on September 11, 2013 - 8:48 PM
Jan. 11, 1925 – Sept. 9, 2013
Urban Andrew Englert Sr., a milkman for 57 years and a veteran of World War II, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 88.
Mr. Englert was born during the Great Depression to German immigrants and grew up in the Riverside section of Buffalo. Both of his parents died months apart in 1938 when he was 13 years old.
Mr. Englert was cared for by his older siblings after his parents died. He went to St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, working at both a paper route and a gas station to help pay tuition. Before he could graduate, he was drafted into the Army at age 18.
During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Forces on the Pacific island of Tinian as a crew member on a B-29 “The Smiling Jack.”
In 2011 he was awarded his diploma by St. Joseph’s in a ceremony honoring him and several other class members who left school early to serve their country.
Upon return from service, he went to work as a carpenter with his brother Franny, but after two years joined his brother Jerry in the milk business at Englert’s Dairy.
Mr. Englert, a longtime resident of East Amherst, carried on the tradition of a door-to-door milkman until his retirement in 2007. He was joined in the business by his oldest son Urban Jr. in 1980.
Mr. Englert never quit working, going to work for Felber’s Builders Supply in East Amherst, part time, as much as four days a week until earlier this year.
His wife, the former Eileen A. Galley, died in 1995.
He is survived by five sons, Urban Jr., Gary, James, Timothy and Paul; and five daughters, Michelle Flaglor, Annette, Eileen Naab, Bernadette Alexander and Jeanne Marie Harber.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mary Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.