Clarence Engbrecht, 90 died Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Oakview Terrace in Freeman, S.D. A funeral service was scheduled for Wednesday, March 28 at the Bethesda Church, rural Marion, with burial at the West Vermillion Cemetery.
Clarence H. Engbrecht was born on a farm near Dolton, S.D., on Dec. 8, 1927 to John H and Annie (Willems) Engbrecht, spending his entire life in the Marion community. He attended elementary school in Dolton and graduated from Marion High School in Marion, S.D. On Nov. 14, 1948 he was united in marriage to Violet “Vi” Tieszen; to this union five children were born: Carol, Diane, Curtis, Dawn, and Keith. They made their home on a farm near Marion, retiring in 1995 but remaining on the farm.
Clarence spent his entire life farming. He managed the Marion Bowlway Lanes for several years. He was baptized and joined the Bethesda Church, was a 40-year member of the Elks Lodge #994 of Yankton, S.D., and enjoyed hunting, horseshoes, bowling and fishing with his sons.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Violet “Vi;” five children: Carol Johansen, Mountain Home, Ariz., Diane, Fort Smith, Ariz., Curtis (Sharon), Sioux Falls, S.D., Dawn (Richard) Becker, Canistota, S.D. and Keith (Diane), Marion; 14 grandchildren and their spouses; 22 great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law: Darlene, Vermillion S.D., and Mary, Mitchell, S.D. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers John, Arthur, Virgil and Alvin; sister Ardis; a grandchild Sonya Peters; and sons-in-law Les Yates and JD Johansen.
In lieu of flowers memorials maybe directed to the Freeman Oakview Terrace southview addition.