Fredrick Ralph Engelken, 68, passed away Oct. 24, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Home, Indianola.
A memorial mass will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Edgewood.
The family will be available from 9-10 a.m. at the church prior to the service to accept your condolences.
Fredrick was born the son of Ralph and Rita (Lueken) Engelken. He was raised near Petersburg and Greeley. He graduated from West Delaware High School in 1969. On January 21, 1970 Fred was drafted to the US Army and served in the Vietnam War from June 29, 1970 thru June 26, 1971. He also served in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Operation Shield/Desert Storm and was a US Army Supply Clerk. Awards and metals he received on record are: National Defense Service Metal, Vietnam Service Metal, Vietnam Campion Metal with 60 Device and received a Bronze Star for Combat Service (to name a few).
At the release of Fred’s active duty and retirement, the people of the United States expressed their thanks, gratitude and appreciation for his faithful service to the defense of the United States of America for 29 years and 25 days.
In Fred’s spare time he loved working as a mechanic while he acquired the nickname, “Freddie O’l Tool”. He loved traveling with the military, laughing, telling jokes and being social. He was very dedicated to his family.
Survivors left to cherish Fred’s life are his mother Rita Engelken; his wife Leanne of Des Moines; three children: Marcy, Eden, N.C., Melissa (Gary) Schiever, Bagley, Wis., Jordan Lubben, New Hampton; grandsons: Bryce, Derrick (Ashley) and Hunter; ten siblings: Dennis Engelken, of Ryan, Charles (Jeanann) Engelken, Clinton, Mo., Karen Mantele, Lucerne, Calif., Linda Krueger, Ankeny, Diane (Jeff) Ogden, Manchester, Loras Engelken, Sioux Rapids, Mary (Steve) Sheppard, Coggon, Tom (Jen) Engelken, Manchester, and Pat (Tom) Taylor, Cedar Rapids; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fred is preceded in death by his father, Ralph Engelken; brother Steve Engelken; sister-in-law Laurie Monaghan; brother-in-law John Mantele; nephews Kreid and Devon Walker.