Alvin D. "Skip" Bachman Jr.
1947 - 2013
Hamilton's Funeral Home
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Alvin D. "Skip" Bachman Jr.


Alvin D. "Skip" Bachman Jr., 66, passed away at home on December 21, 2013. He was born March 24, 1947 in Knoxville to Gloria and Alvin D. Bachman Sr. After graduating, he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966-1968. Skip owned several restaurants over the years and was an active member in many groups, including the Royal Order of Jesters, Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M., Shriners International, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., American Legion Post 663, VFW Post 8879, United States Marine Corps 1st Recon Battalion Association, and the Marine Corps Association.

Skip is survived by his wife, Lori; mother, Gloria Nichols; sisters, Terri Bachman and Jocelyn (Harlan) Van Wyk; children, John Bachman and Alissa (Shannon) Clark; step-children, Bruce (Kaylee) Huckfeldt and Brian Huckfeldt; grandchildren, Rief, Callan, Declan, Vienna, and Kieran.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin D. Bachman Jr. and his step-father, Harold Nichols.

A Celebration of Life will be held in January.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Food Bank of Iowa ( or to the Semper Fi Fund (

Online condolences may be expressed at

Published by the Des Moines Register from Dec. 24 to Dec. 26, 2013.
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Skip I think of you often--- you taught me a lot working with you @ partee's . RIP friend rest in peace
Connie Boyd Harvey
December 18, 2020
Skip, I’m still working at nicks and think of you all the time!! I miss your laugh, your smile and definitely miss being called Lacey leathers!!! You are forever in a special place in my heart and never forgotten!!! Heidi “Lacey” Leathers
December 18, 2020
So very sad to hear of Skip passing. I worked for him for six years at Nick 's. He always treated me like family. He was a great businessman. I learned a lot from Skip. Most of all he was a gentleman and I am blessed to have known him. RIP
Wendy Wysong (Mc Ginn)
January 21, 2014
The Celebration of Life service held January 12th was a touching tribute to Skip. He served his country with honor, his friends with love, and his classmates with a legacy of integrity. Good bye dear Skip.
Tim Meline
January 13, 2014
Skip, I just want to say thank you for your friendship and loyalty for the last 40 years in business , you were quite the guy and you will be missed by many, till we meet again, Your Produce Guy
John Loffredo
January 9, 2014
To Skip and his family, my daughter Suzanne who now lives in Tulsa, is so sad for your loss, she graduated from Lincoln, Skips was a hangout at the restaurant. She is so gonna miss visiting you and Skips when she visits.
January 8, 2014
Our dearest Skippy, a generous man who loved to make us laugh and smile. We enjoyed spending time with you and your beautiful wife Lori. Wish we could have taken those trips we were planning. We will always admire all of your hard work and kindness. Although we are sad, we know you are resting in peace. Sending God's Blessings and all our love to Lori and your family.
Carla and Steve Kuzynowski
January 4, 2014
Oh Skip…Christmas Eve without your infectious laugh was no good!! You were such a good man, you ALWAYS took care of your family, and you would brighten any room. The memories racing thru my mind leave me grinning ear to ear! Father's Days lounging around your pool, your wonderful turkey at Thanksgiving, and many, many Christmas Eves at the farm. I will think of you and smile every time I make your stuffed mushrooms or spicy aioli. Thank you for being you! Sending my love to the entire family!!

Love, Sarah Quang...and the rest of the Quang Gang
Sarah Quang
December 31, 2013
Connie Boyd Harvey
December 29, 2013
Skip,you taught me so much back in the day when we worked together @ Partees .
I remember you stopping to pet a stray dog early one morning as we walked behind Target to your vintage car after wk. You were so kind to him and although you were undoubtedly tired you gave me a lift home. those were sort of "salad days" give your uncle Theron a hug for me. Although my journey took me away from the area I have never forgotten your friendship
Connie Boyd Harvey
December 29, 2013
I have so many warm memories of you, Skip, and always treasured our friendship in high school and after. I can't believe you're gone. The world has lost a dear human being. Rest in peace and eternal joy.
December 26, 2013
Skipper, you will be missed! Your ornery antics and jokes will be missed. Xoxo
jenni gentosi-patton
December 26, 2013
Your Chillin now Bro, keep your frequency open.
William ( Grace ) Sell
December 26, 2013
Skip- You are such a wonderful man- you blessed my life with your presence and I will never forget your larger than life personality. When you walked in -- you filled the room. God rest your soul and love sent to your family during this grieving process. The world has lost a truly amazing man.
Emily Rasmussen
December 26, 2013
If I'd have known your name was Alvin I'd have teased you more in High School. We spent hours matching coins at your hall monitor post, you still owe me 30 cents, I'll get it when we meet later. Thanks for sharing a small part of your life with me. You will live on through Family and friends and always in my heart. Be at peace my friend.
Mel Crippen
December 26, 2013
You were such a good friend to so many. Thanks for your support and friendship over the years!!!!
Deb Rasmussen
December 26, 2013
Too many wonderful memories to list of the wonderful person that you always will be within my heart! In Aug. of 2008 when you proposed to Lori here at our USMC reunion @ the Holiday inn.. way back to walking patrols with you in 'nam..and for locating ALL of us to become reunited again for our usmc reunions! What a daily blessing to all of our families you have been! We will never forget you, rest in peace my brother...we ALL love you deeply! Jim Knerem Strongsville, Ohio
December 26, 2013
Skip, you meant so much to the family we shared. I treasure the memories we shared riding those thousands of miles on our motorcycles. I will miss seeing you in my rear view mirror covering my backside, but take comfort knowing, as you so recently told me, that you would be watching over us from above. Ma, Baby Sister, and all the rest of our clan will really miss you. Rest In Peace my BIL.

Your BIL (Brother In Law)....Har
Harlan Van Wyk
December 25, 2013
First time I met you was at the bar you managed on Park & E 14th...then we reconnected @ Skips when I worked at Coors You were always an inspiration to me and gave me invaluable info when I opened the Tailgate in Indianola..Goodbye my dear friend!
December 25, 2013
It just won't be the same without having Skip along on those long motorcycle trips. Over the past ten years we have had many great trips with you & Skip and the rest of the gang, and we all have many great memories from those adventures. We will all miss Skip very much. May God Bless and Comfort Skip's entire Family.
Alan & Joan Fosler
December 25, 2013
A friendship that endures more than 46 years can never be replaced. Your life on earth was never about you but about those around you. You leave having given each of us all a piece of Skip Bachman that will be with us always. I'm grateful for the times we shared and the many laughs we had about the simple things in life. I will always love you like a brother! Lennie
Lennie Miller
December 25, 2013
I have known Skip since before he was in the food business. In that, as in life, he produced a high quality product. He was a father, a patriot and a friend. I would guess that he comparing recipes with Linda and Guido in a better place. God bless him and his family.
Ron German
December 25, 2013
Our family has been connected to Skip for years. He was a very special person to all of us. Back in the early days, he worked for my dad and they developed a relationship that exceeded the workplace. We will never forget him and we send our thoughts, prayers, and love to the family.
The Anania Family
December 25, 2013
Skip you were a great husband to my sister, you will be truly missed by so many people. Jackie
Jackie Klemme
December 25, 2013
It was a long time ago,and far, far away when we and our brothers took those long walks in the woods. You were a good man then , and though we lost each other for awhile I know you didn't change . I wish I could have found you and the guys sooner. I will always regret not seeing you before you left on your longest patrol. But,I look forward to walking with you again when I insert.Simper Fi big guy. You are already missed.
Lori, we have never met but Donna and I look forward to that pleasure soon. Our love, sympathy, and prayers are with you.
Ron & Donna Ratliff
December 24, 2013
Our daughter Vienna has a lot of great memories of her Poppy. Skip was such a great grandpa to all of the kids. He was a wonderful husband to my mother. Will send ya a letter when Vienna finds work poppy.

