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BACON, Albert K. Born on February 22, 1926, in Spokane, Washington. He passed away March 2, 2011, in Lancaster, Calif. In 1929, he migrated with his parents, Ralph and Clara Bacon, and one slightly older sibling back to Minnesota and settled in a rural area near the grandfather farm. There, he attended school in one room school houses through the 8th grade while growing up during the great depression. The family then moved to the town of Staples, Minnesota where he attended high school and excelled in track and football. In 1943, he left school and enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. After boot camp in San Diego, he was assigned to camp Pendleton in the newly formed 5th Marine Division in the 5th Marine tank Battalion. He trained in California and Hawaii, then fought in the Pacific against the Japanese on the Island of Iwo Jima. After occupation duty in Japan, he received his discharge at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital, and returned to Staples. He went to work for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1947, and in 1955, he was assigned to Thief River Falls, Minnesota as manager of the company for that location. While in Thief River Falls, he was active in Community Affairs. He served on the City Planning Commission for a number of years under three different mayors. He was the County Civil defense Communication Chief during the Cold War, as well as an advisor to the Vo-tech school. He also served as president to a variety of organizations such as Methodist Mens Club, Fraternal order of Eagles, and several others. He retired from Northwestern Bell in 1983, then spent the majority of his time at his cattle ranch, or at his fishing camp at upper Red Lakes, Minnesota. He sold his property in Minnesota in 1993, and moved to Lancaster, Calif., at Leisure Lake Mobile Estates with his wife Shirley. Al was a life member of the Antelope Valley Marine Corp League Detachment 930; a life member of the VFW post 3000 of Quartz Hill and a member of American Legion post 311. He is survived by his wife Shirley, his sister Edith Jolliffe (Clint) of Minneapolis, Minn., his children Dan Bacon of Foston, Minn., Barbara Bacon of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kathy Gellings (Matt) of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Jan Bacon of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Larry Bacon (Denise) of Cambridge, Minn., as well as 21 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 5 step-children. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Ronald, Richard and Patrick. A Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Halley-Olsen-Murphy, Lancaster, Chapel. Internment will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Thief River Falls, Minn.

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