David Arthur Engstrom, 65, of the Old Pittsfield Rd., Youngsville, and formally of Chandlers Valley, passed away Thursday October 17, 2013 at his residence.
He was born March 2, 1948 in Warren, a son of the late Arthur Engstrom, and Irene Henrickson Casey, who survives him of Sarasota, FL. He served in the US Army, stationed in Germany, was a member of the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church, and also the American Legion Post #658 in Youngsville. David was an extremely talented musician and song writer. He first started singing in the Penna. Boys Choir at an early age, then went on to become a professional musician, specializing as an acoustic rhythm guitarist, traveling throughout the U.S. playing blues and folk music. He was a member of many bands throughout his career, including the Allegheny Mountain Boys. He enjoyed playing with Gene Johnson, who is currently the fiddle and mandolin player for Diamond Rio, and also with his many local friends. David invented a ratcheting wrench for an overhead door tension spring, that later, he received a patent for. He also built all the machines to manufacture it and forged all the handles at his farm. He then started the Peterson Wrench Co. David also worked at WRRN radio station in Warren for a number of years as a disc jockey for the Sunday morning bluegrass show. He will be remembered by all that knew him for his kindness, and his wry sense of humor.
In addition to his mother he is survived by a sister Beverly.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Eric Engstrom, and a infant sister.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 314 N. Main St. in Youngsville, with the Rev. Nancy Schwanke, pastor of the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church, officiating. The Youngsville American Legion Honor Guard will provide full military honors at the funeral home. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of Choice.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.