Alfred L. “Al” Altendorf, age 85, of Rogers, formerly of Loretto, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014, with his family by his side.
He was born Oct. 31, 1928, in Independence Township, to Carl and Mary (Tucking) Altendorf.
Al honorably served his country in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War.
After working for Red Owl for 37 years, he retired and worked for Kumphel Chimes Clock Shop, and Walmart.
Al loved fishing, time at the lake, and traveling with his wife, Sylvia. He also enjoyed playing cards, church dinners, and his Jack Daniels “Kool Aid.” His family and friends will deeply miss the man known by many names, including Grub, Aly Can (meaning Al can do it), Alphie, Papa Al, and Papa Bear.
He was preceded in death by his parents; children Nancy, Mary in infancy, and Joseph in infancy; and a son-in-law, Jeff.
Al is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Sylvia; children Dan (Lauri) Altendorf, David (Deb) Altendorf ,and Karen Ericksen; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth (John) Nemec, Robert (Christie) Altendorf, Tim (Ayla) Ericksen, Molly (fiancé Pedro Pineiro) Ericksen, Isaac Wilson, Andrea Hamilton, Katrina Ardolf, Taylor Ardolf, and Kelly Ardolf; four and one-half great-grandchildren, James and Evelyn Nemec, Carter Ericksen and Liam Pineiro; siblings John, Helen and Mary Lou; and many other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Medina, with visitation from 9 to 10 a.m., prior to the Mass at the church.
Arrangements were handled by the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.