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Iven A. Alsleben, 83, of Silver Lake

Iven Alsleben

Iven August Alsleben, 83, of Silver Lake, died Saturday, July 2, 2016, at his home.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 8, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Gerhard Bode officiating. Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon was the pianist. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “In the Garden.”
Casket bearers were Mason Nemitz, Mitchell Melberg, Benjamin Bethke, William Sandman, Josiah Schmidt and Ron Schmidt. Honorary bearers were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Military honors were by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Iven August Alsleben was born March 2, 1933, at his family’s farm near Green Isle, the son of Charles and Ella (Winter) Alsleben. He was baptized as an infant on April 7, 1933, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arlington. At the age of 5, he moved to the farm five miles south of Hutchinson. He was confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 30, 1947, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He received his education at country School District 73 in rural Hutchinson.
He entered active military service in the U.S. Army on May 1, 1953, in Minneapolis, and served his country during the Korean War. On Oct. 16, 1953, he enrolled in parachute school and became a qualified parachutist. He received an honorable discharge on April 25, 1955, at Transfer Station Fort Lewis, Washington. He achieved the rank of corporal (CPL T). He was honored with the Parachutist’s Badge, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Korean Service Medal.
On July 27, 1960, Mr. Alsleben was united in marriage to Dorothy Schmidt (Ulrich) in Mason City, Iowa. Their marriage was blessed with two stepchildren, Teresa and Warren. The family resided in rural Silver Lake, and the couple shared almost 56 years of marriage.
Before entering the service, Mr. Alsleben was employed at Torrey’s Direct Service Station (later became Hoel’s Direct Service Station) in Hutchinson at the age of 15 years. He then worked at BBB Manufacturing in Plato, Green Giant in Glencoe, Kraft Foods in Hutchinson and Minneapolis Moline in Hopkins. After returning home from the service, he went back to work for Minneapolis Moline until he started working for 3M in Hutchinson on May 22, 1956, and where he remained for nearly 35 years. He retired on June 1, 1990. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Mr. Alsleben enjoyed spending time with his wife Dorothy. They worked together on the farm by Silver Lake and at 3M. He also enjoyed hunting, traveling and fishing with Dorothy. He cherished spending time together at their lake home by Detroit Lakes. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Alsleben of Silver Lake; daughter, Teresa (Gary) Olson of Cornville, Arizona; grandchildren, Jessica Henke and her fiancé, Corey Carpenter, and Justin Olson; great-grandchildren, Mason Nemitz, Kaylee Hable, Jada Henke, Donovan Olson and Anthony Olson; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Melvin Burmeister of Hutchinson; sisters-in-law, Mary Alsleben, Elsie Alsleben and Beverly Alsleben, all of Hutchinson; many other family members, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ella Alsleben; son, Warren Ulrich; grandson, Travis Olson; brothers, Melvin Alsleben, Roy Alsleben and Earl Alsleben; sister, Rosella Hanson; and brothers-in-law, Vernon Hanson and William Sandman.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.