In Memory of

Jason Englert

August 24, 1982 - November 8, 2020
From: Belmond, IA
Jason Englert

Jason Englert

Born: August 24, 1982
Died: November 8, 2020
Age: 38

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Jason Bernard Englert, was born August 24, 1982 in Spencer, Iowa.  His childhood years were spent in Royal, Iowa and he graduated from Clay Central Community School in 2001.  He was baptized and confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal, Iowa.

Jason was very active in school.  He participated in football, basketball, track, school plays, pretty much everything that was offered.  He was also Prom King.  He just loved being involved in activities and with people.

Jason worked multiple jobs to put himself through college.  He worked for around 20 years at JCPenney in Spencer, Iowa and made many friends at work.  Even with his teaching career, he always maintained a job at Penney’s at least once a month and during holidays.  He also worked for Monsanto, in charge of a detasseling crew during the summers.

Jason’s goal was to become a Math teacher.  He started his college education for one year at Iowa Lakes Community College and continued at the University of Northern Iowa.  While attending UNI, he was a RA (resident advisor) for one of the dorms.    After graduation, Jason interned at Spencer High School.  He took a job at  the Guthrie Center School and then as a High School Math teacher at Twin River Valley High School.  From there, Jason was the Secondary Math teacher at East Union Community School.  He changed jobs at East Union, becoming their High School Math teacher.  After East Union, Jason was the Secondary Math teacher at Manson Northwest Webster School.  Jason started a new job this year as a K-12 TAG teacher for Belmond-Klemme Community School. 

     Jason was deeply committed to his students and his colleagues.  Although, most people knew, Jason had a little trouble being on time to work!  He had about 5 alarm clocks and he still could be late to school!  However, he rarely missed a school event and was always cheering on the kids. 

     Jason was a wonderful friend to all he met and Jason was your friend for life.  Jason was liked and loved by everyone.  He touched, inspired and improved many lives in his short time here on earth.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and his laugh was infectious and memorable. 

Our Jason’s absence will be deeply felt by many.  Jason loved to spend time with family and friends, whether it was a school event, just plain get togethers, going out with his brothers or going to movies with his dad.  Good bye Jason, for now, until we meet again.

     Jason passed away Sunday, November 8, 2020 at his home in Belmond, Iowa at the age of 38.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Don and Dolores Johnson and Bernard and Darlene Englert.

     Left to cherish his memory is his father, John Englert, Royal, Iowa, his mother Connie Johnson Englert of Denver, Colorado.  Two brothers, Matthew (friend Bethany Vargas) Englert, Spirit Lake, Iowa and Lance Englert, Grand Island, Nebraska.  Nephew Kinnick (Matthew) Englert. Uncles and Aunts, Jerri (Jim) Englert Haraldson, Rembrandt, Iowa, Jolene (Scott) Englert VonEnde, Peoria, AZ, Don Jr. (Teresa) Johnson, Spirit Lake, IA, Doug (Barb) Johnson, Spirit Lake, IA.  Cousins, Michael Haraldson, Jennifer Haraldson, Travis VonEnde, Tyler VonEnde, April (Jake) Johnson Bosma, Katie Johnson and Paul Johnson. Many other relatives and friends.

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Private Immediate Family Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Warner Chapel in Spencer.  The service will be livestreamed for friends on Warner Funeral Homes Facebook page. 

Family requests donations to your local school district in memory of Jason.

