Alvin Phillip Hengel, age 80, of New London, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at GlenOaks Care Center in New London, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born Nov. 9, 1929, in St. Cloud, the son of Alvin D. and Ruth (Forsberg).
The family lived in St. Cloud, where Alvin attended elementary school. They later moved to Howard Lake, where Alvin attended high school and graduated with the class of 1947.
Alvin entered the US Navy July 25, 1950, and served his country during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged April 28, 1954.
After his service in the Navy, Alvin began his college education at St. Cloud State College, graduating in August of 1957, with a bachelor of science degree in education.
Alvin was united in marriage to Ila Wackler Aug. 9, 1952, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Two sons and two daughters were born to this union.
The family made their home in Lake Crystal from 1957-61; Elbow Lake from 1961-63; and then in New London from 1963-present. Alvin taught English in each of these school districts. In 1986, after 30 years teaching, Alvin retired.
Alvin was baptized at Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Cloud, and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in New London, where he served on the church council during the merger of Trinity and Lebanon churches.
Alvin was a past Post commander for the New London American Legion Post 537. He was also a founding member of the Little Crow Anglers.
Alvin enjoyed hunting and fishing, was an avid outdoorsman, and a great bowler.
He spent the last five and one-half years of his life at GlenOaks Care Center in New London.
Alvin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ila of New London; children, Peggy (Rick) Cameron of Benson, Jane (Steven) Goodman of LeMars, IA, Jed Hengel of Spicer, and Boyd (Dina) Hengel of Paynesville; grandchildren Lisa Goodman, Dan (Maria) Goodman, Sarah Hengel, Kendra Hengel, Hayden Hengel, Tina (Travis) Igl, Shannon Cameron, and Michelle (Brandon) Jobgen; and great-grandchildren Bailey, Trayden, Carter, and Hunter Goodman, Alex and Aryanna Reyes, Sam Cameron, and Alyssa and Kelcie Igl.
He is also survived by his siblings, Milton Hengel of Eagle, ID, Renee (Richard) Mattson of Buffalo, and Madeleine Hengel of Austin, TX.
Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Betty Lou.
A memorial service took place Friday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. Interment will be at a later date.
A gathering of friends and family took place Thursday, Nov. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in New London, and continued Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in New London.