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Alvin Ray Schenk

Apr. 13, 1934 - Feb. 21, 2021

Date of Service: Mar. 3, 2021

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RUPERT – Our family lost a very special man on February 21, 2021. Alvin Ray Schenk, 86, passed away at his home in Rupert.

Alvin was born April 13, 1934, in Rupert, Idaho, to Katharina Dietz Schenk (Katie) and Gottlieb Schenk Jr. He was born in the upstairs of his childhood home and was the youngest of seven children. He grew up on the family farm, where he worked and learned the skills to be a farmer. Dad graduated from Rupert High School in 1952 and earned the Seven-Letter Varsity Award for his participation in varsity track, basketball and football. He attended the German Congregational Church, as it was known at the time, because the services and songs were performed in German. After high school, Dad went to Yankton, South Dakota, and completed one year of college. He then decided to come home, get married, start a family and begin farming.

Dad and Mom grew up together in Minidoka and Cassia Counties attending the same church in Paul, where they met. When Dad returned from Yankton, he decided it was time to ask his future wife and life partner, Dorothy Jane Neiwert, to marry him. So, on September 11, 1955, Dad and Mom were married. This began their more than 65 years of adventures and memories.

They raised five kids and farmed sugar beets, beans, corn, hay and grain north of Rupert. Dad loved his family and friends. Some of the best moments were the backyard barbecues where they would stay up into the wee hours of the morning playing horseshoes and telling stories. He loved attending his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids functions. He would go to softball games, basketball games, rodeos, horse shows, and football games. You always knew your “number one” fan would be there.

Dad loved to travel, knew his geography, and read the National Geographic from cover to cover. You could quiz Dad on the state capitals and he knew all 50 with no hesitation. Together with Mom, and often times with friends, they would take an annual trip to California, Nevada, and parts unknown, until they arrived. When Dad got behind the wheel, you never knew where you would end up. One thing Dad always told us was, “If there is a loop you can take to get home, no need going back the way you came.” Sometimes the loop Dad would drive would be an extra 300 miles, but you got to see something different. That is what Dad liked. He was always ready for adventures on the road. These road trips are also why Dad has such an extensive baseball cap collection. When they would step into an establishment, Dad would admire the baseball caps. He would tell the owner that he would advertise for them if he could have one of their hats. Next thing you know, here comes Dad with another new cap for the collection.

Dad also loved to socialize. He always had time for a friendly chat with strangers he just passed on the street. He often met his friends and fellow farmers at the local coffee shop where they would discuss cattle and crop prices, farm equipment, and sometimes which neighbor may need help in getting their crops harvested. Dad was always ready to lend a helping hand. He was a farmer through and through! Even after Dad retired from farming, he still stayed connected to the local farmers as a crop insurance adjuster. He did this for ten years. It gave him the opportunity to travel to remote areas, check out the crops, and to socialize with the farmers. He enjoyed being out in the fields.

Dad had a love for the outdoors. We spent many summers with family and friends taking an annual camping trip. We could get away from the farm once or twice a summer and go to the mountains. The time spent in the mountains was always full of fun adventure and a little break from the busy summer farm work. Dad taught us to work hard and play hard. For the past 25 years our family still gets together once every summer to enjoy the mountains, riding 4-wheelers, and sitting around the campfire sharing stories and making memories. But the best part was watching Dad’s eyes light up because he was surrounded by his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

Dad was involved in his community. He was a member of the Rupert Elks for over 60 years and served as a board member for Federal Land Bank and Farm Service Center. He attended and supported numerous fund-raising events and never missed a 4th of July parade.

We want to give a very special thank you to Minidoka Home Health and Hospice. We appreciate the care and compassion you showed our dad – especially, nurse Diane! Her knowledge, honesty, compassion, generosity and sense of humor was greatly valued by the family. We would also like to thank Dad’s care team from Hearts for Seniors, Jenna, Dayzi, Desiree and Mary. All of your kindness and support made it easier for Dad.

Dad is survived by his wife of more than 65 years, Dorothy Neiwert Schenk; children, Debbie Schenk, Linda Manning (Dennis), Laurie Montgomery (Jack), Suzan Schenk (Val), and Greg Schenk (Michelle); seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Ardena Snapp (Gene).

