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Dave Engel Obituary and Memorial Service Information

David James Engel, age 65, died on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care in Viroqua.

Dave Engel is survived by his wife, Marta W. Engel (Nee Weinfeld) of Soldiers Grove; his mother, Mary Roessel Engel, of Bismarck, N.D.; his children, Joshua (Teresa) Engel, Soldiers Grove; Noah (Ximena) Engel, Viroqua; Tobiah Engel, Baltimore, Md. and Lilly Engel; Minneapolis, Minn.; and grandsons, Otto, Yasmani and Rafael. He is preceded in death by his father, Austin George Engel Jr. of Bismarck, N.D.

Dave Engel was born on August 9, 1951 in New Haven, Connecticut. He graduated from Bismarck High School and attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Dave was a dairy farmer for 30 years and will be remembered for his work as a pioneer and champion of organic and family farmers. Dave was a founding farmer for Organic Valley where he sold milk for 23 years. Dave helped found and was the executive director of MOSA (Midwest Organic Services Association). He also founded Nature’s International Certification Services.

Dave’s sons, Josh and Noah, currently run Driftless Organics, an organic vegetable operation, on the home farm.

Dave Engel was well known for his independent spirit and his generosity.

A memorial is scheduled for Dave Engel, on Saturday, April 8, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Sugar Creek Bible Camp, located at 13141 Sugar Creek Bible Camp Road in rural Ferryville. The camp is located off County Highway C, about three miles west of State Highway 27. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dave’s life. The family would like to thank all of the generous community members for their support during this difficult time.

David J. Engel Memorial Scholarship Fund

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)Established by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service in memory of Dave Engel.

Dave served the organic community in many ways, and poured his heart and soul into every endeavor, whether it was as an organic farmer, an organic inspector, or as executive director of four organic certification agencies.

The Engel family has worked with MOSES to establish a scholarship fund in Dave’s name to send farmers to the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference, which Dave helped establish.  MOSES desires to honor Dave’s legacy and extend his impact on the world by facilitating the fund and the awarding of scholarships to a new generation of organic farmers.  Many current and future organic farmers will be able to thank Dave for his lifetime contributions.

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