Alton "Sonny" Rochleau Jr.

Alton "Sonny" Lee Rochleau Jr. was born Dec. 5, 1932, at Fenton, the son of Alton Lee and Rose (Harmon) Rochleau. He went to school in Whittemore until grade 11 and then graduated from Algona High School. He was a veteran who served his country with honor in the U.S. Army from April 1953 until March 30, 1955. He remained an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars throughout his lifetime.

Sonny worked at Universal Manufacturing Company as a salesman for 47 years, retiring in 1999. Traveling the states of Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Nebraska and parts of Minnesota, he called on auto parts stores. He cemented friendships that have endured a lifetime. He brought the rare quality of service and dependability to all of his business dealings and was a true friend to all who ever met him.

Sonny was many different and wonderful things to many people. To his family, he was a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather with a great sense of humor. He loved to tease his grandchildren with jokes and laughter. He loved spending time with his family and going to their many activities

Sonny also loved hunting, fishing, and golfing. He said he had many good talks with God while sitting in the woods hunting and enjoying nature. He was on the board of Pheasants Forever, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Turkey Federation. He and his wife Sharon spent May through October at the lakes in Minnesota. He loved working there as a player's assistant at the Pines Golf Course part time. This was the perfect job for him, as he enjoyed meeting and talking with new people from across the United States.

Sonny is survived by one daughter, Kristine Woodruff, and her husband, Dennis, of Carlisle; and one son, Steven Rochleau, and his wife, Diane, of Cherokee; four grandchildren, Katherine (Eric) DeRoo, Jacob (Stephanie) Rochleau, Paige (Taylor) Smothers, and Blake (Molly) Woodruff; and seven great-grandchildren.

Sonny was preceded in death by his wife Sharon; his parents, Alton and Rose; two brothers, Gerald and Marvin; and sisters, Eileen and Delores. He is survived by a sister, Doris Mueller, and sisters-in-law, Betty Rochleau and Doris Rochleau.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7.

He passed away June 18, 2019.

Funeral services for Alton were held on Friday, June 21, at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Algona. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery with Military Honors. Online condolences may be left at

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