Alvin Ray Schenk, husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend, lived his life to the fullest, taking advantage of every opportunity to play hard. He was a kind, sincere, compassionate, strong, honest, caring, patient and a genuine individual. Dad had a contagious smile. He loved to laugh, play a practical joke here and there, and never turned away from a challenge. He remained steadfast to the very end. He taught us to work hard, play hard, and always put God and family first. He will be greatly missed, but we all know God has carved out a very special place for Alvin Ray Schenk. We will all miss you, but we know that you are resting peaceful now.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, where a visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, and again on Wednesday, one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Rupert Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rupert Senior Center, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, or a charity of your choice.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/eBsdmGjoJsI

To continue in the fight to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, those who will be attending the funeral and viewing are asked to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

Condolences for Alvin Ray Schenk

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From Susan Conley:
The Angels have welcomed and embraced this wonderful dear soul Alvin to heaven! Go fly free in love and peace.
From Kathryn and Nancy:
Family is such a blessing and it is so apparent in reading the condolences that the Schenk family is truly blessed. Sue our thoughts are with you and your Mom, siblings, nieces and nephews today and in the days to come.
Your Dad's kindness, wisdom, support, and humor has been a gift to your family, friends, community, and those he touched and will always be a source of comfort.
From Val Kanar:
Alvin was a hardworking, kind, compassionate, thoughtful man who had an easy laugh and smiling eyes. I can hear him explaining to me, in simple terms, with no judgment, how some farm tool thingy works. He gentled his advice by leading it with, "A guy could" do this or "A fella could" do that. And he could pull off a good prank. And laugh at himself.

It's clear to see how much he loved Dorothy and the kids. You won't find a finer family around. The values and goodheartedness Alvin and Dorothy instilled in their children has spilled down to great-grandchildren now. Indeed. A fine, strong family.

I'm going to miss Alvin. Lots of us are going to miss him. He was a wonderful man who lived a long, full life. I'm so glad I got to know him.
From Mary Brown Loveland Taylor:
I will never forget Alvin and Dorothy! They were my other parents. He was always first to smile and laugh at us girls, and our three baby girls lined up in a row! What an amazing God fearing, loving, dedicated and good man! He will be sorely missed. Love to Dorothy and family.
From Molly Smith:
Suzie, so sorry for your loss. Reading your Dad's obit I see how deep his love for family, fun, and hard work was and is also in you. What a great life he lived.
From Cheri Knopp Denaughel:
He always had the nicest smile . I ran into him a couple of years ago . I hadn't seen in him I quite a number of years . He recognized me right away and had that same smile!
From Bo Isaak:
Alvin was such a nice, kind, and friendly man (common trait with all the Schenks!). He worked a couple winters with us at the sugar factory when he was 60 or so years old, and the young guys complained for a rest because they couldn't keep up with him! Praying for you Dorothy and family.
From Dena and Dave Fackler:
Aunt Dorothy, cousins, and families, Uncle Alvin was a very special man and was so loved. All your family is being thought about and wished much comfort in the days ahead and weeks to come. Hoping it will ease your sorrow to know that so many are thinking of you, caring about you , and loving you at this very difficult time in your lives. All our Love!!! Dena and Dave
From Terrie Lin Denker:
My best childhood memories were with this family and my one of my favorite cousin Greg!!Uncle Alvin and Aunt Dorothy always included me in my younger years on their trips, Disney land, Harlem globe fritters, lava hot spribgs!! I was truly blessed!
From Sarah (Schenk) Day :
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with so many of my Great-Aunts and Uncles! I loved stopping by Aunt Dorothy & Uncle Alvin’s place on Halloween and I always looked forward to the $2 Bill and Sacagawea Dollar they’d give us. The only reason I knew those currencies even existed when I was a kid (or even adult) was because of them. Uncle Alvin & Aunt Dorothy also introduced me to police scanners and it was always a treat to feel like I was ease-dropping! Also, I can’t recall any memories of Uncle Alvin being grouchy! I’m sure we was at times, but I only remember smiles and laughs. My heart goes out to Aunt Dorothy, all of his kids and grandkids, and his sister Aunt Ardena. May God bless you & keep you in this time of loss & grief.
From Mary M Vogt:
My most heartfelt condolences for your loss. I recall in high school (a few years ago!!) how Alvin treated all of his kids' friends like one of his own. Such a gentle, kind man. Rest in peace in God's arms. May the Good Lord help comfort your hurting hearts.
From Megan Schenk:
Uncle Alvin will be missed! I remember as a kid when we had old school phone and you didn't know who was calling. Uncle Alvin sounded the same as my Grandpa Rich, but I always knew when it was Uncle Alvin because he was a lot more chatty!

