Obit: Cain, Alton D. (1931 - 2015)
Contact: Robert Lipprandt
----Source: The Star News (Medford, WI) 2/12/2015
Cain, Alton D. (7 AUG 1931 - 7 FEB 2015)
A tribute to my Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-grandfather, Brother and Friend.
He was a friend to everyone who knew him, and even more than that, he considered close, dear friends just like family and treated them as such . . . one of many unique and wonderful characteristics of this man.
Back in his hometown in the state of Kansas where he grew up, many knew him as "Cotton" because of such blonde-white hair he had as a young man. He served time in the Navy on a battleship during the Korean Conflict, making two tours around the world, and we are so glad he had the privilege to go on the Honor Flight this past year . . . it meant so much to him.
His two sisters, Avis and Artith, spoke of him as a kind and devoted brother, which certainly was the tone that resonated throughout his life with all of us. He had a passion for farming, along with running turnapull and plowing snow for Taylor County for over 35 years. He was no stranger to working hard his whole life . . . most days from sunup to sundown. He loved his coffee, usually pretty strong, and could never begin his days without having several cups . . . the BEST smell ever, one which woke us all up every morning and could never be duplicated no matter how hard we tried. Dad always had a good appetite for Mom's cooking, but his all-time favorite was biscuits and gravy, never to be matched by his sister Artith's recipe or the Smoke House in Florida . . . when spending winters there he would go there for breakfast every morning if it was up to him.
Whether it was milking cows, plowing snow, making hay, repairing machinery, caring for a sick animal, mowing lawn, planting crops or cutting firewood, he made sure it all got done . .. taking care of himself last. He never complained, even when reluctant to be dragged to numerous auctions (a tradition with his wife and mother-in-law every available Saturday of the summer) . . . guess who made sure a cooler was packed and the car was ready the next morning? He never missed an opportunity to give his grandkids rides on the tractor, riding lawnmower, or in a bumpy cart behind the lawnmower . . . he loved his grandkids so much and missed them dearly when they weren't around. Mom always joked about how Dad had the ability to always find an earring if she lost one . . . I think it had something to do with just being a patient man. He was usually pretty quiet and laid back, would sacrifice so much for his family first, and simply had an unconditional love that was admired by us all.
It would take a book to record all the great things about him, and all that he had done in his life, but we will always know and remember him as "My Husband," "Dad," "Pops," "Grandpa," "Great-grandpa," "Brother," and even "Sugar Lips." To his friends, he will always be "Al" or "Altone," and they will miss sitting on the deck with him sharing a beer or two and telling stories. We are all so thankful for having him in our lives and will continue to count the blessings.
Wife, Marilyn; sons, Kevin, Steven, Jeffrey; special daughter, Heather; grandsons, Adam, Zachery, Ryan, Jason and Killian; granddaughters, Nicholé, Alí, Jessica and Samantha; and four great-grandchildren.
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