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Kasper N. Aberle (Kap)

Trail City, SD

1937, 793, Hill City, F-9
1938, none given

Kasper Aberle's daughters Cheryl Allen and Marilyn Fullerton along with grand-daughter Richelle Nagler visited the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South Dakota located in Hill City, SD in May of 2019 and verified the information below about Mr. Aberle.

At the age of ninety-six and still living in his home, Kap passed away peacefully after complications from a stroke. He was born on a farm in Trail City, South Dakota to Peter and Caroline (Wetzel) Aberle where he grew up and attended schools.

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At the age of 17 he served one year in the Civilian Conservation Corp at Hill City, SD where he spent time working in the Mount Rushmore area. After discharge from the CCC's he returned to Trail City and worked for the railroad and construction jobs. He entered the US Army in 1942 and served two years in Anchorage, Alaska at Fort Richardson. He was in the construction battalion building what is now Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He competed his military service with The Manhatten Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico.

In November of 1944 he married his longtime sweetheart, Florence Perman, in Yakima. After his discharge in October of 1945, they moved to Mobridge, South Dakota before moving to the Wenatchee Valley in 1946 when Kap begin working for his brother in-law, Bud Foland, in the construction field. He continued working as a heavy equipment operator for Graves & Burke and Selland Construction. He retired in 1983, enjoying more retired years than working years! He was a 60+ year member of Operating Engineers Local 302.

After his retirement, he and Florence enjoyed travels to large family reunions in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Travels to Hawaii, Alaska, California and Reno were special memories. Camping and fishing Banks Lake with the Wenatchee and Yakima relatives was a summer highlight. He had daily walks for many years, meeting up with friends for coffee at McDonald's or Target. He and his brother, Jake, of Portland, traveled to Montana a number of times to visit their nieces and sister. He enjoyed experiencing their ranching life.

Kap was an avid bowler during the 60's and 70's and enjoyed league play and traveling to out-of-town state tournaments. He enjoyed his summer garden and became the "pickle maker" for the family. In later years, feeding and watching birds around the yard was a happy pastime for him. He was many times the driver for his three granddaughter's activities. They were blessed to have spent considerable time with him. He could fix or make almost any projects they engaged in. He also gave the best foot massages!

The family thanks his wonderful neighbors that shared caring and friendship to him in his later years.

He was a long time member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the American Legion.

He is survived by daughters, Marilyn Fulleton (Jim) of Wenatchee and Cheryl Allen (Scott) of Moxee, WA. Three grand-daughters, Paige McFall (John) of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Kami Miller (Mike) Fircrest, WA, Richelle Nagler (Mark) East Wenatchee, many special nieces and nephews, four great granddaughters Stella, Tallulah, Gabriella and Grace. He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Florence, less than two months ago and his parents, brothers, Peter Jr., Jacob, and sister, Regina.

You will be missed, Dad and Grandpa, but happy you are at peace in the heavens and being with your sweetheart.

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