Albert John Symank

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Albert John Symank, 88, of Clifton passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Lutheran Sunset Home in Clifton. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Trinity. Albert Symank was born on Dec. 27, 1924, to William Fred (Bud) Symank and Betty Richter Symank, on their family farm at Coryell City. As an infant, he was baptized at St. Johns Lutheran Church and at a later age confirmed his faith at the same church. As a young boy, Albert attended school at Turnersville while he helped his dad and other family members on their family farm. On Oct. 8, 1943, he was called to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He served overseas in Italy and other European countries. He specialized as a carbine marksman with the light artillery gun crew and was decorated with a Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Campaign Medal, and three overseas medals. He was discharged on Jan. 8, 1946 and returned to the family home at Mosheim. In 1955, he and his parents and sister, Alma, moved to Clifton. He went to work for Spruce Schow, Texaco distributor, as a rural delivery man. The company later became Ballew Oil. During his years as “the Texaco man,” he made many friends especially the farmers. He enjoyed driving the area and visiting his friends. He also worked at Sormrude Grocery, Standfer Chevrolet, and Clifton Funeral Home. He entered the Sunset Home in March 2013 and made many friends there. Since he never married, he enjoyed his niece and nephews. Albert was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, in-laws: Walter and Leona, Adolph and Lenora, Hilda and Eddie Miihlhause, Alma Symank, Alfred Gaskamp, and his nephew Douglas Gaskamp. Survivors include his sister, Earline Gaskamp; niece, Alice and Arthur Pederson; nephews, Alton and Candy Miihlhause, Stanley Gaskamp, Dennis and Vivian Symank, Curtis and Wendi Symank, and two great nieces, Arlinda Pederson and Emily Miihlhause; and one great nephew, Christopher Pederson. Clifton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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