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Obituary for Everett J. "Alligator" Alleman, Sr.

Everett John "Alligator" Alleman, Sr., 75 years old, lived in Mindoro with his beloved wife, Anna Marie, and their two cats, "Skinny Sue" and "Charlie" too.  Everett died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family after a 14 month battle with Leukemia.
Everett was born December 18, 1937, in the Town of Campbell, La Crosse County, to John and Lillian (Conrad) Alleman.  He was a 1956 graduate of Bangor High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959.  On December 19, 1959, he married Anna Marie Widner at the Methodist Church in Viroqua and they have shared over 53 years of marriage together.  Everett farmed for six years in various locations throughout Vernon County.  He was a jack-of-all-trades who worked at several places including Lunda Construction building bridges on the interstate near West Salem, the creamery in West Bend, Wis., Valley Farm Supply in La Crosse, making snow at Mt. La Crosse Ski Hill, was an over-the-road salesman for various companies, and also worked at several auto dealerships in the area.  After his "retirement", he continued to serve the public by driving for Abby Vans for ten years.  Everett enjoyed traveling with his wife to Alaska, Mexico, and other areas in the United States, but he mostly enjoyed the winters that were spent in Rockport, Texas.  He looked forward to his fishing trips to Baudette, Minn. and Pine Lake, Minn., and also to the times spent at Karen and Terry's cabin in Park Falls, Wis.  Everett's most treasured times were spent watching his grandchildren's sporting activities, especially hockey.  He also loved to mow the grass and took great pride in his lawn.  Everett never had a love of cats until a hungry stray came to his door looking for food.  He named her "Skinny Sue" and began caring for her.  After discovering she was pregnant, she had her litter and Everett gave all of the kittens away except for "Charlie". Thus, beginning his love for their cats whom forever touched his heart.  Everett will always be remembered for his gift of gab, his attention-grabbing story telling, his kind heart, and his never-ending love for his family.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Marie; five children, Everett, Jr. (Renee) of Mindoro, Deanna (Andy) Gholson of Fishers, Ind., Rhonda (Kevin) Helgeson of Onalaska, Donna (Art) Breuninger of Manitowoc, Wis., and Penny Morschhauser (fiance, Rick Schumacher) of La Crescent, Minn.; 21 grandchildren, Christy, Jenny (fiance, Travis Gordon), Lillian "Lilly" and John, Ashley and Drew, Jaimie, Derek (Kailee), Samantha, and Stephanie, Casey, Jesse (girlfriend, Taylor), Bryan, Shane, and Nicole, Tyler (girlfriend, Nicole), Cody, Jessica, Joey, Maddie, and Jessica; five great-grandchildren, Paige and Riley, Preston, Aubrie, and Jayden; one brother, Don (Lois) Rolston; one sister-in-law, Alice Houghtaling; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Fern (Harry) Heacox and Virginia (Pat) Harwick; two brothers, Robert Houghtaling and Vernon (Ike) Houghtaling; and many other relatives.
Funeral services will be Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Jostad Chapel), 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem.  Burial will be in Farmington Cemetery, Mindoro, with military honors by the Gunderson-Gilbertson American Legion Post 507 of Mindoro and the U.S. Army Funeral Honor Guard.  A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service.  Online condolences may be sent at

The family would like to give a very special thank you to those of you at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse that helped care for him during his battle with leukemia.  You earned a very special place in his heart and our hearts.  Thank you for your excellent care.