Sun City, Ariz. - Bernard Raymond Engevik, 85, formerly of Gatzke, died October 11, 2005.
Bernard Raymond Engevik was born December 1, 1919 to Elias and Josephine Droen Engevik at their homestead farm in Gatzke. He attended a single room school through eighth grade. He graduated from Middle River High School He was captain of the basketball team, enjoyed baseball and ice skating.
On November 29, 1941, he married Blanche Eunice Skoglund of Crookston. In May of 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After basic training he was schooled in wheeled vehicle maintenance and repair. He served in the 86th Division in Europe. He returned in June 1945 and prepared to go to the Pacific. Bernard was greatly relieved by the Japanese surrender. He was honorably discharged on October 10, 1945. He returned to the farm to raise his family.
In 1969, he moved his family to Julian to support the minstry of Golan Inc., a Christian retreat. He was their “Mr. Fix-it Man” for many friends and neighbors. He also was a counselor and mentor. Bernie felt that these were his most rewarding years.
His home was consumed in a 2003 fire. He and Blanche lived with Russ and Ida Engevik for 17 months before moving to Sun City, Ariz.
He served on the church board and was a faithful Sunday school teacher. He enjoyed creative metal working, tree felling and running the saw mill. He drew great pleasure from helping others, particularly when it snowed.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years; eight children, Sheryl (Bill) Bast of Phoenix, Ariz., Judith (Robert) Rakestraw of Minneapolis, Diane (Dennis) Gradin of Gresham, Ore., Sandra (Earle) Reimer of Missoula, Mont., Nancy (Dave) Kerns of Yakima, Wash., Russell (Ida) Engevik of Julian, Calif., Patricia (Curt) Schoellerman of Auburn, Calif., and Vickie (Bob) Steele of Phoenix, Ariz.; 23 granchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and sisters.