Alvin L. Gradert, 90, of Atkinson, passed away on Sunday. May 15, 2022, at his home. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Michael Sigwalt will officiate. The funeral service will be livestreamed at www.vandemorefuneralhome.com/live-stream. Burial will follow at Liberty Cemetery, rural Atkinson, IL. Military rites will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the Geneseo funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Atkinson Fire Department, 103 West Center Street, Atkinson, IL, 61235, or the charity of donor’s choice.
Alvin was born November 30, 1931, the son of Virgil and Velda (Buechler) Gradert, in Annawan, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School, class of 1949. On July 5, 1953, he married Phyllis Sears. He was a farmer his entire life, owning and operating his own farm. Alvin was a member of the Giant Goose Conservation Club, Atkinson American Legion, and 40 & 8. He enjoyed spending his spare time fishing.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Phyllis Gradert; children, Tami Gradert, Geneseo, and Paul Gradert, Atkinson; grandson, Zac Gradert; and brothers, Wayne (Ruth) Gradert, Geneseo, and Marvin (Donna) Gradert, Geneseo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Velda Gradert.