Former resident Peter Engwall dies in Michigan


January 24, 2024

Peter Engwall, a former Wrangell resident and a member of the Big Rapids High School Class of 1969 in Big Rapids, Michigan, died Feb. 17, 2023, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

After graduation, Peter eventually made his home in Wrangell, where among other occupations he worked for many years as a salvage diver. He was well known in the community and often led the annual Fourth of July parade through town.

“Peter will be remembered as a lifelong traveler and seeker of unusual adventures that included a canoe trip down the Yukon River, a year spent seeking treasure off the coast of Belize, and an around-the-world trip carrying only the tiniest of knapsacks,” his friends wrote.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Cynthia Engwall, a longtime Big Rapids teacher.

“He is survived by a number of good friends who remember him fondly and with great admiration.”

Peter’s ashes will be laid to rest later this year in Highlandview Cemetery in Big Rapids, Michigan.


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