Alan F. Carrier
Oct. 29, 1943 — Feb. 28, 2019
Alan “Al” Frederick Carrier, 75, of West Bend, passed away unexpectedly
Feb. 28, 2019. Al was born on Oct. 29, 1943, to Charles and Eleanor
Carrier, and was a member of the Congregational UCC. As the middle
brother between Chuck and Bill, Al grew up in Edgerton, where he
developed his love for travel and ice cream. He cultivated his love of
tennis and teaching at UW-River Falls. Al began his lifelong career as a
West Bend middle school teacher, and later received his master’s degree.
He married Patricia “Pat” Thomson, the love of his life, on May 22,
1971, in Ridge Run Park. Al surprised his new wife with a tent, a map,
and a plan to camp their way to California. This road trip led to many
other traveling adventures for the couple and then with their four
children, Erica, Nathan, Katie, and Anna.
Al had a lifelong love of sports and could be seen on various courts and
fields as a player, official, fan, or coach. His passion was tennis. He
coached West Bend East tennis for 45 years, and greatly enjoyed his own
playing time. When not on the court, Al could be found reading, working
crossword or jigsaw puzzles, helping others, or volunteering at the Full
Shelf Food Pantry, where he also served as a board member. Al was known
for his dry sense of humor, but more importantly for being a family man.
He took great pride in his four kids, as he modeled the things he valued
most in life: faith, family, education, strong work ethic, and
He is survived by his spouse, Pat, and his loving children: Erica (Sachin)
Patel of Nashville, Tenn., Nathan (Talia) Carrier of Hudson, Catherine
(David) Astrauskas of Sun Prairie, and Anna (Ian) Johnson of La Crosse;
and his seven adoring grandchildren: Annika and Taran Patel, Caroline
and Claire Carrier, Zane and Nora Astrauskas, and Isaac Johnson. He is
further survived by his elder brother, Charles of Oostburg, and
sister-in-law Kay Carrier of Bozeman, Mont.; as well as in-laws Shirley
(George) Yatso, Nancy Rosner, Lynn (Michael) Lord, and Mary (Larry)
Bittner; nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be missed by family,
friends, the Holy Angels community, and many former students and
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Eleanor; his
younger brother, William; his mother-in-law, Genevieve Thomson;
sister-in-law Lily Carrier, and brother- in-law Ken Rosner.
A celebration of Al’s life will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at Holy
Angels Catholic Church in West Bend with a Mass of Christian burial at
6:00 p.m. The family will greet visitors from 3:00 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, honor Al and choose to be kind. Share acts of
service and love. Memorials can be made to the Full Shelf Food Pantry,
West Bend Tennis Association to benefit West Bend tennis programs, or
the charity of your choice.
The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Online
guestbook and condolences are available at