Alvin M. Brager, age 92, peacefully passed away on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. He was born on Feb. 17, 1924, the son of Alvin and Viola (Kading) Brager.
Alvin was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U. S. Army. On Nov. 17, 1948, Alvin married Norma Wetherall at First Lutheran Church in Lodi. She preceded him in death in June, 1992. Alvin married Joyce Moore in December of 1993. She preceded him in death in February, 2005. Alvin was a proud dairy farmer. He was rarely idle, having been an avid outdoorsman enjoying both hunting and fishing and volunteering his time at the VA Hospital. He was a member of the Lodi American Legion Post No. 216. Alvin especially loved the time spent with his family.
Alvin is survived by his children, Larry (Linda), Julie (Harold "Butch") Schmidt, Richard (Judy), and Edward (Deb); step children, Michael (Kathy) Moore and Mary (Phil) Premo; nine grandchildren, Matthew (Erica) Brager, Sarah Brager, Erin (Pauli) Comi, Nicole (Jim) Henze, Stacy (Jim) Witecha, Samuel (Kayla) Brager, Jodie (Chad) Brager, Daniel (Erica) Brager, and Benjamin (Jessica) Brager; two step grandchildren, Maggie and Rachel Premo; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond (Aileen) Brager; brother-in-law, Jerry Wetherall; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Norma and Joyce; brother, Cleary; sister, Elaine; and son, Daniel.
Funeral services will be held at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 206 Pleasant St., Lodi, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, with Rev. Michael Lee presiding. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Lodi, with military honors being conducted. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON LODI FUNERAL HOME, 157 S. Main St, Lodi, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 a.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.
Alvin was loved by all who knew him and will be deeply missed. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Our House Assisted Living and Heartland Hospice for the loving care they provided to Alvin. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.