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Â died Sunday Â at his home with his wife and son beside him as a result of mesothelioma.Â He married Ann Strittmater on February 14, 1978 in Scottsdale, AZ.
Al was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served in the Battle of Okinawa as well as being part of the occupation force in Korea following the warâ€™s end.Â He also recorded three holes-in-one. Al was a life-long member of the Palmetto Pines Country Club in Cape Coral.
He was a member of the La Crosse Builders Exchange and of Plasterers Union 257; He formed Badger Plastering in 1961 and retired in 1986.
He is survived by his wife Ann, Â of Janesville, WI, Jean (Tim) Neller, of Chula Vista, CA; step-children: Cheryl Ross of Rawlins, WY and Brian (Shelley) Kirkeeng of Buffalo, WY; grandchildren: Paul (Ashley) Giese, Michelle (Mike) Walden, Shauna (Alan) Mangapit, Alyson Merz, Lori (David) Ward, Angie Patridge; step-grandchildren: Chelcie and Katie Ross, Chance and Brianna Kirkeeng; a special niece, Carol Bartz , nephews, Jim, Richard, Wayne and Ron Bartz; sister Phyllis Bartz of Plainview, MN.
Al was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Shirley Bartz.Â will officiate with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery with military honors. Â from 4:00 â€“ 7:30 p.m. with a Masonic Service atÂ p.m. and also on Friday from 12:00 Noon until the time of services.
Â He touched many hearts with his humor and wisdom.
Memorials may be given to the Gundersen-Lutheran Foundation.
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