Alfred Louis Soblaskey, age 91, of St. Ignace, Michigan, died on March 25, 2020 in St. Ignace. He was born on September 07, 1928 in Soo Junction, Michigan, to Adam Rudolph Soblaskey and Edith Marie Wartella.
Alfred grew up in Allenville, attended school there and worked on the family farm. He joined the Air Force for the Korean War where he was a weapons mechanic stationed in Korea. Upon returning from the Air Force, he worked on the Mackinac Straits Ferry Boat “The Vacationland” until the Mackinac Bridge opened in 1957. He became a mail carrier for a time- delivering mail from St. Ignace to Cedarville. He met Sherrill McKenzie when he was donating blood – she was the lab technician who drew his blood. On October 4, 1958, they were married. He then worked for McGregor Oil Co. as a mechanic before going to work for MDOT as a snowplow driver and retired as a mechanic in 1992. Alfred was a member of the Allenville Zion Lutheran Church.
Alfred loved hunting deer and any squirrels that messed with his bird feeders. He liked spending time at hunting camp and enjoyed traveling to visit his kids. Mostly he enjoyed being home and his happiest place was in his garage fixing something.
Alfred is survived by his wife, Sherrill; children Josh (Tanya) Soblaskey of Madison, Alabama, Jennifer (Craig) Therrian of St. Ignace, Jon (Jackie) Soblaskey of Hessel, Michigan, Jason (Shannon) Soblaskey of St. Ignace, and Jamin (Stephanie) Soblaskey of St. Ignace; grandchildren Marty Soblaskey, Tyler (Jackie) Soblaskey, Kaitlyn Soblaskey, Adam (Danielle) Therrian, Eric (Megan) Therrian, Molly (Gerrit) Mortensen, Kelly Soblaskey, Lucas Martin, Riley Martin, Cody Swagger, Trevor Soblaskey, Jarett Soblaskey, and Colton Soblaskey; great grandchildren Aurora and Lily; brother Bill (Kay) Sobleskey of Corkville, Tennessee; sisters-in-law Aquita Goudreau of St. Ignace and Suellen (Bill) Lottridge of Estero, Florida; and brother-in-law Robert McKenzie of Camden, South Carolina.
Alfred is preceded in death by his parents Adam and Edith; brother Carl Soblaskey; Robert Soblaskey, Ella Belk, Judith Thedford, Kenneth and Lucille Soblaskey; and sister-in-law Joan McKenzie.
A memorial service will be announced this summer.
R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford, Michigan is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rgalerfuneralhome.com.
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