Albert Neufeld was born Oct. 7, 1920, at Delft, Minn., to Frank and Anna (Krahn) Neufeld. When he was 2-years-old, the family moved to Lostwood, N.D. to farm. Albert, two brothers and a sister attended a country school. Because of the drought the family moved back to Minnesota and he farmed with his dad.
After he was injured in a corn picker accident, he left the farm and went to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, graduating in 1949. Albert became a pastor and his first church was a small rural church in Arena, N.D.
September 6, 1949, he married Esther Wedel at Yale, S.D. While at Arena, two daughters were born. In 1955, Albert and Esther became missionaries and moved to Panama, Central America. The family grew and two more daughters were born in Panama.
During the 10 years in Central America, Albert worked as a church planter, brick layer, mechanic, teacher, preacher and dorm parent for missionary kids at a boarding school. In 1966, he fulfilled a dream by driving from Panama to South Dakota with the family.
He went back to pastoring and the family moved to Butterfield, Minn., where he pastored the church in Edgewood, Iowa, and during the nine years he was in Edgewood, he helped to start a Youth For Christ ministry for the area.
The next ministry stop was the Evangelical Free Church in Stanton, Neb. In 1988, he moved to Taylor to help with a church plant until they were able to hire a pastor. By this time he had spent 40 years in ministry.
Pastoring in rural areas provided him opportunities to work for local farmers, continuing his love for farming. Traveling and living in so many places gave him and Esther the chance to grow their very long list of friends. They both enjoyed hospitatlity and visitng with people.
After Albert semi-retired and enjoyed a month of travel, they moved to North Platte. he became an associate pastor at Bethel Evangelical Free Church where he served many more years. He also worked as a chaplain at Great Plains Medical Center in North Platte for 15 years.
He loved visiting with people, sharing his faith and helping people come to faith and grow in their love for Christ. He loved going fishing with friends, spending time traveling and being with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, taking vacations to go back to South Dakota to help with harvest.
After a severe stroke in April 2010, he was unable to communicate as he liked. He spent much time reading the Bible, listening to audio sermons and Christian radio. Sept. 19, 2013, he entered Golden Living Center in Broken Bow, and passed away peacefully Nov. 28, on Thanksgiving Day.
He and Esther enjoyed 64 years of married life and traveled to many parts of the U.S. and other countries. He loved his family and prayed for them daily.
He is survived by his wife, Esther; daughters, Wanda (Dan) Anderson, Naomi (Sydney) Okoye and Koreen (Jim) Morris; son-in-law, Howard Sorensen; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and sister, Ann Dawson of Whitier, Calif.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and daughter, Eileen Sorensen.
The family would like to thank Health Connect at Home, Golden Living Center, church family, and many friends for their care and prayers. After asking many times to go home, he is now at home with his Lord and Savior, whom he loved and served for more than 60 years.
A memorial service will be Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in North Platte. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Far East Broadcasting Company or to Bethel Evangelical Free Church are suggested.
Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 12, 2013