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Msgr. Herbert G. Engelhardt, pastor, chaplain for Army, Air Force

March 24, 1916 – May 23, 2015

Msgr. Herbert G. Engelhardt, a longtime priest who served as an Army and Air Force chaplain, died Saturday at McAuley Residence in Kenmore. He was 99.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Diocesan Preparatory Seminary and Our Lady of the Angels Seminary at Niagara University. He graduated from Niagara University, where he was recipient of the Achievement Medal. He was ordained in May 1940 at St. Joseph New Cathedral, thereafter serving as missionary apostolate in Sinclairville from 1940 to 1941.

Before becoming pastor at Good Shepherd Parish in Pendleton from 1959 to 1971, Msgr. Engelhardt served as assistant pastor in various parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo, including St. Joachim from 1941 to 1942; Holy Cross from 1942 to 1943; Sacred Heart, Niagara Falls from 1943 to 1944; St. Boniface from 1944 to 1945; St. Brigid from 1948 to 1950; and Most Precious Blood, Angola, in 1958.

He became pastor of Fourteen Holy Helpers in West Seneca, serving from 1971 to 1982, during which time he was named monsignor, prelate of honor in 1981. Msgr. Engelhardt’s final assignment was pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish in Boston from 1982 to 1991.

He remained at the Boston church until his retirement from active priesthood at age 75 in July 1991.

He served in the U.S. Army as a chaplain at the Howard Air Base, Panama Canal Zone from 1945 to 1948. From 1950 to 1958, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a chaplain, where he was stationed at various bases in the United States, France and Japan.

During his service he earned several military awards including National Defense Service Medal, Campaign and Service Victory World War II Medal, American Campaign Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Longevity Service Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster, and Air Force Commendation Medal.

He completed 28 years in military service, 11 years in active duty and the rest in reserve duty. He retired from the military service with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1983.

A member of the Priest Senate, he served as chaplain for the Reserve Officers Association.

He belonged to the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Buffalo Assembly, and Father Justin Council. He was a member of the Astronomical Society and Buffalo Museum of Science.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursdayin Fourteen Holy Helpers Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca.

He is survived by a nephew, Peter Engelhardt.