Alan Lee Abbey, 79, of Beulah, ND left this world to be in a better place on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck, ND. Services will be held at 10:30 AM CDT on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Tom Grafsgaard officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on Tuesday, December 22 at Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah with a vigil service to follow at 6:00 PM. Masks are required at both the funeral a the church and the visitation at the funeral home.
Alan was born in Beulah to Oran and Alice (Herman) Abbey on September 25, 1941, the youngest of nine children. He married Janice (Jan) Welk at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Beulah on April 25, 1964. The couple had three children, Alana, Greg and Alicia.
In Alan’s work life he managed the Sheep Shed roller rink, was employed with two service stations, worked road construction and began his career at Knife River Coal. Here he started out cleaning cars and eventually became the mine superintendent. He was employed with Knife River Coal for 37 years.
Alan was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Jaycees, the Beulah Chamber of Commerce and St. Joseph’s Choir since high school.
Alan is survived by his wife, Jan of Beulah; his children, Alana (special friend, Bill Schlegel) of Bismarck, Greg (Norine) of Jamestown, ND and Alicia (Shane) Aleshire of Mandan; his grandchildren, Cody Erstad, Abbi (Marcus) Crofoot, Mikki (Jacob) Gathman, and Teagan, Emma, Beckett and Piper Aleshire; step-granddaughter, Savannah Christl; two sisters, June Dolce of Liberty Lake, WA and Colleen Flemmer of Stevensville, MT; one brother-in-law, Don Wetzel of Bismarck; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Oran; his in-laws, David and Pearl Welk; four sisters, Lois (Loren) Lang, Marilyn (Arvid) Gustafson, Lenore Wetzel, and Donna (Stan) Stasel; two brothers, Gale (Lorraine) Abbey and Jim (Joyce) Abbey; one brother-in-law, Jerry Welk; and two nephews, Mike Dolce, Jr. and Scott Stasel.
Arrangements are conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.
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