Alvin J. Scherping, 67

Alvin J. Scherping a resident of Swanville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Feb. 24, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Swanville, with Father Ron Dockendorf officiating. Burial took place in St. John the Baptist Parish Cemetery.

Alvin was born March 9, 1944, in Freeport, to the late Gotthard and Gertrude (Wolbeck) Scherping. He attended Catholic school in Farming. Alvin was united in marriage to Elaine R. Becker, July 7, 1964, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Long Prairie. He drove milk truck for five years in the area along with tending to his own dairy farm at the same time. Alvin operated his dairy farm for many years north of Swanville, until 2005 when he began raising beef cows. In 1986, Alvin and Elaine built their own home on the farm from scratch and have resided there until his sudden death. Alvin was a very crafty man, he was an excellent welder and had a great passion for fixing and collecting John Deere tractors. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, bowling, going on four-wheeler rides and working with wood. Alvin was a man of many practical jokes and he would play them on any of his friends and family members. He also had a large collection of hats, pens and watches. Alvin loved and thought the world of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Swanville.

Alvin is survived by wife, Elaine Scherping of Swanville; children, Dianne (Dan) Fruechte of Swanville, Brenda (Ken) Middendorf of Sauk Centre, Connie Johnson of Knoxville, Tenn., Juli Anne Scherping of Swanville, Alvin Jr. “Butch” (Bobbi) Scherping of Clear Lake and Karen Scherping-Hagen of Swanville; brothers, Lambert (Gloria) Scherping of Little Falls and Victor (Linda) Scherping of Swanville; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Alvin was preceded in death by parents, Gotthard and Gertrude Scherping; and sisters, Geraldine and Clara.

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