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John Engels

John Arnold Engels, age 66, of New Rockford, ND, passed away peacefully while on hospice care in his son’s home in Moorhead, MN on Monday, July 4, 2022.

John was born on January 19, 1956 in New Rockford, ND, to Gerard and Beatrice (O’Connor) Engels. He attended New Rockford High School, graduated in 1974, then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for a short time. John worked various jobs in his younger years then settled into his career as a factory worker/supervisor at Marvin Windows in Warroad, MN. After retiring he decided to move home to New Rockford, where he enjoyed helping out on the farm and working on machinery and automobiles for friends and family.

John will be remembered for his love of the farm, horses, Beaty’s special K bars, and his grandkids. His faith in Jesus grew immensely in the last season of his life and his family looks forward to reuniting with him in Heaven one day.

John is survived by his daughters, Jennifer (Mike) Engels, Alaina (Mike) Yri, Ashley (Alex) Burkeland; son, Nathan (Paige) Engels; grandchildren, Hunter, Hailey (Josh), Mackenzie, Ryleigh, Kodie, Alivia, Luke, Bryce, Makell, Tarren, and Nolan; great-granddaughter, Braelyn Ziebart; his siblings, Janice Risovi, Jim (Mary) Engels, Mary Jo Harter, Joe (Merritt) Engels, Jake (Lisa) Engels, Jeff (Becky) Engels, Karen (JR.) Peterson, Jodi Engels; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Beaty; his sister Susan Bina; and brother-in-laws Lester Risovi and Ron Harter.

A Celebration of John’s Life / Burial will be held Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 1 pm at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in New Rockford and will continue with an Ice Cream Social at the New Rockford Golf Course & Event Center, New Rockford.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. I will treasure our summer “cousin childhood” memories forever…especially Uncle Herb’s old white car. May he rest in peace and may all of you be comforted by our Lord’s love. ~Cousin Therese (Scharnhorst) Erickson

  2. I remember the first “Scharnhorst’s cousin visit” on the farm and how amazed us city kids (aka: Green Horns as Grandma Bergman called us) were when we saw Johnny driving the tractors, trucks and fixing whatever was broken …even at such a young age he had the knack of an experienced mechanic. I cherish those summer visits and was so happy to have you show me your beautiful red sports car… only regret not having a ride up town….rest peacefully cousin, prayers and hugs to your whole family…Cousin Kathy (Scharnhorst) Beals

  3. Sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Louis and Tami Scharnhorst


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