Stanley Engman Obituary

Stanley Edward Engman
Stanley Edward Engman

September 10, 1933 - January 18, 2022
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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On January 18, 2022 the world lost a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend when Stanley Edward Engman passed away unexpectedly at his home in Rancho Mirage, California.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa on September 10, 1933, Stan grew up with two loving parents and four wonderful brothers. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and matriculated to the University of Iowa. Following college graduation, he served with distinction in the United States Air Force and then joined his father and brothers in the family business, ultimately called Emco Industries and Specialties. As the business flourished over four decades, Stan served as a senior executive and partner. In 1986, Stan joined Iowa Realty and spent the next 30 years achieving great success as a commercial real estate broker. No one in the real estate business knew or loved the Des Moines market like Stan Engman.

Stan was a modern day Will Rogers; he never met a man he didn’t like. No one, including his countless friends, ever met Stan without believing they had met an extraordinary human being. Simply put, to know him was to love him. He had a unique gift to make you feel like the most important person on earth. And he wasn’t just unfailingly kind, thoughtful and engaging; he was a unifier who brought people together to find common ground. He was the perfect antidote for a polarized world.

Stan was a great teacher. Until the day he died, he never stopped delivering life lessons. As a father, grandfather and mentor, Stan could find a teachable moment at any opportunity about any topic, including his insights into how to live a joyous, enriching and meaningful life. Every now and then, he stirred a little politics into the lesson.

Stan was a wonderful citizen and a natural leader. He loved his home town of Des Moines and served it with distinction. He was the president of Tifereth Israel Synagogue and the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center, and a board member of numerous other civic organizations. In all these endeavors, Stan served tirelessly, thoughtfully and humbly. It was never about him; it was always about the community. In 2003, the Des Moines Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews recognized Stan’s exemplary service by naming him one of its Persons of the Year.

It is impossible to explain Stan’s life without spotlighting his 64 year marriage to his beloved wife, Shari. If there ever was a perfect marriage, it was theirs. Through periods of celebration and heartbreak, they loved and supported each other, exemplifying all a marriage can and should be. No couple has so beautifully honored their vows than Stan and Shari Engman. They were each other’s best friend until the day that he passed. Their love will endure forever.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Shari; son Randy from Highland Park, Illinois; daughter Kim Chapman (Jeff) from Dallas, Texas; grandson Drew Rosenberg (Colleen) from Gainesville, Florida; granddaughters Sophia and Talia Engman from Highland Park, Illinois; brother Norman (Betty Lou) from Phoenix, Arizona, brother Larry from Des Moines, Iowa; sister-in-law Eskie Shepard; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Rebecca, his brothers, Milton and Gerald, his sisters-in-law, Ruth and Suzanne, and his son-in-law Randy Cain.

Donations may be made in memory of Stanley to the Tifereth Israel Synagogue or Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center.

Funeral Services will be held at Tifereth Israel Synagogue on Wednesday, January 26th at 1:00pm. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, for those unable to attend, Stanley’s service will also be live streamed via the synagogue website ( The synagogue requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and wearing masks.




Tifereth Israel Synagogue
924 Polk Boulevard
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
1:00 PM
Jewish Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Wednesday, January 26, 2022


Tifereth Israel Synagogue
924 Polk Boulevard
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center
900 Polk Boulevard
Des Moines, IA 50312