LITTLE ROCK, Iowa — Griffin Douglas “Griffy” Engelkes, 4, of Little Rock, Iowa passed away Monday, June 3, 2019, at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.
His funeral service was held Saturday June 8, at the George Little Rock Community School in Little Rock, Iowa. Burial followed in the Pleasant View Cemetery.
Griffin “Griffy” Douglas Engelkes was born April 27, 2015, to Nathanel and Hannah (Solem) Engelkes in Worthington, Minn. He was baptized June 14, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, where he was a member. He spent his life living in Little Rock, Iowa, where he was known and loved by all.
Griffy loved coloring, the color orange, and spending time with his friends. He loved to be outside, whether it be riding his strider bike, riding in the combine, or planting in the garden. Wherever his big brother Gibson was, Griffin was not far behind, as he loved to be with his big brother. Although Griff’s time was cut short, he loved being a big brother to Gustin, holding and kissing him. Griffy loved going really fast on the four-wheeler and Can Am with his Daddy, and playing with his Baby Jack Jack. He really did not like wearing jeans. He liked playing with the Santa toys, and loved baby Jesus. He really, really liked cake. He will be remembered for his love for animals, being a Mama’s boy, and always smiling. Griffy had the biggest heart of any four-year-old. He could talk his way out of anything, and could not wait to go to preschool.
He is survived by his parents, Nathanel and Hannah; brothers, Gibson and Gustin Engelkes; grandparents, Paul and Amber Engelkes of Rushmore, Minn., Douglas and Laurie (Lynnie) Solem of Huron, Terry and Laurie Deneui of Rushmore, Minn.; special grandparents, Arlan and Rosalie Arends of Little Rock, Iowa; great-grandparents, Beverly Engelkes of Rushmore, Minn., Marvena and Charlie Agnew of Brandon, Pat Berger of Sioux Falls, Eva Solem of Huron, Dick and Marion Dombeck of George, Iowa, Jim and Kathy Larson of Fort Mahabe, Ariz., Marlene Deneui of Rushmore, Minn.; aunts, uncles, cousins; and many, many, many special family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Donald Solem, Edward Berger, Larry Johlfs, Vernon Engelkes; uncle lost in infancy, Wyatt Engelkes; and aunt, lost in infancy Morgan Engelkes.
In lieu of flowers, the family wish memorials.