Lowell “Butch” Engelbrekt, age 85, of Dassel, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at his home, with his wife of 62 years at his side.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, Dec. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Dassel Covenant Church with the Revs. Keith Carlson and Dan Thompson officiating.
There will be a time to gather with family and friends Friday, Dec. 22 from 4-7 p.m. at the church, and one hour prior to the service Saturday.
The Johnson Kelly American Legion Post 483 will provide military honors.
Lowell was born to Gustaf and Hulda (Anderson) Engelbrekt Dec. 27, 1931, in Minneapolis.
He graduated from Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis in 1950, and began a 42-year career with Sears on Lake Street in Minneapolis, interrupted by a two-year stint in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.
Butch was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was most currently a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel.
He married Betty Ann Olson Nov. 26, 1955, and the couple made their home in Richfield for 35 years, where they raised five children and worshiped and were active at Bethany Covenant Church.
In 1992, Butch and Betty relocated to Dassel, and in 1995, they built a home on the Engelbrekt Century Farm, north of Dassel.
Butch enjoyed fishing, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, and had many, many creative hobbies including taxidermy, picture-framing, and stained-glass.
But perhaps his favorite activity was building. He built his cabin and his home and participated in many other projects, at Forest City Stockade, Lake Arvilla Cemetery, the Dassel Historical Society, at church, and for others.
Butch and Betty spent 18 winters in Harlingen, TX.
Butch had many friends and family that he loved deeply.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Engelbrekt, of Dassel; children, Brent (Sherri) Engelbrekt of St. Cloud, Brenda (Mark) Bonney of Woodbury, Brad Engelbrekt of Chisago, Brian (Wendy) Engelbrekt of Spicer, and Blair (Martha) Engelbrekt of Eden Prairie; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Marie Hultquist of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Alex Engelbrekt; his parents; and a brother, James Engelbrekt.