Alfred Drinsinger, age 84, of Granton, WI died at his home on Monday, September 24, 2012.
Alfred Karl Drinsinger was born on January 2, 1928 in Schlesien, Germany the son of Fritz and Clara (Spaete) Drinsinger. He arrived in the United States at Ellis Island, NY on December 14, 1953 and arrived in Granton, WI on December 19, 1953 at the age of 25. He lived with his Aunt and Uncle, Ida and Alfred Spaete and became a United States citizen on June 18, 1959. Also in 1959, he wed Jeannine Huebner they were married for 53 years.
Alfred went into grocery retail with Alvin Spaete in 1957 and he learned to cut meat and slaughter from his Uncle Alfred. He purchased the entire business and started mobile slaughter in 1978 with his son, Dale. They closed the grocery when Roger's Grocery opened, and they retired entirely on June 30, 2006.
Alfred returned to West Germany for visits in 1962 and 1980. He was a lifetime member of the Granton FFA Alumni, a member of the Zion American Lutheran Church in Granton and the Granton Park Board. He was a former Rotarian – Paul Harris Fellow, a former Fire Chief of Granton and he enjoyed playing sheephead and doing puzzles.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannine, three daughters, Diane (Gary Fergot) Drinsinger, Peggy Drinsinger and Nancy Drinsinger, one son, Dale (Janice) Drinsinger, five grandchildren, Beth (Mark) Peckham, Patrick (Wanda) Schmidt, Ben (friend, Jamie) Collins, Amanda Drinsinger and Dennis Johnson. Five great grandchildren, Mason, Chase, Jordan, Gavin and Meecha, a brother, Herbert in Germany and a sister, Helga Uberreiter in Germany, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Alfred is also survived by three step-grandchildren, two step great grandsons and one step great great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Alfred's Life will be held at a later date.