Alfred "Al" William Furley

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  • Name: Alfred "Al" William Furley
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  • Date of Birth: July 24, 1890
  • Date of Death: November 13, 1962 (72 years old)
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  • Highest Rank: SEA (Seaman)
  • Branch: Navy
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    World War I

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    Al was a resident of Grand Rapids, Minnesota since 1905. He operated Furley's Bait Station on Fourth Street West for 30 years until his retirement several years ago.

    Al was a clerk of Lieberman Clothing and for Henry Ranfranz before starting his own business.

    One of the organizers of the McVeigh-Dunn American Legion Post, he was active in the Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Old Settlers Association. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge at Grand Rapids. Al was an ardent hunter and angler. He was active in the Izaak Walton League and local sportsmen's groups.

    Al came to Grand Rapids for the first time in 1894, moved to Duluth, Minnesota in 1896, and returned in 1905.

    Survivors are his wife, Mignonette; two daughters, Mrs. Francis Rafinski and Mrs. Harold Hanson; a son, SP 5 William Furley, serving with the Army at Killeen, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Andrew Urness; a brother, Sidney Hitchcock; and eight grandchildren.

    Al was a former village treasurer and recorder. He died in Itasca Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-F-25-0-7)

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