Allen L. Barfknecht
Allen L. Barfknecht, 86, of
Fond du Lac, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at home.
He was born on November 24,
1928, in Randolph, Wisconsin, a son of August and Ada Close Barfknecht. When he was 11, the family moved to Fond du
He enlisted in the Army in
October of 1946, serving until July 1975.
Allen was stationed in the Philippines, Germany for nine years, Alaska,
Vietnam in 1965, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
He was a paratrooper in the 11th and 101st
Airborne Division. He was also in the 1st
First Air Calvary Division. He made 137
jumps from planes and helicopters. Allen
was an airborne engineer and a food service supervisor. He later worked for Mercury Marine and Pier
Allen was a member of
Covenant United Methodist Church. He
enjoyed golf, participating in four leagues, bicycling, gardening, watching the
Packers, and visiting with friends and neighbors. Allen was a quiet, caring father,
grandfather, and friend.
He is survived by two
daughters: Christine Sederbaum of Texas
and Karen Franklin of Arizona; a son, Ralph of Chicago; two brothers: Harold
Barfknecht of Mt. Calvary, John (Joyce) Barfknecht of St. Peter; five sisters: Edna
Wigger of Missouri, Hazel Hodorff of Fond du Lac, Janet (Eugene) Willis of Fond
du Lac, Elaine Rubringer of Cleveland, Wisconsin, and Louise (Jim) Keifenheim
of Fond du Lac; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by
his parents; his stepmother, Blanche Kuehn; a brother, Donald Barfknecht; a sister, Maysel Springer; three brothers-in-law: Bill, Hubie, and Dave; and two
sisters-in-law: Marianne and Zoeneida.
The funeral service will be
held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Mach Funeral Chapel &
Crematory, 31 East Division Street, Fond du Lac, with Rev. Michael Morning
The visitation will be on
Tuesday at Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory from 2:00 p.m. until the time of
Entombment will be in the
Veteran’s Garden of Honor at Ledgeview Memorial Park with military rites to be
conducted by the American Legion Trier-Puddy Post #75.
Mach Funeral Chapel &
Crematory is serving the family, www.machfuneralchapel.com.