Alvin Bahr


Funeral services for Alvin Bahr, 87, of Turton will be 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21st at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Ferney.  Rev. Dwaine Doremus will officiate.  Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Ferney under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.

   Visitation will be held at the chapel on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

   Alvin passed away October 14, 2022 at Avera St. Lukes Hospital, Aberdeen.

   Alvin Marvin was born on June 5, 1935 in Ferney to Ernest and Emma (Stange) Bahr.  He attended a one room school house in Ferney and later graduated from Groton High School in 1953.  He began farming with his brother, Art.  He met the love of his life, Donna Sondergard, on a blind date and they were wed on June 15, 1970.  Together they were blessed with two children.  Alvin had a passion for farming and did so until he was unable.  Through the years, he raised cattle, hogs, chickens and sheep.  He also had many farm cats and several dogs.  In December of 1982, the family moved to Turton.

   Alvin was a true cowboy at heart and was rarely not seen in his cowboy hat and boots.  He enjoyed watching old westerns on TV and was an avid Cleveland Indians baseball fan.  He and Donna liked going out to eat and were affectionately known as “Ma and Pa” at their favorite restaurant.  In earlier years, they traveled often to the Black Hills, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Alvin was well read and enjoyed discussing politics.  Above all, he enjoyed spending time with family.  

   Celebrating his life is his wife of 53 years, who he called “his angel” Donna, his children, Marvin Bahr (Carrie Whitaker) of Brookings, Roxanne Fey of Groton, three grandchildren, Stephanie (Steven) Dahlman, Nicole Fey, Steven Fey and two great-grandchildren Casey and Allis Dahlman.  

   Preceding him in death were his parents, siblings, Lydia Nowak, Julia Knapp, Arthur Bahr and two infant siblings.

   Casketbearers will be Jeff Miles, Preston Miles, Donnie Miles, Steven Fey, Nicole Fey and Stephanie Dahlman.