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Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

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Morris “Jim” Eng, formerly of St. Paul, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2022 at GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge.  He was 97 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at the Braham Ev. Lutheran Church with Pastor Julie Beck and Pastor Chuck Knutson officiating.


MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church, beginning at 10:30 am.

MEMORIALS: Those left to cherish Jim’s memory are asked to consider a donation to Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine at MNDNR.gov/MCVmagazine or Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

Morris “Jim” Eng formerly of St. Paul, currently residing in Cambridge, entered God’s heavenly kingdom March 4, 2022 surrounded by his family.

Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Betty (Honzalek), children Rodney, David (McCall), Geri Quinlan (Bob), Jon (Kim) and Don (Michelle), grandchildren Krista, David and Michael Eng, Amy and Kevin Quinlan and Weston and Bennett Eng and sister Donna Hager.

Jim was predeceased by his siblings Howard, Billy, Robert, Richard, Johnny and Roger.

Born to Emelia and Charley Eng in 1924 in St. Paul, Jim was a graduate of Washington High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in Anthropology with a minor in Geology from the University of Minnesota. Combining his academic achievements with his love of the outdoors, Jim pursued a career as a hydrologist/geomorphologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Jim’s work took him to every county as he mapped deposits for the state’s highway and rest area projects. The comprehensive maps Jim charted are still referenced today.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with his kids and grandchildren. Jim was also a talented artist who made many paper cut birds and animals, Diamond Willow woodcarvings and paintings. Music gave Jim great pleasure, singing with the Male Chorus of the American Swedish Institute of Minneapolis and Zion Lutheran of St. Paul.

4 thoughts on “MORRIS “JIM” ENG”

  1. Godfather Jim was exemplary of the marine motto, “Semper Fi”. He was always present at my birthdays, confirmation, graduation, & any important events. When I was small he would cut my hair in exchange for a case of Hamm’s beer, my dad Bill worked for Hamm’s. Jim always emphasized a phrase that Grandpa Charlie (Jim’s dad) said, “Be Resourceful!” Jim was a smart guy, great artist, musician, writer, loved the outdoors, his family & was faithful to God. He is sorely missed but we will meet again.

  2. Great Man! God does not get that close to perfect very often. Honest, Loving, Hard Working, Fun, Reliable. The whole Eng family was like having a second family for me growing up. Miss you all very much, and sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.

    Lots and lots of cherished memories. I’ll share a few:
    Hunting and Fishing, Weber Turkey, Dark Brown Ford with white topper and extended cab (4 speed clutch), Crawler Picking, Swimming, Climbs up and down the flights of stairs to and from the lake, Viking Pop, State Fair, Fly Fishing, Don’s GI Joes, John’s Pink Floyd, Geri’s swimming across the lake, David’s Beard, Rod’s size, and Jim & Betty’s hospitality! I feel very honored to have been lucky enough to be part of it!

  3. It takes a village to raise a kid…. and Mr. Eng played an instrumental role in my childhood.; I have many fond memories of him. Geri & I were next door neighbors and have been pals our entire lives. Our families knew each other well and Jim & Betty have shared all the joys and heartaches of our family’s life; they were part of our “family village”. A quiet and gentle man with a BIG heart I was always so comfortable around him (except when Geri & I were caught doing naughty kid things). I remember Mr. Eng sauntering through their home while he played his violin or his accordion and how he sat at the kitchen table eating peanuts & drinking a beer while listening to the Minnesota Twins game broadcast via WCCO. I consider the Eng family an extension of our own family and we offer our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to all.

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