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Chris "Bubba" Enget

July 27, 2016

Memorial Service - Saturday

July 30, 2016
- 10:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior.

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


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Chris "Bubba" Enget

July 27, 2016


Chris “Bubba” Anthony Enget (41) passed away in Fargo, ND, on July 27, 2016, from a brain aneurysm. Bubba was born in Stanley, ND, on September 5, 1974, to Allie and Maureen Enget. He graduated from Stanley High School in 1993.

One of Bubba’s passions was caring for others. He started his career on the volunteer ambulance crew in Stanley, ND. He became an EMT and received his Associate Degree in Nursing in 2010. He most recently worked in the emergency room at both Sanford and Essentia. He loved assisting others as a nurse and was often the “go to” guy for anyone in the family with medical questions.

Bubba married Kirsten Johnson on June 29, 2002, and had two sons, Sam and Billy. On March 21, 2015, Bubba married the love of his life, Shannan Utke. They had one daughter, Peyson.

Bubba loved to have fun with his friends and family. He loved the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing. One of his favorite places to go hunting and fishing with his children was the Powers Lake area.

He became friends with everyone within minutes. Some of those friendships have lasted a lifetime. Many of his friends shared his passion for cheering on the NDSU Bison.

Bubba is survived by his wife, Shannan (Utke), sons Sam (11) and Billy (6), and daughter Peyson (6 months). He is also survived by brothers Jared and Aaron (Jody), sister-in-law Jourdann (Eric) Swenson, nieces Preslee, Riley, and Halle, nephews Jaden and Trigve, father- and mother-in-law Mike and Donna Utke, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, Allie, and his mother, Maureen.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016, in Fargo at Boulger Funeral Home at 10 am with a visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Enget family fund at Wells Fargo Bank.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.


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46 responses to “Chris “Bubba” Enget”

  1. Marge says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Bubba will be missed by so many. Please draw strength from your friends and family.

  2. Tam Tam Kartes says:

    toher….you were one person that never judged, always had a smile and a friendly ear. You touched so many lives with your faith and spirit and even in death you kept on giving to other people. Shannan, Peyson and the Boys had you for such a short time but they were each and every day a special meaning for them, because you always put every one first in your life. I can imagine the amount of people that will be at your service. Unfortunately I have some events that I can not get out of to be there. I know you would not want me to because they involve grandchildren. Thanks for all the special talks and bear hugs my friend…I do not say goodbye… I say see ya!

  3. Shaylee Sandberg says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss . Chris was amazing person and when he would come to our house when we where kids. He alway made me laugh , he’s smile of his could alway melt my heart. He will be missed..

  4. Kathy Ellingson says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. You will have so many questions and wishes that you may have wished you had said or done but just remember that Chris knew that you all loved him. I went through something similar when my children were very young too. It will be hard but God and friends and family will be there with all of you to get you through these times. Remember and dwell on the wonderful memories that you had together as a family.
    I have such fond memories as Chris being one of my first speech therapy students. Loved seeing his dimpled grin, story telling, and that curly blond hair each week. God bless you and keep you in His arms of love.

  5. Bruce dazell says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about this, he was a good man and great friend . May you find peace and God will strengthen you guys through this tough time.

  6. Phyll says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will be missed.

  7. Karen Jorgenson Moon says:

    I am at a loss for words. My dear cousin will be missed by everyone who had the joy of meeting him. His smile would light up the room. His infectious laughter would make anyone laugh with him. Rest Easy Bubbs.

  8. Erin Wood says:

    Still in shock. Chris was such a wonderful person. I enjoyed visiting with him when we would drop off or pick up the kids at the childcare center. He always had a smile on his face.

  9. Rachel Moszer says:


    My heart breaks for you and your children with such a tragic loss. Praying that you find comfort. Your Essentia family is here for you.

    Rachel Moszer

  10. Becky lang says:

    So sorry for your loss. He was an amazing person and will be truly missed

  11. Angie Skarphol says:

    My heart breaks for you Shannon, please call anytime!

