Albert Harold Sheriff |

Albert Harold Sheriff

Albert (Al) Harold Sheriff died peacefully in Glenwood Springs Friday, April 29, 2005. He was 79.

Al was born in Kansas City, Kan., on Feb. 7, 1926, to Albert and Thistle Sheriff.

At the age of 17, Al enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in several battles in the South Pacific. Al received the Marine Corps Purple Heart after he was wounded in Guam. Upon return to the United States, Al married Corabelle (Corkey) Edith Briggs.

Al and Corkey moved to Manhattan, Kan., where Al attended college at Kansas State and played baseball for the Kansas State Wildcats. Al and Corky had two sons. Al continued to play baseball and had a short stint with a professional team called the Topeka Owls. He played semi-pro baseball in the summers in Iowa and Minnesota, where Al and Corkey fell in love with the northern Minnesota lake country.

In 1957, Al and his family moved to Alexandria, Minn., so Al could teach and coach. After career moves to Angwin, Calif., and Manhattan, Kan., they returned to Alexandria in 1968, where both Al and Corkey taught for 20 years. After retiring, they enjoyed traveling and taking care of their Texas and Minnesota properties. In 2004, Al and Corkey moved to Glenwood Springs to be closer to their sons and families.

Al was a strong, positive and friendly individual who always had something constructive to say or offer. Friends, students and athletes will remember Al for his love of life and his supportive and constructive attitude.

Al is survived by his wife of 57 years; his sister, Shirley Niedens; sons Al and David; grandchildren Amy, Katy, Sam and Emily; great-grandchildren Addison and Cooper; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation at noon and a service at 1 p.m. at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs on Monday, May 2. A military burial is scheduled at Ft. Logan National Military Cemetery in Denver on May 6.

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