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Alberts, Freeman Roy 1897 - 1974


Posted By: Norman Hjelmeland (email)
Date: 4/22/2021 at 18:44:23

Long-time Decorah businessman Freeman Roy Alberts died April 4 at his home in Decorah at the age of 76. Mr. Alberts had been in the plumbing business here for 42 years retiring approximately 5 months ago.
A native of Decorah, Mr. Alberts began working as a plumber's apprentice at the age of 14. When he was 17 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served during World War I. He returned to Decorah after he was discharged from the Navy, working as a plumber, and eventually bought the business from his employer. He continued in the business which is located on West Water Street until his retirement on January 1, 1973.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Alden H. Hovda Monday, April 8 at 2 p.m. at the Decorah Lutheran Church with burial in the Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leon Williams, Guy Mitchell, Lawrence Miller, Edwin Landswerk, Walter McIntosh and Duane McIntosh. Mrs. Otto Ruen was organist, and accompanied the congregation as they sang hymns. Funeral arrangements were made by Olson-Fjelstul Funeral Home.
Mr. Alberts is survived by his wife, Irene; a son, James Alberts of Decorah; a daughter, Mrs. Arne (Dorothy) Vine of Marion, Ia. and 11 grandchildren.
His parents, Eugene and Gunill (Helgesen) Alberts and a brother, Roy Alberts preceded him in death.
Mr. Alberts was born November 22, 1897. He received his education in the Decorah Public Schools and was married to the former Irene McIntosh September 12, 1931 in ceremonies here.
Mr. Alberts was a member of the Decorah Lutheran Church, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion.

Decorah Public Opinion, April 9, 1974

Decorah Lutheran Cemetery

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