Albert (Corby) Fichter, Jr, 90, of Shenandoah and formerly of rural Randolph, entered into eternal rest on Monday, August 23, 2021 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak following a brief illness. Celebration of life funeral services for Corby will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 9:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah with Pastors Kelly W. Peavey, Andy Rubenking and Jan Phillips giving words of comfort. Open visitation and viewing will take place on Friday, August 27, 2021, from 12:00 PM Noon until 6:00 PM at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday evening at the funeral home (the family will be positioned outside under the carport on the east side of the funeral home to greet people for visitation). Private family interment will take place in the Randolph Cemetery in Randolph. Memorials in Corby's name are being directed to the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. Anyone who is unable to attend the service can still view the services by going to the Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Services Facebook page where it will be Facebook Live Streamed and available to view once the service begins (and anytime after the service). The live posting will remain on the page for any future use.
Albert Corby Fichter, Jr. of Shenandoah, Iowa passed away peacefully with family present on August 23, 2021 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. He was born on May 31, 1931 at Hand Hospital in Shenandoah to Albert Corby Fichter, Sr. and Lillian Anada (Stevens) Fichter. He was raised on a farm outside of Randolph, attended the one-room Harvard School, the Randolph School, and with the class of 1948, graduated from Shenandoah High School. He attended Iowa State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry in 1952. In the summer of 1955 he met his future wife, Ayeleene Boykin, at a Farm Bureau event in Sidney, Iowa and they were married on December 18, 1955.
He was active in 4-H and FFA, receiving the Iowa Farmer Degree and Ak-Sar-Ben Meat Animal Award. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Thespians and attended the American Legion of Iowa Boys State. While attending Iowa State University, he continued his pattern of involvement with Farm House Fraternity, Block and Bridle, VEISHEA and scholastic honorary societies. He was honored to receive the following awards: Journalism Award for the ISU student publication The Agriculturist, Alpha Zeta Honorary Fraternity, Iowa State Service Key Award, WOWT Farm Family of the Year and the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Farm Family of the Year.
Corby and Ayeleene raised their children near Randolph, with farming and agriculture as the base of their lives. They prioritized involvement in their children’s lives and contributed to the Randolph, Tabor and Shenandoah communities. They supported and invested time in 4-H, Farm Bureau, the Fremont County Fair Board, the United Methodist Church Board and the Wallace Foundation. Corby served on the Fremont-Mills School Board for several years. When receiving the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry award, Corby commented, “We had so many people who influenced our lives that we’ve always felt that we owe it to God to give back to the community.”
Corby was preceded in death by his wife, Ayeleene, his parents, his sister, Rosemary Fichter and an infant brother. Also, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Virginia and Willard Ford, John and Ann Boykin, Cecil and Betty Boykin, Elizabeth Lewis, Sarah Maye Boykin, and Phyllis Boykin. He is survived by brothers-in-law Pete Boykin and JC Lewis.
His children and their families have been a huge support and encouragement since Ayeleene passed away in 2008. Corby Fichter, III (Jean) Shenandoah, Iowa; Joy Rubenking (Raleigh) Norwalk, Iowa; Melanie Dial (Todd) Shenandoah, Iowa; Amy Fichter (Carl Vandermeulen) Menomonie, Wisconsin; Allyson Forney (Mike) Randolph, Iowa. Grandchildren: Adam Fichter (Marissa) Clear Lake, Iowa; Austin Fichter (Jourdan) Gretna, Nebraska; Heidi Mandt (Chris) Clive, Iowa; Benjamin Rubenking (Madison) Des Moines, Iowa; Craig Rubenking (Renee) Windsor Heights, Iowa; Anada Mendoza (Mike) Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nicholas Dial (Krista) Urbandale, Iowa; Megan Dial-Lapcewich (Brian) Oxford, Iowa; Simon Fichter, Menomonie, Wisconsin; Maria Forney, Randolph, Iowa; and Sawyer Forney, Randolph, Iowa. Great grandchildren: Caroline Fichter, Olivia and Nolan Powell, and Vincent Rubenking, Elias, Lilian and Arabella Mendoza, Britta Dial and Jameson Dial-Lapcewich, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.
Corby took great pleasure in attending his grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. He enjoyed reading, puzzles, watching sporting events on television, and winning at card games. Although he was a quiet man, he influenced the lives of many inside and outside of his family with his loving manner, sense of humor, integrity, and strong relationship with God.
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