Dennis Engels

Dennis Engels

Wednesday, October 8th, 1941 - Saturday, June 6th, 2020
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Dennis Henry Engels was born October 8, 1941, in Minneota to Lawrence and Margaret (VanOverbeke) Engels. Dennis was the first born of five children. He was baptized, received his 1st communion, and was confirmed at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent. Dennis attended grade school at St. Eloi Catholic School and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Marshall in 1960. Following high school graduation, Dennis joined the Army National Guards for three years. On June 27, 1964, Dennis and Rita Stassen were united in marriage at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. They raised three children on the family farm north of Ghent. Dennis was diagnosed with Parkinson in 2010. He passed away peacefully on June 6, 2020 at the Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall.

Dennis lived and loved his Catholic faith. He was a lifetime member of the St. Eloi Catholic Church. Dennis served on the Parish Council and was a Eucharistic Minister for over 30 years. Rita and Dennis faithfully attended weekly adoration at the chapel. His family were witnesses of his love and faith up to his last hours of his life. He fought through his battle with Parkinsons by prayer to St. Padre Pio and the rosary.

Dennis was the fourth generation on the Engels family farm. His farming career began with his father, Lawrence, and continued with his son, John. Dennis loved raising corn. He became a Keltgen Seed dealer in 1983. He sold for Keltgen Seed for 12 yrs and then Mycogen for 8 yrs. In 1994 his variety plot was awarded Highest Yielding Keltgen Plot in Minnesota.

Dennis loved horses, especially Quarter Horses. He attended 10 World Horse Shows in Oklahoma City to view the best of the best. He enjoyed working with and showing the young colts and fillies. He was thrilled when his children and grandchildren showed their 4-H animals at the county and state fairs.

Wonderful memories were made on trips taken with friends and family. Trips included: Yellowstone National Park with Jackson Hole, WY, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington DC, New York, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Baniff in Canada, Caribbean Cruise and Hayward, WI.

Dennis is survived by the love of his life for 56 years Rita and 3 children Ann (Eric) Guttormsson of Taunton, John (Karla) Engels of Minneota, Mary Beth (Troy) Kwasniewski of Clear Lake, SD; grandchildren Alex (fiance Joanna Moser) and Heidi Guttormsson, Amber and Travis Engels, Tristen and Morgan Kwasniewski; siblings Wallace (Delores) Engels of Minneota, Larry (Paulette) Engels of Alexandria, Mary Lee Engels of Independence, MO and Tom (Sharon) Engels of Woodbury. He was preceded in death by his son Christopher, parents Lawrence and Margaret Engels, and father and mother in-law Harry and Martha Stassen

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Eloi Catholic Church, Sisters of Mary Morning Star or
Prairie Home Hospice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    St. Eloi Catholic Church
    308 W. McQuestion
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    St. Eloi Catholic Church
    308 W. McQuestion
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  • Service

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 2:00pm
    St. Eloi Catholic Church
    308 McQuestion
    GHENT, MN 56239
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  • Interment

    St. Eloi Catholic Cemetery
    Rural Ghent
    Rural Ghent, MN 56239
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Posted at 12:39pm
To Rita and family,
Sending prayers and sympathy at this time of sorrow.
May you find comfort in God's loving care.
Kathy Boogaard

Becky Kerkvliet Berning

Posted at 12:21pm
My deepest sympathy to Rita and the family. I spent many hours at Dennis and Rita's home when I was young which I took away many good memories. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Hugs to you!!

AgVenture Pinnacle & Corn Capital Innovations - Olivia MN

Posted at 10:03am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Thomas Engels

Posted at 10:46pm
I am Dennis' youngest brother. Denny was such a man of integrity and commitment to his faith and family. I worked so closely with him and our father on the farm after he returned from his National Guard induction and during my High School years. He was such a blessing on the family farm for our father, Lawrence, who suffered from heart disease. Tom Engels

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