Fredrick Ralph Engelken, 68 passed away on October 24, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Home in Indianola. Fred was born on October 26, 1949 in Dyersville. He was the son of Ralph and Rita (Lueken) Engelken. Fred was raised near Petersburg and Greeley Iowa. 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 medals Fred received on record are: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campion Medal w/60 Device and received a Bronze Star for Combat Service (to name а 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 of 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 of Eden, North Carolina, Melissa (Gary) Schier of Bagley, WI, Jordan Lubben of New Hampton, Grandsons Bryce, Derrick (Ashley) and Hunter. Ten siblings: Dennis Engelken of Ryan, Charles (Jeanann) Engelken of Clinton, MO, Karen Mantels of Lucerne, CA, Linda Krueger of Ankeny, Diane (Jeff) Ogden of Manchester, Loras Engelken of Sioux Rapids, Mary (Steve) Sheppard of Coggon, Tom (Jen) Engelken of Manchester, IA, and Pat (Tom) Taylor of Cedar Rapids, IA. 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.
A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday Nov. 3, 2018 @ 10:30 @ St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Edgewood, IA.
The family will be available from 9:00 – 10:00 am at the church prior to the service to accept your condolences.