Aldin "Al" Fiksdal, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys.
Al was born Jan. 15, 1926, in Alexandria, to Emil and Alma (Englund) Fiksdal. He was nurtured in Christian faith at the Swedish Covenant Church and First English Lutheran Church in Alexandria, and has been a member of Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester since 1947. He was educated in the Alexandria public schools where he excelled in music and band.
Like so many others at that time, he joined the U.S. Navy
on July 1, 1943, and served in the Pacific Aleutian Island area. Al was discharged on May 23, 1945, from the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif. After the war and recovery time, he joined his brothers, Mads and Edward in Rochester and helped establish Fiksdal Flowers across from Saint Marys Hospital. Al married Lorraine Snitker on May 3, 1959, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.
He was a member of the American Legion, VFW
, and the DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Al enjoyed watching sports and especially enjoyed watching all of his kids and grandkids activities.
Al is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lorraine; three children, Stephen Fiksdal of Minneapolis, Greg (Jenny Jaeger) Fiksdal of Rochester and Karen (Tim) Daly of Rochester; six grandchildren, Eric Fiksdal of Chicago, Alexander (fiance, Sophie Sinclair) Fiksdal of Rochester, Madeleine Fiksdal of Minneapolis, Nikita Daly of Rochester, Christian Fiksdal of Rochester and Maia Daly of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews including, Nancy (Charlie) Linville, Gary (Cory) Fiksdal, Glen (Betsy) Fiksdal, June (Jeff) Davis and Cindy (Wolfgang) Balzer.
Al is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Mads, Albin and Edward; and two sisters, Lillian and Iola.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 Third Ave. S.W., Rochester. A visitation will be held an hour prior to the service at church. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorials can be directed to the PTSD Foundation of America, Channel One, Dorothy Day House, Habitat for Humanity or the Salvation Army Adult Daycare.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com