Condolences may be sent to:
John Englert at P.O. Box 18, Royal, Iowa 51357
Pastor Mark Wilms
"Spirit In The Sky"
"I Hope You Dance"
North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, January 29, 2021 at 8:57 AM
“I read the article about this dedicated new teacher who tragically lost his life to COVID-19. I want to express my deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones. May he rest in peace.”
- Donna Rivera
Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 9:51 AM
“I coached JH Girls Basketball at Southeast Valley when Jason coached at MNW what a nice and classy guy, always enjoyed visiting with Jason pregame and postgame. ”
- Bob Butrick
Monday, November 16, 2020 at 7:33 AM
“I read about Jason's death online. I did not know him, but I am also a fellow teacher. Specifically, a TAG teacher from another state. I just wanted to express my condolences. Love and prayers.”
- Melissa Mullins
Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 2:59 PM
“Jason was the kindest, funniest person and it was a privilege and honor to know him. We will miss sitting with him at baseball games and just shooting the breeze. He was truly one of a kind that left you a better person after being in his presence. Heaven gained an angel that’s for sure.”
- Tim and Kim Johnson and family
Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 2:58 PM
“I am so sorry for your family's loss during these most challenging times! There are no words to ease your pain. Please know that my heart aches for your loss and I am praying for peace and love, and treasured memories to bring you some measure of comfort. My sympathies, an Iowan Educator”
- Jane Henely
Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 2:58 PM
“Our two youngest children were blessed with Mister Englert as their middle school math teacher and were very fond of him. Every student that age should have a Mister Englert to help them through those awkward "tween" years---always encouraging, and unfailingly upbeat. We're thankful to have had him in our lives, if all too briefly. ”
- dennis brown
Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 10:51 AM
“Prayers to all of Jason's family. I sure will miss all of our conversations not only at school but also at Monsanto. His laugh was contagious and I could always count on him. My girls always called him funny man and he left a lasting expression on them. Thanks for all the memories. Till we meet again bestie. ”
- Stacey Origer
Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 10:29 AM
“It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this. Jason and I became friends when he arrived in Manson and taught and coached at MNW. We talked almost everyday about everything. I also scored his Junior High basketball games and he would stop in my room before practice just to say hi. He was an amazing person, so kind and giving, and always treated others with the upmost respect. He was also the happiest person with the most joyful laugh. His laugh was so contagious and he made everyone around him feel happy even if you were having a bad day. My condolences to the family and all of his friends. He will always be my friend and I am proud of that. I will miss him everyday as I know you will too. Be proud of his accomplishments even though cut short as he did so much good in this world. Sympathy to all. Jan Nelson, teacher MNW and close friend”
- Jan Nelson
Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 10:29 AM
“ I didn’t know your son Jason at all but came across his story in a news item on the internet.
You are surely in our prayers and just to let you know his name and story are out there have to be incredibly proud of him.”
- Kathleen Klemme
Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 8:02 AM
“I am shocked and gripped with profound sadness to learn of Jason’s untimely death. I knew Jason through his statewide and regional involvement with the Iowa State Education Association. Jason was such an outgoing, joyful, and enthusiastic person. He shared with others an eager smile that warmed the room and laughter that lifted spirits. The saying, “he never met a stranger”, certainly applies to Jason and the connections he so easily formed with others. My deepest condolences to Jason’s loved ones and to all who have been impacted by Jason’s kindness, goodness, friendship, and life example. ”
- Linda Harms
Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 8:02 AM
“I just read the online Des Moines Register article about Jason and was so shocked and sad that to find that he is gone. My Kids were at CC/E about the same time as Jason, and for the past two decades I have enjoyed smiles and laughter during several conversations a year with Jason at JCPenney in Spencer ~ it was always good to see him! Jason was kind, caring, and so happy to become a teacher. Blessings to his Family for Peace and Comfort at this Difficult Time ~”
