Alvin Eugene Akemann, a resident of Babbitt, Minnesota, passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 16th, 2020 at his home. He went to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 90 years.
Alvin was born on December 14, 1929 in Wells, Minnesota, the sixth of ten children born to Herman and Elsie (Wilder) Akemann. He was joined in holy matrimony to Mary Helen Schulz on April 6, 1947, in Wells. Together they were blessed with 8 children. Alvin attended Wells High School and worked several jobs throughout his lifetime, most notably at Lampert Lumber Yard, he also owned and operated a private upholstery shop, and worked for Reserve Mining Company as a diesel mechanic and on the railroad crew. He would later retire in 1992 as a security guard for Midwest Patrol. He and Mary enjoyed spending many winters in Benson, Arizona where they developed numerous lifelong friendships and helped build Peace in the Valley Church.
Alvin enjoyed singing in the church choirs, spending time with his friends and family, hunting pheasant and big game in Alaska, and fishing for the elusive big walleye that he swore was in Birch Lake. He was an avid sports fan and spent countless hours watching baseball and football. He will be fondly remembered for his jokes, his laughter, and his contagious smile. Alvin loved the Lord, his wife, his family, and telling a good story to make others laugh.
Alvin is survived by his wife of 73 years, Mary, daughter Kathleen (Len) Rothlisberger, Coleraine, MN; son Robert, Wiseman, Alaska (presently in Babbitt); daughter Rhonda, Babbitt, MN; son Paul, Mankato, MN; daughter Kerri (Travis) Wichern, Hastings, MN; and daughter Leanne, Babbitt, MN. Grandchildren Randalyn and Ryan Rothlisberger, Tara (Brad) Larsen and Troy Akemann, Matthew (Sara) and Dustin Bovee, Amber Akemann, Joselyn (Tyler) Rhein, Kailyn and Jacob Wichern, Chase (Dorothy), Maree, and Rylan Poppenhagen. Great-grandchildren Rylee, Kayla, and Logan Larsen and Anna Borgstrom. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews who were all special to him.
Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, sons Danny and Randy, daughter-in-law Cindy, and grandchildren Billie Lee Akemann, Trevor John and Travis Benjamin Wichern; brothers Clarence, LeRoy, Romaine and Keith, sisters Evelyn, Shirley, Darlene, Marcy and Joanne. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Memorial services will be held 11am Monday, August 24th, 2020 at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard in Babbitt, MN. Pastor John Bonk will be officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Argo Cemetery in Babbitt. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, seating will be limited and masks will be required. Arrangements by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora, MN.