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It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of James Harold Engler, who was called to his heavenly home on the 25th of April, 2024, at the age of 76. Born on the 29th of June, 1947, in Fairbury, Nebraska, he spent his life dedicated to his family, and proud to be a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

James, known to his friends and family as Jim, graduated from Adams High School and then studied at Omaha Trade School, where he acquired the skills that would define his professional life. He dedicated 30 years of service as a Railroad Mechanic to Burlington Northern.

Jim found his greatest joy in providing for his family. Always there to feed you, help you fix something or tell ya a joke. He really enjoyed helping out on the farm, fishing, camping, bowling and listening to country music.

He leaves behind his devoted wife, Kathy; his daughters, Tammy Samuel and Michelle Wilkinson and husband, Tim; his  grandchildren, Karisa Cotton, Ronni Wilkinson, Jordan Wilkinson, and Terryn Samuel; and his great-granddaughter, Hope Hiles. His sister, Bonnie Bartlett, and husband, Henry, will also carry forward his memory, joined by in-laws of almost 58 years, Paul & Carol Meints, Roger & Jan Meints, Teresa Meints, and Cindy & Les Lieneman and many nieces, nephews, and cousins who were touched by his generosity and laughter.

Preceding him in his journey to the Lord were his mom and dad, Evelyn and Kenneth Hale, his father James Engler, his mother & father-in-law, Clarence & Teda Meints, his brother-in-law, Rick Meints, and his niece Nikki Stork.

The family visitation is on Wednesday, May 1st, 5-7pm at Metcalf Funeral Home, 245 N 27th Street, Lincoln. A memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life and his journey to eternal rest will be held on Thursday, May 2nd, 11am at Southwood Lutheran Church, 4301 Wilderness Hills Blvd, Lincoln, with a meal of fellowship to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Jim’s memory to Southwood Lutheran Church, where he dedicated a lot of time in its early years to help it grow to what it is today.

May James Harold Engler be received into the arms of our merciful Savior, and may his memory be forever blessed.

4 thoughts on “James Harold Engler

  • Merlin and Karen

    Kathy and girls. So very sorry to hear about Jim. It was such a shock. Altho we haven’t seen or talked to you guys for years, we still considered you are friends. We had so much fun together. So many good memories. We laughed and laughed. Jim will always be in our hearts as you are. Thinking of you and Michelle and Tammy. We love you guys.

  • Cristy Baade

    Kathy, Tammy, and Michelle, words cannot express my sorrow for you three. We are blessed to have had you in our lives all these years. I will never forget how Uncle Bim always teased me. He always made me laugh! Many prayers for you three. Rest In Peace Uncle Bim I love you.

  • Jim and Dianna Hestermann

    Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  • amy

    Thinking of you at this difficult time. Hugs to you and your family!

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