May 18, 1923 in St. Louis, MO, the Dengler family moved
to Little Rock, Arkansas before settling in Des Moines,
Iowa. He attended schools there, graduating from Des Moines
Roosevelt High School in 1941. He furthered his studies
at Iowa State College, then Iowa State College each for
one year. Dengler was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity,
an avid golfer and sports fan, and lettered in both golf
and basketball in high school and college.
was inducted into the service at Jefferson Barracks, St.
Louis, in 1943. He began his training in Beloit, Wisconsin
and completed his pilot's instruction at Stockton Field,
CA. April 15, 1944. He was assigned to Crew 44 at Great
Bend Kansas. Afterwards, while stationed at SHAAF, Salina,
Kansas, he met his wife, Marjorie N. Bayless, in November
1944, at a crew party in the Trianon Ballroom. That first
date cumulated in marriage on February 5, 1945.
born in Downs, Kansas, October 20, 1926, had moved to
Salina immediately after graduation from high school in
Concordia, Kansas. While Ed was overseas, she went to
Des Moines to live with his mother, and worked at Meredith
Publishing Company until he arrived home from overseas.
The next seventeen years were spent raising a family and
participating in youth and church activities. When Ed
started college, financial needs brought Marge back to
into the work force as a secretary.
first son, Edward, Jr., was born July 16, 1946 in Des
Monies and a second John, arrived on November 5, 1947.
in order to earn college funds took the only available
job he could find driving a taxi cab. One summer night,
after picking up a fare, he was shot in the head in a
robbery attempt. There were three brain surgeries, months
in the hospital and months of recovery at home. Though
he survived, he still has vision and memory problems.
received his Master's Degree from University of Iowa,
and pursued a career as a social worker for Koinonia,
a foster home agency. They have two girls.
and Marge also had a daughter, Susan born in Des Moines,
raised in Cedar Rapids and graduated from Cono Christian
School. She attended Trinity College and worked several
years before her marriage.
poignantly remembers when the crew was at Herington Air
Force Base, Kansas. Herington was a staging base for the
crews slated for overseas shipment. Crew 44 was alerted
three times before they finally too off for Guam.
the various decorations that Dengler received were the DFC
and three Air Medals.
Ed suffered a massive heart attack and died on January 11,
1984. Services were held two days later with internment
in Glenwood Cemetery - Masonic Section.