Charles Engel

Charles Engel

  • Funeral Date: 6/02/17
  • Funeral Time: 10:30 AM
  • Date of Birth: 9/26/55
  • Date of Death: 5/20/17
  • Funeral Location: Church of St. Dominic

Charles was born the son of Frederic and Doris (Haaven) Engel on September 26, 1955 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He moved with his family to St. Louis Park where he was raised and graduated from high school. In high school, Chuck excelled in sports earning all-conference in soccer, basketball and baseball. He was recognized for his athletic talents and was a recipient of SLP High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He continued his studies at St. Cloud State University where he played baseball and received his Bachelor of Arts degree. Chuck was drafted by the Cincinnati Red organization and played minor league baseball. During his playing career, Chuck recorded an unassisted triple play.

Chuck was united in marriage to Laurie Bourke on May 20, 1983 at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church in Bloomington. He worked as an insurance adjuster in Burnsville and later moved to Northfield where he continued his career as an adjuster. He served as the boy’s high school basketball coach in Northfield for nearly 20 years.

Chuck loved following sports either in person or on television. He was instrumental in organizing a group of community members to fund and build Sechler Baseball Complex. He loved animals, fishing, music, playing cards, grilling out and flower gardening. Each year Chuck and Laurie would have flower wars and had friends vote for whoever had the nicest garden. He was always there to help anyone and because of this and his outgoing nature, made many friends. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and was given 30 days to live 3 years ago. He made the best of his life over the past three years and was able to see his two sons’ get married.

Chuck passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017, at his home, at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife Laurie of Northfield, two sons Josh (Darcy) of Roseau, Jonathan (Adrienne) of Edina, a soon to be granddaughter in June, Isabelle, two sisters Laurie Engel of Minneapolis, Cheryl Engel (Sherry Boulton) in Australia, a sister-in-law Judy (Joe) Chumley of Bloomington, three nephews Michael, Craig and Shawn and his faithful and loving puggle, Barney. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at Church of St. Dominic on Friday, June 2, 2017, beginning at 10:30 AM. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home. Memorials are preferred.


  1. Jeff Passolt

    Chuck was one of the most talented yet humble people I ever met. His excellence in Sports was only outmatched by his warmth as a friend. We’re going to miss him. Condolences to his family and friends. We were lucky to have him as a part of our lives.
    Jeff Passolt

  2. Scott Hofstedt

    I played town team baseball with Chuck and it was a joy. He brought fun to the game and his ever present smile. One memory was a game against the best team in the league which we won 2-0. Chuck pitched a shutout and the batters didn’t have a chance. He also hit a towering 2 run home run over the center field fence. He was a great guy and made sports look easy.
    Scott Hofstedt

  3. Judy Chumley

    Chuck was the best! He always brought so much to our family gatherings. He will be missed by all who knew him, and by those of us who loved him. So rest in peace dear brother-in-law – we will never forget you!
    Heaven has received another angel.

    Judy & Joe

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