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Rev. John Engbers

Rock Valley, IA: Rev. John Engbers, 88, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Pleasant Acres Care Center at Hull, Iowa. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley with Rev. Aldon Kuiper officiating. Burial will be held at Valley View Cemetery at Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2015 at Calvin Christian Reformed Church at Rock Valley.

John Henry Engbers, son of Arie and Gertrude (Bensink) Engbers Sr., was born March 15, 1927 at Otley, Iowa. John proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during World War II. He was united in marriage to Violet Den Besten on March 27, 1948 at Pella, Iowa. To this union, three children were born; Sheryl, Wesley and Kevin.

John’s first love was the church. He dedicated his life to the Lord, pastoring congregations in Rock Valley, Iowa, Cutlerville, Michigan, and Chandler, Minnesota, before taking numerous interim appointments around Northwest Iowa after retiring in 1994. He adored his wife, Vi, and cherished each of the 67 years he spent by her side. John was a man of many hobbies. He mimicked the disciples with a love for fishing, and he took after his Savior by mastering the art of woodworking. He will forever be remembered perched in the bow of his red Lund, hunched over his favorite saw, or with the day’s crossword puzzle tucked under his arm.

John’s sense of humor is unforgettable, and he carried it with him to the very end of his life. In the midst of pain and discomfort, he continued to be a source joy to everyone around him. His attitude was surely a result of his faith and trust in his heavenly Father. John was thoroughly prepared for his departure from this earth, as he frequently joked that he was “playing in the fourth quarter.” Every minute of his life was a gift from God, and in his memorable way, John was always thankful that he could continue to “buy green bananas.” Anyone who has seen John preach has witnessed him high-fiving kids of the congregation as he exited the sanctuary. It is with this same spirit that John has left this place: with joy, with peace, and with grace.

John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Violet Engbers; three children, Sheryl (Dennis) Van Voorst of Rock Valley; Wesley (Glenda) Engbers and Kevin (Linda) Engbers, both of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; ten grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Ernest (Geneva) Engbers of Sun City, Arizona; and two sisters-in-law, Zelda Engbers of Sully, Iowa and Marie (Harold) Engbers Van Maanen of Pella, Iowa.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Arie and Gertrude Engbers Sr.; two brothers, Marvin Engbers and Arie Engbers Jr.; and a stillborn baby brother, John Henry Engbers.

Funeral Service

10:30 a.m. ,Saturday, August 22, 2015
Rock Valley First Christian Reformed Church
1401 16th Street Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247


6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ,Friday, August 21, 2015
Calvin Christian Reformed Church
1804 17th Avenue Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247

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Dear Kevin and Family,
We were sorry to read about your Dad's passing. We are praying for God's comfort and peace for all of you.

Jeff & Elizabeth Dutton

Elizabeth & Jeff Dutton Aug 25 2015 12:00 AM

The Inwood CRC family was blessed many times to have your husband, father, grandfather lead our worship services. I just wonder how many people heard the Message of Salvation because Rev. Engbers was faithful to God's calling for sixty-plus years. He will be missed by many. Our sympathy to each family member as you grieve the loss of one you loved so dearly.

Cornie & Gert Folkerts Aug 21 2015 12:00 AM

blessed is the man who comes in the name of the Lord... he was a special man sent by the our God...

Elmer Boon Aug 21 2015 12:00 AM

Thinking of you, our prayers and thought are with you and your family.

Pete and Barb Mersch Aug 21 2015 12:00 AM

May God's peace comfort you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dave and Renee Storm

Dave and Renee Storm Aug 20 2015 12:00 AM

Oh Vi - how saddened I was to hear the news of John's passing. One of the best crappie fisherman I ever met! Happiness lost a legend. Our condolences --

Tim, Maria, Luke & Katy Leitschuh - cabin #7

Tim & Maria Leitschuh Aug 20 2015 12:00 AM

With my deepest sympathy.

Lydia Healy Aug 20 2015 12:00 AM

To all the Engbers
We will truly miss John at Happiness. We have so enjoyed the times we have spent with him and of course Vi either playing cards or just eating onion rings. His humor was always soft and gentle and he was such a caring man. Love from cabin 9

Jack & jane Doran Aug 20 2015 12:00 AM

We express our sympathy to Vi, Doc and Sherry, Wes and Glenda and Kevin and Linda at this time. We've just been down this route a few days ago. It is bittersweet when they have to leave this earth, but what joys await them in Heaven. May the Lord comfort and sustain you during this difficult time. We cannot come to the funeral but will be with you in our thoughts and prayers.

Gene & Karen Statema Aug 20 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Vi and Family,
Our sympathy to you as you grieve and also celebrate the life of a special servant of God. John understood the business world, loved athletic events, and was a true shepherd of many flocks, including Hope CRC in Hull during our vacancy. We will all miss him. We thank God for his full life!
Marion and Jan Van Soelen, Hull, IA

Marion and Jan Van Soelen Aug 19 2015 12:00 AM