Alton Kvenvold, 71, Albert Lea

Published 9:37am Friday, March 8, 2013

Funeral services for Alton L. Kvenvold, of Albert Lea, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at East Freeborn Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Matthew Griggs will officiate. Interment will be in the East Freeborn Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the service at the Geneva Community Center in Geneva. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea, as well as one hour prior to the service at church. Military honors accorded by the Albert Lea Veterans Organizations.

Alton Kvenvold
Alton Kvenvold

Alton Kvenvold died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at St Marys Hospital in Rochester. During the week’s stay, family and friends had the chance to visit, laugh and tell stories with him before he passed. He was 71 years old.

Alton was born in Albert Lea on March 5, 1942, to Kermit and Gladys (Iverson) Kvenvold. A Freeborn County resident all of his life, Alton graduated from Albert Lea High School and went on to earn a two-year degree in tool and die making at the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. On April 24, 1965, he was united in marriage to Sandra Grosland at the First Lutheran Church in Ellendale. They have two children.

Alton was a life member of East Freeborn Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed. He was a trustee, financial secretary and head usher for many years. In 1962, he began working for King Seeley Thermos Corp.- Queens Division as a tool and die worker and then at the Almco Division as a foreman until 1973. After leaving Seeley, he was the service manager, shop foreman and warranty administrator at Interstate Motor Truck Sales & Service until his retirement in 2004.

Alton was on the committee for the antique tractor display and tram ride at the Freeborn County Fair, a member of Heritage Park of North Iowa, on the committee for the Shinefest Tractor ride and enjoyed anything that had to do with tractors. He was a Boy Scouts leader for 35 years and helped 50 Boy Scouts in Troop No. 219 achieve their Eagle Scout rank. He was also a committee member and participant in the Relay for Life.

After retirement, Alton enjoyed helping others on their farms, fixing engines and solving the world’s problems with his coffee buddies. He was an influential man who touched the lives of many people around him.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy (Grosland); son, Travis Kvenvold of Albert Lea; daughter, Camille Kvenvold of St. Louis Park; brothers, Terry (Carol) Kvenvold of Albert Lea, Stevan (Sandy) Kvenvold of Rochester; sisters, Kathy (Cliff) DeYoung of Oak Park, Calif., Ramona Richter (Lynn O’Daffer) of Albert Lea, Gayle (Chuck) Gould of Minneapolis, Joanne (George) Griffin of Spring Grove; many special nieces and nephews; other loving relatives; godchildren; and Troop 219 members and friends.

Alton was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit and Gladys; godson Michael Hogen; father and mother-in-law, Elmer and Alice Grosland; and brothers-in-law, Arnie Grosland and Kermit Grosland.