- Molly Mulqueen
Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 8:02 AM
“I had the honor of working with Jason at the Belmond-Klemme high school with the National Honor Society. He had such a passion for his job and you could feel the love he had for students. He jumped in with both feet when he started working in our district. He was caring and friendly and I will truly miss him. Marilyn Janssen”
- Marilyn Janssen
Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 8:01 AM
“I am so saddened to hear of Jason's passing. I worked with him at Penney's years ago. I came home on occasion and would stop in Penney's. Jason would greet me with his biggest smile and chat. He always made my day bright with his laughter and his joking around. I will deeply miss him and his joy he brought to everyone. Prayers to Jason's family. Heaven has an amazing angel. God bless. ”
- Lisa Cline
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 3:19 PM
“I was so shocked to hear of Jason's passing. I worked part time at JCP and enjoyed our conversations. I've never met such a personable, kind, thoughtful, genuine young man. He always spoke to me when I went into Penny's and never forgot your name. Huge loss for his students, family and friends. Wonderful human being. My prayers to his family. May God help you through the holidays. Cheri Henely ”
- Cheri Henely
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 3:19 PM
“I managed the Executive Apartments in Creston where Jason lived while teaching at East Union in Afton so I became well acquainted with Jason. I was shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. He was a great person, always cheerful with a smile on his face. My niece had Jason for her math teacher at East Union and truly enjoyed him. She always spoke highly of him and his teachings. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and friends during this most difficult time. Cherish your memories.”
- Michelle Jones
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 11:09 AM
“It is with deepest sadness that I learned of Jasons passing. I am pretty sure our paths have crossed a couple of times, both at teacher association meetings and maybe at JCP. A great loss for our teaching community. The young people whose lives he touched are his legacy. Be proud of that!”
- Craig Cadman
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 11:09 AM
“The school board, administration and staff of the Twin Rivers Community Schools send our condolences to Jason's family.”
- Twin Rivers Community Schools
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 11:09 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about Jason’s passing. As many have shared, he brought joy with him wherever he went. We were on the summer RA crew together and he was kind and welcoming to all of us. He even would walk rounds with me at night if I was scared to go alone. He was such a blessing to so many! Praying for your family. ”
- Diane Metzger
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 10:20 AM
“I taught with Jason at Guthrie Center High School. That amazing laugh of his was magical. Jason was one of the most positive and kind people I have ever known. He was generous with his time and energy to help students and our school district. A conversation with Jason was always a bright spot in my day; his joy for life and his enthusiasm for teaching were inspiring. My prayers and condolences are with his family dealing with this unexpected loss. ”
- Karen Vannatta Kelly
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 10:20 AM
“I am so saddened to hear of Jason's passing. Jason and I were RAs together. He was also my assistant softball coach at Grundy Center. He was such a positive man. He was willing to help me that summer even though he admittedly didn't know anythingabout softball. We all lost a good one. ”
- Angie Kohout
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:10 AM
“To the family of Jason Englert, I am deeply saddened to learn about Jason's death. I was his college roommate at Iowa Lake CC in Estherville for his first year. He was a very nice guy, always a smile on his face and was so easy to get along with. He and I didn't keep in contact much, usually birthday shoutouts over Facebook. I had deleted Facebook earlier this year but use to work for a radio station that covers Belmond Klemme. I was stunned to see on their website his name at BK since I didn't know he had left Manson NW Webster. I read what the Superintendent had said about Jason and it sure didn't surprise me that everyone got a long with him. I can't imagine what you and the rest of his family are going through at this moment. I send my deepest sympathies and warmest regards.

