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Calvin Engelstad, 91

Calvin “Cal” Engelstad, died Feb. 11, 2019, at the age of 91.
Calvin was born in Fargo, N.D., lived in Crookston, Minn., and came with his parents to Hallock, Minn., in 1936. He graduated from Hallock High in 1945 having participated in Music and Athletics.
He was in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1948.
Cal attended the University of Minnesota, was a hockey letter winner, and graduated with a B.A. degree as an accounting major in 1951. Cal worked for Farmhand, Inc. for 35 years and retired as Corporate Controller in 1991.
He and Nola lived in Eden Prairie, Minn., and spent 15 winters in Tuscon, Ariz. He enjoyed playing golf until he was 85, and was an avid reader of the newspaper and books. He and Nola have been members of Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park since 1953, and Cal is a past president and treasurer of the congregation.
Cal will be missed by his wife of 68 1/2 years, Nola; children, Alan (Diane) Engelstad, Amy (Curt) Ringhausen, and David Engelstad; granchildren, Jeremy and Faith Engelstad; sister, Marlys Anderson, and many other loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Emma Engelstad.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Westwood Lutheran Church, 9001 Cedar Lake Rd, St. Louis Park.
Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.


  1. Opal Thompson Lander on February 21, 2019 at 11:24 am

    To all of Cals family: I’m sure you all have a big hole in your hearts now, in the loss of Cal. He was a special friend of ours. My husband Leonard Lander played hockey, for many years too, like most of the good oll’ Hallock boys…. Lots of good memoriess! Leonard is gone now too, but I’m still in our home, (88). My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you, Cals, family.

  2. Louise Widerstrand Halverson on February 27, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Sympathy to Cal’s family and friends. May many great memories bring peace and fill some of the void of his absence.
    Cal will be missed at Westwood Lutheran Church, where he and his wife, Nola, had been very active through the years.
    He had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face much of the time. He attended the Men’s Bible study a couple of weeks before he passed away. He surprised us all by leaving and going to his heavenly home.

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