John W. Engelkes

John W. Engelkes, 72, of Platteville died on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at his home in Elk Grove Twp. surrounded by his wife and three sons.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church, Platteville. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Platteville. Friends may call from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, or from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the John W. Engelkes Memorial Fund.

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John was born on June 27, 1941 in Rochelle, Illinois, the son of William and Rita (Sauter) Engelkes. He was united in marriage to Charlotte Olson on September 7, 1962 in Stillman Valley, Illinois. John graduated from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb where he received his degree in Accounting. He worked for Ingersoll Milling in Rockford. In 1974 John bought his farm and began farming in Elk Grove Twp., Lafayette County. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

John is survived by his wife, Charlotte; three sons, Michael (Rebecca) Engelkes of Plover, WI; Brian (Jill) Engelkes of Sartell, MN; Chad Engelkes of Marion, IA; six grandchildren, Jenna, Isaac, Joshua, Nathan, Jared and John; brother, Donald (Lucille) Engelkes of Bloomington, IL; sister, Marie Scheibly of Vallejo, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Bradley in 1977.

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