Leslie Engel, 85, Garrison, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, in a Garrison hospital.
Leslie was born April 18, 1928, on the family farm in McGinnis Township of McLean County to William and Emillia (Weber) Engel. He was one of 11 children.
He attended school in the Garrison School District and church in a country church near their home.
He was married to Ida Sayler on April 25, 1948. They had three sons, Alan, Wesley and Daryl.
Along with his farming he worked for many farmers and businesses in the area. In 1976 he bought and operated a small tree service, moving many trees in the area. He was active in his city and his church at St. Paul Lutheran in Garrison. He drove school bus for the district and was active in FFA, receiving the Honorary Chapter Farmer award. He was a member of the Garrison Fire Department and was rural chief for a time.
He was involved with no-till and organic farming and in 1982 was named the Soil Conservationist of the Year by the N.D. Wildlife Federation. He was a member of the Garrison Senior Citizens and enjoyed a cup of coffee and game of pinochle with friends and family.
Les is survived by: his wife of 65 years, Ida; three sons, Alan, of Bismarck, Wesley, of Boise, Idaho, and Daryl (Tami) of Garrison; two grandchildren, Alana (Chris) Chaves, of South Dartmouth, Mass., and Dylan Engel, of Garrison; one great-grandson, Jace Chaves; three sisters, Millie Drayton, Ella O’Shea and Cleone (Paul) Westby; one brother, Bill, of Fair Haven, Mass.; one sister-in-law, Esther Engel, Garrison; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were: his parents; brothers, Christ (Lydia) Engel and Art Engel; four sisters, newborn Otillia, Katherine (Ernie) Sayler, Clara (Rance) Sayler and Frieda (Gordon) McElwain; brother-in-laws, Frank Drayton, Dennis O’Shea, Ted Winger; and sister-in-law, Polly Engel.
God bless his memory.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 5, at 10 a.m., in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Garrison.
Burial will be at the Garrison City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison.
To sign the online register go to (www.garrisonthompson.com).