Alton Lavern Gerald Hinrichs, 84, died Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at his home in Palm Desert, CA.
He was born April 9, 1933, in Zumbrota to Lavern and Luella (Smith) Hinrichs. Al attended Zumbrota High School and graduated 1951. Following graduation he enlisted in the Army. Al spent time overseas, where he served as a tank driver in the Korean War.
Post-war, Al returned to the Zumbrota area, where he married the love of his life, Martha Larson, on November 24, 1956, at Spring Garden Lutheran Church in rural Cannon Falls. Together they farmed for many years in the White Willow area of Minneola Township.
Al and Martha built the Lantern Drive-in in Zumbrota in 1967. They continued to operate their family business from 1968-1971.
Al was a natural salesman, spending a number of years with Cargill-Nutrena. While there he achieved President's Club status four times. With Al and Martha's move to CA, he continued in sales with Carnation's Animal Feed division, Nutrena, and Star Milling. When he retired he obtained his real estate license and was an active agent in AZ and CA until 2009. He was always up for a challenge which made his work so enjoyable.
While living in MN, Al was a member of the United Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lion's Club, the Stary- Yerka VFW Post and the Zumbrota Golf Club. Over the years, Al was active in church life and found ways to give back to others in need. He enjoyed dancing, reading historical biographies, maps and spending time with his family and friends. Al truly enjoyed life and we will miss him dearly.
He is survived by his wife Martha; one daughter, Debbie (Dennis Lorenzen) of Pine Island and one son, Todd of Modesto, CA; grandchildren, Ashleigh and William Hinrichs; one brother, Darrell Hinrichs (Arlene) and one sister, Bonnie Hauschildt; along with sister-in-law, Naomi Stave, brother-in -law, Joyce Bucher, and many nieces, nephews and friends who were like family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant baby sister, and brothers-in-law Rod Hauschildt, Ralph Larson, and Ron Stave and sister-in-law, Phyllis Bucher.
A celebration of Al's life will be held at the Picnic Pavilion, Covered Bridge Park in Zumbrota on September 17 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association in Al's name.