Alfred Richard Gienau, 90, a lifelong resident of Denver, died peacefully early Sunday morning, May 5, 2013, at the Cedar Valley Hospice House in Waterloo.
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Alfred was born on June 23, 1922, in Bremer County, the son of Gustav A. Gienau and Clara (Schmidt) Gienau. He was baptized Aug. 13, 1922, and confirmed in 1937 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Denver. He attended school in Denver. He worked at the Willard Prestien Poultry Farm in Denver, John Deere, Elmer's Auto Repair in Denver and Hinson Manufacturing.
In February 1945, Alfred entered the United States Navy. He served 15 months in Navy Seabees, and guarded Japanese prisoners of war for 10 months in Guam. He was discharged home on his birthday, June 23, 1946. On May 30, 1948, Alfred was united in marriage to Arleen Elsie Brey at the First Lutheran Church in Waterloo. The couple made their home in Denver, where they raised their family. In May 1998, Alfred and Arleen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their grandson's high school graduation, Clint Myhre. Arleen died in 2006. In June 2012, he celebrated his 90th birthday on the wedding day of his granddaughter, Stephanie (Curtis) Lehman.
Alfred is survived by his daughter Patty (Ron) Myhre, of Macedonia; 2 sons, Arnie Gienau, of Fremont, Neb.; and Rodney (Karen) Gienau, of Denver; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother Louis Gienau, of Tripoli; and his cousins, nephews and nieces. Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Arleen, sisters Esther (Raymond) Bartling and Verena (Ed) Westendorf, and brothers Charlie (O. Arlene) and, in infancy, George.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Denver Baptist Church in Denver. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Denver, with military rites performed by Acker Matthias American Legion Post No. 653 of Denver. Public visitation will be held on Thursday, May 9, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver. Memorials may be directed to Denver Baptist Church or Cedar Valley Hospice. Online condolences for Alfred's family may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is assisting the family.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home
218 2nd St. SE
Waverly, IA 50677
Published in Waverly Democrat from May 7 to May 14, 2013