Joel McCall”
- Joel McCall
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:10 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Jason's passing. I worked with him at JCP years ago, he was always smiling and had such an upbeat personality. Deepest sympathies to his family.”
- Marcia smith
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:10 AM
“I didn't know Jason well, but my husband, Brad worked with him. Whenever, I talked to him or saw him, he was such a happy person. He just made you feel good talking with him. He will be missed and gone way too young. I'm so sorry for his family.”
- Mary jo Kruse
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:10 AM
“I was an RA with Jason. Opposite sides of campus, but common training sessions and committees. Every walk across campus seeing Jason meant having a wave or a smile your way. Over the years, I followed his career on Facebook and Jason never missed a chance to say happy bday or laugh at my kids. Your impact is far and wide. ”
- Jenny Connolly
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:10 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Jason's passing. I had the pleasure of Jason being an RA in my dorm when I was a freshman. He was always so friendly and had a smile on his face. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.”
- Abbey Moehm
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:10 AM
“Myself and Team are very sad. Jason worked 19.5 years at JCPenney in Spencer, Iowa. He was such an important part of our Team. We could count on Jason To: Help work when needed, Make the Entire Team laugh, and treat Every Single Customer as his best friend. He will forever have a lasting impact on Myself and His JCPenney Team. Thinking of his Family....❤️”
- Megan Roth
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:10 AM
“Thank you so much for all that you gave of yourself to your students, you lovely person. They will remember you forever, and our future generations will be enriched by your contributions as a teacher. Rest peacefully ”
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:10 AM
“I first met Jason when I student taught the 4th grade class at CCE. He was an instant friend as a 4th grader and he never passed up a chance to say hi or have a conversation. He was a wonderful person and I have no doubt he was a fabulous teacher/coach/mentor to others. I am so sorry for your incredible loss. He will not be forgotten!”
- Deb Tunink
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:10 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about Jason. I worked at JCPenney at the same time that he did. He always had a smile on his face and laughter in his voice. He will be missed by all who knew him. May God be with you at this time
- Barb Kerns
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 11:37 AM
“Dear MR Englert, Lance and family we at Slagle plumbing send our deepest condolences for your loss, we know that at this great time of grief there are no words that can console you at this time. Just know that our hearts and prayers are with you. Even though we didn't personally know Jason, Just knowing Lance tells us that it would have been our honor and privilege to have known him.”
- Slagle plumbing
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 10:53 AM
“I was deeply saddened by the news of Jason’s passing. I didn’t know Jason, and I had no idea he moved to Belmond. Carole andI would have enjoyed welcoming him into our home. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May fond memories sustain you through this very difficult time. Peace and Love, Bill”
- Bill Maske
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 8:50 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Jason was always so kind and full of cheer; he always brought a smile to my face. ”
- Jenny Reis
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 8:49 AM
“Mr. Englert and family, as I sit here to write this, tears are flowing from my eyes and my heart aches. I had the pleasure and honor of not only working with Jason, but also considered him one of my best friends. Jason and I had a strong bond as friends...from working together at Twin River Valley to working the cornfields of Humboldt County every July for the last ten years. From the knowledge of the classroom to the mud up to his knees in the fields, that was Jason...inteligent and hard working. Also caring, considerate, kind, compassionate, and so many other adjectives which escape me now. We visited together, cried together, discussed the world's problems together, but most of all, we laughed together. That is what I will miss most about Jason...his infectious laughter and "roll with it" attitude. I would ask you please let me know where Jason will lie in internment, so I may go and pay proper respects to one of the finest individuals, and best friends, to cross my path in this lifetime. They say only the good die young. Far too soon, in my opinion. Loved your son like a brother and wish all of Jason's family the best in these sad times. Peace be with you.”
- Dean Bostian
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 8:48 AM
“thoughts and prayers to Jason's family......I remember his smiling face and kindness in kindergarten.....whenever he would see me after that he never forgot to say hi and ask how I was condolences........Nicole Christensen”
- Nicole Christensen
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:55 AM
“In our time at TRV and get-togethers after, Jason brightened every interaction of which he was part. He will be missed.”
- Jeff Boyd
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:55 AM
“Here’s to Mr. E, he was the happiest man I knew. His laugh was so contagious and he could always light up a room. I really enjoyed having Mr. Englert in the classroom, but I am thankful enough that I had personal relationship with him too. He was at family gatherings and was definitely an honorary Wood. He will be missed by many, but he made an impact that will last a lifetime on many too.”
- Alexis Wood
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:55 AM
“Hearing of your loss of Jason deeply saddens me. In the many years of working at CC/E I had the pleasure of getting to know many of the students there, but Jason was definitely one of the best. Always friendly and smiling. Then when Jason was an adult working summers at JCP I was lucky enough to get to visit with him occasionally. Still the same friendly smiling guy. God must have needed someone special in heaven.”
- Judy Langholz
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:55 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
- Lindsay
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 2:17 PM
“I spend many trimesters in Jason's classroom.. or how he got called by many of his students "Papa E's" classroom. He was not just a colleague, he was my friend. He always believed in me and with his humor and smile cheered me on even when we didn't work at the same school anymore. He was a great friend and such a wonderful human soul.
Thank you for always being my friend and making me laugh.. and sharing your secret sweets stash on stressful school days.
I will miss you. ”
- Anne-Kathrin Reuter
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 2:17 PM
