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Obituary, John W. Enge


John W. Enge

John Wayne Enge, 65, died at his home in Central Point, Ore., in the early morning of September 3, 2015. The son of John Werner Enge and Carol Winona Anderson Enge, he was born September 12, 1949 in Juneau, Alaska.

After his graduation in 1967 from Petersburg High School, he attended Oregon State College in Corvallis where he received degrees in business administration and industrial engineering. John's work experience was varied, but always connected to Alaska: commercial fisherman, seafood processor, designer and fabricator of fishing equipment, and CFAB banker.

He leaves behind his wife Terry Enge, who loves him beyond measure; his children Jesse,

Alicia, Morgan, Daniel and Elias Enge; and RJ Russell. His legacy continues with his grandson, Connor Enge, whom he was extremely proud of and enjoyed spending time with. Other survivors are his mother Carol Enge and brother Arnold of Petersburg, brother Steve of Port Townsend, Wash.; sisters Marilee, of Berkeley, Calif.; and Elisabeth Enge-Nyssen, of Edmonds, Wash. He was preceded in death by his father John Enge.

Those who knew John best will remember him most for his wisdom, bear hugs and sense of adventure. These three things extended into the areas of family, Norwegian heritage and fishery politics. His blog "Alaska Café" impacted many influential people in his home state of Alaska.

His true love Terry wrote: "Today we said goodbye to John after a valiant fight against a horrific disease. He fought it with the fierce determination of a warrior, never complaining, always believing that he would conquer in this battle as he had in others. He will live in our hearts and will stand beside us as we carry on. We want to thank all who have stood with us and have supported us so completely with prayers, time, food, money, but most of all your friendship and love."

Two celebrations of life are planned. The first will be Sunday, October 18, 2:00 PM, at Capers Restaurant, 35 N. Central Ave, Medford, Ore. A later event will be Friday,

October 23, 1:00 PM at the Seaside House on Sing Lee Alley, Petersburg, Alaska.

"He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." Psalms 1:3

"Fair Winds and Following Seas."


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