Don Enger

Don Enger, age 81 of Prior Lake, formerly of Bloomington, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018. A visitation will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 from 4-7PM at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 10AM with a visitation 1-hour prior at St. Michael Catholic Church, Prior Lake. Father Tom Walker will preside. Don will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery following the funeral services at 2PM.

On July 16, 1937, Don was born on the family farm in the Sioux Agency Township, Minnesota. Working on the farm taught Don the value of hard work. He farmed alongside his father until he was 22 years old. At that time, he joined the Air National Guard. Don’s unit was activated into full service in 1961 during the Berlin Crisis.

After his honorable discharge, Don met a young woman, Marlys, at a friend’s party. One year later, on November 30, 1963, Don and Marlys exchanged wedding vows at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Renville, MN. This union was blessed with three children and 55 years of marriage. The couple lived in Bloomington for 42 years before moving to Prior Lake in May of 2006.

Don traveled throughout the United States. He especially enjoyed road trips with his family—the Black Hills for Sturgis, California on winter breaks, Pike’s Peak in Colorado, and visits to twelve presidential libraries. Don traveled far and wide to see his grandchildren. He was their biggest fan at dance competitions and football, baseball, and rugby games. In his free time, Don enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed fishing with his Uncle Johnnie, Dan, Jake, and Evan. Patience was learned!

For 37 years, Don managed the service department for Highland Marine in St. Paul. During the last three years of Don’s career, he owned Highland Marine Service. His easy going, conversational manner created many lasting relationships. Because of this, Don never truly retired. Fifteen years after retirement, Don still received calls asking for assistance. For the past fourteen years, Don and Marlys wintered in Arizona with many of their friends and family joining.

From his working days, Don had countless stories to share. For 33 years, he did service calls for boaters on Cedar Lake in Annandale—the Fourth of July was always an eventful time of year! Service was his motto. Don was selfless and helped anyone who needed a hand. His life was defined by his character, integrity, faith and family.

Donald is loved and missed by his wife, Marlys; children, Melissa Enger, Dan (Lori) Enger, Nancy (Todd) Cole; grandchildren, Connor, Evan, and Luke Bednarek, Jacob and Alexa Enger; siblings, Junith (Louie) Frieborg, Beverly Kissner, JoAnn (Curt) Pettis; sisters-in-law, Lillian Enger and Linda Enger; other relatives and friends. Don is greeted in Heaven by his parents, Alfred and Alma, and brothers, Gerald and Marvin Enger.

Memorials are preferred to August Donner American Legion Post #309, PO Box 151, Belview, MN 56214.

Arrangements by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home & Cremation.

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  1. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

  2. DAN & FAMILY,
    SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT DON’S PASSING, I ONLY MEET HIM A COUPLE OF YEARS
    AGO ON OUR CANADA FISHING TRIP, BUT TOTALLY ENJOYED GETTING TO KNOW HIM.
    SINCERELY
    DAVE SCHAPMAN

  3. Don was a good man and helped raise 3 great kids. He ran a good race and now is home in Heaven, his reward for a faithful life in Jesus Christ.
    God bless your family at this difficult time.
    Know that you will be together again one day!

  4. Mike & Jone Gort :

    Marlys & Family: Jone and I are so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He is at peace and with those who
    have gone before him. Please know that we are thinking of you and hope you find comfort with your
    loss.

  5. Everyone on Cedar Lake who knew him will miss him. He was always generous with his time and experience when it came to diagnosing and fixing our motors, as well as just being a genuinely nice guy.

  6. Harry G Schaffran :

    Don was a great friend, He was always willing to lend a hand, and we will certainly miss him.

  7. Marlys and family,

    Our deepest sympathy to one of dad’s best friends. We are so grateful for the memories shared and friendship you have with our parents. So sorry for your loss. We will miss hearing about Donny.

    Karla and Jim Schardin

  8. I will be thinking of you through this difficult time. It sounds like your dad was a terrific person who lived life to its fullest with his family as the focal point in his life. You have been blessed. You will be in my prayers.

  9. Dan and Family,
    I have had good memories with Don-up at Stork Lake and going back to when we first meet five years ago.
    Though there is no easy path through the sadness of losing your father, Don…I hope that all your good memories of him and the love of family and friends comfort you at this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Byron Richards

  10. Don and Family Had some good times with him. He will be missed. Was a great guy to know.

  11. Hillman and Myrt Knutson :

    Don and Family We had some good times with him. We will miss him. He was a great guy to know. Alwayes Happy and smiling

  12. My deepest sympathy to Marlys and the Enger Family. Don was wonderful and I will miss him, and wish I had had more time to know him even better.

  13. Terry & Linda Marguth :

    Marlys & family; Linda & I would like to extend our sympathies on the loss of Don. He truly was a great man and I enjoyed my time 4 wheeling in the AZ desert. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I will look you up Marlys when you get to AZ. God bless you all.

  14. Our deepest sympathies from Dons fellow comrades at the Belview Legion. Dons presence will be greatly missed at the legion. Marlys don’t be a stranger at the legion , stop in any time.

    Sincerely,
    Rich Sullivan, Commander

  15. I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a kind neighbor and we will miss his gentle spirit. My deepest condolences to Marlys and your whole family.

  16. Marlys & Marv Timm :

    Our sympathy to the family
    We also grew up in Echo

  17. Eugene and Margaret McCarty Sander :

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Don was a wonderful person. We had many nice visits in Belview. He will be missed

  18. I went to high school with Don and he was a good kid then and lost touch but from the other comments he fulfilled his parents expectations.

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