CALUMET - Alfred J. Thurner passed away Tuesday evening Dec. 18, 2012, at the Bethesda Home in Chicago, Ill. He was 86.
Mr. Thurner was born in Calumet, a son of German immigrant parents, Joseph and Frances Thurner.
He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Fort Richardson, Alaska 1944-1946. He was a graduate of the Gregg Court Reporting School, Chicago. He received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1952.
Alfred was a free-lance court reporter in the Chicago area from 1947-1970. He briefly left Chicago during this time to pursue secretarial employment with the International Milling Co, Minneapolis, MN, and the Northern Pacific Railway Co. in Fargo, MN. He joined the Chicago Public Schools Business Development as Business Instructor at Harlan High School and CVS, Chicago, from 1970 to 1988, teaching many classes in touch-typewriting. In 1990 he became employed with the University National Bank and Bank Financial Hyde Park, 1990-2009, chiefly in the role of Automated Teller Machine services.
A long time resident of Hyde Park and a member of the Hyde Park YMCA, he also completed several studies at the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. He attended the American Conservancy of Music, majoring in piano. He studied organ at Concordia University, River Forest, IL, and Roosevelt Univ. Chicago. He was a 30 year member of the Apollo Chorus and enjoyed a two week European tour with the chorus. He was a supporter of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera, the Sunday afternoon Piano series, and other musical organizations. He was a member of DANK German American Cultural Center.
Thurner was a member of the First St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chicago. Prior to membership there, he assisted as pianist and organist at Windsor Park Lutheran, Chicago. He attended many International Lutheran Laymen's conventions and was greatly inspired by the spreading of the Gospel throughout the world. He supported the Lutheran Hour radio broadcasts and the important role of Lutheran men and women in supporting church activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Elizabeth and Helen; brothers Frank, Henry and Arthur.
He is survived by brothers, Charles (Ann) Thurner of Mechanicsburg, PA and George (Virginia) of Laurium. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 22nd at the Ryan Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with Pastor James Fundum to officiate. Friends may call from noon until 2:00 p.m.