Albert R. Face(1919-2014)

On February 6, 2014, Albert R. Face, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at his home at Emerald Springs, at the age of 94. Albert was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota to Ray and Elsie Face on March 31, 1919. As a young man, he put himself through college at South Dakota State, graduating with a degree in Animal Husbandry. There he met Ellenore Ambur and they were married while he was on leave from Fort Leonard Wood Military Post, before leaving on a two-year WWII assignment in Antigua. They celebrated 70 years of marriage in 2012, and during those years, raised their children Carol and Ray.

Al moved to Yuma in 1945, he became a Yuma County Extension Agent under Bob Moody. During these years, he homesteaded land in Bard Valley which he proudly left to his family. In the early 1950's, he was instrumental in establishing the Jr. Agricultural Fair, which was incorporated into the Yuma County Fair. For his work, he was named Yuma County Citizen of the Year in 1952.

In 1955, Al was hired by the Bruce Church Company to manage the cattle operations. He developed a breeding herd of Brangus cattle on their north Gila valley ranch, and later became the ranch manager. He was very active in the Brangus Breeders Association of America.

Al was a charter member of the Christ Lutheran church, and was dedicated to the building of the original and present sanctuaries, and the Yuma Lutheran School.

Al was a 45 year member of the Yuma Rotary Club. He served as President of his club and then as the District 5500 Governor from 1987-1988. Al lived the Rotary 4-way test:

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Al enjoyed serving on the Arizona Western College Board, and was very active in the Republic Party. He attended with his daughter Carol the Ronald Reagan Inauguration ceremonies and balls.

After he left the Bruce Church Ranch and moved to the Hettema neighborhood in town, he became a real estate agent and broker, where he was active well into his 80's.

After retirement, Al took up the game of golf, and enjoyed playing weekly with family or friends until he was 91. He said he was the only one in his group of friends who could bend down and pick his ball out of the hole.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Ellenore, 2 infant sons, and his brother Glenn. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Kimbell and husband Shad; son, Ray Face and wife Debbie; Grandchildren, Ann Clark-Wagner and husband Jason, Sarah Clark, Michael Face and wife Stephanie, Jonathan Face, and Kiley Face; Great-Grandchildren, Zeke and Leo Wagner, Cyrus Clark Boyd; brother, Ned Face and wife Marianne; sisters, Avis Ambur and Anita Davis and husband George.
Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Christ Lutheran Church, 2555 S. Engler Avenue, Yuma. Graveside services will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Hospice of Yuma or Yuma Rotary Club.

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1415 South 1st Ave Yuma, AZ 85364
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Published in The Yuma Sun on Feb. 12, 2014