August 30, 2023 at 6:00 a.m.
Richard “Dick” Engle, 84, of Little Falls, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 23, 2023, at his home.
A funeral service was held Aug. 29 at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls with Bob Mueller officiating. The burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, north of Little Falls. Military honors were provided by the Little Falls American Legion Post 46 and the Disabled American Veterans.
Richard “Dick” Engle was born Jan. 23, 1939, on the family farm in Sauk Centre Township, to the late Leroy and Ella (Kircher) Engle. He grew up and attended District 49 country school and graduated with the Class of 1957 in Sauk Centre. He was baptized April 9, 1939, and confirmed May 5, 1954, at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre. He worked the following jobs after his schooling: he farmed with his parents for one year, drove truck for Macy Road Construction for three years and worked at a full-service filling station in Sauk Centre. He also worked for a furniture company, doing deliveries and floor covering.
He was united in marriage to Susan Clay Dec. 16, 1961, and the couple later divorced. He was then united in marriage to Coralie (Nieshe) Aleshire March 29, 1985, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Randall. The couple made their home just south of the Camp Ripley gates.
Dick served his country in the Minnesota Army National Guard from 1957 until his retirement as a First Sergeant in 1996. Dick was stationed for a short time in Virginia and Colorado before returning to Camp Ripley. He worked at Camp Ripley north of Little Falls in the Supply and Transportation area. After his retirement, Dick remained active with the Little Falls American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and the Memorial Rifle Squad presiding over funerals. Dick enjoyed camping, fishing, riding his motorcycle, spending time with family and friends and taking various trips with his wife. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Little Falls, the Little Falls Fishing Museum, the National Rifle Association and the Moose Lodge.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Coralie Engle of Little Falls; children Kenneth (Devonia) Engle of Shakopee, Lori (Charles) Tillotson of Alexandria, Todd (Marie Lui) Engle of Redondo Beach, California, Leanne (Stephen) Painter of Elk River, Rhonda (Janet McGrath) Aleshire of Little Falls and Blaine (Brenda Waltman) Aleshire of Little Falls; grandchildren David Cichon, Lindsay Becker-Weller, Derrek Tillotson, Cody Becker, David Tillotson, Richie McGrath, Paris McGrath, Crystal McGrath, Brandi Yaeger, Amber Rohlik and Julia Howes; 19 great-grandchildren; siblings Gary (Pat) Engle of Mankato, Cheri (Ray) Salzer of Avon and Patricia Engle; nieces, nephews, friends and his precious dog, Cindy.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Emblom Brenny Funeral Service is cherishing the memory and celebrating the life of Dick. H-35-1B