In Memory of Alden W. Backhaus

Alden W. Backhaus
Alden W. Backhaus
Born: November 22, 1925
Died: November 22, 2018
Age: 93
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Alden W. Backhaus
November 22, 1925 - November 22, 2018
From: Lawrence, KS | Originally: Ida Grove, IA

Alden W. Backhaus, age 93, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas.

Services will be held at a later date.  The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Alden was born November 22, 1925, in Ida Grove, Iowa to Alfred and Louise (Paulsen) Backhaus.  He attended country school and Ida Grove High School, and later joined the U.S. Army in 1945.  He served in the South Pacific, during WWII in Okinawa, Japan.  He was discharged in 1946 and came home to farm with his brother Edwin Backhaus.   

He married Beverly Morgan in 1957, and lived on the family farm south of Ida Grove, Iowa where they were blessed with their three children, Kerri, Brian and Robert.

He was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran church of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Alden was a lifetime grain and cattle farmer. He enjoyed the planting and harvesting seasons as well as attending livestock auctions.  He was interested in cars and had several different kinds during his lifetime. Dancing and playing cards with family and friends were some of his favorite past times.  He also liked to hunt and bring home a pheasant for Beverly to cook in beer.  He and Beverly enjoyed many trips around the country, visiting with family and friends. He was active in the American Legion Post 61 and participated in parades riding on the Iwo Jima float. After his retirement in 1996, he spent his days reading, and puttering around the farm on his ATV.  In July 2014 they left the farm and relocated in Lawrence, Kansas to be near Beverly’s brother and sister-in law Doug and Pam Morgan and their families.      

Survivors are his wife Beverly; children daughter Kerri of Glenwood, Iowa, son’s Brian (Samira) of Sacramento, California, Robert (Kimko) of Brentwood, Tennessee; grandchildren Jack, Joe (Alyson), Andrew (Sara), and step granddaughter Ally Watt; great grandchildren Izaiah, Emily and Connor Backhaus; brother Charles (Donna) of Altamonte Springs, Florida; brother in-law Douglas and sister in-law Pamela Morgan of Lawrence, Kansas; sisters in-law Juanita Johnson of Holstein, Iowa and Claire Backhaus of West Palm Beach, Florida; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Alden was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Louise; Sisters Enid (Ferguson), Junid (Guess), and Barbar; brothers Edwin and Philip.


Held at a later date


Monday, January 7, 2019 at 9:48 AM
“To Aunt Bev,
So sorry to hear that Uncle Al has passed. We are all thinking of you and sending our love. I hope to see you on June 1”
- Karen A Reynolds (Guess)
Monday, December 31, 2018 at 9:30 AM
“Bev, we are so sorry to hear of Alden's passing. May you feel the comfort of the Lord's presence. ”
- Bev and Allan Yeager
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10:05 AM
“May fond memories of Alden bring you all comfort during this hard time in your life. Look back on all the good memories you were able to have and smile at the fact that you were able to share those before he passed away. My heart and prayers go out to the family.”
- Lindsey Schubert
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10:05 AM
“Dear Bev and Family,
I am sorry for your loss. Just wanted you to know I am thinking of you and your family. Remembering some our memories as teachers at the elementary and other times as well.
Love, Susan Streck
I ”
- Susan Streck
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 2:33 PM
“Our condolences to Bev & family!
Our thoughts & prayers are with you all!
May you feel God’s comfort!”
- Barry & Sandy Backhaus
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