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Donald Engelke

April 15, 1938-Feb. 20, 2012

Donald "Don" John Engelke, 73, of White Earth, passed away Monday, February 20, 2012, at the home of his daughter, Cheryl, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

A memorial sevice will be held 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at the Ogema Community Center, with visitation to be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be made in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Twin Valley, in the spring of 2012.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit

Don was born to William and Alice (Allrich) Engelke on April 15, 1938, in Gary, Minn. He grew up and attended school in Twin Valley. Following his schooling, Don enlisted in the Unite States Army, where he served until his honorable discharge on April 22, 1958.

Upon his return to Twin Valley, Don gained employment on an area farm, where he worked for a number of years. He was a jack-of-all-trades and also worked as a woodsman and enjoyed cutting wood. He also worked as an auto mechanic.

Don was united in marriage to Isabell Warren and their union was blessed with 5 children. Don's life was saddened by the death of his wife at a young age. He was later united in marriage to Tony Viles and the family was blessed with two more children.

When Don was not busy with work, he enjoyed a drive through the country roads where he enjoyed the scenery. He liked stopping to visit with friends along the way. He also had a passion for country music and a good western movie. He loved his children and grandchildren and cherished the time he spent with them.

Don will be missed by his nine children, John (Bev) Engelke of Savage, Minn., Bill (Mary Beth) Engelke of Arthur, N.D., Sharon (Alvin Dickson) Engelke of Ada, Dan Engelke of Moorhead, Christie Engelke of Minneapolis, Terry (Lorene Norcross) Peake of Ponsford, Tracy (L.J. Howard) Engelke of Minneapolis, Chad (Cheryl Norcross) Dakota of Detroit Lakes and Cheryl (Sunny Bigbear) Engelke of Frazee; 25 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and one brother, Kenneth Engelke of Mahnomen.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Isabell Engelke; and special friends, Barb Dakota and Peggy Johnson.