The City of Bellevue mourns the passing of a former member of the Bellevue City Council and longtime community volunteer, Harold "Hap" Engelkamp. According to the Bellevue Leader, "Engelkamp was a native of Cincinnati, who retired to Bellevue after serving 22 years in the Air Force where he attained the rank of master sergeant. After earning a business degree at Bellevue University he became a prominent figure on the Bellevue banking scene, working with several banks."
Hap Engelkamp served on the the Bellevue City Council from 1982 -1990 and afterwards was involved in so many business advocacy and volunteer efforts in the Bellevue Community that the Bellevue Leader named him as their "Person of the Year" in 2000. In his "Person of the Year" article, which was printed on January 10, 2001, the Bellevue Leader stated that, "Engelkamp sets gold standard for volunteering" before listing a few of the numerous organizations that benefitted from Engelkamp's efforts, including; the Kiwanis Club, the Rotary Club, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Midlands Community Foundation, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, the Boy Scouts, the Bellevue Police Department, Offutt AFB, the Columban Father's, the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Air Force Association, the Bellevue Planning Commission and the Cosmopolitan Club among others.
Thank you to Hap and the entire Engelkamp family for their commitment to our great community and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
He is survived by Beverly, his wife of 61 years; sons, Kevin and daughter-in-law, Cindy; Keith and daughter-in-law, Gretchen; Kerry and daughter-in-law, Sandy; daughter, Kelly Niemier and son-in-law, Tracy; 14 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sister, Sharon Walker; brothers; Gary and Kim.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 am. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bellevue. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a wake service beginning at 7 p.m.