Alvin James Hrstka

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Alvin J. Hrstka, 81, of Chatfield, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. 

Alvin James Hrstka was born March 25, 1933, in Cresco, Iowa, to Fred and Mary (Urban) Hrstka. He attended Lourdes High School in Rochester, until he enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 15, 1950. He served in California, Alabama and at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England, and earned honorable discharge on July 20, 1954. Alvin married Sharon Bern on Nov. 17, 1956, at the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Rochester. Sharon passed away in 2008. The Hrstkas made their home in Chester before moving to Pine Island, where Alvin worked for the highway department and began farming. In 1967, they moved to their farm south of Chatfield, where they raised their five children.

Alvin enjoyed spending time with his cows, tractors and grandchildren. He also liked having a good piece of pie and going to auctions.

He is survived by his brother, Don; children, Tom, Lorrie (Schuchard), Ron, Jim and Steve; grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.

Private family burial is planned for a later date.

In lieu of memorials, donations to the State Veterans Cemetery in Preston are preferred.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester. 

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600,

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Published in The Post-Bulletin on July 14, 2014
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