    Angie Skarphol

  12. Donnie and Trisha Feiring says:

    Donnie and I were very saddened to hear of Bubba’s unexpected passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  13. Jess says:

    I am at a loss for words, he will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers for comfort and strength for his wife and children.

  14. Pam Smith says:

    Chris’s infectious smile, and fun and positive attitude, made him someone whom everyone he came into contact with felt better about life, and had a sunnier outlook, just for knowing him. Those of us who were lucky enough to know Chris will never forget him, will remember him with a smile, and will sorely miss his company. My heart goes out to his beautiful children, and his entire extended family. May you gather peace from knowing that he loved well and was so well loved by so many.

  15. Bonnie Billadeau says:

    Chris had such a warm and loving smile! He will be missed! May your many wonderful memories bring you comfort in the difficult days ahead.

  16. Deb Lidstrom says:

    Rest in Peace Bubba. Your wonderful smile, and great dimples will be sadly missed by many. Praying for your young family left behind, may they find peace knowing that so many people are praying and hurting for them. Y

  17. Julia Kudrna says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  18. Nancy Lash says:

    Taken way too soon
    God must have needed a special angel. Glad to have met you, , glad to have called you friend.Prayers for your family.

  19. Melissa & Miguel Irizarry and Malia Arreola says:

    Shannan and family. We are deeply sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Bubba was such a joy to be around. I will always remember his smile!

  20. Melissa & Miguel Irizarry and Malia Arreola says:

    Shannan and family,

    We are deeply sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Bubba was such a joy to be around. I will always remember his smile!

  21. Grace Murray says:

    My prayers are with you all. While I did not know Bubba, it was very apparent that he was much loved and cherished by those who knew him.
    Grace, Chaplain @ Essentia

  22. Jan Johnson says:

    I knew Bubba his entire life, but the time he helped me most was when he was in the hospital in Fargo and my son was hurt. Bubba came and helped both Alex and I with this injury. He made the time we spent during this tough time in our lives bearable. He was there to reassure and to hold our hands. His acts of kindness were from the heart and I will never forget him. May you and your family have these great memories of Bubba to sustain you in the coming days.

  23. Lynette Johnson says:

    God bless you all!
    He had an unforgettable smile with the cutest cheeks and dimples in the world

  24. Gene Kemmer says:

    Dear Shannon and Family,
    Sending warmest wishes of sympathy
    Gene Kemmer

  25. Barry Thorpe says:

    Bubba, everybody’s friend, great son,father,husband and brother. A smile as wide as the North Dakota sky. Love to you and all the Enget family.
    Barry and Paula Thorpe

  26. Bonnie Sem-Lucy says:

    I wish I could make it to Fargo to say farewell to cousin Chris. We didn’t see each other often, but every time I did see him, it was nothing but pure joy. He was so sweet and loving, and his laugh could make anyone’s day brighter. He will be missed. Much love to his family and friends. Things like this we just cannot understand.

  27. Ashley says:

    I am deeply and truly sorry to hear of the passing of man with a true heart for service to others and love for his family, which are both evident in all that I’ve read and seen.
    In the limited interactions I had with Chris, I could not have been more impressed. He treated my children with tenderness and compassion each time we visited the Devils Lake emergency room to seek care. He went out of his way to understand how to best help them and make them feel comfortable during their stay.

    To Shannan, his children, his family and friends: I can only imagine how deep and painful the ache you feel now is. It is my most sincere hope that you feel all the love and support that is being sent your way now, and that you continue to feel that in the days, weeks, months, and years to come as you find your way through this enormous grief.

    The world was truly a better place for having had Chris in it.

  28. Steve and Sammi Miller says:

    A good man. From the moment we met Bubba we were friends. He will be missed and thought of often.
    Steve and Sammi Miller

  29. Betsy Smith says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Bubba’s dimples and how much you meant to eachother. You and your family will be in our prayers.

