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Alden E. “Al” Burkstrand

Alden E. “Al” Burkstrand, age 86, of Marco Island, Fla., formerly of Cokato, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007.

Al was a US Navy veteran.

An avid baseball fan, Al supported the New York Yankees. He played all-star ball in his youth, and also played for the University of Minnesota, coached baseball, and was drafted by the Yankees.

Al loved music and played the piano. He also enjoyed playing golf.

He and his wife, Ruth, have been residents of Marco for the past 15 years, and were also former longtime residents of Troy, N.Y.

Al is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Ruth; sons, James (Marilyn) of Medina, and Thomas (Shelley) of Monroe, Mich.; grandchildren Michael, Jennifer, Sarah, and Madeline; and great-grandchildren Evan and Maya.

He was preceded in death by his son, David.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Naples Community Hospital.

Arrangements are by the Fuller Funeral Home in Naples, Fla., (239)417-5000.