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Fr. Bruce Engen

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Father Bruce Engen

Pine River

Father Bruce Engen, 74, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd.  

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Father Engen was born Jan. 13, 1939, in Minneapolis, to Oscar and Jeanette (Westlake) Engen. He attended St. Bridget’s Catholic School. At a young age, he delivered the Minneapolis paper on bicycle. He worked for Honeywell at several locations in the Twin Cities. In 1966, his love for nature prompted him to move to Remer. He was manager of Remer Hardware and Lumber and later an insurance agent. He was also a foster parent. His calling to the priesthood came later in life. After graduating from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., he was ordained for the Diocese of Duluth on June 25, 1989, by Bishop Robert Brom at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Father Engen served as an associate pastor at St. Joseph in Grand Rapids and St. Augustine, Cohasset. In 1990, he was named pastor at St. Charles, Cass Lake, and St. Anne, Bena. In 1993, he began service as pastor of St. Agnes, Walker, and Sacred Heart, Hackensack. From 1998 until 2003, he was pastor of St. Mary, Deer River, and St. Augustine, Cohasset. Then he entered into active retirement being made a senior associate on July 16, 2003. At the time of his death he was serving as a senior associate of the Lake Country Parishes while residing at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pine River.

Father had a passion for old farm equipment and John Deere tractors and was known for his generous and welcoming spirit to all who met him.

Father Engen is survived by his mother, Jeanette Engen-Barkhoff; younger brothers, Richard (Pat) Engen, Howard (Vel) Engen and Dean (Deb) Engen; nieces and nephews, Robin and Michael Lucas, Michael W. Engen, Gregory and Tonja Engen, Stephanie and Ryan Walseth, Deana and Chris Middendorf, Jaden Engen and Michael H. Engen; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar; and his stepfather, Louis Barkhoff.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pine River. Visitation was Friday evening, April 12, from 5-7 p.m. at the church. Burial followed the funeral at Fairview Cemetery in Remer.

Arrangements were with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

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