Vernon George Engelkes, 83, rural Rushmore, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Dewald Township.
A funeral service was Friday, Oct. 6, at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Worthington. Burial was in the Sunset Rest Cemetery in Rushmore.
Vernon Engelkes was born Dec, 29, 1933, to Jurgen and Anna (Oltmans) Engelkes on the family farm just west of Rushmore. He was raised there and attended grade school in Rushmore. He graduated from Worthington High School.
Vernon married Beverly Redenius in June of 1962. The couple moved and raised their family across the section from Vernon’s family farm. They later divorced. Vernon continued to farm and raise cattle. He loved going hunting with his pet pigeon, Rocco. Vernon’s favorite part of farming was the cattle.
Later in life he enjoyed fishing with his brother. He also loved driving around in his Dodge to visit and share stories. In the early 1980s he became an honorary Kentucky Colonel.
Vernon is survived by four children, Barbara (Glen) Edmundson, Tyler; Paul (Amber) Engelkes, rural Rushmore; Mark (Candya) Engelkes, rural Rushmore; and Theresa Engelkes, Worthington; ten grandchildren, Tyler (Amanda) Engelkes, Nathaniel (Hannah) Engelkes, Preston (Dianna) Engelkes, Anthony Lumsden, Ethan Engelkes, Dalton (Sarah) Engelkes, Katanna Biesemeier, Autumn Engelkes, Darby (Lucky) Biesemeier and Gavin Engelkes; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Stanley (LaDon Gruis) Engelkes, Adrian.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Morgan and Wyatt Engelkes; a sister, Frances Backus; two brothers, Jerry (Joyce) and Lloyd Engelkes; and a sister-in-law, Marge Engelkes.
Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Home of Worthington, dingmannandsons.com.