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Albert Bahler - January 03, 2011

Albert John Bahler, the second child of Alfred and Bertha (Ramsey) Bahler, was born Sept. 18, 1909 in Oregon, Mo. He died at the age of 101 on Jan. 3, 2011 at Melissa Memorial Hospital, which is located on land that was owned and farmed by Albert for 60 years.

Albert’s family moved from Missouri to Phillips County when he was 9 years old. He attended Pleasant Valley School through the eighth grade. He enjoyed playing his trombone in the Pleasant Valley Band and was a faithful member until his retirement in the 1950s. His love of music continued until the time of his death.

On May 8, 1933 Albert married Annie Francis Jinkens. This union was blessed with three sons: Robert (Bob), William (Bill) and Jack.

Albert was a cattle rancher, farmer and dairyman. He began raising registered Here-fords in 1928 and continued to hold an interest in the Here-ford cattle until the time of his death. He sold registered bulls at the National Western Stock Show in Denver for many years and was a charter member of the Midwest Hereford Association.

In 1944 he added a Holstein dairy herd which grew into Bahlers Dairy. Albert and Annie operated Bahlers Dairy along with their sons Bill and Jack until Jack became ill with cancer and died in December of 1986.

Their second son, Bill, was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 3. He lived a happy, full life on the farm until complications of the disease took his life in December of 1994.

Bob, the oldest son, was diagnosed with leukemia, and following a four-year battle with the disease, died in December of 2008.

Despite the tremendous loss of three sons, Albert and Annie were blessed with three granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews who kept their life full and busy.

They celebrated their 50th, 60th, 70th and 75th wedding anniversaries with family and friends. They were married 77½ years at the time of Albert’s death.

Albert and Annie lived in and around Holyoke their entire married life. In 1999 they sold the farm and moved to town. They lived in town for 10 years and on Albert’s 100th birthday, they moved to the Carriage House where they enjoyed the company of longtime friends and new acquaintances.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Rosie; brother, Eldon; and sons, Bob, Bill and Jack.

Albert is survived by his wife Annie; daughter-in-law, Vivian Bahler of Holyoke; granddaughters, Patty Kamery and husband Doug of Haxtun, Charlene Cortez and husband Ian of Colorado Springs and Marlene Walker and husband Clarence of Brush; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Ida Mae Skipworth; three sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The funeral service was held Jan. 7 at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke with Pastor Gary Rahe officiating. Interment followed at Holyoke Cemetery.

Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.