Allan Bachleitner, 66, passed away peacefully in his home on December 12th. He was born in Milwaukee on January 8, 1954, a son of Robert and Joan Bachleitner (nee Rainer). Al was raised in Muskego with his eight siblings and attended Muskego High School where he was voted Prom King. Even though he no longer lived in Muskego, Al still followed Muskego High School sports and was looking forward to attending games once more after the pandemic was over. After he graduated from high school, Al served in the U.S. Airforce from 1973 until 1976. He married Pam Lloyd and together they had three sons, Chris, Timothy, and Andy. Al had two careers during his life. For 25 years, Al worked in Telecommunications and then he worked for 20 years for the United States Postal Service. One of the most important things to Al was family. As his parents got older, he was the caretaker for his mom and dad until they passed away. After their death, he moved to Fond du Lac to be closer to his son Timothy and daughter-in-law and their nine children.
Al loved to cook and if you were fortunate to have a dish made for you, you knew the love and talent that went in to every detail. His garden and his poppies were a thing of wonder. It was not because of grandeur, but because he was so intimately aware of every detail and had his friends and family in mind as the recipients of the harvest. Al cared for each and every mail customer on his route, which is also to say he cared for each and every person that came across his path. He remembered the most minute detail of his encounters. He always made friends easily especially with the local gas station clerks who provided his simple daily pleasures, a pack of smokes and a scratch off or two. He was a faithful and sincere member of the South Shore Church family where he expressed and received much love.
His last days were spent with a content and peaceful set of routines, He would rise early and welcome the day with a coffee and a crossword. He would fix a gourmet breakfast for his beloved best friend, his overly protective Catahoula Leopard Dog, Muttzie. He would take a walk in the neighborhood reflecting on life, noticing small changes in nature or in his neighbor’s yards. He would return home, curl up on his couch and settle in for a nap. The days would unfold with basic errands but were never very rigorous. They would often include writing cards to loved ones, shopping for candy for his grandkids, reading novels and visiting the Gillie Girls for a sweet meal. He had the compassion of many in his last days because his earthly vessel was wearing down and trapped his youthful spirit. With a pen in his hand, a crossword puzzle masterfully being conquered, his coffee half-finished and his faithful companion Muttzie laying at his feet, Al had done all he needed to do. His life was in order, he had the respect of his sons, the adoration of grandchildren, the honor of his family name and it was his time. He will be greatly missed by many and the memories he has left us with will bring us joy for years to come.
Al is survived by his sons, Chris (Jennifer) Finch and Timothy (Kristin) Bachleitner; grandchildren, Coraline and Colin Finch, and Meribah, Adeline, Sandra, Habakkuk, Elisha, Alizah, Covenant, Hadassah, and Berakhah Bachleitner; siblings, Don (Mona) Bachleitner, Janet (Roy) McKnight, Barbara (Tie) Bennet, Rick Bachleitner, Randy Bachleitner, Brian (Joanne) Bachleitner, and Bob (Donna Burbey) Bachleitner . He is further survived by his aunt, Rosalyn, dear cousin, Sarina; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Al was preceded in death by his son, Andy; brother, Russell Bachleitner; and sister-in-law, Carol Bachleitner
An open house in remembrance of Al’s life will be held the weekend of his birthday, Friday, January 8, 2021 until Sunday, January 10, 2021 at his Fond du Lac home. Friday 6pm – 9pm Saturday 10am-4pm Sunday 1pm-7pm. (please call Timothy with questions 920-238-0104)
If anyone wishes to avoid groups or grieve earlier they can arrange a more private time to visit Al’s home and family.
A bonfire / barbecue in memory of Al will be held in the summer of 2021 in the Milwaukee Area.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorials are appreciated to cover funeral expenses and the remainder will be placed in a Grandpa Al’s educational scholarship for his grandchildren. We will be reading any cards sent as a family and would greatly appreciate it if memories and stories of Al were included. A video memorial will be produced and sent to any who request.
Twohig Funeral Home is serving the family with online guestbook and condolences at www.twohigfunerals.com.