Fairfield resident James ‘Jim’ D. Engel, 81, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at
College View Assisted Living and Memory Support, Hastings, NE.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in
Glenvil with Pastor Patti Byrne officiating. Burial will be at Glenvil Cemetery in Glenvil
following the service. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 3, at Livingston Butler
Volland Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church. The
service will be live-streamed on Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home’s Facebook
page. The direct link for that page is www.facebook.com/lbvfh, the link will not be live
until five minutes before service time. Private condolences may be sent to the family at
www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is
serving the family.
Jim was born August 13, 1939, in Hastings, NE to Jesse & Evelyn (Saathoff) Engel. Due
to his father’s passing, Evelyn remarried Elden Fitzke. Jim attended Fairfield High
school and graduated in 1957. After high school, he attended Lincoln School of
Commerce graduating with his Associates in Business. Jim married Shari Knox on
August 22, 1957, in San Jose, CA.
He worked for Fairfield State Bank and began as a teller, but quickly worked his way up
and eventually became president. Jim parted ways with the bank in 1978 and began his
own insurance agency and tax preparation business, about the same time he and his
brother started a farming operation as well.
Jim loved spending summers in Harlan at their trailer, and never missed the grandkid’s
sporting or school events. He also enjoyed auctions and collecting John Deere tractors.
James was preceded in death by his parents; step-father and brother, Steve Engel.
Children & Spouses: James II “Jim” & Sue Engel – Fairfield, NE
Dale & Val Engel – Hastings, NE
Mike Engel & Tammy Leptich-Engel – Chicago, IL
Grandchildren: Katie & Ben Bramble
Amber & Jim Coffey
Andy & Alli Engel
Adam & Kari Engel
Great-Grandchildren: Grady Bramble
Sister: Judy Foote – Casper, WY
Sisters & Brother-in-law: Rita Engel
Aunt: Wanda Hinrichs
Many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and other family members.