Albert J. Denner
January 23, 1923 ~ August 18, 2008
Albert John Denner age 85, of New Hampton died on Monday, August 18,2008 at the New Hampton Rehabilitation and Care Center of renal failure. Albert John Denner was born on January 23, 1923, the son of Edward and Alma (Milius) Denner at St. Josephs Hospital, New Hampton, IA. He grew up on a farm northeast of New Hampton and attended Jacksonville 13 country school until he was 13 years old. He then was a full time farmer and a very motivated self-educator. On August 4, 1946, he was united in marriage to his dear wife Linda Huesmann at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Charles City, IA; they were married for 62 years. Albert and Linda farmed together for 34 years north of Boyd and then retired to New Hampton in 1980 where he and Linda built their home. Albert dearly loved his Linda. It was during his final moments that he and Linda held hands and spoke of their love for each other. He attended Trinity Lutheran Church all of his life and rarely missed a Sunday; he was baptized and confirmed there. He served on the Church Council for several years and was a member of the New Hampton Rotary Club for 18 years. Albert received many awards for production of crops and swine. Over the years, Albert was involved on many boards and activities in his community: Treasurer and President of Chickasaw County Swine Producers; State Swine Producers Board; President and voting delegate of Farm Bureau; served 6 years on Farmers Home Committee; Bremwood Founder and Board of Directors (7 years); Farmers Home Administration Committee (6 years), Pork Producers; New Hampton School Board (4 years); one term on the Judiciary Nominating Committee; Farm Bureau and Judiciary and Nominating Committee (7 years); Committee for low rent housing unit; member for Farm Management Advisory Committee Area 1 Tech. He was instrumental in forming the ISU Research Center in Nashua, IA. In 1957, he was named Master Swine Producer; area champion with Farmers Hybrid hogs in 1959; won county corn yield contest two times. Albert and Linda were members of the Northeast Iowa Farm Business Association from 1964 through 1980. Albert had a real estate license and sold real estate for several years after his retirement. Albert had great fun playing cards and sharing coffee with family and friends; he especially enjoyed the game 500 and 31. He and Linda enjoyed being snowbirds in Mesa, AZ for 14 years. He was always educating himself and sharing his thoughts and opinions with others as well as his quick wit evoking laughter. He enjoyed Lindas cooking especially Lindas cherry dessert (his favorite). He loved helping influence the lives of many youth in the community, Bremwood, and his nieces and nephews. After his retirement, he helped his brother, Virgil farm during spring and fall and managed farms for people. Albert was a philanthropist and steadfast Christian giving time and resources quietly to many people and organizations. Albert is survived by his wife, Linda; his brother-in-law: Edwin Heusmann of Mason City; sister-in-law, Marie Denner of New Hampton; five nephews, two nieces: Keith Denner (Eileen) of West Des Moines, IA; Dean Denner (Cia) of Manhatten, Kansas; Allen Denner (Jan) of Ames, IA; Karen Borchers (Mark) of Holstein, IA; Gary Denner (Lori) of Nevada, IA; Dave Huesmann (Pat) of Mount Pleasant; Barb Berry (James) of Portage, Michigan. He had many great nieces and nephews. Proceeding Albert in death were his parents Edward and Alma Denner and one brother, Virgil. Memorials: Memorials are preferred, and may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to Linda Denner at the New Hampton Nursing & Rehab Center, PO Box 428, New Hampton, IA 50659. Cemetery: Interment will be in the New Hampton Cemetery with Keith Denner, Dean Denner, Allen Denner, Gary Denner, Mark Borchers, David Huesmann and James Berry serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be on Thursday, August 21 from 4 to 8 pm at the Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Service: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, August 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton.