Alden “Al” Remillard


Alden RemillardAlden “Al” Remillard, age 83 of Redwood Falls, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019 at his home.  Memorial Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls.  Visitation will be held 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to the service at church on Friday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Redwood Area Hospice, 1110 E. Bridge St, Redwood Falls, MN 56283.  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Alden “Al” Remillard was born January 5, 1936 in Sacred Heart, Minnesota to Delbert and Florence (Lynberg) Remillard. He grew up with two brothers, Darold and Wendell, and one sister DeAnne. Al spent some of his childhood in Detroit, Michigan and in Granite Falls, Minnesota, before hitching a ride to Spokane, Washington in a boxcar. He joined the U.S. Army and served in Alaska from 1954-1957. Al married Yvonne Raether on June 4, 1967 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and they were blessed with three children. Al was a hard worker, and worked as a milkman until he opened his own business, Brighter Homes Store, in 1974. He loved spending time with his family, his grandchildren, and taking fishing trips with his son, Mark. Al was known for his smile, one-liners, and cheerful whistling. He enjoyed reading, playing Cribbage and vacationing with his friends and family.

Al is survived by his children: Amy (Mike) Johnson of Monticello, Mark (Margi) Remillard of St. Paul, and Jayme (Adam) Branstner of St. Paul; grandchildren: Brianna Svee, Abigail and Sam Johnson, and Nora, Charlie, and Edward Branstner; and special friend Rosemary March of Redwood Falls.  He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Yvonne, 2 brothers, and 1 sister.


  1. Tonya (Schultz) Klinkner and family says

    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

  2. Martha Widmer says

    So sorry to hear about this, I just ran into him and Rosemary, I believe before Christmas and got a hug. I will miss him. He was a great boss and person. Hugs to you Amy, Mark & Jamie, he always loved talking about you guys.

  3. Diane Woodford says

    Our sympathy to Al’s family and friends. He was always smiling and joking around. Such a good attitude. May God grant you peace, comfort and strength in the days ahead. Blessed be his memory.
    John and Diane Woodford

  4. Andrea Gerth says

    My heart goes out to the Remillard family. I always remember going into the Brighter Home store and his cheery attitude. He was such an important part to his family and the community. Thoughts and prayers.

  5. Karen and Durkin Guthrie says

    So sorry for your loss. He will be missed. May your wonderful memories provide some comfort during this difficult time. Xo Karen and Durkin Guthrie

  6. Amy (Read) Larsen says

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad, Jayme, Mark and Amy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. Terri Remillard says

    Al was one of my favorite persons. He was always so very kind to us. His sense of humor, quick wit and ready smile made the world a better place. He will be dearly missed in my world and many others.

  8. jay johnson says

    Let us remember before God, Alden and all those who rejoice with us, but upon another shore and in a greater light. That multitude which no man can number, whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom, in this Lord Jesus, we are forevermore one.
    Let us commend our brother Alden to the mercy God our maker and redeemer, Alden, our companion in faith and brother in Christ, We entrust you to God. Go forth from this world, in the love of the Father who created you, in the mercy of Jesus Christ who died for you, in the power for the Holy Spirit, who strengthens you. At one, with all the faithful, living and departed, may you rest in peace and rise in glory; where grief and misery are banished and light and joy evermore abide.
    keeping you all in my thoughts,

  9. Lowell & LeAnn Peterson says

    Always a smile and how are you doing today, when I would run into him going into Homestead to visit my mother- in- law Betty. Al & Rosemary would include Betty in some of their outings to Jackpot and the many evening meals at Homestead. He was a great man, and went the extra mile at Brighter Homes if you were looking for something not in stock. Will miss his whistling while working on puzzles in the Commons! Prayers for you all as you prepare for the coming days.

  10. Marjorie Wartman Family says

    Dear Jayme, Adam and your whole extended family, We are heartbroken for you. We pray that your many beautiful memories will soften this loss of your dear one at this time. We are thinking of you all and sending our love.

  11. So very sorry for your loss. I always loved talking to Al & like everyone is saying- he was always smiling. I don’t think I ever saw him in a bad mood. Prayers coming your way. RIP Al- you were one of a kind and will be missed

  12. James R. Crouse says

    Although I did not know Al — I am not sure I ever met him — Yvonne was one of my many cousins whom I probably saw at some time in the early 1960’s and not since — I offer my condolences to his family and his friends, along with sharing the joy that Al knew his Lord and Savior, and is now in joy and gladness and without any more suffering or longing, as our Lord promised he will “wipe away every tear from our eyes”. GOD be with you.
    Cousin Jim Crouse, Fort Wayne, Indiana

  13. His bright smile, great hugs, and positive attitude will warm my heart until I’m finished in this journey. My sympathies and healing prayers for Rosemary, Mark, Amy, and Jayme. Hold tight to your memories. Al will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by everyone who was fortunate to have met him. Rejoice In Paradise, Dear Al!

  14. Will and Marilee Domier says

    We are Minnesota residents but spend winters at Lake Havasu City, Arizona,. where Al and Rosemary have also spent many winters. There was an announcement this morning at our Saturday morning coffee gathering about Al’s passing. Needless to say, many in the group who knew Al were immediately saddened. We have gotten to know Al over the past few years and have really enjoyed being in his presence. His great smile, kind personality, great sense of humor and infectious laugh made Al a real joy to be around. Our deepest sympathy goes to Rosemary and Al’s family in the loss of this truly wonderful and caring person. All of us at Lakeview Park will miss Al enormously. God Bless the memory of Al Remillard.

  15. Ron and Arlene Fasola says

    We are so sorry to learn that Al passed away. Al and Rosemary stayed at our Lake Havasu home each winter for many years. Al had a great sense of humor, was a wonderful person and fun to be around. We will miss him. Our sympathy to Al’s family and our friend Rosemary and her family.

  16. Terry R Marguth says

    Al and myself go back many years. His friendship and conversations meant a lot to me. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. RIP Al.

  17. Dan Peterson says

    So sorry for your loss- it has been a long time since camp at Shetek. Prayers for your entire family-
    Dan Peterson

  18. Richard Branstner and Rebecca Locky says

    Heartfelt condolences are deeply felt, for all of the Remillard, Johnson and Branstner families. May you find comfort in his memory and all of the good times that were had through the years together. He will be missed by so many. Gods Blessings to each of you.

  19. Travis Van Slooten says

    Mark, Jayme, and Amy, I just found out about your dad’s passing. You have my deepest sympathies and my prayers go out to you and your families.

    Al was the coolest guy and I always enjoyed talking to him. Like everyone has said, he was always smiling and cracking jokes.

  20. Pat Cooper says

    I am so sad to hear of Al’s passing. I hope that all of the memories of love and happy times will ease the sorrow of your loss. I was lucky to have Al and Rosemary as my neighbor in Havasu. Al had a wonderful sense of humor and always a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers to the Remillard Family and Al’s special friend Rosemary.

  21. My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time and the days ahead (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

  22. Molly Simmons & Chad Eckes says

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark and Margi and the entire Remillard family. Love, Molly, Chad, Will and Cole

  23. Pamela Schmidt-Emrey says

    My husband Shawn and I were very sad when we found out Alden was ill. He was so good-natured and when my son Dave and I went with my Mom (Yvonne’s sister) to their home we always had a good time with them. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He will be missed by so many and I’m sure he’s in Heaven telling jokes to everyone now 🙂

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