A memorial service celebrating his life was held on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Melcher Mortuary Mission Chapel in Mesa, Ariz. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.
Alfred Walter Furst, the son of Alois and Caroline Furst, was born June 16, 1925, in Allentown, Pa. He held many jobs in his youth, including pretzel twisting and working as a stock boy for A&P Grocery Store.
Al Furst served in the U.S. Army in the 7th Army Division as a supply clerk in World War II. He married his first wife, Mauricette Dehon, in Rouen, France.
After returning to the states, he met and later married his second wife, Carolyn (Jensen) Furst, at the Fitzemonns Army Hospital. The couple moved to Spencer in the early 1950s, where he began working at the Iowa State Patrol on Feb. 7, 1955. Mr. Furst also worked part-time cleaning the city hall and other buildings in Spencer.
He married his third wife, Barbara (Kelly) Furst, in 1983, retired from the Iowa State Patrol on Feb. 7, 1987, and moved to Arizona.
Mr. Furst was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers: Stephen, Joseph and Charles "Carly" Furst.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Mesa; three daughters: Patricia Dehon of France; Laurel Johnson and husband David of Portland, Ore.; Valerie Curry and husband Terry of Spencer; four sons: Patrick Furst and wife Rose of Dale, Texas; John Furst and wife Shirley of Buffalo Center; Brad Furst of Portland, Ore.; and Christopher Furst of Milton, Fla.; sister, Irene; 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.