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Alvin L. Isakson


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Alvin L. Isakson

Alvin L. Isakson, 95, of Duncombe, IA., a former South Dakota resident, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at a nursing home in Mustang, OK. He had been residing with a daughter, Kathryn (Jim) Spurlin, at Mustang.

Funeral services will be held at 11 Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in the Washington Lutheran Church in Duncombe. Burial will be in the McGuire Bend Cemetery at near-by Lehigh, IA.

Alvin was born Oct. 19, 1919, in a farm house in Douglas County near Corsica, SD. His parents were John and Helen (Vevik) Isakson, immigrants from near Trondheim, Norway. He attended rural schools at Walnut Grove School District No. 12 near Corsica, and graduated from Stickney High School, in Stickney, SD, in 1940.

During those years, it was a custom in rural areas for students to seek board and room while attending school. Alvin and his sister, Lillian, were two of those. Alvin recalled that his parents delivered butter, cream and eggs to the boarding house as partial payment for three meals a day and lodging from Monday to Friday.

Alvin played the saxaphone in the Stickney High School Band. Following graduation, he became adventurous, and left for California to seek opportunity. With World War II looming, he completed a course in aircraft maintenance and began working at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, CA, building P-38's for the war effort.

Alvin married Genevieve A. Suer in 1944 in Pasadena, CA. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Italy with the 10th Mountain Division, 5th Army.

After his discharge from the Army in 1946, they moved to South Dakota and farmed with his family. In 1951, they moved to Duncombe where they resided and farmed for 60 years. He also worked for Felco/Land O'Lakes.

Alvin taught Sunday School, was a trustee and served on the board of worship at their church. He was also a 4-H leader, and served on Webster County Extension Board.

Alvin and Genevieve attended annual Isakson family reunions as often as possible, the first one being in Yankton, SD, in 1941, just prior to Alvin's departure for California. At that gathering, a family photo was taken in a Yankton studio with his parents and all their children present. Annual reunions have continued since to the present time.

Alvin is survived by his daughter, Kathryn, Mustang; a son, Ronald Isakson, in Illinois; a brother, Joe Isakson, Sioux Falls, SD; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, on May 2, 2015; his parents; seven sisters and seven brothers.

0n-line condolences may be directed to www.brucesfuneralhome.com or to Bruce's at 923 lst Avenue S., Ft. Dodge, IA 50501.



Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 3, 2015
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