Alvin “Al” Nies, 96, of Aitkin, passed away Friday, December 3, 2021 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born October 6, 1925 in Wishek, North Dakota to John and Theresa (Lassle) Nies. Al was a veteran of The United States Army, serving from 1955-1956 where he took up welding. Al farmed near McLaughlin, South Dakota and worked in the Homestake Gold Mines in Lead, South Dakota, the Land O’ Lakes Turkey Plant in Aitkin and Woodland Container of Aitkin for 40+ years, all the while farming and ranching the family farm. Al received Jesus as his Lord and Savior and attended Bethel Lutheran Church of Aitkin. He loved going to auction sales and especially going to his grandkids’ activities, etc. Al was very proud of his children and the long life that he lived. Al will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Al is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tamara Kay Nies at the age of 8; son-in-law, Alan Swanson; siblings, Herbert Nies, Martha Paden, Lydia Schmeichel, Freida Larson and Walter Nies.
Al is survived by his children, Tena (Brent) Burgstaler of Aitkin; Tim Nies of Aitkin and Terry (Kathy) Nies of Aitkin; grandchildren, Eric (Lucy) Swanson of Aitkin, Ryan (Kaitlin Larson) Swanson of Aitkin, Trevor Nies of Hopkins, Abby Nies of Fergus Falls, Breena (Jacob Erickson) Burgstaler of Aitkin, Karena Burgstaler of Aitkin, Orrin Workman-Nies of Nevis; Lindsay (Andy) Bozovsky of Detroit Lakes, Dakota (Samantha Fountain) Burgstaler of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin; great grandchildren, Anna, Leo and Kate Swanson of Aitkin; Oliver and Lena Bozovsky of Detroit Lakes and Alaina and Levi Burgstaler of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Loretta Nies of Mott, North Dakota; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Due to Al’s son, Tim’s illness, services will be held at a later date. At that time, Al will be buried by his daughter, Tammy, in the Dorris Cemetery, Farm Island Township. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin.
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