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David Blair Englehart

Monday, May 24, 2010

David Blair Englehart -- a respected family man, insurance agent and businessman -- died peacefully on Saturday.

He was 83. Born in Brazil on Sept. 12, 1926, he was the third son of Ira and Virginia Englehart.

At the age of 13, David met the love of his life, Helen Marie Eaglesfield, who lived on Shady Lane in Brazil. It was during this time that David attended Brazil High School, where he was active in sports and various academic clubs.

Every Saturday, rain or shine, David would ride his bicycle out to the Eaglesfield farm to spend time with Helen. The many stories of David's bicycle travels to foster his love will never be forgotten. If you ever met David, you likely heard that story countless times; it was unquestionably his favorite. Words simply cannot fully explain the unconditional love David and Helen shared together during their 71-year journey.

A graduate of the Indiana University School of Business, David -- known later as "the Fox" -- first sold plywood before going to work for Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. During a career that spanned nearly 55 years, David won every major national award attainable within the organization, including distinction three times as the "Equitable Man of the Year," achieving "The Order of the Excalibur" and many others. For three years in a row, David was recognized as the number one sales person out of 15,000 agents in the United States for Equitable. In reality, David never formally retired from the insurance business.

He later founded D.B. Englehart and Associates, which later became Mid-West Benefits.

In 1951, David and Helen married while home on a three-day leave from the Korean Conflict. He served in the U.S. Air Force twice; first in World War II, where he was a navigator and then in the Korean Conflict. He retired from the military as a First Lieutenant.

David came from a very strong religious background and it showed in everything that he did. Over the years, he served as the Head elder, a lay pastor and a youth group leader at First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. David and Helen later joined Tabernacle Presbyterian Church.

Despite losing much of his sight in his later years, he spent many hours donating his time and talents to various organizations, including the offices of Dr. Ed Harlamiert, where he spent many hours simply talking with patients. His kind, gentle nature was well known throughout the hospital.

David and Helen loved to travel. They spent time in Europe and the Caribbean. For years, they maintained a home on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Fla.

David was a member of the Delta Tau Delta National Fraternity, President of the Board of Directors of the Brendonwood Commons and various other civic community organizations.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 59 years Helen, brother Theodore Englehart, son Blair R. Englehart, daughter Sally (Gil) Englehart Standley, and grandsons David J. Englehart, Peter M. Standley, Daniel B. Englehart, Thomas W. Standley and Jon G. Standley.

The calling will be from 4-9 p.m., Wednesday, at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center-Broad Ripple. Services will take place at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, followed by graveside services at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Indiana Eye Foundation (Macular Degeneration), Delta Tau Delta Fraternity or the Lawrence Township Educational Foundation.