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Jeffery Engel, 1956-2016

Jeffery Neal Engel, formerly of Albert Lea, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 59.

Jeffery Engel

Jeffery Engel

Jeff was born Dec. 19, 1956, in Albert Lea to parents Gene and Darlene (Butler) Engel. He was raised in Glenville, attending First Lutheran Church of Glenville and graduating from Glenville High School.

After high school Jeff went on to hold jobs at Red Owl, Winnebago Industries in Forest City, Wilson & Co. and Farmstead, and as caretaker of the Freeborn County Fairgrounds for several years. He lived in several other states, but settled in Belton, Missouri, in 2011. He worked in refrigeration at Smithfield Foods.

Jeff married Tammy (Terry) Hutchinson on Aug. 31, 1996, in Duluth. Two sons were born to this union. In his free time, Jeff enjoyed fishing, woodworking and coin collecting. He was a very good cook and baker. His memory will live on fondly through his family.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy Engel; sons Nicholas and Nathaniel Engel; stepsons Robert and Michael Hutchinson; parents Gene and Darlene Engel; siblings Patricia (Scott) Hertzke and Timothy (Brenda) Engel; niece and nephews Dylan and Grace Engel and Kevin Bonebrake; aunts and uncles Charles (Linda) Butler, Shirley (Paul) Hanson, Donna Kemmits, Russell Engel, Beverly (Paul) Schmidt, Bonnie Engel and Willis Hanson; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents George and Adelheid Engel and Harold and Minnie Butler; brother-in-law, Doug Albright; uncles Richard Kemmits, Earl Butler and Cleon (Laurine) Engel; and aunts Elaine Engel and Barbara Hanson.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea, 2210 E. Main St.,  with visitation starting at 9 a.m. The Rev. Nancy Hansen will officiate. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea.