Alan P. Portzen
1944 - 2020
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Alan P. Portzen

Born: February 12, 1944; Mendota

Died: June 27, 2020; Dalzell

DALZELL – Alan Paul Portzen, 76, of Dalzell, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020 at his home with his wife by his side. He had courageously fought a 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 2, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church of Clarion with Rev. Paul Darveau officiating. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Thursday in the church. Funeral services will be private. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling arrangements.

Al was born Feb. 12, 1944 to Arnold and Kathryn (Truckenbrod) Portzen in Mendota. He married Betsy (Kolupke) Ghighi on January 8, 1993 in Princeton. He graduated from LaMoille High School and received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University. After working at Hart Carter in Mendota and Sundstrand Corp., Al was employed as project engineer at Black Brothers Co. Inc. in Mendota for 39 years until his retirement in 2008. Trapshooting, gardening, woodworking and attending Cajun music festivals were some of Al's hobbies. His annual winter trips to Mexico with his wife were a source of great pleasure.

Al will be remembered by family & friends for his easy going nature, dependability & loyalty. He was often described as one of a kind, and someone who never spoke the words "I can't." He will be profoundly missed by all, especially his wife and "biggest fan," Betsy.

He is survived by his wife, Betsy of Dalzell; stepson, Jan G. Ghighi of Sacramento, California; and two sisters, Donna (Ron) Karstens of LaMoille and Mary (Rick) Anthony of Geneseo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter Gina.

Memorial donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research at Mayo Clinic in memory of Alan Portzen.


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Published in News Tribune on Jun. 30, 2020.
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9 entries
July 4, 2020
He was a great friend, we went back a long way. A great stockmaker, have 3 that I cherish. God Speed & rest in peace Al.
Al Maly
Friend
July 1, 2020
Alan was a family tie who became a valued friend. He was genuine, honest and easy to laugh with. His smile was his calling card wherever we were together - restaurant, beach, airport, and (especially) his home that he designed and built with love for his love Betsy. We miss him, but we are grateful for the special memories that we will keep in our hearts.
Greg and Marilyn Anthony
Friend
July 1, 2020
My Friend that never had a bad word to say about anyone. A true craftsman, gentleman and a friend who will never be forgotten.
Jim Olin
Friend
July 1, 2020
Sorry to hear of Alan's passing; he was a great person and so easy to talk with. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversations and interactions with Alan. He was also such a talented man and his woodworking skills will be missed.
Jack Mastalesh
Friend
July 1, 2020
So sorry for your loss, Betsy. I, too, feel the pain of loss from this dreadful disease. I will be making a donation and doing a walk in Alans and Johns names on July 19th at the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. My prayers are with you.
Linda Micheli
Linda Micheli
Friend
July 1, 2020
Our deepest sympathies. There are no words to heal the pain of losing someone. May memories and the love of family and friends give strength to all in the days ahead.
Till we meet again for another round of trap/skeet!
Downers Grove Sportsmen's Club
Friend
June 30, 2020
Saddened by your loss. Rest In Peace, Al.
Allen and Dixie Archer
Friend
June 29, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss Betsy and families. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Chris and Nancy Butler
Friend
June 29, 2020
SURE LOVED AL AND WILL MISS HIM GOD BLESS
LORI SCARNECCHIA
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