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Ralph Engel

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Ralph Engel

April 14, 1924-Dec. 25, 2013

Ralph E. Engel, 89, of Frazee, died Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at his home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley, surrounded by his loving family.

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with Reverend William Aufdenkamp, officiating. Interment will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery with Military Rites provided by Heart O'Lakes V.F.W. Post 7702.

Friends may call between 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee; a prayer service is set for 7:30 p.m. The visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Ralph Ernest Engel was born to Charles and Mary Elizabeth (Tode) Engel on April 14, 1924 in Sanborn, Minn. He moved with his family to rural Frazee as a child, attending a rural Frazee school.

Following his education, Ralph served with the U.S. Navy on a mine sweeper. Following his discharge, he returned to Frazee, where he farmed with his parents.

Ralph was united in marriage to Joan Butler, June 11, 1946 in Dilworth. They farmed near Hungry Lake in rural Frazee for 13 years. Ralph then founded Ralph Engel Construction Company, building homes in the area until retiring in 1990.

Ralph enjoyed time with his family, fishing, hunting, mowing, snow blowing and square dancing. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and a past commander of Heart O'Lakes V.F.W. Post 7702.

Survivors include Joan, his loving wife of 67 years, of Frazee; two sons: Terry (Charlene) of Frazee and Denis (Ida) of Detroit Lakes; six grandchildren, Toni, Darin, Wayne, Sandy, Michele and Scot; 12 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren and one on the way.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Rick; his parents; four brothers, Francis, Bob, Walt and Harold; and five sisters, Margaret, Clara, Grace, Emma and Ethel.

Furey Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at www.fureyfh.com.

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