Veteran-IntroDirk W. Engelhart, 57, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born December 30, 1957, in Cape Girardeau, son of Joseph Charles and Joy Statler Engelhart.  He and Pat Kieninger were married December 23, 1977 in Pocahontas.

Dirk was Baptized and Confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, later transferring his membership to Zion Lutheran Church in Pocahontas where he had served as Elder, Treasurer, Trustee, and on various church committees. He was a 1976 graduate of Jackson High School, and served in the United States Marine Corps from September 30, 1976 until being honorably discharged September 29, 1980.  He was owner/operator of Engelhart Electric in Jackson for a number of years. His most recent employment was with Alliance Water Resources, until declining health.

In addition to his wife, Pat, of 37 years, loving survivors include; two children, Jeremy and Rachel Engelhart of Jackson; his mother, Joy Engelhart of Jackson; a brother, Paul (Carol) Engelhart of Jackson; a sister, Fran Kuntz of Cape Girardeau; his mother-in-law, Verna Kieninger of Pocahontas; sisters-in-law, Linda (Bill) Wooten of Jackson and Debbie (Steve) Sandau of Salem, Oregon; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, a brother,his father-in-law, and three brothers-in-law.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and from 9 a.m. until service time on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church in Pocahontas.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., at the church with the Rev. Virgil Kelm officiating.

Interment will follow in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Pocahontas, with military honors.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Saxony Lutheran High School in Jackson or Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund.

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  1. Steven Friga

    My deepest sympathy for Pat and the Engelhart family. I offer my prayers for healing during this sad time. I have often thought of Dirk and considered him one of the best guys in our class. RIP Marine!

  2. Gaye Laird

    My sympathies to your family. I’m so very sorry for your loss. The laughter Dirk spread will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Issy

    So sorry to see this. Pat, Bill, Linda and rest of family, you are in my prayers and thoughts through this tough, tough time!

    Issy @ bayou!

  4. Mark Vogel

    My cousin Dirk was a special human being with a lovely sense of humor. He will be missed.

  5. Jeff & Pam Jaworowski

    Oh Dirk the many laughs we have shared over the years are priceless. You are now our angel and we all know how much we need our angels watching over us. Ice & I will miss your sense of humor and contagious laugh. Pat, Rachel, Jeremy, Aunt Joy and the rest of the family……may your many fond memories help bring you strength and peace today and in the future. We love you all. Until we meet again cuz…..

  6. Gregory A. Lincoln


    I am VERY SORRY about your father but I remember you and your family in prayer. May God’s love comfort you in Jesus’ Name!

  7. Vernon & Juvy Reisenbichler

    Our deepest Sympathies for Pat, Jeremy, Rachel and the rest of the Englehart family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time of the loss of your loved one. I can not say anymore than he will be missed by those of us who grew up in the same community, as we had many fond memories of the times we had interacted with Dirk, whether it was school, band, or even 4-H Club or even just seeing him out with other friends and family.

  8. Dear Pat and Family,
    You have our sincerest condolence on Dirk’s passing. You are in our prayers.
    Joe and Darlene Bullinger

  9. Terri Starzinger Dobey

    Dear Pat and Family,
    So very sorry to hear of Dirk’s passing. My deepest sympathy and prayers for comfort to you all.

  10. Bob and Margie Engelhart

    Aunt Joy, Patti and all,

    We were saddened by the sudden departure of Dirk. Our prayers
    are with you to find consolation in the Savior, the Lord Jesus.

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