Alvin M. Lau


February 10, 1924 - May 14, 2013


Alvin M. Lau was born February 10, 1924 in Douglas County near Armour, SD to Marcus F. and Minnie (Bertram) Lau.

He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1942.  He married Lavon E. Bucknell from Alexandria, SD on December 3, 1947 in Mitchell, SD.  Their first home was in Columbus, NE where he managed the Columbus Paint and Wallpaper Co.  They returned to Mitchell, SD in 1948 and he went to work for Northwestern Public Service Company and was employed by them for 40 ½ years.  He transferred to their Madison, SD office as Division Manager in 1966 and to Aberdeen, SD in the same capacity in 1971.  He was promoted to Vice President of Consumer Affairs in 1979 and moved to their General Offices in Huron, SD.  He retired in February 1989.

He was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Omaha and past member of Holy Spirit in Mitchell, Mitchell Elks 1059, and UCT.

He was very active in civic affairs in the communities he lived.  In Mitchell he served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, and the Jaycees.  He was vice president and secretary of the Rotary Club and treasurer of the Corn Palace Committee.  Also, while living in Mitchell he served as president of the Crippled Children’s Hospital and School PTA in Sioux Falls, SD.

In Madison he served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the Madison Industrial Development Corp., board member of the Kiwanis Club and Senior Citizens Center and also the Madison Airport Commission.

While in Aberdeen, he was president of the Chamber of Commerce, vice president and treasurer of the Rotary Club, on the board of the Directors of the United Way, Brown County Council for the Aging and the Metropolitan Club.  Advisory boards he served on included Northern State University-Business Division, Presentation College-SD Foundation of Private Colleges and with SDAD Communication Service for the Deaf.

In Huron he was a board member of the Greater Huron Industrial Development Corp., the Beadle County Coalition on Aging, past president of the Mr. and Mrs. Dance Club and past chairman of the Huron Chamber Ambassadors.

They moved back to Mitchell in July of 1994.  They continued to live there until moving to Omaha, NE on November 30, 2007

He is survived by his wife, Lavon; daughter, Sandy Knockenhauer and husband, George; son Douglas; grandson, Michael Knockenhauer and wife, Cate and two great grandsons, Michael Jr. and Jack all of Omaha, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  

Memorials may be directed to Quality Living, Omaha NE or the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 


Friday, May 17, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
1401 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, May 18, 2013
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Lee Larsen on May 29, 2013
My condolences to the family. Al was a terrific man and will be greatly missed. Special greeting to Doug who worked with me in Huron. His dad was always concerned that he do a good job and he always did. We will keep your family in our prayers.
Posted by Bob & Julie Messerli on May 17, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in your memories . Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
God bless.
Posted by Wesley & Lorraine Jarman on May 17, 2013
So sorry to read in the paper this AM.about Al. I worked with Al for many years at NWPS.Many wonderful memories. Our thoughts & prayers are with you Lavon & your family.
Posted by Carol Pollreisz McEntee on May 16, 2013
Sorry for your loss. Al will be missed. He was a great leader.I worked for Al at NWPS at MItchell,, right out of highschool
Posted by Bill Mueller on May 16, 2013
Al was a great community minded person as is evidenced by his parcipitation in various organizations in the communities in which he lived.

My deepest sympathies go to his son Doug with whom I worked at the NW Bank in Huron while they lived there. He is a special guy as was his father.
Posted by Janet and John Thomas on May 16, 2013
Al was a wonderful person and most of all a great uncle. He will greatly missed by the whole family
Posted by Delores(Paulsen)Schnarr on May 15, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the Lau family. I worked with Al right out of high school at NWPS for several years. He was a great person and am sure will be missed by all.
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