Chester “Chet” Alvin Engelman, age 80, of Thief River Falls, formerly of Howard Lake, passed away Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND, surrounded by his loving family.
A gathering of friends and family will take place Saturday, Nov. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with a 7 p.m. service with Larry Myhrer officiating.
A time of sharing for family and friends will also take place Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. at the Northland College Gymnasium in Thief River Falls.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
Chester was born Aug. 1, 1937, in Howard Lake, the son of Alvin and Bernice (Anderson) Engelman. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and graduated from high school in Howard Lake in 1955.
Chet married Berna (Bunny) Clennon in 1957; to that marriage, three children were born: Arlie, Kelly, and Larry.
Chet enlisted in the United States Air Force June 20, 1956, and was honorably discharged Aug. 3, 1960. He was stationed in Japan for one year, and lived there with his wife, Berna, and son, Arlie.
Chet received his undergraduate degree in physical education and business, and his graduate degree in psychology and counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. He also did post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota, California State University-Northridge, University of Northern Colorado, and St. Cloud State University.
Chet taught psychology and business and was appointed coach for the basketball and track teams at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls for many years. One of his greatest accomplishments was winning the 1992 State Championship in basketball.
He received calls and visits from many of his former players throughout the years and loved rehashing old stories and games with them. He also enjoyed watching football, basketball, and volleyball games at Northland wherever he could.
Chet married Valerie Seaverson June 10, 1998, in Las Vegas, NV. They made their home in Thief River Falls.
Chet will be deeply missed by his wife of 19 years, Valerie; son Arlie Engelman of Boulder City, NV; daughter Kelly (Chuck) Leaming of Copperas Cove, TX; and son Larry (Lisa) Engelman of Las Vegas, NV; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Duane (Darlene) Engelman; twin sisters Rose Marie (Jim) Workman, and Rosealee Adams; sister Janice (Steve) Comstock; and also many nieces and nephews; as well as many foster children.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin; mother Bernice; brothers Erland and Filmore; and two sisters-in-law, Mary and Mary.