Mass of Christian Burial for George Alberts, Jr., 94, of Groton will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 23rd at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Father Tom Hartman will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Aberdeen under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.
Visitation will be held at the church from 5-7 p.m. with a wake service and rosary at 7:00 p.m.
George passed away April 11, 2021 at Avera St. Lukes Hospital, Aberdeen.
George Alberts, Jr. was born December 6, 1926 to George Alberts, Sr and Alma (Yelkin) Alberts in Putney Township. He attended rural school in Putney Township and graduated from Groton High School In 1944.
After high school, George enlisted in the US Air Force. He was a weatherman and an accomplished sharp shooter. He received his honorable discharge in October of 1946. He was happy to be able to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. All his life he was proud to be a patriot.
After his service, he returned to Putney to farm. He married Doris Schliesman on June 5, 1950 at St Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank, SD. He farmed until his retirement in 1989. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and searching for antiques. He loved having his grandchildren visit in the summer and meeting his family at Lewis and Clark Lake for a weekend of boating and fishing.
He belonged to St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and was 4th degree Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Groton American Legion, Moose Lodge 590 and the Elks Club in Aberdeen.
Celebrating his life is his wife, Doris, three children, Marilyn (David) Anderson of Van Meter, Iowa, Michael Alberts of Groton, Brenda Henley of Littleton, Colorado, four grandchildren, two step- grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, five step-great grandchildren and one sister Mavis Kirschenmann of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.