Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 462-0535
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105 East Indiana Avenue
Kouts, IN  46347
(219) 766-2224
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309 North Main Street
Wanatah, IN  46390
(219) 733-2313
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Highway 49 and 600 North
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 531-8690

E. Donald “Don” Bengel, 80, of Valparaiso passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018. He was born June 1, 1938 in Baltimore, MD. Don was a proud alum of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and went on to receive a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University in 1961. Don founded Bengel Engineering and Surveying, which he owned and operated for over 50 years. He served as Porter County Surveyor for four terms, from 1980-1996 and was active in many professional organizations. Don served on the Board and was a Past President for both the Northwest Chapter and the state board of the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ISPLS).  He represented Indiana as a member of the Board of Governors and Board of Directors of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and was Indiana’s delegate on NSPS’s Great Lakes Council.  Don was a past Chairman of the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC).  Don was also active in Republican politics serving for many years as precinct committeeman and was also elected to serve as a state convention delegate.  Don’s greatest passion second to his family was the Boy Scouts of America. Don was actively involved in scouting since his boyhood.  As an adult, his service began with Valparaiso Troop 907 when his three sons were scouts. He took great pride that each of them as well as his oldest grandson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  He attended several National Scout Jamborees and twice hiked Philmont Scout Ranch. Don served in many capacities in scouting over the years, including camp inspections, Eagle review boards and district leadership. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 2006.  On June 26, 1960 Don married his college sweetheart, Betty, and together they had four children: twins Eric (Robin) Bengel of Valparaiso and Lauralyn Bengel of Chicago, Dirk (Patricia) Bengel of Greenville, SC and Mark (Michelle) Bengel of Valparaiso.  He was a proud Pop-Pop to six grandchildren: Erica, Kelsey (Justin), Jack, Nicole (Kirk), Shannon and Peter. He is also survived by his two brothers, Richard (Gail) and Elvin (Donna) Hudson and their children: Sean (Trista) and Adrienne (Craig), Adam and Kate Hudson, as well as his niece, Megan (Victor) and nephew Dan (Debbie). Don was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Hudson, his grandfather, Leonard Bengel and his beloved uncle, Leonard “Buddy” Bengel.
A visitation will be held Thursday June 14 from 3-6 PM at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso, with a funeral service beginning at 6:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Boy Scouts of America, LaSalle Council, 1340 South Bend Ave. , South Bend, IN 46617 (please specify for camp properties).

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