In Loving Memory
Aaron Tyler Engle
June 29, 1993 – December 12, 2014
10 a.m. • January 10, 2015 • Newberg Friends Church
Aaron Tyler Engle passed away on December 12, 2014. He was born on June 29, 1993, to Frank and Patsy Engle in Newberg. He attended Veritas School during his elementary years, followed by homeschooling during middle school. He attended high school at C.S. Lewis Academy, graduating in 2012. Over the past two years, he took classes at George Fox University.
Music was Aaron’s passion. He was gifted on piano, guitar, bass, and banjo and known for his extensive knowledge about musicians and musical instruments. Cinematography and art inspired him, and he often shared ideas or discussed film concepts with fellow students. He enjoyed visiting art museums with his family, especially where works of his favorite artist, Mark Rothko, were displayed.
All who knew Aaron will remember his compassion and integrity. He chose to sit at lunch with students who needed a friend and often understood the moods of his classmates, giving heart-felt words of encouragement and support. After his mother died in 2010, he cared deeply for his father and brother, composing music and playlists for them as well as often asking, with deep sincerity, how they were doing.
In 2013, Aaron was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and patiently worked with professionals and his family to alleviate his severe depression. His family will always cherish the love they shared during this difficult journey.
Aaron is survived by his father and step-mother, Frank and Janelle; brother, Tim; maternal grandparents, Glen and Aloma Whittenberg of Marion, IN; and paternal grandparents, Frank and Frances Engle, Sr., of Newberg; as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Gidget.
An Aaron Engle Memorial Fund has been established at C.S. Lewis Academy for students in need of professional counseling or other mental health resources. The school’s staff lovingly directed Aaron’s family to helpful support while Aaron was a student, and this fund will help other students in the future. The school’s address is: P.O. Box 3250, Newberg, OR 97132.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We want to thank you for the ways you’ve carried us in your hearts since you heard about Aaron’s passing. Your presence means a great deal as we remember and honor Aaron today. We are grateful and humbled by the generous outpouring of love and support we feel from our family, friends, neighbors, and so many others in the Newberg community and beyond.
Several communities have particularly embraced us during this difficult time: C.S. Lewis Academy, George Fox University, Whitworth University, Friendsview Retirement Community, Newberg Friends Church, St. Peter Catholic Church, Faith in Action, Twin Rocks Friends Camp, the Newberg Kiwanis Club, and Men of Honor (Tim’s dorm friends from Biola University).
We appreciate your continued prayer as well as presence with us in the days ahead until we see Aaron again in heaven. Thank you again for your care and friendship – for being the body of Christ to us.
Frank, Janelle, and Tim Engle
- “Fare Thee Well” by Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford
- “America” by Simon & Garfunkel
- “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison
- “Feel Flows” by The Beach Boys
- “I’ll Be Your Mirror” by The Velvet Underground and Nico
- “Watch the Sunrise” by Big Star