Gene W. Engelkes 1943-2021

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Gene W. Engelkes 1943-2021

Gene W. Engelkes, 78, of Monida passed away in his home on 16 April 2021 with his family at his side.

Gene was born in Chana, Illinois on 25 Aug. 1943, to Albert and Bernice Engelkes. Gene had two older brothers, Richard and John, one younger brother, Bert, and a sister Jerry. Gene was raised on a farm but he really didn’t feel this was to be his calling in life. Gene had a daughter on 25 Sept. 1962. Gina Lynn.

Gene joined the Army in February of 1965. During his tour he found himself stationed in Germany and took the opportunity to look up and visit other people named Engelkes. If they were related to Gene or not I couldn’t say. But nonetheless Gene enjoyed visiting with them. So It stands to reason that Gene could speak German but when asked he said he can’t speak German since it’s been so long.

After serving in the Army, Gene soon moved to Dillon. Gene got a job at a mill, then soon found a city job reading water meters, which he liked doing except was not to be found if getting bitten by dogs.

When an opening came available out at the cemetery, Gene had no problem trading dog bites for the jokes people would be giving him. Gene took all the ribbing in good humor.

Gene married Donna Mae in February

1979. They stayed married for 42 years. Gene loved Donna and in November 2019 when he lost her to breast cancer, Gene was devastated. Gene’s step-daughter stayed with him since she could not talk him into moving to North Dakota. Lisa was there at his side when he went to go get Donna for the last time.

A visitation was held Monday, April 26, 2021 at Brundage Funeral Home with services Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at the funeral home. A guestbook is available at