|Alfred "Al" Deutscher, 65, of 918 N. Prairie St., Galesburg, died at 9:31 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010 in the emergency room of Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born February 8, 1945 in Celle, Germany the son of Albert and Frieda Deutscher. The family moved to the United States in 1952. Al married Wanda Gregory Smith in 2001 in Las Vegas.
He is survived by his wife, his mother, Frieda of Galesburg, a sister, Elfrieda (and Jim) Jackson of Brookfield, Ill., a son, Jay (and Lori) Reynolds of Pa., four daughters, Theresa (and Tim) Burnett of Ariz., Jami (and Zach) Paul of Ind., Kelly Brasseau of Va., and Sarah Deutscher of Galesburg, two step daughters, Julie and Kimberly Smith, both of Galesburg, six grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and one cousin, Eddie (and Anna) Braun of Mount Prospect, Ill. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister.
Al attended Galesburg schools, including Galesburg High School, but graduated in LaGrange, Ill.
He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1963 and served for nearly 10 years. He then worked as an engineer for Metro in the Chicago area before working for the Burlington Northern Railroad in Colorado. He worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Galesburg, retiring in 2007.
Al enjoyed flying, boating, fishing, riding his motorcycle, playing golf, woodworking, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Funeral will be noon Wednesday, August 4, 2010 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Tom Ek will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the chapel. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Gordon Behrents Senior Center, or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.