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Clifford Engebretson

December 29, 1943 — May 20, 2020

Albert Lea

A Celebration Of Life will take place on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Prayer Garden at Grace Lutheran Church: 918 Garfield Avenue, Albert Lea. The public is welcome and have to be mindful of social distancing. Let us all come together to honor and remember Clifford Duane Engebretson.

Clifford (Cliff) Duane Engebretson was born on Wednesday, December 29, 1943, in Vinje, Iowa the son of Christopher and Dorothy (Johnson) Engebretson. He was a 1961 graduate of Lake Mills, Iowa High School. Cliff was a hardworking man. He spent 40 years working at the Wilson’s Meat Packing Plant. After retiring, he made deliveries for Flowers By Curt and did maintenance at the Albert Lea Eagles Club. The past 2 years, you could find Cliff volunteering at DAE Liquor and assisting in any way he could. Cliff was a member of Grace Lutheran Church for 54 years and truly enjoyed his faith community. He was a member of the Eagles Club for 55 years. Where he was often seen kicking it up on the dance floor. He was also known for his wicked card playing skills. Cliff could always be found at one of his grandchildren’s sporting events, he was their biggest fan. He enjoyed spending many hours tending to his flower garden and yard. Having a green thumb he could revive almost any plant. Cliff loved with his whole heart, his children and grandchildren always took first priority in his life. He was on the telephone most days, connecting, advising and sharing in the lives of his family and friends. Cliff was the one everyone was drawn to; very social, great conversationalist, always smiling and had an infectious laugh.

Clifford (Cliff) Duane Engebretson died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 76 years old. He has left a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. However, the memories of how much he gave to all of us will always be remembered and cherished. Cliff will be greatly missed by his family; children: Darla (Ronald) Nemec of Eden Prairie, Paula (Todd) Bachtle of Albert Lea, Dayna (Jason) Saltou of Albert Lea; grandchildren: Thomas Nemec of Clearwater, FL, David Nemec of Eden Prairie, Dyllan Engebretson (Katie) of Glenville, Mercedes Saltou of Albert Lea, Lexus Saltou of Albert Lea; great-grandchild: Beau Engebretson of Glenville. He is also survived by siblings: Darlene (Richard) Jordahl of Albert Lea, Lorraine (William) Goette of Albert Lea, Mavis (Eldar) Westergaard of Oakland, Glorian (Gerald) Hamson of Bricelyn, Connie (Janice) Engebretson of Kiester, sister-in-law Linda Engebretson of Bricelyn, and many nieces and nephews. Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings: Diane Benson and Lloyd Engebretson, his dogs: Kinger and Sassy.

A Private Family Prayer Service for Cliff took place on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm. The service was live streamed on Bonnerup’s website A Drive Through Visitation for Cliff also took place on Sunday, May 24, 2020, from 2:00-5:00 pm at Bonnerup Funeral Service: 2210 East Main Street, Albert Lea. Family and friends drove in the main entrance and from there were guided to the viewing area. They were able to pay respects to Cliff and speak to family; all from a safe distance. All visitors had to stay in their vehicles at all times. A Committal Service for Cliff took place on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 9:00 am at Lakewood Cemetery in Albert Lea. The public was welcome and had to be mindful of social distancing, masks were suggested.

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

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