Albert Frederick Borchardt, 81, of Mills River passed away peacefully Saturday, May 19, 2018, surrounded by his family after a long and brave battle with cancer.
Al was born to parents, Frederick and Elda, on January 5, 1937, in Fairmont, MN. Al enlisted in the United States Army Reserves November 8, 1954, and joined the United States Air Force July 18, 1955, and served his country with honor for 30 years, 8 months and 23 days, retiring in 1985 as a Senior Master Sergeant. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was stationed in America and Europe.
Al married his devoted wife Lynn in 1978 and they had two children. Lynn stood by his side every step of the way and they were looking forward to celebrating 40 years of marriage in June. He loved God, his country, his family and was a gentle and kind man.
Al is survived by his loving wife, Lynn; daughters, Bernice Allen (Doug) of Orlando, FL and Melissa Borchardt (Kathy Silva) of Candler, NC; granddaughters, Grace and Rebecca Allen of Orlando, FL; and sister, Shirley Bixenstine of Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother James Henry (Jim).
Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 am Friday, May 25, 2018 in the Shuler Funeral Home Chapel. Tom Vallie will officiate. Military honors will be rendered by the Shaw Air Force Honor Guard.
The family is grateful for the condolences and in lieu of flowers would appreciate donations to Four-Seasons Hospice who took such great care of Al and family during his final days. Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731. The family would also like to thank the kind staff at the Cancer Center at Pardee Hospital.