I have fond memories of playing on his farm - bottle feeding calves and listening to the police scanner! Lol.

I also remember being babysat by Uncle Alvin. He got nervous that Matt and I were jumping from one haystack to another and sat us on the couch until my dad came back! Lol When we protested that we did this at home he said something to the effect of "Then you can get hurt when you get home." :)

I wish I could be there for the services.
From Sherry Hopkins:
When I was a child and would stay with Grandpa & Grandma Schenk, Uncle Alvin would make us laugh with his great sense of humor. And he never lost that ability to make people smile in his presence. When he married Aunt Dorothy, I was their flowergirl and witnessed the joining of two very special people. Their love for each other grew stronger every year. Throughout my adult life, I was blessed to enjoy Uncle Alvin and Aunt Dorothy plus their wonderful children. So many special memories keep coming back to me. He loved each of you so very much. My heart hurts for you.
From Janice Kanar:
My heart goes out to you for the lose of your amazing dad. Life was so much better with him in it. Hugs to you. May you focus on your wonderful memories.
From Glenn and Susan(Snapp)Hunsaker:
We were saddened to hear of Alvins passing. He was such a sweetheart. To know him was to love him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
From Gary & Judy Uhrich:
So sorry for your loss. Remember what a special man he was. Always enjoyed visiting with him & Dorothy.
From Ray&Brooke Garcia:
Such a amazing man . He always had a smile in his face .. he will be missed ..
From Wayne and Alice Schenk:
How blessed we are to be related to uncle Alvin and his family. I will never forget when both Wayne and I needed to be somewhere and Alvin and Dorothy babysat our children. I think Dorothy had to go somewhere and Alvin was left with them. What a trooper! He sure had his hands full. We would take the children trick-or-treating to his house and aunt Dorothy always had the most amazing little bags for them. Full of candy and a 50 cent piece or some money. Uncle Alvin was a true gentleman. He cared about people. He was so friendly and such a great conversationalist. And he was funny. We shall miss this wonderful man.
From Karen Kanar:
My deepest sympathies to the family, and close friends. An all round truly "really nice guy" left this earth. The world is a little dimmer. Dorothy, Sue, Deb, Laurie, Linda and Jack, my deepest sympathies.
From Joanne Hollenbeck-Schenk:
Alvin was such a pleasure to visit with, kind, intelligent and thoughtful, of course a sence of humor as well. He supported my girls by attending basketball games and dances . Such a great Uncle! He will be missed.
From Renee Smith :
Such a nice man. My deepest condolences to the family
From Kathy Shelton Holst:
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you navigate the adjustment to life without Uncle Alvin. What a great number of pleasant memories you have.
From Cassandra Truelove and family :
Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Uncle Alvin lived a joy-filled life. We are thankful we got to share some of it with him. I have great memories of his jokes and laughter and my kiddos still have their pieces of “gold.” Wish we could be with you all to celebrate his life in person, but we will watching and sending our love.
From Shirley Pike:
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Shirley Pike
From Corinne Murray:
So sad that Alvin is gone. He was such a nice man, with always a smile on his face. Please accept my sincere condolences.
From Tina O'Donnell:
What a kind man! He will be missed. Sending love and support to the whole family. He would always make me laugh. I loved when he would come visit my parents.
From Tom and Kay Thompson :
Alvin, one of the nicest men Lynn and I have ever met. Kind, generous and a great sense of humor. He will surely be missed but fondly remembered

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