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WRENTHAM- Richard W. Enegren, Sr. 82, of Franklin St., died peacefully, Monday December 16, 2013 at the Pond Home surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Jessie Elizabeth (Garner) Enegren.
Born in Milford on April 21, 1931 the last child born to Edbury Enegren, Sr. and Sarah A. (Stobbart) Enegren, he was a lifelong Wrentham resident.
He is a graduate Bordentown Military Academy and also attended Babson Institute in Wellesley.
"Dick" served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Stationed at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico where he met and married his wife. He attained the rank of Corporal and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1954.
He was co-owner of Lake Pearl Park and president of King Philip Co., the family business. The King Philip Ballroom was well known for hosting many Big Bands and evolved into a premier function facility. The park including the beach was a popular outing destination.
He was Past Master and 50 year member of Excelsior Lodge AF & AM, the Scottish Rite-Valley of Boston and all the York Rite Bodies, a member of the Aleppo Temple Shrine Ritualistic Degree Team and a member of Palestine Temple in Cranston, RI. He was a past president of the King Philip Shrine Club. He was also a member of the Sword of Bunker Hill and Nava Grotto.
He was a Past Director of the Royal Order of Jesters Ct. 71 (Providence) and a past president of the Gold Coast Billiken Club in Florida. He was made an honorary member of many Jester Courts.
Active in the local community he was a 50 year member of the Wrentham American Legion, a trustee of the Original Congregation Church in Wrentham and a director of the former Benjamin Franklin Savings Bank. He was also a charter member and past president of the King Philip High School Sports Club.
He enjoyed piloting his single engine plane and his travels around the greater New England area. He also enjoyed visits to the Southwestern United States and resided for a time in Hollywood Beach, Florida and summered on Lake Pearl. He was proud of his mint condition 1950 Cadillac which he often drove in local parades.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 59 years are 3 sons; Richard W. Enegren Jr., of Wrentham, W. Lawrence Enegren and his wife Janet of Malden, and Evan R. Enegren of Attleboro. Also 2 grandchildren Brittney Folan and Colby W. Enegren.
He is the brother of the late Phyllis L. Harvey, Helen G. Horn, Marjorie E. Taylor, Edbury R. Enegren, Jr., Robert W. Enegren, Sr., and Barbara Ann Horn.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service Monday Dec. 23rd, at 10AM at the New England Chapel 40 Kenwood Circle (off Grove St.) Franklin, MA. Interment with military honors will follow at the family lot in Wrentham Center Cemetery.
Calling hours at the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Franklin are Sunday 4-8PM. A Masonic Service will be conducted at the funeral home at 6PM.
Please do not send flowers at the families expressed desire. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to, Shiner's Hospital for Children 51 Blossom St. Boston, MA 02114.