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Alvin O. Zacharias

Alvin O. Zacharias, 84, passed away Nov. 16, 2009, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.

Alvin was born near Wadena in Otter Tail County on May 30, 1925, to Gotlieb and Anna (Scholljegerdes). Alvin was united in marriage with Sylvia Rach on Aug. 8, 1948 at Bartlett Lutheran Church in Bartlett Township. His livelihood was in farming and his interests included fishing, hunting, bird-watching and dining at the Pizza Ranch.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Deer Creek with the Rev. Paul Yearyean officiating. Pallbearers are Brad Rach, Marty Zacharias, Eugene Abbe, Steve Gaugert, Boyd Abbe and Dale Rach. Interment is in the Wadena Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena (

Survivors include his sons, Gary (Janet), and Wayne (Pam); daughters, Phyllis (Bob), Joanne (Ken), Cheryl (Ralph), Tami (Dan), and Karen (Tom); 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Esther Abbe; and special friend, Carol Macklanburg.

Alvin was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia, in October 2006; his parents, Gotlieb and Anna; brothers, Art, Herman, and Ewald; and sisters, Lauretta, Edna, and Luella.