On behalf of our entire menswear community, everyone at MR Magazine extends our love and prayers to Gordon Engel, president of The Foursome in Plymouth, Minnesota, his wife Nancy, and their family on the loss of their daughter Kathryne (29), her husband Jamison Pals (also 29), as well as the couple’s three young children Ezra, Violet and Calvin. They were killed in a car accident on Sunday, July 31.
The family was on their way to a final round of training in Colorado before moving to Japan to become Christian missionaries when their minivan was rear-ended by a semitrailer truck on a highway in Nebraska.
The couple met at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul and had been planning this move for a couple of years. Jamison, who always had a calling to do missionary work in Japan, and Kathryne, who intended to teach English to Japanese preschoolers, were described by a colleague as “the most selfless people you would ever want to meet.”
No one who knows the Engel family would be surprised by this description. The Foursome has been honored for retail excellence at the annual MR Awards Dinner and the family is tremendously well respected throughout the menswear industry.