Alvin Theodore Kuschel, 94, of Minot, formerly of Williston, passed away at the Brookdale Senior Living Center in Minot on Thursday evening, February 1, 2018, with his three children at his side.
“Big Al” was born in Hebron, North Dakota, May 7, 1923 to Theodore and Ida Kuschei. He attended school in Hebron and after graduation he worked on the family farm.
Al was a WW ll veteran serving in the Navy as an electricians mate on the Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific.
On June 6 1948, Al was united in marriage to Charlotte Benfit in Zap, North Dakota. This marriage was blessed with three children, Sandra, David, and Kathleen.
In 1959, Al graduated from Dickinson State Teachers College, and began his teaching career in Taylor, North Dakota. In 1961 he designed and built the family home in Williston, where he retired from his teaching career in 1981 after Charlottes untimely death.
Al married Mary Grim on January 17, 1986 in Williston, North Dakota. They spent 25 great retirement years in Bella Vista, Arkansas where he enjoyed golfing and cards with many his many friends.
In 2010 Al and Mary returned to Williston and lived at Bethel Home until Mary’s death in 2012.
Al moved to Brookdale Senior Living Center in 2012 and enjoyed golfing, Sunday dinners and cards with Dave and Kathy’s family, and socializing with the other residents. He was particularly fond of his card playing friends at Brookdale and was the banker and scorekeeper for the group.
After a stroke in 2015, he continued to enjoy his life at Brookdale and was well loved and cared for by the staff until his passing.
Dad, you were a gentle soul and the best father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
We will carry so many memories of family vacations every summer, frequent visits with aunts, uncles, and cousins and some of the best card games played in North Dakota!
Preceding Alvin in death were his parents; his sister, Norma Schaar; brother, Richard Kuschel; and his wives, Charlotte and Mary.
Surviving Alvin are his three children, Sandra Fladmo (Terry), Dave Kuschel (Margaret), and Kathleen Rylander; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Johnson (Travis), Beth Cochran (Jason), Sara Fladmo, Amy Fladmo, Mike Rylander, Chris Rylander (Amanda) and Kayla Boys (Nic) along with five great-grandchildren, Nikil Alvin Yellepeddi, Anika Violet Yellepeddi, Irie Anne Richardson, Parson Daisy, Rylander and baby boy Johnson to be born in June.