It is with heavy hearts that the family of Kenneth Laurence Engelman, 66, Bismarck, say farewell to their beloved son and brother. Ken slipped from this world into God's loving embrace on January 4, 2017, after rapid progression of lymphoma. A quiet and gentle man, he will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. CST at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Mandan. Rev. Shane Campbell and the Rev. Dennis Schafer will concelebrant. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery. Lunch will follow at the Mandan Eagles Club at 12:00 p.m. CST
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. CST on Tuesday, January 10, 1017 at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, followed by a rosary and vigil at 7 p.m. CST.
Ken was born May 10, 1950, in Bismarck, N.D. He was the son of Laurence Engelman and Margie (Mosbrucker) Landers. He attended school in Bismarck, graduating from Bismarck High School in 1968. He also attended BSC. Ken worked a variety of positions for Coke-Cola Bottling Co. in Bismarck. The company supported Ken while he balanced work and dialysis. Ken retired from the company after 32 years of faithful service.
It has been said, "Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter." Ken truly had the soul of an artist. He worked to develop his talent over many years. His reserved nature was often contrasted by his desire for perfection in his work. The love he had for his family was reflected in the beauty of the portraits he created of them.
Ken was a peaceful, unassuming man who had a unique sense of humor and enjoyed quiet conversations with family. He particularly enjoyed his weekly meals with his father, Laurence Engelman, often spending time afterward watching basketball and football with him.
He battled kidney failure for many years, having to undergo dialysis multiple times a week. Throughout his health challenges, he rarely complained and took each day as a gift.
In May of last year, he received the gift of a kidney from his younger brother, Neal. It was a gift humbly given and received. While it appeared he was on the road to recovery, other health issues ultimately ended his life's journey.
Ken is survived by his father, Laurence Engelman, Bismarck; a sister, Iris (Brian) Torvik, Idaho Falls, Idaho; three brothers, Jerald (Linda) Engelman, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Neal (Sue) Engelman, Rochester, Minn.; and Harley (Rebecca) Engelman, Bismarck.
He is also survived by three step-sisters, Barbara (Floyd) Schulz, Bismarck; Marilyn (Delroy) Wohlk, Underwood; Marguerite Ulmer, Bismarck; and two step-brothers, Larry (Eileen) Weigum, San Antonio, Texas; and Ron (Judy) Weigum, Bismarck.
Ken leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. They shall all miss mild manner and caring ways which helped illuminate their lives.
Ken was preceded in death by his mother, Margie (Mosbrucker) Landers, and step-mother, Ruby (Heihn) Engelman.
We reflect on your life, Ken, knowing that "kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness and kindness in giving creates love". We shall never forget your kind heart and we love you. We pray that you have found peace and joy in God's warmth.
The family asks that memorials be directed to The Sanford Health Foundation, Bismarck Dialysis Center, 701 E Rosser Ave., Bismarck, ND 58501.