Rosary services for Alois Duesterhaus, 79, of Lubbock, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers, followed by a time of fellowship and remembrance from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Celebration services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 25, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland, Texas.
Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Rhineland.
Al passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, March 21, 2021.
Alois William Duesterhaus of Shallowater, was born in Rhineland to Alois August and Emma Ann Duesterhaus on June 18, 1941.
His family moved to Pep when he was in the third grade and he graduated from Pep High School in 1959.
Al married Jane Rose Albus August 31, 1968, and he found employment in several jobs from wheat harvesting crew to carpentry to propane and tire service before starting his long career in farming.
He devoted 43 years to farming and remained active in farming for several years after his retirement.
Al is survived by his beloved four children: Corey and wife, DaLinda, of Shallowater, Brendan and wife, Stacy, of Lemoore, California, Jamey of Spade and Alisha and husband, Robby, of Shallowater.
His smile grew even brighter with the addition of his seven grandchildren: Lindsey and husband, Chase Ortega, Tara, Bethany and Camryn Duesterhaus and Will, Len and Wes Carlson, all of Shallowater.
“PaPa” supported them in all their events, activities, and accomplishments.
Al is also survived by his sisters: Annette Brown, Rose Ball, Sharon Petitt and Gail Day; and a brother Tony Duesterhaus.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jane; his parents, Alois “Ling” and Emma; sisters: Emma Jane Fetsch, Ruthie Brown, Theresa Valdez; and a brother, Ernest Duesterhaus; and parents-in-law, Fred and his cherished, Rose.
“PaPa Willie” loved to joke with, “pick on” and laugh with all of his nieces and nephews, giving each one a special nickname.
He also cherished his memories with a multitude of cousins, aunts, uncles, Godchildren and family friends.
Al and Jane accepted all invitations to attend and celebrate life events of all these loved ones.
He had a strong Catholic faith, a devotion to the rosary and loved to sing in the choir.
His favorite pastimes were making sausage and panhas, cooking, fishing, dove hunting with family and friends, camping, attending horse show competitions and above all, helping others in need.
Al was larger than life, loved telling jokes and laughing loud. He loved with all his heart and had the gift to make everyone feel loved and welcomed.
Donations in his memory can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Please visit www.memorial designers.net to view the Rosary service live-streamed, sign the virtual guestbook and download the memorial keepsake folder for printing.
Please consider viewing his Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to his favorite music.