Vernon R. Enge, 68, of Royersford, husband of Mary C. (Mortensen), passed away on Wednesday at his home after a 22-month battle with lymphoma.
Born and raised in Bismarck, ND, he was the son of the late Vernon L. and Louella (Potter) Enge.
Vern was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Royersford, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage foundation, the Greater Norristown Art League and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He obtained his B. A. and B. S. degrees at Dickinson State University in North Dakota and his M.A at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Vern taught English in several North Dakota high schools. Vern began as assistant editor of the Evening Phoenix, and then served as editor for Advance for Respiratory Care and several other medical publications for 24 years working for Merion Publications of King of Prussia.
Vern was a voracious reader of the classics, modern novelists, and especially of history. Also an outdoor enthusiast, he enjoyed fishing, boating and camping with his family.
Surviving along with his wife of 42 years are his sons Eric V. Enge and Evan M. Enge (Teresa); his grandson Christopher Stinger; sisters Diane (Jim) Hess, Linda Evarts, and Joyce (Ray) Kaul; brothers in law James (Sharon) Mortensen and John (Jackie) Mortensen and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his step-parents Eldean and Richard Corcoran.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 10:15AM at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, 838 Walnut Street, Royersford, with Fr. Peter J. DiMaria officiating. Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories. Visitation will be on Monday from 6:30PM to 8:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford and on Tuesday from 9:15AM to 10:00AM at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Vern’s name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or Pottstown Regional Cancer Center, 1600 Armand Hammer Blvd., Pottstown, PA 19464 or Sacred Heart RC Church, PO Box 64, Royersford, PA 19468.