Dr. Joseph G. Engemann, PhD

    Dr. Joseph G. Engemann, PhD,  of Kalamazoo, invertebrate zoologist and professor emeritus, died Sept. 10, 2019, in Kalamazoo. He was born Nov. 27, 1928, in Belding, MI, to Julia and Hubert Engemann.
    Close friends and family will miss his kindness, humor, humility, and ability to identify any kind of spider and insect. His contributions to science are only shadowed by the magnificent man himself, and the way he moved through life: Shrug off what the world thinks of you; and what you think of the world. See, every day, with fresh eyes. Notice small things. Ask interesting questions. Love and care for the world. Be kind. Repeat.
    In addition to Nancy, his wife of 55 years, survivors include daughters, Jennifer (John) Clark, Molly (Jeff) Appeldoorn;  son, John (Ashley) Engemann;  five grandchildren, Will, Charlie, Katie, Tom, and Duke; sister, Jane (Mayes); brother-in-law, Jack (Susan) Doneth; and nieces and nephews.
    He also leaves behind hundreds of posts on his blog, Evolution Insights.
    Visit with friends and family,  Sunday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive,  Kalamazoo, (269) 375-2900, where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church.  Following the mass, food and fellowship will be shared in the church hall. Visit his personal webpage at www.BetzlerLifeStory.com, to  read his story, archive a favorite memory or photo and sign his guestbook.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo, Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo, or Kalamazoo River Watershed Council.


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