Albert Neufeld, 93, passed away Nov. 28, 2013.
Albert was born on Oct. 7, 1920, at Delft, MN, to Frank and Anna (Krahn) Neufeld. When he was 2, the family moved to Lostwood, ND, to farm. Albert, two brothers and a sister attended a country school. Because of drought, the family moved back to Minnesota and he farmed with his dad. After he was injured in a corn picker accident, he left the farm and went to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, graduating in 1949. Albert became a pastor. His first church was a small rural church in Arena, N.D.
On Sept. 6, 1949, he married Esther Wedel at Yale, SD. While at Arena, two of their daughters were born.
In 1955, Albert and Esther became missionaries and moved to Panama, Central America. The family grew and two more daughters were born in Panama.
During the 10 years in Central America, Albert worked as a church planter, brick layer, mechanic, teacher, preacher and dorm parent for missionary kids at a boarding school.
In 1966, he fulfilled a dream by driving from Panama to South Dakota with the family. He went back to pastoring and the family moved to Butterfield, MN, where he pastored the First Mennonite Brethren Church. Five years later, he became the pastor of a Bible church in Edgewood, IA, and during the nine years he was in Edgewood, he helped to start a Youth For Christ ministry for the area.
The next ministry stop was the Evangelical Free Church in Stanton, IA. In 1988, he moved to Taylor to help with a church plant until they were able to hire a pastor. By this time, he had spent 40 years in ministry. Being a pastor in rural areas provided him opportunities to work for local farmers, continuing his love for farming.
He loved visiting with people, sharing his faith and helping people come to faith and grow in their love for Christ. He loved going fishing with friends, spending time traveling and being with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, taking vacations to go back to South Dakota to help with harvest.
After a severe stroke in April 2010, he was unable to communicate as he liked. He spent much time reading the Bible, listening to audio sermons and Christian radio. On Sept. 19, he entered Golden Living Center in Broken Bow, and passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.
He and Esther enjoyed 64 years of married life and traveled to many parts of the U.S. and other countries. He loved his family and prayed for them daily.
He is survived by his wife, Esther; his daughters, Wanda (Dan) Anderson, Naomi (Sydney) Okoye and Korreen (Jim) Morris; his son-in-law, Howard Sorensen; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and sister, Ann Dawson, of Whitier, Calif.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and a daughter, Eileen Sorensen.