Vernon R. Engel, 96, of Hanley Falls, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Granite Falls Hospital, Granite Falls.
Vernon was born December 20, 1915, to Carl Junior and Alvina (Lorenz) Engel on the family farm in rural Hanley Falls, Yellow Medicine County. He attended and graduated from the Hanley Falls School District. He was baptized and confirmed at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls.
On December 8, 1946, Vernon married Gladys Markgraf at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Wood Lake. They made their home on the family farm until the fall of 1983, when they moved into Wood Lake. In June of 2007 they moved into the Parkwood Apartments in Belview, and in September of 2011 Vern moved into the Granite Falls Manor where he resided until his death.
Vernon was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Wood Lake for more than 60 years and had served as a church elder. He devoted his life to his beloved wife, Gladys, and to his family.
He enjoyed playing piano, organ and the accordion; he was also an avid reader. In the 1940s he had a dance band with his brother Earle, and he enjoyed meeting people who remembered the band.
In their retirement Vern and Gladys enjoyed traveling all over the United States, especially visiting their children and staying at the beach. In later years he played his accordion at the nursing homes in the area and other events, and he played his organ for the residents at Parkwood up until the time he moved to the nursing home. He set a wonderful example for his family and the community in caring for Gladys until her death in 2007. He mourned her for the remainder of his life, and eagerly looked forward to a reunion with his Lord and with her in heaven.
He is survived by his three daughters, Carol (Ken) Rikke of Echo, MN, Nancy (Dick) Busiahn of Cannon Falls, and Connie (Herman) Cole of Wake Forest, NC; one son, Gary Engel of Lake Wylie, SC; eleven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson, nieces and nephews.
His parents, wife Gladys, and three brothers, Floyd, Stanley and Earle preceded him in death.
Services were Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wood Lake. Burial was in the St. John's Lutheran Church cemetery.
Arrangements by The Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso.