1920 - 2007
is one of the most difficult emails I've ever had to write. "Stan the
Man" Engdahl passed away early this evening from a massive heart attack
while overseeing a house fire in Marquette today. Stan had
the fire chief in Marquette for many years. Words cannot
tell you the great loss we are feeling today. Please keep LaVona in
your thoughts and prayers. As soon as I know the date, time and place
for Stan's funeral, I will send out another mass
is our hope and prayer that the Kansas Patriot Guard can be called up
to help us honor Stan on the day of his funeral. The Board of
Directors for the Kansas Motorcycle Museum will do all we can
help the Patriot Guard with this endeavor. Thank you for all your
Board of Directors
a post on the flat track forum Nov 14th by CR racing
will be at 10 a.m. Friday, November 16, at the Elm Lutheran Church,
Visitation will be from 4
to 7 p.m.
Thursday in the
fellowship hall at the church, with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m.
Burial will be in
Just got word that one of
the LEGENDS of all time died I believe today
near his home in Marquette, Kansas. He was a fireman and went out to
make a fire call and collapsed.
Stan "the Man" Engdahl
over 70 years old and raced from the early 50's all the way up into the
80's. He raced AMA PRO as an Expert many years in dirt track and road
racing. Stan was instrumental in getting the AMA going in the midwest
in Amateur racing and in fact his Salina Coyotes Motorcycle Club put on
races at the famed Kanaopolis Lake TT track for many years. They also
hosted the AMA Amateur Nationals the year that Chris Carr raced.
was very instrumental in the Kansas Motorcycle Museum located in his
old TV and Radio Repair buildings. It is a neat museum with all kinds
of race bikes as well as street bikes. Many of Stan's trophies adorn
the walls of the museum as well as his KR's and riding clothes along
with many a photo.
Stan Engdahl #46m and #1
ride free in Heaven you were definitely one of my Legends!
had the very good fortune of visiting the Kansas Motorcycle Museum this
last summer and meeting Stan.
He was very gracious and giving of his time and memoirs. He
was a legend of American motorcycling.
dedication to the city of Marquette and the Kansas motorcycle
enthusiasts has resulted in a very significant motorcycle museum.
Stan was one of a kind
and he was the same last month as I remember him
when we first met 40 years ago at that dusty old TT track southeast of
Always a grin, never a
disparaging word. Our condolences to Lavonna and family.
Dan and Sheryll
Stan. You will be remembered by many not only as a racer but a
of The Hutchinson News
Chief Stanley Engdahl
Kan.-- Monday was Stan Engdahl's kind of day.
He spent the
morning at the Kansas Motorcycle Museum on Main Street, talking to
anyone who happened through the door.
McPherson County District No. 2 fire chief, he answered a fire call at
But just as the
small stove fire was under control, the 78-year-old
stepped out of the house and collapsed. He died of a massive heart
attack before the emergency medical crew could get him to the hospital
"He had a
delightful day," said Marquette public librarian Donna Elvin, "doing
what he loved."
library sits across from the motorcycle museum; Engdahl and Elvin would
see each other every day.
On a corner of
Main Street in this town of fewer than 600
residents, the museum is the big draw, attracting tourists from all
over the country and world, Elvin said.
The museum was
once home to Engdahl's radio and TV repair business. On weekends, he
would race motorcycles.
The hobby grew
into an obsession over 47 years, and "Stan the Man" became a five-time
national racing champion.
"He was a
motorcycle nut," said a cousin, Linda Crosby. She
recalled that as a young child she was afraid to play outside her home
for fear he'd come flying past on his motorcycle.
Engdahl's trophies fill the museum, which opened in
2003. He and his Marquette High School sweetheart, LaVona Loomis,
staffed the nonprofit museum seven days a week.
"She was going to
open the museum today," said Rochelle
Hamilton, a board member of the Kansas Motorcycle Museum. But she had
to make funeral plans.
"He had it all,"
Hamilton said. "He was in his element. How many of us get to do what we
love all our lives? He did."
Hamilton moved to
town two years ago from Kansas City and knew
nothing about motorcycles, but she became fascinated by Engdahl, whom
she described as a "legend."
His energy rubbed
off on her.
"We'll miss his
personality, smile, twinkle in his eye, and his stories," she said. "We
never heard all his stories."
Like the time he
won a motorcycle race with a broken leg. He just tied it to the bike
A passionate man,
he also loved fighting fires. Ask anyone on
Main Street and they'll tell you Engdahl had been the town's fire chief
firefighter Max Hauck narrowed it down to more than 20 years.
"I rode with him
on fire runs all the time," Hauck said,
standing by the chief's empty cubicle at the fire station, now void of
his bunker gear.
"This was his
pride and joy," Hauck said, patting the door of a
large, tank-like firetruck. "He fixed it up. We drove to a lot of fires
Hauck thought the
chief, who had been walking with a cane, had been feeling good.
came out of the house, took a step, and collapsed. We did
CPR. We got him to breathe again, but he didn't make it to Lindsborg."
We sure miss
racing around Kanopolis.
Still remember 15 lap
"KMSA Classics" on Independence Day, sure was hot and humid!!
Some of the older guys
will remember the AMA Amateur National TT races held there, also.
museum is one of those things you just have to go see. As you said,
there are bikes and other items in there you will never see anywhere
Did they have the old
racing footage running while you
were there? I have a copy on DVD and it brings back some fond
n 1980 we went to the AMA
Amateur T.T.in Marquette,Ks.The first person
I met was Stan. He had a T.V. store on the main street, or should I say
that's what it looked like. Inside was a few T.V.'s on the left side of
the store, but on the right side ofthe building there was nothing but
rifles and trophies. The whole wall was filled up from the front of the
door to the rear. Down the steps behind the cash register was a
complete motorcycle shop. Dynos,motorcycles(Harleys KR"s)everyting you
could think of out here in the middle of Kansas. Stan had to be one of
the coolest guys I ever came across while we were racing anywhere. Not
only was the T.T.track around the lake his deal, it was oiled dirt, on
a State Park no less. All the track equipment belonged to the State,
and he had full use of it. He was also the Fire Chief I guess because
he had to show me his fire truck. It was a U.S Air Force crash truck
that Stan said could do 30-40 mph, and spray 100 feet to the side, in a
wheat field fire. Unreal.If you had any welding(pipes,frames,etc)he
would not take any money period.It was the best Amateur Nationals I
have ever to.Chris Carr, Arron Hill, Steve Hill all got number 1
plates.There's more stories about Stan that are to long to tell here,
but what a gentleman. If you visit ask him to tell you about hemp