Frank Robert Engler, 82, a Department of Defense procurement official and colonel in the Army Reserve, died Sept. 18 of congestive heart failure at the Knollwood military retirement home in Washington. He was a longtime resident of Chevy Chase.
A native of Washington, Mr. Engler was a member of the 1940 class of St. John's College High School, where he played varsity baseball and was on football and basketball teams that won city championships. He joined the Army in 1943 and served in intelligence units in World War II.
He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1948 and later attended law school at Georgetown. He also did graduate work at George Washington University and at specialized military command colleges.
From 1946 to 1950, he was a member of the D.C. National Guard. In 1950, he was activated and served during the Korean War as the baseball coach of a military team at Fort Custer, Mich. His team, which contained several professional ballplayers, won the Fifth Army championship.
Mr. Engler was an auditor with the Internal Revenue Service from 1949 to 1950 and again from 1952 to 1954. From 1954 to 1956, he was an auditor with the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Army.
For four years, beginning in 1957, he worked on classified projects with the National Security Agency. He was an Army contracts negotiator in 1961 and 1962.
From 1962 to 1980, Mr. Engler worked as a contract and procurement specialist with the Navy Department, retiring as director of the Navy Contract Management Review staff.
He was a member of the Army Reserve from 1957 to 1975.
He was a longtime member of the Catholic Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington. He also was a member of the American Legion, the Military Order of World Wars, Knights of Columbus and Kenwood Golf and Country Club in Bethesda. An avid golfer, Mr. Engler scored two holes in one.
His marriage to Dorothy J. Engler ended in divorce.
Survivors include three sons, Frank R. Engler Jr. of Dayton, Ohio, Herbert W. Engler of Potomac and Joseph P. Engler of Rockville; two daughters, Dr. Marguerite M. Engler and Dr. Mary B. Engler, both of San Francisco; two sisters, Frances Ducey of Silver Spring and Theresa Zinnecker of San Diego; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.