) Watt, Monrovia, Calif., and Mrs. Louise (David) Strausberg, Redwood City, Calif., grandchildren J. Grey Lockwood, Los Angeles, Erin Cooley, Oakland, Calif., Army Capt. Benjamin Watt, Iraq, Sarah Watt, Richmond, Va., and Ashley Englehart, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and great-grandchild Lola Belle Cooley.

Wife Barbara's children are Dr. Stephen (Connie) Pollom and Dr. Dan (Robyn) Pollom, Indianapolis, and Mrs. Ann (Dr. Rob) Weller, Brownsburg, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services will take place at 1 p.m., Jan. 10, 2009, in Tabernacle Presbyterian Church Chapel, 418 E. 34th St., Indianapolis, followed by a reception at Delta Tau Delta national headquarters, 10000 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis, 46308, and Jan. 24, at Brentwood Presbyterian Church.

As they did with Virginia's ashes, the family will strew Dick's ashes in the Pacific Ocean fronting their former Malibu home.

Memorial gifts are requested to be sent to the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation at the Allisonville Rd. address.