Leo ‘Digger’ Albers

Leo "Digger" Albers, 81, of Vermillion passed away Tuesday, May 29 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.


Leo was born Aug. 24, 1930 in Vermillion, to August and Pearle (O'Connor) Albers.  He graduated from the Vermillion High School in 1948, and served in the Army for two years.  Digger married Bonnie Girard on April 23, 1955 in Elk Point.

He retired from Sioux Tools where he had worked for over 20 years and had also been in car sales and real estate sales for many years and also enjoyed driving the Early Childhood School Bus for the Vermillion Schools.

Digger is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of Vermillion; three sons, Mark (Connie) Albers of Northfield, MN, Jerry Albers of Vermillion and Tim (Traci) Albers of Woodbury, MN; and a daughter, Patti (Mark) Mollet of Vermillion; a granddaughter, Jordan Stiefel, and seven grandsons, Tyler Stiefel, Travis Taggart, Alex and Drew Albers, Isaac, Peter and William Albers; and five step grandchildren, Kyle (Brit), Amy, Tristan, Avery and Gracie Mollet; and a sister, Donarae  Jolley of Canistota.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and brother-in-law, Susie and Bill Radigan; a step-father, Vic Christopherson; and brother-in-laws, Robert Jolley and Bob and Jerry Girard and Kenny Christopherson.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion with burial to follow in the Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion.  Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, June 1 with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church.  hansenfuneralhome.com.

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