Lemley Chapel
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All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Albert “Al’ Warkentin Memorial
Albert “Al’ Warkentin Memorial

Albert “Al’ Warkentin

Albert “Al’ Warkentin

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Albert H. Warkentin, age 91, passed away on August 22, 2015.

He was born on March 24, 1924 in Meade, Kansas, the son of Henry & Sarah (Zielke) Warkentin.

While working as a free-range ranch hand, he met Bettie Lou Hamm, his wife of 65 years. They were married on August 24, 1948 in Hooker, OK where they began farming. Then, in 1951, moved to Washington where they raised their 10 children.

Al worked for the Continental Telephone Co., retiring at the age of 58.  He then returned to his first love, farming, which he continued to do until age 86.

Al was loved and will be well missed.

He is survived by his children, Sylvia Fashant, Clarice Thaete (Daryl), Naomi Stearns (Garry), Mark Warkentin, Jim Warkentin (Tina), Rosalee Hoeft (Paul) and Thelly Hudson (Lee); 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and an older sister, Viola Friesen.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie and three sons, Phillip, Douglas and Steven.

The Warkentin family wishes to acknowledge the staff and friends of Creekside, Hospice of the Northwest, Kennan and Valerie Christensen for their much appreciated hospitality and the Alger Community Christian Reformed Church.

A Graveside Service will be held at the Bow Cemetery on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM followed by a Life Celebration at the Alger Community CRC, 1475 Silver Run Lane, Bellingham (Alger) at noon.  Visitation is available on Thursday & Friday from 9 to 5 at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Al and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com


  • Bob Gunderson

    Al and Betty will always have a special place in my heart. Our friendship endured many years and includes many memories. I remember the hay I bought from them, the bulldozer work i did for Al, the time Al lent me his hay rake, the time they watched our small children as Rachel and I had a weekend together, and just the many times of Christian fellowship we shared. God truly blessed us through them.

  • Sylvia

    Dad was an icon…I love the good he brought into my life….one being a love for the Word of God and faith in His faithfulness to me and my family. I’m at 206-241-8656.

  • Dale and Verna Ballard

    Sorry to hear of Al’s passing –He is back with his Betty and they are both shining stars

  • Sylvia McKee

    So sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Even though I only met him a couple of times, he seemed to be a kind and caring man. I hope it gives the family peace knowing he is now reunited with his wife.
    Sylvia, I would have called you except I lost all my phone numbers when I had to get a new phone system. My thoughts are with you……..The “other” Sylvia