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Albert Backer

September 30, 1934 - November 12, 2011


5-7:00 PM, Thursday November 17, Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 PM, Thursday November 17, Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

11:00 AM, Friday November 18, Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.


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Albert Backer

September 30, 1934 - November 12, 2011


Albert Herman Backer, 77, of Fargo passed away on Saturday, November 12, at his home surrounded by his family.

Albert was born in Kensal, ND, September 30, 1934 to Herman and Birdella (Paczkowski) Backer. He grew up in Southeastern North Dakota splitting time in Cayuga and Rutland. He worked with his father as a blacksmith and then later on the railroad. He was united in marriage to Marlene Cryan in Cayuga on July 18, 1956. He ran a service station in Cayuga for several years. The family later moved to Fargo in 1967 and lived there until the time of his death. After moving to Fargo Albert went to work for Tennifos Construction, until 1974, when he started his own business Backer Welding. He owned and operated Backer Welding for 31 years, until retiring.

 He was an avid hunter and took pride and enjoyed caring for his lawn. He enjoyed playing cards and shooting pool. Albert was a member of Nativity Catholic Church.

 Albert is survived by his wife of 55 years Marlene; son: Tom Backer of Fargo; daughter: Barbara Gassmann fiancé Ray Cook of Fargo; grandchildren: Cassie Gassmann & Shelby Backer. Brothers: Leon, Raymond, Bill; sisters: Delores, Jeanie, Rosie, Yvonne. He was preceded in death by: his parents, brother: Alvin; sisters: Mary & Ellie.


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  1. Tim Gassmann says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    My condolences to Marlene and her family on Albert’s passing, which deeply saddens me.

  2. LaVerne Seefeld says:

    Fargo, ND
    Marlene, Barb, Tom, Cassie, and other family members,
    My heart is sad this day for all of you. Al was such a happy smiling and generous man. He always had conversation with anyone, and how he loved to read. Not fiction either. He loved to read history, true stories, and he knew about many topics. He was a wonderful conversationalist. And did he work hard. So he is now resting peacefully in his new home. There will be no more pain for him, and he will be watching over all of you now.
    He loved to play cards, especially pinochle, and he loved to cook spaghetti and meat balls. Which were absolutely delicious. A New Year’s Day with the Backers and cards and his cooked specialty is a day I will never forget.
    May your hearts be lightened and remember how Al loved life always.
    Peace and Prayers,

  3. Julia Davis says:

    Port Clinton OhioI did not know Albert, but know his son Tom through his Walleye fishing career, and wish to express my sympathies for the loss of his Father.

    God Bless,


  4. Mary Parsons says:

    Glidden WITo the Albert Backer Family:
    My sincere sympathies, I’ve only meet Albert a few times, but I’ve known Tom for 32-years and consider him to be a close friend.
    I pray that you may all find some comfort in this difficult time.
    Mary Parsons

  5. Alice and Darrld Engel says:

    Fargo ND
    Barb – We are sorry for your loss. God bless!

  6. Clark Sheldon, DC says:

    Mapleton ND
    Dear Tom and Mom, I extend sincere sympathy at this time of separation, and share your sadness. The world would be a really different (better) place if even half the people were like Al. I truly appreciated the times we had together. Great stories.

  7. Bill Kiefer says:

    Fargo ND
    In a small town like Cayuga, ND
    interaction with other residents comes in many ways. Albert was truly a self-made man who could fix or fabricate anything. I grew up with and had friendships with many of his family members. His wife Marlene and her family were good neighbors and I even had the privilege of coaching their son Tom in Little League baseball. God Bless the entire Backer family.

    Bill Kiefer

  8. DUANE E. WEBB says:

    MERCED CAThe Webb family extends thier sympathy. Albert will greatly missed.

  9. Jerry Black says:

    Thanks for all the good times !

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