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Al Messenger

 

Al Messenger

Albert Mitchell Messenger, 22-year resident of Goldendale, WA, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 10:40 p.m. He was 89.

Al was born in Clifton, New Jersey, April 12, 1926, to Albert Messenger Sr., and Angelina Messineo. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Yvonne; 3 children, Susan Messenger, Pam Smith (Hughes), and Mitch Messenger (Dolores). He had five grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Al lived in New Jersey until he was 16 years old. In 1942, he went to California to find a better job to help his mom support the family. He joined the Navy in 1944, serving in the pacific during World War II aboard the USS Scuffle. Al married Vonnie in 1947 after he was discharged from the Navy. He established his own business, Messenger Brothers Furniture Finishing, loving what he did every day for 40 years. He retired in 1993, moving to Goldendale to be closer to family. He was an active member of the Goldendale Community Grace Brethren Church, where he served as a greeter. He was also a member of the Goldendale American Legion.

A huge thrill in Al's life was being invited on an Honor Flight to Washington DC in May of 2014. The memorials he visited, the crowds who came to honor the vets, and the guardians who took care of him touched him deeply.

Al breathed his last with family by his side, singing his favorite hymns. He lived life with grace and left it the same way. His one goal was that those he loved and those he met might come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He impacted the lives of many.

A celebration of Al's life will be held Saturday, October 31, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Grace Brethren Church, 1180 S. Roosevelt, in Goldendale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to http://www.honorflight.org.

 

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