ELKHART - Albert Durchholz, 89, of Elkhart passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:15 p.m. St. Clara's Manor in Lincoln.
A Mass of Christian Burial service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Elkhart with Rev. Simon Taabu officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln.
Visitation will also be held from 9 a.m. until 10:00 a.m prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
A Rosary Service will be held at 4:45 p.m. prior to the visitation.
Burial will be in Elkhart Cemetery in Elkhart.
Albert Durchholz was born on October 2, 1923 in Latham the son of Maurice Frank and Mary Margaret Roberts Durchholz. He married Agnes Marie Fitzgibbons on July 23, 1951 in Elkhart. She survives.
Also surviving are his six children: Robert A. of Elkhart, Cecelia A. (Mike) Durst of Columbia, S.C., Jeanne M. (Rick) Born of Columbia, S.C., Gary A. (Alicia)of Williamsville, Daniel (Teresa) of Elkhart, Nancy K. Durchholz of Maroa, Twelve Grandchildren, Four Great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents , one brother: Frederick Durchholz which was killed during WWII in France, one granddaughter: Maura Durchholz.
Albert graduated from the Elkhart High School in 1941. He began farming as a boy and continued farming his entire life.
In addition , during WWII, he worked at the Sangamon Ordnance Plant, ammunition factory near Illiopolis. He had special interest in sports, and coached his children in little league baseball. He was lifelong and avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and followed University of Illinois basketball teams.
He was a long-time Logan County Farm Bureau Board member and served as a member of the Elkhart School System. He was known for his expertise in Illinois Watch Company railroad-grade pocket watches and was an original member of the Illinois Watch Company Collectors Association.
Later in life, Albert converted to Catholicism, becoming Catholic in 2011.
In addition to being a loving husband and beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, Albert was a trusted and loyal friend to many. He did not know a stranger. He loved life, his family and will be forever missed.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Patrick's Church of Elkhart or to the