Al Costephens was born on December 12, 1939.
Al is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Costephens; son, Alton J. Costephens; daughter, Judia Hersom (Bill); grandchildren, Danielle and Kyle Burton, Mike and Shay Brunson and Jesse and Becca Emerson. Al also has eight great-grandchildren who he adored.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, Elmo and Eunice Costephens; sister, Dortha Thomas; grandson, Drew Seeley and great-grandson Teshone Jones-Costephens.
Al spent the first eight years of his life in humble beginnings in Missouri then moved to Tracy, California where he attended school and graduated from Tracy High in 1958. After graduating, he married the love of his life, Betty and soon welcomed two wonderful children. They then moved to Albany, Oregon in 1972 where his family grew to include four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Al spent a 34-year career working at Duraflake where he was well respected for his ability to lead and train new and current staff.
When Al was not working around the house on various improvement projects, he loved to travel. Al enjoyed loading up the motorhome and he and his wife went to Branson, Missouri. Also, they went to Arizona where his sister and brother, Larry and Shirley would travel alongside them. They loved to visit Dorena Lake in Oregon and traveling to California to visit family. Nothing made Al happier than spending time boating, camping, playing pinochle, enjoying country music concerts and attending Fan Festival with Southern gospel quartets in Visalia, California.
Even as we miss Al, we can celebrate knowing that his race is finished. He is in the Lord’s presence.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at Neighborhood Church, 2815 Pine Street, Albany, Oregon 97322.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Neighborhood Church, 2815 Pine Street, Albany, Oregon 97322.
AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling the arrangements (www.aasum-dufour.com).
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