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Albin (Smiley) Ide

Albin (Smiley) Ide, age 88, of Glencoe, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 at St. Cloud Veterans Medical Center.

He was born May 18, 1919 in Bergen Township, the son of Albert John and Ella (Zebell) Ide. Albin was baptized June 9, 1919 by the Rev. Arthur Spleiss at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, and confirmed in the faith at the same church April 9, 1933 by the Rev. J. A. Schert.

Albin attended both St. Peter’s Lutheran and Dist. 35 schools. In his early years, he worked on the family farm and did various types of truck driving.

He was enlisted into the army in July 1942, and after six weeks of training, he was sent overseas. He served in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy during WWII, returning to the States in late 1945.

Albin married Alice (Schmalz) Jan. 31, 1948 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church parsonage in Minneapolis with the Rev. Haldor Hodne officiating.

He helped on the family farm and had a partnership in a gas transport business with Erbin Schmalz. Albin had two milk routes from 1948 to 1963. He also started truck hauling for Green Giant.

Freight hauling has continued through the years. His sons and also his wife helped with running the Ide Truck Line business. For 70 years and approximately 2 million miles, Albin trucked between Glencoe and the Twin Cities. He started a salvage yard in 1951, which he enjoyed until his was unable to do so.

Albin had many interests including deer hunting, fishing, bowling, card playing, gardening, and watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He was a member of VFW Post 5102 and also the American Legion Post 95 of Glencoe.

Albin was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; his parents; his brother, Elmer; sisters Delores Richter and Bernice Lindquist; and nephews Chuck Rolf and Richard Lindquist.

He is survived by his children, Bonnie Ide of Watertown, Lynette Ide (special friend Leonard Miller) of Bloomington, Kevin Ide, and Terrence Ide, both of Glencoe; brother Victor (Lucille) Ide of Glencoe; sisters Alta Graupmann of Rochester, and Lucille (Roland) Rolf of Lester Prairie; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral service took place Monday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. at First Ev. Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Randell Tonn officiating. The organist was Dawn Wolter. The soloists were James Ide, who sang “In the Garden” and “The Lord’s Prayer,” Jon Lemke, who sang “Amazing Grace,” and Lawrence Biermann, who sang “Muede bin ich, geh zur ruh.” Congregational hymns were “Shall We Gather At The River” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation took place Sunday evening at the First Ev. Lutheran Church.

Serving as casket bearers were Allen Robeck, Allen Robeck Jr., Roy Vorlicek, Robert Scheidt, Robert Link, Steven Bentz, Ronald Graunke and Dan Schade. Honorary casket bearers were Waldemar Ruschke, Loren Lange, George O’Donnell, Clarence Lehmberg, Ronald Maresh, Gene Litzau, Melvin Sprengeler, Omer Templin, William Curtis, Teddy Kostecka, Jim Mayer, Tom Schatz, Dave Frank, Earl Dammann, and Otto Klopp.

Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.

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