Frederick (Fritz) Alexander Alcorn, 83, of rural Fort Dodge, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family at 5:07 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Visitation will be held from 4:00 7:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Gunderson Funeral Home in Fort Dodge.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2013 at Corpus Christi Church with Monsignor Kevin McCoy officiating. Burial and military honors will be held in the Corpus Christi Cemetery.
Fred was born on June 8, 1929 in Mobridge, South Dakota to Edward and Edna (Vinson) Alcorn. He spent many enjoyable childhood years in Washington State before returning to South Dakota and graduating from Mobridge High School in 1947. He developed a passion for flying, earning his pilot's license as a teenager. He continued that love of flying serving in the Navy as a radio operator and radar technician on long range aircraft based in Whidbey Island, Washington and Okinawa, Japan, including making history as part of the first Navy patrol squadron to fly around the world.
On Aug. 6, 1956, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth (Betty) Lampe at St. Columbkilles Church in Varina, Iowa. They settled in Ft. Dodge, Iowa where he worked for many years as a brakeman and conductor on the Illinois Central railroad. In retirement, he loved being with his family, spending time in the woods on his acreage, playing the stock market and being competitive in card games. Fred was a member of the Corpus Christi Church, Knights of Columbus, United Transportation Union, and the VFW.
Survivors include his children Brian (Nancy) Alcorn, Mark (Danita Burbank) Alcorn, and Gary Alcorn, all of Fort Dodge, and Mary Kay (Jeff) Johnson of Johnston, Iowa; his grandchildren, Brett, Brad, Becky, Bryce, Blake, Christian, Elizabeth and Arianna; six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Darlene (Greg) Origer, Joan Lampe and Phyllis Lampe. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother, Alvin Alcorn, and sister, Gloria (Bob) Merkel.