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Alvin Stahlecker

RAPID CITY | Alvin John Stahlecker, 91, passed away on Oct. 27, 2018, at Somerset Court.

He was born July 13, 1927, to Adolf and Goldie (Kahler) Stahlecker in rural Jamison, Nebraska. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He grew up on the family farm near Jamison and lived there until 1948.

Alvin moved to Roscoe to help with the fall harvest for his Aunt Rosie Hettich-Miller. He worked at other jobs in the area until April 1950.

On April 23, 1950, he married Verdella Schumacher of Hosmer. They made their home in Aberdeen. Alvin and Verdella were blessed with three sons and a daughter.

He worked for the K.O. Lee Ranch near Aberdeen until June 1954. Then Alvin started working for International Harvester Company. The family moved to Rapid City in 1964, and he started working for Rapid City Implement. He worked as a mechanic and then as a salesman until he retired in 1988.

In his retirement years, Alvin enjoyed traveling. He and Verdella went to Australia, the Panama Canal, Alaska, and various other places in the United States. He loved his home, enjoying yard work and gardening. Also, he and Verdella enjoyed a coffee group for many years. In 1993, he started having yearly family reunions so that he and Verdella could see as many of their children and grandchildren as possible.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lawrence Stahlecker and Raymond Stahlecker; and two sisters, Helen Bartling and Iona Lutz.

His survivors include his wife, Verdella; a brother, Riney (Virginia) Stahlecker of Mitchell; sons, Eric (Ellen) of Casper, Wyoming, Darrell (Beth) of Hobbs, N.M., and Monte (Denise) of Lubbock, Texas; daughter, Deanna Nail of Del City, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Doug Free officiating. Inurnment will be in Pine Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 835 E. Fairmont Blvd., Rapid City, SD 57701, would be appreciated by the family.

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