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John E. Enger

May 30, 1932 — December 10, 2021

John E. Enger, 89, Olivebridge, NY

John enter into the loving embrace of his Lord on December 10, 2021. John has been reunited with his loving wife, Katherine, who pre-deceased him.

Born in Brooklyn to Haldis & Jonas Enger. John made many lifelong friends from his church, Zion Lutheran in Bay Ridge. He was a scout leader, youth group leader and a great listener and problem-solver to the neighborhood youths. He joined the Air Force and was stationed at Selfridge AFB. It was there he met Katherine and the two were inseparable. Once discharged from the Air Force, John & Katherine returned to Brooklyn to raise their family.

John worked for the NYC Police Department in Red Hook, Brooklyn until his retirement. Upon his retirement, John and Katherine moved to Krumville. There they enjoyed renovating the family seasonal house to a permanent, all season home. They enjoyed gardening, hiking, fishing and entertaining their close friends. During John's retirement he worked as manager of the Corner Store on Rt 28 & the Hurley Market. John was also a partner in the family gift & antique shop, The Berry Patch, also known as the purple building in Shokan. John had a wicked sense of humor and always had a good story to share. He could also do a mean job of gift wrapping.

One of his hobbies was being a "rockhound". Searching and collecting rocks and gemstones from wherever he traveled. He would research them, polish, cut or tumble them and then create jewelry and crafts. No matter where we traveled, there was always a bucket, bag or tote for the collection of rocks.

After Katherine's passing, John experienced an awakening within his faith, the works of the Holy Spirit. At Immanuel Lutheran Church he found comfort, compassion, love and a new family. He was transformed by the involvement of Immanuel in the local community and the needs of others. It was a time of transformation for John, the loving touch of the Holy Spirit.

John loved to travel. Whether it was to visit family in Michigan, California, Germany, Norway, England, Florida, Colorado Springs, John & Katherine loved adventure and meeting new people. There were River Cruises in Europe, ice skating the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid, antiquing in Vermont, enjoying seafood in Cape Ann & Maine, fishing in Ocean City & Charleston. John never missed an opportunity to meet new people, learn about other cultures & engage in conversation. Not to mention an enjoyable glass of wine or cocktail. John loved attending the Ashokan Hoot and attended all with the exception of 2021. All sorts of adventure, dancing, music and gatherings brought John much joy.

John was a member of the Sons of Norway - Kingston Lodge #432. There were many enjoyable memories of dancing, singing and outings at Elvedal.

John is survived by his son Eric (Jeong Hee) grandson Steven (Ellen) great grandson Alexander; grandson Johnnie (Adrienne) great granddaughters Lyric & Kadence. Daughter Sherry (Rick) & extended family Eric, Debbie, Elena, Michael, Lauren & Aamir. Many nieces & nephews. His furry companion, Dinkelacker who has been one of God's greatest blessings and Zoey (grand puppy). John always had a lap available to share with the puppies and a dog biscuit or two.

Wherever John was, there was always laughter, conversation, friendship, adventure & love. John has touched many hearts during his 89 years. As one family member commented, "You know when someone is special when all the memories they leave you with bring a smile to your face." He will be missed, but not forgotten.

Matthew 25:23: His Lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord."

Entrusted to the care of Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Kingston. A memorial service will be held at 11am on Friday December 17, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 22 Livingston St., Kingston, NY 12401. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Inurnment will take place in Krumville Cemetery in May of 2022. A tribute for John can be found at where you may leave condolences for the family.

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