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Vernon L. Engel, 82

Vernon Lee Engel, age 82, of Howard Lake, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, while a resident at the Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.

He was born Dec. 27, 1928, in Woodland Township, Waverly, the son of Louis and Alma (Schendel) Engel.

A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, he was baptized Jan. 18, 1929, by the Rev. C.G. Seltz, and confirmed in his faith March 29, 1942, by the Rev. Eugene Seltz.

Growing up on the family farm in rural Howard Lake, Vernon farmed with his parents. For 30 years, he worked on road construction and drove gravel trucks.

His hobbies included playing basketball and baseball in his younger years, and later enjoyed watching sports. Fishing was a favorite pastime, as well as playing cards with family and friends.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Alma Engel; niece Mary (Engel) Forsythe; nephew Mark Erickson; and great-nephew Daniel Greeley.

He is survived by his brother ,Elwood “Woody” (Marvel) Engel; sisters Evelyn (Dean) Wallentine and Jean Wikstrom; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

A celebration of Vernon’s life took place Friday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with visitation for one hour preceding the service at the church. The Revs. Michael Nirva and Martin Schoenfeld officiated, and music was provided by Marge Stueven and Luke Dahl. Interment followed at the Howard Lake Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to St. James Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.