Virgil Paul Engbrecht


April 22, 1935 - October 24, 2014



Virgil Paul Engbrecht was born April 22, 1935 at Dolton, SD to John and Annie (Willems) Engbrecht.  He graduated from Marion High School.  On January 2, 1955 he married Mary Miller.  He was employed at the Jack and Jill Grocery Store in Marion for several years and then Sunshine Food Stores in Sioux Falls and Mitchell for forty seven years.  After retirement he was employed by First National Bank in Mitchell for several years.  Virgil was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church where he served as trustee as well as other offices of the church.  He was involved with church dart and bowling leagues and had served on the Salvation Army Board.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren.  He was an avid golfer, hunter and enjoyed doing his yard work and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, five children: Dennis (Pamela) Engbrecht, Fairfield, IA; LuAnn Neugebauer and fiancé Randy Thompson, Brandon; Tamara (Steve) Brinkman, Mitchell; Doug (Kathy) Engbrecht, Madison; and Kim (Mike) Ostbye, Mitchell; eleven grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren and two brothers: Clarence (Vi) Engbrecht, Marion and Alvin (Darlene) Engbrecht, Vermillion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: John and Arthur and a sister, Ardis.



Monday, October 27, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
620 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, October 28, 2014
10:30 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


West Vermillion Cemetery
Dolton, South Dakota

Posted by Gary Kimm on December 1, 2014
Virg was an enjoyable person to be around. As Carol Weisz noted, getting together with Don and Virg was always a great time for coffee at Sunshine. I especially get a chuckle every now and then when I remember when he portrayed a Christmas celebrity (SC) , stopped by our house, and the younger daughter, Heather, was petrified, after initially being excited about seeing the Christmas visitor in the street. Virg handled it well.. Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.
Posted by Harlan and Jan Quenzer on October 28, 2014
Our love and sympathy to you Mary and family!
Posted by Carol Weisz on October 27, 2014
Mary and family--I was saddened to read of Virg's passing. He was such a great neighbor and friend to Don. They enjoyed coffee time at Sunshine. Faith, family, and friends will help you thru these difficult days. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.
Posted by Doug Burns on October 26, 2014
One of the best bosses I've ever had. Very professional also. God bless the rest of the family now.
Posted by Sheilah Stoneback on October 26, 2014
So sorry to learn of Virg's passing. I enjoyed working with him at FNBSD. He was very kind, helpful, and professional. My condolences to his family.
Posted by Gene Steensma-Waterford Michigan on October 26, 2014
I worked with Virgil at Subshine #4 (14th & 2nd) in Suoux Falls in the early sixties. We hunted jackrabbits near Marion. He was a great guy. I'll cherish his memory. Gene Steensma from Waterford Michigan
Posted by S.Rubio on October 26, 2014
I would like to express my condolences at this time to your family. The Bible is a great source of encouragement at times like this. A comforting thought is at Revelation 21:3,4, where it states "...And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry be anymore the former things have past away". This scripture gives us hope for the future! You can also find comfort in Acts 24:15 - Death does not end it all. May Jehovah bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Your neighbor, S.Rubio
Posted by Vicki Phillips on October 26, 2014
LuAnn & family, you Dad was always a gentleman & very kind to all. I'm sure he will be missed. My sympathy.
Posted by Dana Robey Freeman on October 25, 2014
Engbrecht Family,
As a member of the Sunshine Family, I will remember Virg as the best boss I ever had.....always smiling. They just don't make them like that anymore! May all your memories help you get through this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Rich & Deanna Swenson on October 25, 2014
Dear Mary and family - We were so sorry to read about Virg's passing. What great memories we have of him as our neighbor in Mitchell. He always had a watchful eye on our Ryan! We know how much you will miss having him in your lives. He was a wonderful, kind man. Blessed be his memory. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
Posted by Martin Eilts on October 25, 2014
The best boss you could have asked for. He will be missed a lot by his Sunshine family
Posted by Natalie on October 25, 2014
Grandpa! I love and miss you more than words can say. You are such a brave and strong man-you fought cancer on your own for so long. Cancer may think it won, but the glory is all yours. Life for us will never be the same without you. Please don't worry about Grandma, we will take care of her for you. You have taught us many great life lessons. You've showed us how to live our lives with integrity and compassion and love for others. This is not goodbye, but until we are together again. I love you forever.
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