Cletus J. Engelken, 83, of Dyersville, passed away from a broken heart Friday, Oct. 23, at MercyOne Senior Care, Dyersville, just a couple of weeks after his wife, Arlene passed away.
A double visitation for Clete and Arlene will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville from 8-10 a.m., prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.
Clete was born Oct. 17, 1937, in Farley, the son of William and Monica (Gaul) Engelken. He graduated from Xavier High School in Dyersville and served for the U.S. Army in 1957, completing his services with the National Guard of Iowa. Clete married Arlene Lynch Nov. 28, 1963, in Dubuque. Together they farmed on the Engelken family farm. His family was very involved in 4-H, the Dubuque County Pork Producers and Dubuque County Cattlemen and Women’s organizations. Clete was a successful sales representative for Epley Seed, Nachurs Fertilizer and New Concepts Pre-Mix. Later he co-owned All Star Feeds in Dyersville, and when his partner retired, he took over the feed store in Dyersville and opened All Star Manufacturing in Earlville. Clete and Arlene enjoyed many road trips delivering feed together and visiting with the farmers, especially the Amish. In his spare time he loved watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and WWE Wrestling. He also enjoyed trips to Branson, going to the rodeo each year and watching his grandkids in various sports. Clete was a dedicated hard-working man. He loved unconditionally and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann Boeckenstedt and Theresa (Jeff) Neuhaus, both of Dyersville; three grandchildren: Amber and Heather Boeckenstedt and Devin Neuhaus; one brother, George (Sherry) Engelken, of Atlanta, Ga.; in-laws: Barb (Dwain) Kilburg, of Bellevue, Lois Lynch, of Dubuque, Janaan (Don) Junk, of Bellevue, Robert (Charlene) Lynch, of La Motte, Irene Engelken, of Earlville and Dale Zeimet, of Lakeview, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Arlene on Oct. 11, 2020, siblings: Elmer (Mary Lou) Engelken, Edwin (Aletha) Engelken, Julius Engelken and Alma (Charlie) Brehm, in laws: Raymond Lynch, Richard Lynch, Mary Diane Lynch and Rosemary Zeimet.
The family wants to give a special thank you to the entire staff at MercyOne Dyersville Senior Care for the compassionate care they provided for their parents and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque for providing comfort during their last days.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.