Stan  Engdahl

1920 - 2007

This 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 been the fire chief in Marquette for many years.  Words cannot begin to 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 email. It 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 to help the Patriot Guard with this endeavor. Thank you for all your prayers...
Denise Schwantes
President, Kansas Motorcycle Museum Board of Directors
(785) 227-2492

From a post on the flat track forum Nov 14th by CR racing

  Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, November 16, at the Elm Lutheran Church, Marquette, KS.
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 Marquette Lutheran Cemetery.

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 was 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.

Stan 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!

Ed Beckley

I 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 truly was a legend of American motorcycling.
His dedication to the city of Marquette and the Kansas motorcycle enthusiasts has resulted in a very significant motorcycle museum.
Dennis VFT

Farewell Brother You May Be Gone But Not Forgotten.
Kevin Story 95n
Houston Fire Dept Rescue 42B

He was a wonderful guy and was as tough as they get. He'd personally tour anyone through the museum and tell the stories of all the bikes. I was amazed by the picture on the wall of him racing with a board strapped to his leg. Apparently he'd broken it in an earlier race! The wall of trophies says it all, but he gave much more to the sport and community.
Godspeed Stan!
Kyle #44

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 Wakeeny.
Always a grin, never a disparaging word. Our condolences to Lavonna and family.
Dan and Sheryll

I Remember Stan.
My Condolances to the family and friends.
Wild Will 

God Speed Stan. You will be remembered by many not only as a racer but a humanitarian.
Audrey Hauser

Courtesy of The Hutchinson News

Courtesy of The Hutchinson News
Fire Chief Stanley Engdahl

MARQUETTE, 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.

Then, as McPherson County District No. 2 fire chief, he answered a fire call at 3:53 p.m.

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 in Lindsborg.

"He had a delightful day," said Marquette public librarian Donna Elvin, "doing what he loved."

The town's 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.

Hundreds of 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 for safekeeping.

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 "forever."

Volunteer 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 in this."

Hauck thought the chief, who had been walking with a cane, had been feeling good.

"He 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."

Ed Beckley posted the following on the Flat Track Forum on December 1st, 2006

Nestled in the quiet countryside in the Central part of the United States is a piece of history that honestly this guy is a legend but his museum is un-frickin believeable!

Stan the man Engdahl 46M Expert from the 50's and 60's was legendary on his KR's in that part of the United States. He won the 1961 Kansas State Championship Motorcycle Race with his leg in a CAST! I saw it with my own was incredible. Stan raced against some of the more well known racers of National fame including the Dusenberry's, Dovel's, Palmgrens, and the Pressgroves. At one time he beat them all, not all the time but he did win most of the time at his home track the famed Kanapolis Lake TT track.

He built it, he prepped it and he lived it. That was his track thru and thru and for those of us who were lucky enuff to see him race there it was artistry in motion. I got to ride there several times and that oiled dirt and that North (halfmile type) turn and that turn over the bridge and heading up the hill shifting gears and the front ends light and its breaking out into a slide as you were accelerating to the top of the hill all the time leaning to the inside to make the corner and get ready for the switch back......oh that place was cool......but it belonged to Stan Engdahl. Anyone could win there and still we remember Stan. Even Chris Carr won there .....on a 125 back way back a few years for sure.

Well last week I was out goofing off in Kansas for Turkey day weekend and took time to go down Hiway 4 and stop by and see ole Stan and view the Kansas Motorcycle Museum. It is located in downtown Marquette, Kansas. Neat little town full of Dutch and German folks and at one time Stan was the Mayor, Fire Chief, and I think he was even the Judge but never the less the museum is in two buildings that once housed Stan's Tv and Radio shop and his motorcycle shop where he built some of the most off the wall stuff you ever heard of. Two front headed Sportster in a XR frame, KR's that were over 1000 cc's and he would take the rods apart and WELD a piece in them to stroke it and then put it all together in the back of a FORD econoline van while his wife would drive 2hrs to Wichita to race. he would unload that K Model and put some fluids in it and fire her up and go out and either win or blow it all to hell!

There is so much history in that museum including Kenny Pressgroves sprint, several of Stans Harley's, a bunch of cool vintage triumphs and a cool ass scooter collection and just cool, posters, old stuff and more old stuff and its all got a history and he is there to walk around and tell it all.

So if you have not been to the KANSAS MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM in Marquette, Kansas you should swing by there....and if nothing else you get to hear ole Stan tell about the adventures and know that you have just rubbed elbows with a legend and a friend to motorcycling.
Someone who has the power needs to put this guy in the AMA HALL OF FAME.......he won more races than most can ever imagine all the time he was helping others get ready or get back into the race so he could bang handlebars with them.

I am telling you....if possible go now and meet this guy while you will have a complete feeling you have stepped back in time for sure.

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.
The 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 else.
Did they have the old racing footage running while you were there? I have a copy on DVD and it brings back some fond memories.........

n 1980 we went to the AMA Amateur 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 growers.
Bob Hill