  30. Sierra Wirtz-Hopps says:

    My thoughts and prayers to all who were touched by Bubba. I have not seen him years but remember his amazing smile and contagious personality. May the beautiful joyful memories you shared with him comfort you all.

  31. Mike and Sara Andrews says:

    So sorry to see you go too soon Bubbs, you will be greatly missed, all our love, Mike and Sara

  32. Dawn Huffman says:


    So sorry for your loss as Bubba will be remembered by many for how he cared for people.

    Dawn Huffman

  33. Marilyn Storhoff says:

    Sincere Sympathies to all of Bubba’s family. We send prayers for the tough days ahead,he is watching over each and everyone of us. Take care, Jim and Marilyn Storhoff

  34. Beth Johnson says:

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. “Bubba” was the nurse on at Sanford when we took Erik’s mom into the ER. He was so wonderful and caring. Earlier this spring I had to pay a visit to the ER at Essentia and who was my nurse, “Bubba”. How great. He will be missed by the many, many people he cared for over the years, but those that had the pleasure of working with him.

    God bless you.

    Beth Johnson

  35. Julie Kinsella Andreine says:

    Chris was a kind soul, he always had a smile on his face and could always make you laugh. My condolences to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  36. Maya Ram says:

    I am sorry for your loss. In my brief time at Sanford, I enjoyed working with Bubba. I have many good memories of working with the night crew at Sanford.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  37. Nolan and Dionne Spooner says:

    Bubba was a high school and college friend of ours and our heart hurts for your family’s loss. Your family is in our heart’s and prayers during this very difficult time. He always had that smile and charisma about him and we pray that his children will carry on that character.

  38. Sure & Jesse Cooper says:

    Aren’t we blessed to have had something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
    I know Bubba was a very special man and you will all miss him terribly.

  39. marcia edwards says:

    Bubba was one in a million. My heart goes out to his family and friends. It is hard to express in words what a huge loss this is and I hope you can find comfort in sharing his loss with his many friends.

  40. Crystal gullickson says:

    Very very sorry for your loss . Chris was a wonderful person who even after not seeing him for 25 years I still remember what a lovable kid he was . Always wanting to be funny and he so was . Prayers for his family and friends.

  41. Cory and Lonni Fleck says:

    He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I worked with Chris at Dakota Heartland from 1998 to 2001. We also played softball together. He made the world a better place. Our prayers are with your family. He was the best. He will be missed.

  42. Dr. and Mrs. Robert Bathurst says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. All of our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this terribly difficult time.

  43. Esli Manzo says:

    My deepest condolences goes out to everyone that was close to Chris Enget. I don’t know him but it caught my attention both his parents past away just like my parents. Also Chris and I are about the same age. Loosing both parents is hard, it creates a big burden for the rest of the loved ones. Now Chris is also gone which creates a bigger burden for others. I would like to share some words of support in this time of grief. In the good book, Psalms 55:22 says “Throw your burden on Jehovah, And he will sustain you. Never will he allow the righteous one to fall”. Wow, what comforting words from very own God. He invites everyone to throw our grief,our sadness,our problems on to him. By doing that, he will sustain us in our lowest moments in life just like the terrible feeling of losing a loved one. Please keep these words close.

  44. Eric Kvamme says:

    My heart is broken upon learning of Bubba’s passing, and goes out to his wonderful family and friends that are missing him so.
    What a special guy, no one ever like him and doubt if anyone will ever come close to that star quality only he possessed.
    “Bubs” was the best, this world is definitely less bright without him.

  45. Laura Burns says:

    My heart goes out to family and friends who knew this beautiful man. I worked with Bubba at ANW, he was a great person to be around always smiling and having fun! He will be sadly missed by many many people. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this sad time – cherish the memories.

  46. Sally Covington Rude says:

    My sincere condolences to you and yours. Loving thoughts and prayers sent your way.
    __Sally Covington Rude

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