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Alois Ducklow, 93

Alois Ducklow, age 93 of Spring Valley, Wis., died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at his home in Spring Lake Township.

Al was born Jan. 22, 1916, the son of Frank and Jessie (Roatch) Ducklow in Spring Valley.  He grew up on the Rush River and attended Rock Elm Elementary School.  He farmed and worked at the Ellsworth Creamery.  He later owned and operated Ducklow's Tavern in Spring Valley.  He worked as a tender for Brown Plastering, retiring in 1981.

Al was a talented athlete and was a member of Duffy's Darlings Baseball team when they won the State Championship.  He played second base and also pitched.  His love of sports continued as he followed and attended the sporting events of his 6 sons, his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He loved to go for drives and was always punctual.  You could just about set your clock according to Al's schedule.  Besides spending time with his family, you could find Al fishing almost everyday.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife Betty; five brothers and one sister.

Survivors include his six sons: Alois 'Junior' (Lorraine) Ducklow of Menomonie, Richard (Shirley) Ducklow of Glenwood City, Gerald (Colette) of Spring Valley, Steven (Bonnie) Ducklow of Amery, Robert (Mary) Ducklow of Spring Valley and Duane (Mary) Ducklow of Spring Valley; 10 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; sister Vanita Olson of Woodville; three sisters-in-law: Mae Ducklow of N. St. Paul and Genevieve Ducklow of Spring Valley, Esther Ducklow of River Falls; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and his faithful dog George.

Visitation was on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley.  A funeral service was held at 8 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating.  Alois' sons served as pallbearers.  Burial was on Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Spring Lake Cemetery, Spring Lake Township, Wis.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, handled arrangements.