Al was born in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Freida (nee Lange) and Adolf Albrecht. He was the youngest of five children... Evelyn (deceased), Corinne, Ron, and Don (deceased). He married Linda (nee Nelson), July 21, 1973. They had two children... Meridith (deceased) and Brooke (Chip) Combs. Al and Linda resided in Elburn, Illinois until their retirement. At that time they moved to Mexico Beach, Florida.
As Al was a people person, he thoroughly enjoyed being a mixologist at Durham Woods Riding Club in Wayne, Illinois. During retirement he equally enjoyed working at The Port Inn in Port St. Joe, Florida.
Al proudly served in the U.S. Army as a Chaplin Assistant, serving between 1964 and 1966. He had many passions.....nature and especially the garden. He grew catalaya orchids from seedlings and was known as the Orchid man. Garage sales and auctions were in his blood!!! ...over the years he 'found' many, many treasures; He loved to travel....if he could have he would have been on the road, 24/7-365 days a year. He was a Hospice volunteer for ten years with Kane County Hospice, in Illinois. He loved a good party....if there was music, you could always find him on the dance floor.
In 2009 God led us to a wonderful man...Dr. David Thiel at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. His bladder cancer was first diagnosed at that time as well as removal of a kidney. Because of Dr. Thiel and our Lord, we have had 8 additional years with him.. Dr. Thiel literally saved Al's life a couple of times. Over the past 8 years Al came close to death five times and each time he fought. Al was known as 'The Miracle Man', by friends and his physicians. We know that our Heavenly Father has been by Al's side all this time, until it was time for him to go home....and we are thankful and blessed for that.