Melvin James Engelbrecht, 89, of Saint James, died on Oct. 3, 2018

Melvin James Engelbrecht, 89, of Saint James, died on Oct. 3, 2018, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in Saint James. Visitation will be on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Sturm Funeral Home, St. James Chapel. Service will be held at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Melvin James Engelbrecht was born on April 23, 1929, at South Branch near St. James, the son of Frank and Elsie (Meyer) Engelbrecht. He attended school at South Branch. Melvin was united in marriage to Dona Nelson on July 18, 1953. They worked at Tony Downs and farmed on the family farm until 1974. Moving to St. James in 1974 worked for the High School and Sherr-Tumico until retirement in 1997.He took great pride in taking care of his home and enjoyed gardening and working in his garage.

He is survived by his children: Connie (Greg) Bixby of South Bloomfield, Ohio, Scott Engelbrecht of St. James, and Lisa (Lowell) Petty of Eyota; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and a sister, Lois (LaVerne) Thompson of St. James. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dona; a daughter in infancy, Caroline; daughter-in-law, Joyce Engelbrecht; and sister and brother-in-law, Elaine (Arnold) Coleman.