Alvin Schlecht dies in Washington

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Alvin Edgar Schlecht, 87, passed away Nov. 11, 2012.
Al was born to Adam and Emily Schlecht on a farm near Java. In 1929, the family moved to Mobridge where Al attended Lincoln and Beadle grade schools, Mobridge Junior High and Northwest Lutheran Academy.
In December of 1942, Al joined the Navy, receiving basic training at Great Lakes, Ill. He spent six months at the Navy Pier in Chicago learning to be an aviation metal smith. He was then sent to Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., and married Leona M. Schilling of Akaska on June 9, 1945.
Al was discharged in December of 1945 and spent a short time employed by the Milwaukee Railroad before he and his father opened what was to become Schlecht’s TyDol Service.
In 1952 Al and his family moved to Seattle, Wash., where he worked for Boeing Airplane Company. Al started as a manufacturing helper and worked his way up through the ranks to become superintendent of the sheet metal operation in 1979, which he held until his retirement in 1986. During Al’s 34 years at Boeing, he and Leona enjoyed building their own homes in their spare time. Their goal was to build their own homes until one was completely paid for. In 1966 they accomplished their goal after their fourth Seattle home.
In retirement Leona and Al enjoyed traveling in their fifth-wheel motor home while maintaining a large home and yard in Des Moines, Wash. After 48 years in the Des Moines area, they moved to Water Gardens community in Maple Valley, Wash., on July 9, 2001.
Al enjoyed showcasing his garage and taking walks through the neighborhood where he developed many friendships, which led to a bench being placed along his route for him to rest.
Al is survived by his wife of 67 years, Leona; daughter, Peggy Beck of Federal Way, Wash.; sons, Richard of Maple Valley, Randy of Des Moines and Rodney of Denver, Colo.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Also surviving Al are brothers, Eugene of Seattle, Donald of SeaTac, Wash., and Herbert of Mobridge.
He was preceded in death by a daughter at birth, Nancy, a sister in infancy, Lorraine and his parents.
Memorial services were held Nov. 17, 2012, at Peace Lutheran Church in Covington, Wash.

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