Phil Enegren Obituary

Phillip Enegren
June 30, 1942 - December 5, 2020

Wichita, Kansas - Phillip Dean Enegren, 78, was born in Wichita, KS to Vivian (Kuhns) Wilson and Paul Enegren. He passed away peacefully at home on December 5, surrounded by loving family. Phil grew up on a farm near Ashland, KS, and graduated from Ashland High School in 1960. While in high school, his math teacher Ken Swanson recognized Phil’s giftedness in mathematics, and mentored him, urging him to seek further education. Phil attended Kansas State University on an academic scholarship where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1964, graduating at the top of his class. While at K-State he was a founding member of a chapter of Triangle Engineering Fraternity. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Purdue University in 1965. After working in California and abroad, he returned to Wichita to enter the field of manufacturing. In 1977 he founded L.S. Industries, a local manufacturing company that produces heavy equipment.

Phil and his wife of 46 years, Linda Weir-Enegren, built a large family through birth and adoption. His greatest joy and his legacy, was his family. The family home was on a pond, and winters brought great adventures on the ice with Phil leading the way. He taught children and grandchildren ice skating and “ultimate sledding” at home, and skiing from the earliest ages on family trips. He cared little to not at all about material goods and had an adventurous spirit, crisscrossing the globe with his family for business and leisure. There were many adventures across six continents (and misadventures in the days before map apps).

Over the years he received much recognition for his generous heart and compassion, which were felt by all who knew him. He was honored with the Donna E. Sweet Humanitarian of the Year Award through the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2015. A particular business trip to China found him in a stranger’s residence, sleeves rolled up, using improvised tools to repair an outdated wheelchair for a disabled young man, whose plight had come to Phil’s attention in passing. In the business meetings the next day, the translator told them that Phil’s kind act had changed their perception of American businessmen.

To see Phil for five minutes was to see Phil. His genuine kindness was constant; he was as courteous to an agitated child as he was to his best customer. A friend who worked with him said, “On a regular basis I saw Phil do for strangers what most people wouldn’t do for blood.” Neighborhood kids knew him as the “calm dad” and called on him to resolve their sticky situations. He always had a jar of candy to share, an ear to listen, and a shoulder to lean on. Not infrequently, Phil could be seen passing by the freezer for a spoonful of ice cream.

Preceded in death by his parents, sister Phyllis Newby, brothers John Wilson and Samuel Enegren, daughter Faith Campbell-Cox, son Pedro Benavides-Enegren, and daughter-in-law Carolina Enegren.

Survived by spouse Linda Weir-Enegren, children Mark Enegren of Coeur d’Alene, ID; Amanda Enegren, Paul Enegren (Yeni), Joy Morton (Jake), and daughter-in-law Beverly Benker of Wichita; Ken Enegren of Tulsa; Sasha Enegren (James Massol) of New York City; Michelle Foster (Matt) of Mountain Home, ID; grandchildren Caleb Morton, Melanie Morton, Naomi Morton, Rodrigo Enegren, Phillip Enegren, Nicolas Enegren, Dominic Benavides, and Linda-Paulina Enegren of Wichita; Emilia Enegren-Massol and Andre Enegren-Massol of New York City; sister Barbara Miller of Sacramento,CA; brother Dennis Enegren of Huntsville, AL; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Phil was a member of First United Methodist Church, Triangle Fraternity, the President’s Clubs at Kansas State University and Wichita State University, and an ardent supporter of Rainbows United. A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2021 when it is safe to be together to celebrate his beautiful life. A memorial has been established with Rainbows United.

Federal Grants For Equipment That Improves Safety


Some recent research on funding opportunities led me to grants available for workplace safety.  The Depart of Health and Human Services provides funding for new equipment that will lead to a safer workplace.  Some of the these grants can total up to $1,000,000. LS Industries manufactures equipment that significantly reduces the wear on employees and reduces opportunities for injury.

Because LS Industries specializes in machinery that automates processes, we can eliminate injuries caused by repetitive motion.  These can often occur from hand sanding, scrubbing, or deburring parts.  We can recommend the right equipment to improve the safety in your facility.


The automated shot blast systems eliminate completing the work by hand.  Some of the hazards associated with this would be metal dust inhalation, injuries associated with hand tools and lifting injuries among others.
BFC-XL Cylinder Blaster


LS Industries washers can potentially eliminate the need for handling toxic chemicals and breathing hazardous fumes.  Carts like the one seen below transfers the table directly into the washer insuring safe handling of parts eliminating lifting injuries.  Other systems include conveyors or monorail systems for safe handling.


LS Industries vibratory equipment will give you a consistent finish on your parts without time consuming handling. Deburring parts by hand can easily cause cuts to the hands and other dangers of using hand tools.
Close up image with ceramic media


The LS Industries dust collectors will improve the air quality in your manufacturing facility so that employees will be safe from harmful airborne particles. The filter media used is very efficient, approaching 97% on 0.8 micron and 100% on 2 micron particulate. If you add an additional HEPA filter the dust elimination is even greater.
Dust Collector 50 in black metal material


Our equipment can lead to a safer more productive facility and thanks to grants provided by the federal government you could potentially add these improvements at no cost to you.

We will be happy to discuss the grant opportunities with you.  We will be happy to provide some of the information needed for the grant application. Don't wait, deadlines for application submission are approaching. Let us help you reap the maximum benefits of investing in your business and your employees.

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LS is here for you

LS Industries is taking the safety of our employees seriously during the COVID-19 outbreak and listening to our government's advice. We have taken additional prevention measures such as work from home options and staggering staffing schedules so that social distancing can be maintained while also supporting our customer’s needs.

Need Parts?
Our parts team is here to help! They are available by phone or email to help you get the essential parts you need. We are committed to serving our customers as seamlessly as possible.

Need Service?
LS will still be here to help with issues that may arise. For our staff’s safety, we are not doing on-site service calls at this time but we can diagnose many issues through video conference call or phone call. Call or email LS industries for all your service needs.

Need an upgrade?
There is no better time to expand and upgrade your equipment than now. We have several machines in stock to serve your needs immediately and offering stimulus pricing on most of our machines.  It is time to be more productive and we want to help.  Our reps are staying close to our customers and responding to your needs.

LS Industries is working hard to support you through these unprecedented times. Feel free to contact us with any questions at 316.265.7997 or email
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