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Jon Engen

July 19, 1967-Dec. 27, 2008

Jon D. Engen, 41, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, December 27, 2008 at St. Mary's Innovis Health, Detroit Lakes.

Jon was born the son of Don and Janet (White) Engen on July 19, 1967 in Mesa, Ariz. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, N.D., and attended school in Wahpeton, graduating from Wahpeton High School in 1986. Jon was active in sports and was selected most valuable athlete in track (1985) and basketball (1986).

Jon attended the North Dakota State College of Science and graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in 1988. In 1992, Jon graduated from Mankato State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks and Recreation Management. A part of his training at Mankato State was spending a summer in Alaska, working for that state's park program. He enjoyed Alaska very much.

Upon graduation, Jon worked for Tecton and Smucker's in Fargo. He eventually went to work for Sara Lee in Watertown, S.D.

Jon was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing with his beloved dogs, Ike and Tyson.

Surviving Jon are his parents, Don and Jan Engen of Detroit Lakes; sister, Denise (Ladd) Lyngaas of Detroit Lakes; brother, Richard Engen of Wahpeton; one niece and three nephews as well as numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

Preceding Jon in death were his paternal and maternal grandparents and two uncles.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be given to Emmanuel Nursing Home Foundation, the Caring Bridge Web Site ( or the First Lutheran Church Youth Ministries.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 at First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with interment following at Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Arrangements were provided by the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at