Love ya
Bruce, Kaylee and Vienna Huckfeldt
December 24, 2013
Skip was an exemplary human being whom I was proud to call a friend. He will be sorely missed!
Bill Friedman
December 24, 2013
Skip, you will never be really gone because you left a bit of you in all of us that you touched. You are not on your own now, because you are taking a bit of each of us with you.

Godspeed,Semper Fi
Bob "Ring" Rininger
Bob Rininger
December 24, 2013
till we have one more drink together my brother. Semper Fidelis

Ron White
December 24, 2013
I'm so sorry that Skip is not with us anymore and for your sorrow at loosing a loved on.
I met Skip when I was working at the Hyatt down the street from Skips. Our staff loved eating and enjoying the friendships at Skips. My work kept me on Fleur Drive for a long time and close to people that frequented Skips. It was so good to see Skips smiling face greeting you when you came into the restaurant.
My very best to you and lots and lots of prayers.
Minnette Siedenburg
Minnette Siedenburg
December 24, 2013
Skip was a great person with a huge heart. We will miss his smile and ability to light the room up with his jokes and laughter. Have really enjoyed all the family gatherings he was a part of and will miss him dearly...
Dan, Amanda & Abigail Van Wyk
December 24, 2013
so sorry to hear of your passing. I met you through Denny Levang many years ago and loved you both. Loved all of your restaurants. they were awesome Wish Denny a Merry Christmas!! my condolences to your family. You will be greatly missed.
Diane Vandertuig
December 24, 2013
You will be missed terribly. You were an amazing grandfather, son, brother, father, husband, uncle, friend and comedian. I am so proud for your service and all you have accomplished in life. Thank you for your love and so many laughs. Until we meet again, RIP Uncle Skip.
Michelle Thompson
December 24, 2013
So many memories of this guy all the way back to The Papillon. What a brave fight you put up. My heart breaks for your family, friends and all of us who will miss you.
Jill McNally
December 24, 2013
skip will certainly be missed by in peace
David DeBolt
December 24, 2013
You will be greatly missed! Love ya skip, thanks for the many great years working with you at nicks! Many memories that will never be forgotten!! I know you will be looking over all of us, thank you
Heidi "lacy" Leathers
December 24, 2013
Great memories over the years, a good friend who will certainly be missed.
December 24, 2013
We were born 12 days apart, and met in high school. He was that strange fellow who played Abraham Lincoln so well!!! Meeting him again later in life, we became good pals, spending many hours of fun at "SKIPS" ,with lots of laughter! He had a great laugh, usually at MY expense, and I loved it! Our family had a very high regard for Skip, he was a good man, with a kind heart, and an excellent businessman. I thought he would live forever......the thought of loosing him never crossed my mind. He was a special friend, and I will miss him. I am sending love to Lori and all the family. Sue Wood
Sue Wood
December 24, 2013
A well respected man in our community. We will miss you skip. Your family is in my prayers.
Marshelle Fatino
December 24, 2013
We will meet again my dear friend. So many memories.
Mike Jordan
December 24, 2013
Skip, a friend since second grade, you will be missed by your numerous friends.You were truly a great Business man,I will remember all the fun we all had at the Papillion, Where you found your nitch in life. Those were the days! I as an old classmate will always remember you, a kind smile, a soft hell-o, how ya doin? I remember the teacher that nick named me dc. because every time she would say dwain or duane we would both answer, and you always reminded me of those days by calling me DC, with that smile you were so lucky to have. I truly send my sympathy's to your family and your closest friends. Semper fi, HOORAH!!!!! Thank you for your service to your country in Viet Nam. May you always rest in Peace.
Dwain Baker
December 24, 2013
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