MILBANK — Albert Andresen, 91, of Milbank, formerly of Revillo, died on March 11, 2013, at the Milbank Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Revillo at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be held at Mundwiler Funeral Home Friday evening, March 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. The Rev. Keith Smith will officiate and Donna Johnson will be the organist. Casket bearers will be Albert’s grandsons, Todd Weber, Scott Weber, Jason Weber, Jim Tribitt, Randall Andresen, Reilly Andresen, John Andresen, and Joshua Ensley. Burial will be in the Revillo Cemetery.
Albert F. Andresen was born on September 24, 1921 to John and Dorthy (Columbus) Andresen in Wolsey. In 1928 his family moved to Michigan, but returned to live in Vernon Township in 1932. Albert attended country school and graduated from Wolsey High School in 1941. Upon graduation he started farming with his brother.
On June 21, 1944, Albert married Norma Carter in Goodwin. To this union five children were born. In the spring of 1945 they moved to a farm near Troy, South Dakota. They lived on various farms in the Troy and Strandburg area until 1959, when Albert, Norma, and their children moved to a farm southwest of Strandburg, which he farmed until 1974. At that time the family moved to Revillo where he was employed by the Grant Deuel School system as the head custodian and a bus driver. He retired as custodian in 1990 and from driving in 1993. In 2009, Albert moved to Milbank.
An active member of the churches he belonged to, Albert served on the church council and served as an usher both at Tabor Lutheran Church in Strandburg and at Trinity Lutheran Church in Revillo. He was also the youth director at Tabor Lutheran Church. Albert sang in the choirs and also enjoyed singing congregational hymns at the church services. While living near Troy, Albert was the president of the Troy Community Club. It was important to Albert to be of service to others, whether that be his neighbors or his family. His hobbies included watching TV, especially sports and wrestling, yard work and flower gardening, fishing the lakes in Grant County, and dominos, which he played to win! Albert was a model of a father and an honest man. His love for his family was equal to that of his beloved pets — his dog, Marvelous, and his bird, Crackers.
He is survived by his children, Carol (Don) Weber of Milbank; and Patricia (Harold) Tribitt of Revillo; Dean (Kathy) Andresen of Revillo; Allen (Mary) Andresen of Haven, Kan.; Robin (Michelle) Andresen of Deadwood; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Andresen of Custer, and Robert (Emily) Andresen of Stockton, Calif.; and two sisters-in-law, Diana Andresen of Brookings, and Opal Nelson of Mesa, Ariz.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Norma, in 2002; his sister, Gladys; and three brothers, Clarence, Earl and Richard.
Mundwiler Funeral Home of Milbank is in charge of his arrangements.
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