John L. Alden, 86, of rural La Crosse died at his home Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.
He was born in Viroqua, May 21, 1931, to Carl and Florence (Doerr) Alden. He married Helen Jacobson in Viroqua, May 4, 1952 and she preceded him in death April 27, 2014. John had proudly served his country in the National Guard for 14 years. Hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling were all activities that John enjoyed on the family property in Black River Falls. Most of his adult life was spent in the town of Medary.
John is survived by his three sons, Alan (Sandy) Alden of Chippewa Falls, Wis., Gary (Karren) Alden of Briggsville, Wis., Curt (Joan) Alden of Portage, Wis.; six grandchildren, Hillary (Dan) Williams, Ben (Jenna) Alden, Sharon Alden, Jason Alden, Patrick Alden, Jessica (Kou) Her; and 10 great-grandchildren who affectionately knew him as “Papa John”; and sisters-in-law, Janet Jacobson and Marcelene Hartley. In addition to his wife, Helen, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Elda Mae Cosgrove and Elsie Graham.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services La Crosse Chapel, 200 West Ave. S. Pastor Karen Bankes will officiate. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Friends may call on the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Saturday morning at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be donated to various charities in John’s memory. Online guestbook may be signed at www.schumacher-kish.com.