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Alvin H. Brower, age 94, of Atwater, passed away Tuesday morning, July 21, at Carris Health Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Atwater. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service and will continue following the committal service at the cemetery. Social distancing and wearing a facemask is required. Memorials can be directed to Rice Hospice or Atwater Area Help for Seniors. Arrangements are with the Peterson Brothers Atwater Funeral Home. www.petersonbrothers.com
Al was born on September 9, 1925, in Willow Lake, SD., the son of Harm and Lena Brower. He grew up with four sisters and one brother. Al joined the U.S. Army in March of 1945 and was a Veteran of WW II. On October 23, 1954, Al was married to Lena Ann Vanderwerf. To this union they were blessed with two daughters, Deborah Kay and Darla Renee. Al always had the gift of gab which made him a very successful salesman. He worked for DeLavel & Minnesota Harvester for a number of years. In 1977, he and Lena purchased the Willow Cove Restaurant in Atwater. They owned and operated the business until 1987 when they retired. Al was active in the Atwater community by serving in the Lions Club and Atwater City Council. He was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, serving on the church council. Al loved his church family. His hobbies included golfing and tinkering in his garage and outside. He was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and could always be found watching the games. Al also enjoyed attending activities that his grandchildren were involved in.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lena Brower of Willmar; daughters, Debb (and Scott) Fredrick of Spicer and Darla Stradtmann of Eden Prairie; five grandchildren, Andrea (and Eric) Banks of Willmar, Blair Fredrick of Crookston, Kelsey Fredrick of Spicer, Ben (and Kim) Stradtmann of Van Wyck, SC., and Matt (and Sarah) Stradtmann of Kasson; nine great grandchildren, Gunnar, Gavin and Griffin Banks, Quintin and Aubreyana Fredrick, Jax and Skyla Fredrick and William and Emma Stradtmann; one sister, Lavon Wadsworth of Watertown, SD., besides many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Joyce Keiser, Delma Rasmussen and Norma Meis; one brother, Delmar Brower and two grandsons, Clint and Carl Fredrick.
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. I met Al and Lena a few years ago at New 2 You thrift store. I so enjoyed the many visits we had there and then later at their Copperleaf apartment. Al always had a story to share and as he talked his eyes would light up and sparkle. There are some people you meet, that you will never forget. Alvin is one of those people. May the Lord comfort each of you with the many sweet memories you have of Al. In sympathy and prayer, Kay Knudsen
Kay Knudsen Aug 7 2020 12:00 AM
When I got married and moved to the Atwater area Al was one of the first people to warmly welcome me and made me feel as though I belonged there. He treated me like wed known each other for years. Even though that was many years ago, Al had a smile and warm greeting for me every time I saw him. He was a great man and will be fondly remembered.
Pam Peterson Aug 7 2020 12:00 AM
I am so very sorry. Al was such a nice man and always had a big smile for you. He was a huge asset to the Atwater community and had the sweetest impact on everyone he met. God bless Al, God bless his family and friends.
Laurie Maresch Jul 25 2020 12:00 AM
After I moved back to Atwater in 2010, I had the pleasure of Meeting Al every time I walked into the hardware store. He always asked me. Who let you in the door? His sarcasm was so infectious I responded by saying I was on the vip list he just laughed. I would just go into the hardware store just to talk to him at times. My condolences to your family.
Tony Pratt Jul 22 2020 12:00 AM
Ones of the nicest man ever put on this earth
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