Alfred W. Ufken
NEW GLARUS, Wis. — Alfred W. Ufken, age 89, of New Glarus passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at his home. He was born on September 12, 1927 to his parents Albert and Dora (Siegenthaler) Ufken at Marshall, MN. Alfred graduated from Juda High School in 1945. He entered the U.S. Army in 1951 and served as a tank commander in the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood, TX. Alfred also served overseas in Japan and witnessed one of the atomic bomb tests in Nevada. On July 7, 1951 he was united in marriage to Carla Lewis at Gatesville, TX. Following his discharge from the Army in 1953 Alfred and Carla farmed south of Monroe and in the New Glarus area. Alfred raised Registered Arabians and Registered Yorkshire and Wattle hogs, many of which were sold into Canada. He also worked in construction with his uncle Herman Siegenthaler. After retiring from farming Alfred worked at the New Glarus Lumber Company. He was a member of the Steussy-Kuenzi American Legion Post #141 and AmVets Post #69 in New Glarus. Alfred was a tireless worker and would fix anything that needed mending and he was proud to have built a new home for Carla and himself. He loved his family and enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Alfred is survived by his wife Carla, children Debra Ufken, David (Dorothy) Ufken, Larry Ufken, Linda (Dan) Stolts, and Wayne Ufken. He is further survived by his grandchildren Melanie (Jeff) Judd, Alen Zweifel, Andrea (Sheena) Hirschfield, Tonya (Muhammed) Ufken, and A.J. Ufken, great-grandchildren Jerrod, Ashley, and Allyson Judd, Jacob and Alexander Zweifel, and Ayaan, Atiya, and Ibraheem Aga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Dan, brothers Eugene and Earl, sister Joann Craft, sister-in-law Vaughn Ufken, and brothers-in-law Emil Pillath and Erwin Rufener.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Zentner-Beal , Funeral Home, 29 6th Ave., New Glarus, WI with Rev. Sara Rabe officiating with burial to follow in the Swiss Church Cemetery, New Glarus.
Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home, 29 6th Ave., New Glarus, WI.
A memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the staff of Monroe Clinic Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
An online memorial with guestbook is available at www.bealfuneralhomes.com
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