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Calvin Engstrom

LILY- Calvin Engstrom 56 of Lily died unexpectedly on Monday, January 03, 2011 at his home, the Engstrom family homestead near Lily. Visitation with family present will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster on Friday, January 7, 2011 4 7 P.M. with a 7 P.M. Prayer Service. Inurnment and private family services will be at Highland Cemetery near Lily a later date. Fiksdalfuneral.com. Calvin Joseph Engstrom was born on Saturday, July 3, 1954 to G. LeRoy and Hilda (Dale) Engstrom at Webster, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Lily Lutheran Church. He attended Highland #189 country school until the sixth grade and later graduated from Webster High School in 1972. After a year at S.D.S.U. in Brookings he began working for the Milwaukee Railroad. At the age of 27 years he left the railroad and devoted himself to farming. He and his parents lived on the family homestead in Highland Township raising cattle and grain. He unselfishly cared for his mother and father as they aged and carried on their love of the land including planting thousands of trees. He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend who was unselfish and caring. Cal, a steward of the land, died early Monday morning, January 3, 2011 at his farm home southeast of Lily, South Dakota in Highland Township at the age of 56 years and 6 months. Preceding him in death were his parents and a niece. Surviving Calvin are two sisters, Sandy Engstrom and JoAnn Volkenant both of Milbank, SD; a brother, G. LeRoy Engstrom and wife, Wilma of Grand Rapids, MN; seven nephews, a niece and four great nephews.

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My deepest sympathy go out to your family during this time of grieving. I also know that this is a difficult time for all. Therefore, I'd like to share scripture that may help. Please, read James 4:14, John 6:35-40, 44 and John 11:25, 26.

J Nunnally Jan 19 2011 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies on the death of Calvin. Thank you for the pictures which brought us many smiles. You and Calvin will be in our prayers. May God bring you peace during this difficult time.

Royce and Lunette Grimsrud Jan 17 2011 12:00 AM

JoAnn, Sandy, and families. Had planned to be with you on Friday evening but our roads were blocked with this lovely snow!! My thoughts have been filled with all the growing up times that the Bisgard's, Dale's, and Engstrom's shared. Those memories are treasures to each of us in our own way. The support of friends and family is greater than one realizes, and God does walk with you through that valley of shadow and death. My words won't take your pain, and grief away but you know we share it with you just as you have shared your support with our family. Our love and prayers to you, Pete and Leah Bisgard and family

Pete and Leah Bisgard Jan 10 2011 12:00 AM

LeRoy(Chub), JoAnn and Sandy. I was very sorry to hear about Calvin. He will be greatly missed in Highland township. God bless all of you.

Harland Peterson, Britton, SD Jan 10 2011 12:00 AM

I am so sorry I was not at the funeral for Cal, with the bad weather I only found out today. My deepest condolences to his family. Paul

Paul Dulitz Jan 9 2011 12:00 AM

Calvin you will be missed by many people that you touched. Thank you for fun times I shared at your farm pheasant hunting with Jason and Leroy. God Bless Langdon Spangler and Family

Langdon Spangler Jan 7 2011 12:00 AM

I so enjoyed sitting and visiting with Cal when we stopped at the Hart & Sole ranch. He always made me feel welcome. His love of trees and the land always left an impression on me. I will miss his him a great deal. My sympathy is with you

Dallas Solberg Jan 7 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Lee JoAnn Sandy and family.. So sorry to hear of sudden loss of Cal, We all so looked forward to coming out to the farm, and seeing Cal and all of you. many of my fondest memories took place there.. I wish I was able to be there to offer some support.. Love you all.. Alan Kathy Brandi and Alicia

Alan and Kathy Dale and Girls Jan 7 2011 12:00 AM

We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Cal the few times we were able to break bread with him at his farm. He was always more than hospitable. What an interesting, intelligent fellow. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family at this difficult time.

Josh and Jim Wendland, Milbank SD Jan 7 2011 12:00 AM

I was planning to come to the visitation and prayer service but the bad weather conditions show me that I had better stay home. I do want to extend my sincere sympathy to all of you in your loss. Calvin will truly be missed by everyone who knew him.

Dorothy Anderson Jan 7 2011 12:00 AM

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