Wayne James Ahlbrecht, age 72, of Dassel, died gently and quickly at his home in Green Valley, AZ Saturday, March 26, 2016. He had struggled many years with Parkinson’s Disease, but is now free from pain and walking briskly in his new home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Wayne was born Jan. 1, 1944, at Glencoe Hospital in McLeod County.
He lived and worked with his parents and sister on the family farm in Buffalo Lake, until he left home to attend the University of Minnesota and earn a degree in agriculture education.
Wayne married Barbara Sass in 1966, and they were blessed with two sons.
Wayne taught agriculture and industrial arts at Cosmos High school four years, and later at Dassel-Cokato High School for 30 years.
He married Molly La Scotte in 1975. They were married 40 years, and were blessed with two daughters.
Wayne enjoyed teaching, gardening, hiking, biking, down hill and cross country skiing, taking students canoeing in the Boundary Waters, camping, family road trips, working with wood in his shop, building things for his home and for his grandkids, watching games and recitals of his grand kids, managing farm accounts, and investing money.
He was a member of Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, and enjoyed his Bible study with church members.
A loving, gentle, quiet man, Wayne will be missed. He leaves behind his wife, Molly Ahlbrecht; sons Mark, and Brian (Kris) Ahlbrecht; daughters Jennifer (Daniel) Propst, and Julie Ahlbrecht; grandchildren Lauren and Ethan Ahlbrecht, and Estella, Kharis and Lawson Propst; a sister, Connie (Gene) Graczyk; his mother-in-law, Mary La Scotte; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dianne La Scotte, Mark (Carol) La Scotte, Janine (Joe) Jungbauer, Keith (Ellen) La Scotte, and Renee (Tony) Stice; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Oscar and Stella Ahlbrecht; and his father-in-law, Eugene La Scotte.
Wayne’s funeral will take place in early May at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements are with Green Valley Mortuary in Sahurita, AZ.