Ernest Edward Engan, 77, of Dorchester, Iowa, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Veteran's Memorial Hospital in Waukon, Iowa.

He was born Aug. 13, 1935, in Hesper, Iowa, Winneshiek County, to Palmer and Alice (Nelson) Engan.

He was baptized at Hesper Lutheran Church and confirmed at Big Canoe Lutheran Church.

Ernest attended rural school in Winneshiek Co., where he had perfect attendance for the first seven years.

He was a lifelong area resident except for a year spent in South Dakota and four years in California.

Ernest farmed with his mother until entering the Air Force. He served four years in the military during the Korean War.

He worked at a foundry in Illinois, after which he was a logger.

He was a member of Big Canoe Lutheran Church in rural Decorah, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife Juanita; his sons, Ernie (Dana), Wayne (Sandy) and Troy (Kim); his daughters, Connie (Ed) Urell and Kim (Rick) Crawford; grandchildren, Melissa (Darin) DeWall, Carrie Crawford, Ian Urell, Claire Urell, Kevin (Emily) Engan and Allie Engan; and great-grandchildren Dakota and Zoey DeWall.

He is further survived by a brother, Maynard Engan, and his sisters, Polly Stoen and Barbara Haugen.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Earl; an older brother, Selmer; a son, Harlan; and a grandson, Ernie Earl Engan, Jr.

Funeral services were Jan. 3 at Big Canoe Lutheran, rural Decorah. Pastor David H. Andreae officiated. Military rites were provided by American Legion Post #249 of Spring Grove. Burial was in the church cemetery.

The Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left