“We were only blessed with Jason for a few months at BK, but he had a huge impact on me. I was always glad when he would come in to the art room for lunch because I knew it would be a time filled with laughter and would make the rest of the day better. I would often go home at night and regale stories of how hard we had laughed to my family. He brought such joy and enthusiasm for life and teaching to this world. He was an outstanding person and I am thankful for the time I did get to know him. He touched many lives and will be sorely missed. ”
- Nicole Nelson
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 12:10 PM
“Jason's Family, So deeply saddened to learn of Jason's passing. Jason and I were math colleagues during his time at East Union in Afton. He was a great guy, a great friend and I enjoyed being in his company. What I particularly enjoyed about Jason was his infectious joy. I would like to share on of my favorite quotes with you, "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." Native American ””
- Brad Nordstrom
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 12:09 PM
“My heart hurts as I type this message. I taught Jason in first grade. He was such a well behaved boy and cared about pleasing others. I'm sure he was the same way in his teaching career. I'm sure his students will miss him terribly. My sympathies go out to the family. I will be praying that God gives you peace and strength to face the days ahead. ”
- Audrey Schmidt
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 12:09 PM
“As the Twin River Valley Principal, our students, faculty, Board, and entire staff felt blessed to work with a young man who always maintained a positive outlook and a truly natural infectious laugh and smile. He was absolutely loved by all. Our Twin River Valley faculty remains in touch to this day, and Jason will always be remember. I was very shocked to hear of his loss and will miss him greatly. To his family, we grieve with you for this loss, but our Lord will have a special place for Jason. God Bless.”
- Don Hasenkamp
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 12:09 PM
“I knew Jason through teaching at twin River Valley high school at Bode. Jason was a great friend. He was fun to be around. Jason’s family, I can tell you that I completely understand what you are going through because I lost my wife four months ago and it hurts like heck. Take care and we’re praying for you”
- Ted Beach
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 12:08 PM
“Was so shocked the hear of Jason’s passing. He was such a special person and will be missed by so many. It was such a blessing just knowing him. Many prayers to his family.”
- Sarah Dehrkoop
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 12:08 PM
“Jason's death has saddened me beyond words. He was a genuinely good person with genuine love for others, and he was an example of the sunshine we need so much today. Bless him and bless his family. Know we care.”
- Dianne Dwire
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 12:07 PM
“Jason, or as I called him Jas, he was a joyful human being. That's the simplest way I can describe him. We met when we were both RAs back at UNI but he became a friend. We would go on jogs together, the dining hall, workouts at the rec, library time, going out ...we had a close-knit group and he was always filling it with laughter. That laugh. Those that knew him, know that laugh. You can't help but smile just thinking of it. As we all got older and much more distance put between each other Jas was always there, when I would go back to visit family, when I lost my dad (he drove 3 hours each way for the visitation), he sent the birthday notes, the texts, the hellos -- he was always your friend, despite the distance. That is one lesson of many Jas leaves with me. Relationships matter. The way you treat people every day, the way you show up with joy -- matters. He showed up with his, even when it went unmatched (which it often did). He showed up with laughs, joy, and a giving heart. Rest in peace sweet Jas. Thank you for being my friend.”
- Dina Haggenjos
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 12:06 PM
“So sorry for the loss of Jason!! He was one of a kind and that smile and contagious laugh of his will always be in my mind and heart!! I enjoyed my many years working with him at Penney's and still enjoyed walking in to shop and seeing him home working during the summer and chit chatting, catching up with him, Jason always took the time to talk to you! You will be missed by so many that new and loved you!! Heaven gained a great one!! My sincere condolences!! Kristal Jensen”
- Kristal Jensen
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 8:01 AM
“John and family
So sorry to hear of Jason's passing. He was always so friendly and would greet with a big smile, certainly a heart of gold
Prayers for you all”
- Steve and Linda Harvey
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 8:01 AM
“I have known Jason most his life. He went to school with our girls. He was such a gentle man and touch many lives. We will miss him as I know many others will too. Sorry for your loss.
Carman. Kelly
Dorothy .Doug
- Dorothy Brons
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 8:01 AM
“I have many memories of Jason, all of them with that infectious smile of his! My heart aches for all of our family and for all of Jason’s s friends, co-workers, and students. A wonderful person, gone way too soon.
Kelly & Mark”
- Kelly DeYoung
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“I didn’t think it was real when someone told me on Monday morning and I broke down and cried a little bit. Mr.E was the best teacher I ever had, always was so so funny and had a smile on his face and was just a great person over all! I will miss you Mr.E”
- Austin Duncan
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“I had the privilege to hire Mr. Englert 5 years ago at MNW, as a 7-12 math instructor. Jason always had a huge smile on his face in the classroom and as he coached at MNW. Jason was always invited to my family gatherings and he brought his famous "Ho-ho dessert ", it was delicious. His laughter made all of us laugh. Thoughts and prayers sent to his family. We will all miss "Mr. E"
Kevin Wood and family ”
- Kevin Wood
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 7:58 AM
“John and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jason always had a big smile and a hello. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. He will be greatly missed. ”
- Connie Lundbeck
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 7:58 AM
“I worked with Jason at Penny's, he always made us smile. I'm so sorry for your lost.”
- Tiffany OBrien
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 7:58 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Jason's passing. He was such a bright light in the world. We enjoyed many times laughing and talking about the students he cared so much about. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for your family at this difficult time. ”
- Sandy Donner
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 3:30 PM
“To Jason's family, I had the pleasure of working with Jason at JCP in Spencer for a few years. He always had a smile on his face, and was always eager to help! I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with you.”
- Alyssa Johnson
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 3:24 PM
“I was really shocked and sorry to hear of Jason's passing. I haven't seen him in a while, but anytime I did see him, he always had a smile and seemed very happy to see you. Will be keeping Jason and his family in my thoughts!”
- Matt Starkson
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