Albert Johann (John) Emil Torbeck (1919 - 2015)

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Albert Johann (John) Emil Torbeck, 96, of Vandalia, formerly of Shobonier, passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at his apartment at Brookstone Estates in Vandalia.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Augsburg Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier, with the Rev. Doug Meyer officiating. Burial was in the Augsburg Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, with military rites accorded by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia and Brownstown VFW Post 9770. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday and one hour before services on Wednesday, both at the church. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 or Augsburg Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be shared at
Mr. Torbeck was born on April 2, 1919, near Gatch Lake in rural Vandalia, the son of Paul C. and Esther Schukar Torbeck. He was baptized on April 9, 1933, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier. He married Ruth Bertram on Sept. 4, 1944, in Gainesville, Texas; she preceded him in death on July 15, 1980.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army, where he attained the rank of corporal. After his discharge from the Army, he and his wife resided in the Chicago area. Their daughter, Pamella, was born on Oct. 13, 1960, in Evanston. Shortly thereafter, the family returned to the Fayette County area.
He was a member of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 and a long-time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, holding various offices – including school board president – during his lifetime. He remained deeply devoted to his faith until his death.
Albert was a union carpenter by trade, and he proudly maintained his union membership with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Joiners of America for more than 65 years. He enjoyed fishing, quail and rabbit hunting, and spending time with his only grandchild, Taylor Parrish.
He is survived by his daughter, Pamella and her husband Greg Parrish of Shobonier; granddaughter, Taylor Parrish of Shobonier; sister, Leota Matlock of Mt. Zion; sister-in-law, Delores Torbeck of Mattoon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, Wallace and Delbert Torbeck; sisters-in-law, Florence Grandt, Martha Rebbe and Ruby Woolsey; brothers-in-law, Harold Matlock and Harold Bertram; uncles, Raymond, Ernest and Clarence Torbeck; and aunt, Rose Bertram.
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Published in The Leader-Union from July 1 to July 8, 2015
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