Alvin A. ‘Al’ Erdman

April 19, 1919 - May 3, 2011

Alvin A. "Al" Erdman of Waukesha died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Seasons Hospice in Waukesha at the age of 92. He was born on April 19, 1919 in Augusta, the son of Arthur and Clara (nee Lahn) Erdman.

He was a 1936 graduate of Augusta High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 until 1945 in North Africa and Italy. In 1953, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and was a lifetime member of the Platteville Alumni Association. On Dec. 26, 1953, he married Mary Jane (nee Steppler) Erdman, who preceded him in death on March 13, 2008.

Al spent his career working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a soil and water conservationist. He was a proud member and past commander of V.F.W. Post 721 and member of D.J. Martin American Legion Post 8, both in Waukesha. Al had been a 38-year member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. He was proud and fortunate to be chosen for the World War II Honor Flight last year.

He will be sadly missed by his children, Janet (John) O’Brien of Waukesha and Allan Erdman of St. Louis, Mo. He was the proud grandfather of Kathleen O’Brien of Milwaukee, Sean O’Brien of Milwaukee and Alison O’Brien of Madison. He is further survived by his brother, Donald Erdman of Augusta; his sisters, Ruth Zank of Augusta and Gail Bremel of Minnesota; sister-in-law, Phyllis Erdman of Eau Claire; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends from Berkshire at Kensington.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Warren; a sister, Helen Barber; a sister-in-law, Alice Erdman; and his brothers-in-law, Herbert Bremel and Ira Zank.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Visitation continues Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 1205 S. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Peter Schmidt will preside. Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Please meet at the cemetery.

Memorials in Al’s name are appreciated to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church or School (address above).

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave an online tribute.