Albin J. Dufner, 85, Minot, went home to be with his Lord, on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in his home in Minot, surrounded by his loving family.
Albin Joseph “Al” Dufner was born Oct. 3, 1928, the son of John and Susan (Straub) Dufner, on the family farm in Muskego Township, Renville County, rural Lansford. He was raised on the farm and attended country school at Muskego #1. His mother passed away when Albin was in his early teenage years.
Al enlisted in the Army Feb. 21, 1951. He proudly served his country during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan. He was honorably discharged Feb. 6, 1953. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Al attended Hanson Mechanical Trade School in Fargo, where he received a diploma in combined welding.
Al married Evelyn L. Oss on Jan. 5, 1954, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Minot. They made their home in Minot, where they raised their family, but also maintained farming interests on Evelyn’s parents’ farm 11 miles south of Parshall. Al started working as a mechanic at Fisher Motors in Minot. He later was promoted to shop manager, then service manager, and later became the service advisor, a position he held until retiring in September 1993.
Following his retirement from Fisher Motors, he continued farming with his two sons, Craig and Kevin, until retiring in 2002. Following Evelyn’s death on Nov. 2, 2008, he continued to reside in Minot.
He was a former member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Foxholm and was a charter member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot. He also was a member of the Minot Knights of Columbus and the Minot American Legion.
He enjoyed farming, working the soil and providing for his family. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed traveling with his family. Al was a mentor to some of his relatives and co-workers and sponsored many children through the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. He appreciated the time he was able to spend with his retired co-workers during their coffee club.
Those who shared in his life: children, Connie (Darrell) Orth, Minot, Janet Gladback (Spencer Anderson), LaFayette, La., Mary Dufner and her fiance, Michael Athmann, Fargo, Peggy (Lee) Pemberton, Hallock, Minn., Craig Dufner, Kevin Dufner and Julie Filler, all of Minot; 15 grandchildren, Jeremy (Lisa) Orth, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Justin (Jennifer) Orth, Minot, Eric (Julie) Gladback, of Henderson, Colo., Joshua Gladback, Minot, Sarah (Julio) Sotillo, San Francisco, Jonathan (Sayaka) Lenzmeier, Tokyo, Japan, Timothy Lenzmeier, West Fargo, Meghan Lenzmeier and her fiance, Brandon Vettleson, Fargo, Amber Gomez, Grand Forks, Kate Pemberton and her fiance, Justin Bingeman, of Madison, Wis., Jake Pemberton and his fiancee, Hereith Tesha, Hallock, Minn., Danny (Chassity) Pemberton, East Grand Forks, Minn., Christopher Filler, Jennifer Filler and Brooklyn Filler, all of Minot; great-grandchildren, Dustin and Brianna Rademacher, Emma and Paige Orth, Mia and Sabana Sotillo, Moka Lenzmeier, Jordyn and Greyson Gomez, Breckyn Kate Pemberton, Courtney Lusk, Ashley and Haley Heard; brothers and sisters, Vergil Dufner, Minot, Orville (Sharen) Dufner, Minot, Delores (Merle) Routledge, Lansford, Vernita Broderick, Minot, Betty (Ed) Schall, Minot, Theresa Bowen, Bellville, Ill., Loreen (Mike) Kiskila, San Jose, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Ava Dufner, Lansford, and Emily Dufner, West Fargo; brother-in-law, Lynn Roberts, Grand Forks; former sons-in-law, Richard Lenzmeier, Fargo, and Steve Filler, Minot; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Al was preceded in death by his loving wife, Evelyn, of 55 years; parents, John and Susan Dufner; stepmother, Irene Dufner; sisters, Marcella (John) Weber and Donna Roberts; brother, Melvin Dufner; infant brother; half sister, Agnes (Fred) Poppler; and brother-in-law, William Broderick.
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Sunday, Jan. 19, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil prayer service: Sunday, at 7 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorials: Are preferred to Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry, Trinity Hospice, both in Minot, or to Catholic Near East Welfare Association, 1011-1st Ave., New York, NY, 10022-4195.
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