Albert William Roepke (1924 - 2013)


AURORA – Albert William Roepke was born on July 16, 1924 to Gustav and Anna Mandalek Roepke on the family farm southwest of Aurora. Albert's siblings included Edward, Walter, Carl, Erna, Leonard and Frank. All preceded him in death.
Albert married LaVon Watson on Dec. 31, 1942 and they farmed together for seventy plus years. She preceded him in death on Sept. 13, 2012. To this union, six children were born. Michael (Leanna) Roepke from Lamont, Richard (Barbara) Roepke from Aurora, Kathy (Jim) Keasler from Iowa City, Marilyn (Allan) Braaten from Thermopolis, Wyo., Ruth (Jim) Nelson from Clinton and Betty (Bruce) Landis from Elkader.
Albert was drafted on July 20, 1945, into the U.S. Army where he served in special services. On July 24, 1946, he was honorably discharged. On June 5, 2012, he was very pleased to be a part of the June 5, 2012 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Albert entered into his eternal rest at his farm home northeast of Aurora on Sunday, April 14.
Memorials will go to St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Ewalu.
Visitation will be on Friday, April 19, from 4 until 8 p.m. at Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the Church in Aurora.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Aurora with Pastor Ron Spears officiating and music provided by Rosalind Young. Interment will be at Union Cemetery north of Aurora. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Aurora American Legion.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Apr. 16 to May 11, 2013
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