Alvin Rost was born March 25, 1947 in Crookston, Minnesota to Oliver and Agnes (Sevald) Rost. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the USAF and traveled the east coast maintaining flight simulators. He married the love of his life Susan Kaufenberg in 1975. They made their home in Fridley, Minnesota and welcomed their children, Michelle, Douglas and Jennifer. He was active in their lives by coaching, snuggling under the coveted yellow blanket, schlepping their stuff all over (including a parade float, large pieces of scenery and various trips to college), teaching them to fish and enjoying their lake cabin on Boot Lake near Park Rapids, Minnesota. After retirement Al and Sue built a new home at their lake place and relocated.
Al was a life long learner earning his Bachelors of Arts from Bemidji State in 2000. He was a library lover and checked out books on a variety of topics including gardening, DIY, computers and music. He enjoyed all things PBS. Al passed his love of learning on to his children and grandchildren enjoying time spent teaching them new skills.
He enjoyed spending time at his farm near Winger, Minnesota, cutting and splitting wood, puttering and growing produce to donate to local food shelves.
Al was employed by Tonka, Gresen Hydraulics and Parker Hannifin as a design engineer. He continued designing after his retirement and was awarded several patents.
Survivors include his wife Susan, children Michelle (Michael) Simmons, Douglas (Cecelia) Rost and Jennifer (Eric) Zeltwanger. Grandchildren: Rochelle and Josephine Simmons; Oliver Rost; William, Henry and Amelia Zeltwanger; sister, Shirley Rubenstein; numerous extended family members.
Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Oris Rost, sister-in-law Hazel Rost, and brother-in-law David Rubenstein.