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Melvin Engelbarts

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Oct. 18, 1923 — Jan. 22, 2017
Funeral service for Melvin Engelbarts was held on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at 10 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Swea City with the Rev. Todd Hartsock officiating. Burial will be in the Harrison Township Cemetery with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post No. 2541 and the Hagg-Turner American Legion Post No. 90 of Algona.
Melvin M. Engelbarts was born in rural Ledyard on Oct. 18, 1923, the son of Otto and Bertha (Christ) Engelbarts. Melvin grew up in Ledyard. He attended Ledyard School until the eighth-grade.
Melvin enlisted into the Navy on Oct. 15, 1943, and was honorably discharged on April 4, 1946.
After his Naval service, Melvin married Betty Jane Beadle on Oct. 10, 1946, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Swea City. He worked for Linde Implement for a short time. Melvin and Betty farmed their entire married life in northern Kossuth County retiring in 1991 and moving into Swea City. They enjoyed “Old Time” dancing. He loved being with his family, especially being around the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed traveling and fishing.
Melvin is a lifelong member of the VFW in Algona and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Swea City.
Melvin M. Engelbarts died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at Kossuth Regional Heath Center, Algona, at the age of 93.
He is survived by his children, Darwin (Betsy) Engelbarts of Titonka, Diane (James) Bassett of Kansas City, Mo., Donna (Dean) Hilbert of LuVerne and Dwayne (Howard) Engelbarts of Richfield, Minn.; son-in-law, Jack Plathe of Algona; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul Engelbarts of Elmore, Minn. and Christ (Beth) Engelbarts of Swea City and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents; wife, Betty Jane; daughters, Sheryl Plathe and Susan Mergen; brother, Elmer Engelbarts and a sister-in-law, Irene.
Arrangements are being handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services. Condolences may be left at


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