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John Albert

John "Jack" Albert

Saturday, March 1st, 1924 - Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
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John “Jack” Lawrence Albert was born on March, 1, 1924 in Chicago, IL to Arthur “A. L.” Albert and Mazie (Campbell) Albert. He grew up in Cedar Rapids, IA, and attended Arthur Elementary and Franklin Jr. High School. He then attended Western Military Academy in Alton, IL and the University of Iowa where he was a member of the Beta Theta Phi fraternity. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and transferred to the Army Air Corps during WWII. At the close of the war, Jack was stationed in Japan, facilitating injured US POWs returning to the states for medical care. After leaving the Army, Jack returned home to Cedar Rapids to work at the family business.

On September 21, 1950, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” (Blaul) Albert. The couple became second-generation owners/operators of Albert’s Cleaners and Prince Albert Formal Wear in 1956. Before, during and after transitioning the family business to his son, Jack dabbled in the ownership of a variety of other businesses in Cedar Rapids. He quite honestly could be the creator of the phrase “Jack of all trades.” Jack was the owner of the Richard Bennet franchise, which sold tailored men’s clothing; the Bosch boat franchise; and he owned the franchise rights for the Dairy Queen in Europe. He owned car washes; Street Treats, a multi-state mobile ice cream business; and was the first foreign car dealer in Iowa. It is no secret that Jack loved cars, boats and airplanes. He enjoyed talking about them in detail with everyone he met. Throughout his life, Jack prided himself in owning high-end cars and often flew to Italy to pick up his cars directly from the factory.

Some of Jack’s other enjoyments in life included entertaining the U.S.A.F. Thunderbird Flight
Team at his home in Cedar Rapids, and serving on the airport commission in Cedar Rapids and
Marshall. As a boy, Jack was introduced to golf as a caddy for members of the Cedar
Rapids Country Club. He became an avid golfer, claiming the title of club champion one year and played until he reached the young age of 92. Jack was also a worldwide traveler, who enjoyed a good excursion. He traveled all over the world, lived large, and was never short on stories to share from his many adventures. Give a listening ear, and you were Jack’s forever friend.

In 1977, the couple moved to LaCrosse, WI where they owned/operated Boulevard Cleaners until they retired and moved to Horseshoe Bay, TX in 1989. In 2002, they moved to Marshall to be closer to family, due to Betty’s health. For the past few years, Jack lived at Hill Street Place and loved spending time with others there. Jack died on Monday, January 28 at the Avera Morningside Heights Transition Unit where he was recovering from pneumonia.

Jack is survived by his children Deborah Albert of Dubuque, IA, John (and Janet) Albert Jr. of
Cedar Rapids, IA and Susan Strautz of Marshall, MN; grandchildren Christopher (and Andrea)
Strautz of Moorhead, Nicholas (and Anne) Strautz of Shakopee, Laura Skovlund (and Zach) of
Fargo, John Albert and Lauren Albert of Cedar Rapids, IA; and great-grandchildren Brennan Strautz, Cailin Strautz, Rosalie Strautz and Hadley Skovlund. He is also survived by fourteen nieces and nephews, and special family friends Virginia Busch and Tom Sawchak. Jack was preceded in death by his parents A.L. and Mazie Albert, wife Elizabeth, brother and sister-in-law Richard and Neva Albert, and son-in-law Steve Strautz.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation for the excellent care Jack received through Wild Rose/Touching Hearts especially Wendy and Rue. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Prairie Home Hospice or the Tracy Area Animal Rescue (Jack loved his dogs).
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    Address
    411 W. Lyon St.
    MARSHALL, MN
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    Address
    411 W. Lyon St.
    MARSHALL, MN
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Pastor Scott Fuller

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Peggy Carew Race

Posted at 02:33pm
My deepest condolences to Deb, John and Susan and their families. Jack and Betty were such a colorful spot in my life. I always had so much fun visiting them. They had the best slobbery dogs and the fanciest cars (my first and probably only ride in a Maserati) and my first attempt at water-skiing was at their place in LaCrosse. Jack had all the best gadgets: The first remote control on a TV. The first movies on a big disk player. . . it was dazzling. They were so very kind and generous to me. Jack filled the room when he walked in. He had a big presence. I loved them and I will cherish their memory always.
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Tony Doom

Posted at 05:08pm
My prayers for Jack's family on the loss of their loved one. I have lost a special friend, one that was always interested my life - events and travels, whatever. In turn, he loved to share his memories with me. WOW! And he had a few intriguing ones to share. We could visit forever about cars and travels - our common interest.
My summers will not be the same without Jack in my life, and that was a highlight of returning to my Minnesota summers. Nor anymore of those interesting phone calls to "fill me in."
But Jack is now with Betty "cruisin' the heavens."
JD

John Desmond

Posted at 01:57pm
Jack was certainly a special person. He was the kindest, generous, most honest man that I ever crossed paths with. Jack's imagination might have caused Betty and Jack some issues, but it never stopped. As has been mentioned, you could listen to Jack for hours.
He and Betty were a special couple. Betty tried her best to keep Jack grounded. She was a very patient spouse!
Jack is a person who will never be forgotten.
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Your Citywide family

Posted at 10:57pm

Thinking of you, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain as you remember your father.

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Don and Jan Fuhrmann

Posted at 10:25pm
Family of John "Jack" Albert, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. My Mom, Margaret lives at Hill Street and so enjoyed visiting with Jack. Mom said it was so fun to listen to him tell about his many travels. Cherish all of your wonderful memories of him.
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