Iven August Alsleben, age 83, of Silver Lake, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 2, 2016, at his home, with his family by his side.
He was born March 2, 1933, at his family’s farm near Green Isle, the son of Charles and Ella (Winter) Alsleben. Iven was baptized as an infant April 7, 1933, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arlington.
At the age of 5, the family moved to the farm five miles south of Hutchinson. He was confirmed in his faith as a youth March 30, 1947, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Iven received his education at Country School District 73 in rural Hutchinson.
He entered active military service in the United States Army May 1, 1953, in Minneapolis, and served his country during the Korean War. While in the service, Iven became a qualified parachutist. He received an honorable discharge April 25, 1955, at Transfer Station Fort Lewis, WA, He achieved the rank of corporal (CPL T), and was honored with Parachutist’s Badge, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and Korean Service Medal.
Iven was united in marriage to Dorothy Schmidt (Ulrich) July 27, 1960, in Mason City, IA. This marriage was blessed with two step-children, Warren and Teresa.
Iven and Dorothy resided in rural Silver Lake. They shared almost 56 years of marriage.
Before entering the service, Iven was employed at Torrey’s Direct Service Station (later became Hoel’s Direct Service Station) in Hutchinson, at the age of 15 years. He then worked at BBB Manufacturing in Plato, Green Giant in Glencoe, Kraft Foods in Hutchinson, and Minneapolis Moline in Hopkins.
After returning home from the service, he went back to work for Minneapolis Moline until he started working for 3M in Hutchinson May 22, 1956, where he was employed for nearly 35 years. He retired June 1, 1990.
Iven was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Iven enjoyed spending quality time with Dorothy. They worked together on the farm by Silver Lake and 3M.
He also enjoyed hunting, traveling, and fishing with Dorothy, and cherished spending time together at their lake home by Detroit Lakes. Iven especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends.
Iven is survived by his wife, Dorothy Alsleben of Silver Lake; children Teresa Olson and her husband, Gary of Cornville, AZ; grandchildren Jessica Henke and her fiancé, Corey Carpenter, and Justin Olson; great-grandchildren Mason Nemitz, Kaylee Hable, Jada Henke, Donovan Olson, and Anthony Olson; a sister, Shirley Burmeister and her husband, Melvin of Hutchinson; sisters-in-law, Mary Alsleben, Elsie Alsleben, and Beverly Alsleben, all of Hutchinson; and many other family members, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ella Alsleben; step-son Warren Ulrich; grandson Travis Olson; brothers Melvin Alsleben, Roy Alsleben, and Earl Alsleben; sister Rosella Hanson; and brothers-in-law Vernon Hanson, and William Sandman.
Funeral services took place Friday, July 8 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with interment at the church cemetery.
There was visitation Thursday, July 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson, continuing Friday from 8 to 9 am. at the funeral chapel and also one hour prior to the service at the church.
Military honors were provided by Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.