Rev. Ron Shifley
Organist ~ Shirley Orth
“How Great Thou Art”
“One Day at a Time”
Allen Robert Auch was born November 4, 1929 to Robert and Clara (Weidenbach) Auch on the family farm near Lesterville, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed at Petersburg Congregational Church by Lesterville. Allen attended Oddessa #41 country school through the 8th grade, at which time he began to farm. On September 28, 1951, Allen was united in marriage to Ella Frey in Tripp. Together they made their home on the family farm by Lesterville where Allen would farm his entire life with his son, Gary. He also worked at United Building Center in Yankton. Allen always had a love for horses and enjoyed hitching them up to his buggy and taking them for a drive. He also enjoyed crafting yard art, working on his International tractors, and spending time with his family and coffee buddies.
Allen passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in his home in rural Lesterville having attained the age of 85 years, 2 months, and 23 days.
He is survived and remembered by his wife of 63 years, Ella Auch of rural Lesterville; four children: Diana Auch, Roger (Sheila Novak) Auch, Sharon (Randy) Auch Bylander of Yankton, and Gary (Julie) Auch of Lesterville; sisters Viola Wollman of Menno and Alta Hanson of Beresford; sisters-in-law: Gert Christensen, Mary Davis, and Ruby Torsain of California; seven grandchildren: Andrew (Rachel) Rehurek, Zachary Rehurek, Cody Auch, Cassondra (Alan) Richelieu, Calby (Natsha) Auch, Corbin Auch, and Bethany Reimnitz; two great-grandchildren: Willa and Clara Richelieu; three step-grandchildren: Jill (Jason) Morten, Justin (Nicci) Bylander, and Amanda (Doug) Simek; six step-great-grandchildren: Madison, Reece, Jaiden, Lainey, Londynn, and Finnely; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, parents-in-law, nine brothers-in-law, and two sisters-in-law.