Holger S. Engstrom
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December 28, 1939 ˜ August 1,

Holger S. Engstrom passed into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, after a 14-month battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Born in Baker, MT to Carl & Anna Engstrom, he was the youngest of six children. He served in the US Army as a medic from 1959 to 1962. After being discharged from the service, he married Colleen M. Sheehan in June 1962.
Holger attended Montana State University, where he graduated with a business degree.
Most of his career was spent in the food & candy sales industry and he was known by many as the “Candy Man.” He was very involved with Rose City Little League and served as Player Agent and President and was one of the first “official” umpires for the League. He impacted the lives of many kids through the years with his incredible coaching & pitching talent.
Two of Holger’s passions were golfing and the Portland Trail Blazers. He was an avid golfer and a season ticket holder and loved attending games with his beloved wife, Colleen.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Colleen M. Engstrom; children, Carla White, Aaron (Sheila) and Ansen Engstrom; four grandchildren, Kelsie, Lexie, Aaron and Arika Engstrom. He is also survived by his brother, Carl Engstrom.
The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at Amazing Grace Baptist Church, 6902 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver, WA 98665 with reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to either the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or Amazing Grace Baptist Church.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 20, 2020
Colleen and family: thinking about you at this hard time. Holger is in good hands in heaven with his Lord and probably has set up a golf game or even a baseball practice. That brings back many fond memories of Holger and Rose City Little League. We worked together in the league for for a number years and Holger was always had time to listen to the kids and make sure they had a great baseball/softball experience. I'll always appreciate his helping me get a job in the candy industry and helped me cut my teeth in sales work...a great mentor. The world is a better place because of Holger Engstrom. A passing always leaves a hole in your heart, and may it eventually fill with many great memories.
Marilyn Brown
August 12, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Alan & Margie Kenyon
August 12, 2020
We miss you Uncle Holger but know you are one of the angels now & are in a much better place.
Marilynn Joy Sumner
August 10, 2020
We can say that we KNOW the loss and pain you are experiencing. And we don't wish it on anyone! But to KNOW that our loved ones is in heaven, with Yeshua-Jesus is a treasure incredible. We will join them soon for the great reunion!! But yes we will certainly miss our Candy Uncle, uncle Holger.
May our Lord bless you and keep you all.
Tim and Diane Engstrom
August 10, 2020
To the entire Engstrom family: Know and rejoice that Holger (Mr. Engstrom as I always fondly referred to him) is with Our Lord and Savior enjoying the spoils of His Grace and Glory. I had the privilege to get to know him through his son, Aaron, whom I played high school and college sports with and still are close friends today. Mr. Engstrom was a strong man, a fair man who expected you to treat others with respect and dignity. He taught that to his children and the kids and young adults that he came in contact with. You can see those teachings in his sons, Aaron and Ansen. Two great men that are raising their own in their Father's image. I can't imagine the loss that you are feeling, but know that the legacy that Mr. Engstrom built will carry on and will only grow. The memory of him will never be forgotten, at least by this man , and to know him and to see him through his family is truly a gift. All my love to Mrs. Engstrom, Carla, Aaron (& Sheila), Ansen and the entire extended Engstrom family.
Jim Lutze
August 9, 2020
Hi Colleen and family, Perhaps you remember me as our paths crossed at MSU however my memories of Holger extend back to High School days in Baker. He would often come to my parents house to visit my brother Arlee and myself. He was a serious young fellow but always fun to be around. His dependence and commitment to his Creator and Lord was consistently strong.

There are many points of commonality between your lives and that of my wife Twyla who also recently passed to be with her Creator as a result of 3.5 years of battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In my case, I have found the warm, loving words written by friends who expressed how Twyla influenced their lives have been very therapeutic. Trust the same will be true for you too!

Ray Fried
August 9, 2020
Colleen: It has been many years since we worked together at the East County Health Clinic in Gresham. They were wonderful years, and I remember your fond tales of Holger and your family. I send my deep condolences to you and your family for the loss of Holger. Fondly, Cathie Blosser
Catherine Blosser
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