Alvin H. Kasemodel, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, May 7, 2013, at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.
A celebration of Alvin's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, May 10, 2013, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, May 9, 2013, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.
Alvin Henry Kasemodel, the oldest son of Herman and Marie (Schmuck) Kasemodel was born on January 6, 1928 at home. He was from a family of 11 brothers and sisters and the family lived in Springwater Township, in Rock County near Beaver Creek. He attended District 44 rural school until the age of 13 and then helped at home with the family farm. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Camp Polk in Louisiana. After basic training he was transferred to Korea from 1946-1947. During this time he learned to work on telephone lines and earned the rank of Sergeant.
Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home to Luverne where he worked on the farm and for the City of Luverne as a lineman. On February 7, 1950 he married Dolores Liane Ruddy. The couple lived in Luverne, Minnesota where the first 3 children, Susan, Ronald, and Lynette were born. The family moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in 1954 and Alvin worked for the City of Maquoketa as a lineman for a short time. He changed jobs and then worked for Iowa Electric as a lineman for 29 1/2 years. The couple had 3 more children, all born in Maquoketa, Edward, Lynn and LeAnn.
The family lived west of Maquoketa in the same farmhouse for 27 years before moving to town. During the last 2 years of working for Iowa Electric he took a transfer with the company and moved to rural Anamosa when the Maquoketa plant closed. He retired in 1986.
When the children were growing up Alvin enjoyed hunting fox, crow and coon for extra income for the family. After retirement, Alvin loved fishing and spending winters in Alabama.
Those left to honor Alvin's memory include his 6 children, Susan (Pete) Nelson of Edgeley, ND, Ronald (Beth) Kasemodel of Maquoketa, IA, Lynette (Jim) Adrian of Washington, IA, Ed (Diana Costello) Kasemodel of Grand Mound, IA, Lynn Kasemodel of Monticello, IA, and LeAnn Kasemodel of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; sisters Bernice Falcosky of Phoenix, AZ, Leona Wallenberg of Council Bluffs, IA, Lucille Gangestad of Luverne, MN, Marvella Beck of Aberdeen, SD, Carol Sels of Sioux Falls, SD, and Joyce (Phil) Espitee of Barefoot Bay, FL; brothers, Robert (Joyce) Kasemodel of Escanaba, MI, and Albert Gene (Marge) Kasemodel of Renner, SD; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers Marvin and Delmar, and a special friend Betty Lou.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Alvin H. Kasemodel memorial fund has been established.
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