Jul 16, 2013 - StaffRose A. Engen, formerly of Riverton, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, surrounded by her family.
A memorial service will be Saturday, July 20, at the King of Glory Church in Loveland, Colo.
Rose Engen was born in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and came west to Wyoming with her lifelong friend and confidant, Ann Smith Strand Budd, of Rock Springs and Big Piney.
She married Gerald "Bob" Engen, of Centennial, where they raised four children on their ranch and later established a livestock feed and garden center in Laramie.
She was a successful businesswoman, ranching and running the Engen Feed and Garden Center in Laramie and Taco Time franchises in Riverton and Lander. Her family said she was a community leader wherever she lived.
While living in Riverton, she was an active member of the Rotary Club; she served on the board of directors for Health for Help Hospice, Riverton Memorial Hospital and Dignity.
She also was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church and served on the church council.
Her family said she was a force in so many lives, always teaching and guiding. She had a lifelong thirst for knowledge and believed in making a difference in her community.
She is survived by her four children and their families: Gary and Blythe Engen, grandsons Benjamin and Zachary; Paul and Karen Engen, granddaughter Megan and great-granddaughter Rylee; Nita Engen; and Robin Engen, grandchildren Lisa Rawson and George Rawson IV.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Help for Health Hospice, 716 College View Drive, Suite B, Riverton, WY 82501 or the Wounded Warrior Project, (877) 958-2233.
Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 294, Centennial, WY 82055.
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