Paul F. Engler has always had a special vision for looking ahead
with a positive spirit and recognizing the importance of compassion.
He sees the value of philanthropy in his own life and wants
to see that his concept of giving back remains after him. Simple,
positive values of hard work and honesty mark Paul Engler as
a man among men. He has been an entrepreneur his entire life
and especially wants to help those who help themselves.
Paul was born and raised in Nebraska where he began his college
education at age 15 at The University of Nebraska. He began
his work life as an Ag teacher and then moved on to purchasing
cattle, building feed lots and beginning Cactus Feeders. His
innovations in cattle feeding and improving technology associated
with the fed cattle business are legendary. He has received
many awards associated with agriculture and the cattle industry
because he accepted challenges and succeeded in their completion.
Paul and Virginia began the Foundation and have been joined
by several of their children in this endeavor. Through this
foundation, the Engler family vision, born of love for their
family and the communities that they serve is realized.
Paul has been active with the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and
the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. Paul recently received
the Henry Beachell Distinguished Alumni Award at the University
of Nebraska and has been inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall
of Fame, Meat Industry Hall of Fame and is currently the Chairman
of the Board of Cactus Feeders which he founded in 1975.
Virginia 'Jinx' Joan Kreycik Engler was born in 1932 in the
Sand Hills region of north central Nebraska, one of the third
generation of Kreyciks who pioneered cattle ranching in this
area. As a girl, she worked the ranch alongside her father,
brother, and sisters. Her schooling began in a one-room primary
school straight out of 'Little House on the Prairie'. Later
she attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln on a voice/singing
During the 1960s and 70s, Jinx lived and raised a family in
Yuma, Arizona. She began her efforts in philanthropy there,
helping to organize a chapter of the Assistance League, a national
philanthropic organization. She twice served as its president.
Among the activities she helped the chapter initiate were Operation
School Bell, which has clothed and outfitted many schoolchildren
from disadvantaged families, and the preservation and restoration
of cultural landmarks such as the Yuma Crossing Quartermaster
Depot and Custom House.
Married to Paul F. Engler in 1981, she turned her attention
to church and community philanthropy in Amarillo, Texas. She
was a leader of Catholic Family Service, Inc. and an active
member of St. Mary�s Church of Amarillo. She was also a member
of Texas Cattlewomen, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and
the National Cattlemen�s Beef Association. In spite of these
commitments, she tirelessly supported her husband's business
and social affairs.
Jinx's reason for being was helping those she loved, from her
family to her neighbors to the friends she made as she traveled
with Paul around the world. She was a joyful spirit who treated
everyone she met with kindness and generosity. Her three daughters,
Claudia, Cathleen, and Caroline, are proud that the Paul and
Virginia Engler Foundation will continue to bring that generosity
to the Great Plains community.