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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Keith A. Engen

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Keith A. Engen age 66, of Lamberton, MN died on May 24, 2024, at his home.

Visitation will be on Friday, May 31, 2024 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Windom Evangelical Free Church and will continue on Saturday from 9:30 am until 10:30 am at the Windom Evangelical Free Church. Please join Keith’s family for a public memory sharing time at 7:00pm following visitation. A memorial service will be held at the Windom Evangelical Free Church, on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 10:30 am. The clergy will be Rev. Jon Greener. Inurnment will be at the Highwater Lutheran Cemetery in Lamberton, MN.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton, MN. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

If you are reading this, I’m no longer here on this earth. I’m in heaven with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! In His word, the Bible, God promises eternal life with Him, if you acknowledge that you are a sinner and ask for His forgiveness and trust that Jesus died on that cross for you!

I was born August 27th, 1957 to Arlowe and Audria (Link) Engen a minute before my identical twin brother, Kenov. We were welcomed home by my siblings Karen and David. My grandpa, Rev. A.J. Link, baptized all of us as babies.

In August of 1972, the Lowell Lundstrom Crusade was in Windom. While there, the Lord called me to surrender to Him and I went forward and prayed for forgiveness of my sins and asked Jesus to be Lord of my life. Since then, I have been blessed with “God-sized days” and encourage everyone to do the same. On September 6th, 2009, I chose to publicly demonstrate my faith through baptism as an adult.

I graduated in 1975 from Lamberton Public School. I began my post-secondary education at U of M-Waseca and graduated with a diversified agriculture production degree in 1977 and continued at South Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education. I returned back home to farm with my dad and brothers. When Dad retired and our individual families grew, we each took off on our own farming ventures. I often said I got a college degree for manure hauling!

On June 21st, 1980, I married Sandy Dailey, and together we were blessed with 6 children. We raised cattle and hogs and grew crops. Raising cattle was our livelihood-and the family knew that we always made sure the cattle were well taken care of. The Cottonwood County Fair was our family vacation growing up as a kid and this continued for our children. I had a passion for farming and teaching, and I enjoyed working with our children and grandchildren on the farm and teaching them about God and working hard.

You know that I am a planner. To assist my beloved wife and family, I had a notebook by my chair with planter and sprayer notes and plans for my funeral. I was diagnosed September 2021 with prostate cancer that had already spread to my bones. It was aggressive and painful. God gave me a gift of 2 pain-free crop seasons and time with my family, and I thanked God for each new day he gave me to shine His light.

I am survived by my bride of 43 years, Sandy, children and grandchildren: Mark (Kayce) Engen, Audria and Isaac of Brookings, SD, Britta (Andrew) Julson, Caleb, Sadie and Baby of Killdeer, ND, Thea (Steve) McCone, Bentley, Houston and Hayes of Sanborn, MN, Fern (Sean) Hoffman, Eva and Kate of Bowdle, SD, Luke (Jaclynn) Engen, Ellie and Baby of Lamberton; siblings: Karen (Rich) Hubert, David (Connie) Engen and Kenov (Beth) Engen; mother-in-law Judy Dailey; Sandy’s siblings: Mike (Cathy) Dailey, Mary (Doug) Klar, Patty (Dave) Panzer, Jean (Brad) Mollet, Joan (Doug) Jacobson, and many nieces and nephews.

Meeting me in heaven are my parents and grandparents: Arthur and Mabel Engen, Rev. A.J. and Edith Link, infant son, Caleb Keith Engen, and father-in-law, James Dailey.

In John 14:1-6, Jesus tells us that God has a mansion prepared for each of us. I want to see you in heaven- Jesus is the way!

On May 24th, 2024, surrounded by family, Jesus called Keith home to Heaven. We are forever grateful for his model of Christ’s love and service.

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