Albert D Aspholm, was born September 14, 1917 in Des Moines, Iowa to Albert G. Aspholm and Esther Anderson. He passed away peacefully at Buena Vista Nursing Home in Colville, Washington on June 6, 2012 at the age of 94.
When he was three, Al moved with his parent's and younger siblings to Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada where his father joined Al's maternal grandparents on their farm. Al moved to Turlock, California in his teens. This is where he learned the carpenter trade and met his first wife, Wilma Gum. They were married in 1940 and had one son, Thomas Aspholm.
Al joined the U.S. Navy in WWII where he was stationed on a floating dry dock, the USS ARD – 19, in the Pacific Ocean. Ships were brought into the dry dock at all hours of the day and night for quick repair. His unit was once attacked by a Japanese Kamikaze pilot. The plane struck at mealtime and all survived except one sailor who was ill in his bunk. After the war, Al and Wilma settled in Auburn, WA.
Al worked for many years in the construction business in and around Auburn, WA. He took great pride in his work. He was especially proud of his work on the 1960's annex addition to the Auburn Senior High School.
On January 15, 1965 Al married Belma D. (Coleman) Kramer. They were accomplished gardeners, producing amazing produce and especially tomatoes they freely shared with family and friends. Besides gardening he was an excellent cook. His strawberry rhubarb pie was delicious. He always said he had to do the cooking because his wife was a terrible cook. (true)
His many years of carpentry took its toll on his health including Asbestosis and arthritic knees that eventually confined him to a wheelchair. Never once did he complain about his aches and pains and when asked about it, his reply was always, "what good does it do to complain?" Al always had a smile on his face and concern for others well-being. He never gossiped. He lovingly cared for his wife, Belma, the last several years of her life when she struggled valiantly with dementia. She predeceased him in 1999. He never quit grieving for her. At last they are together again and, no doubt, playing golf on the most beautiful courses out of this world.
Al and Belma were avid golfers. He taught her the game when they were in their 40's. Several times they were the winners of the coveted "Knapp Trophy" at the old Green River Golf Course in Auburn. In his lifetime career of golfing Al managed to ace no less than 6 Hole-in-Ones.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his sister, Eldora Brigley, Coronation, Alberta, Canada, numerous nieces and nephews and especially his step children who he considered his own; Ted (Marge) Kramer, Colville, WA, Karen (Gordy) Struve, Colville, WA and Mike (Nancy) Kramer, Western WA as well as 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Al was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Wilma, his son, Tom, his beloved wife Belma and five of his six younger siblings, namely; Reuben Aspholm, who died in WWII and has a lake in Canada named for him; Mervin Aspholm, Canada; Norman Aspholm, MN; Alveda Johnson, Turlock, CA and Clifford Aspholm, Alberta, Canada.
A Memorial Service will be held at Price-Helton Funeral Home, 702 Auburn Way North, Auburn, WA at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday the 14th of June. Pastor David Matheny of Sound Life Church, Tacoma will officiate. There will be no graveside service.
Our family would like to thank the staff at Buena Vista Nursing Home in Colville, WA for their loving care and genuine respect for Al's dignity these past four years.