Albert B. Albrecht, age 97, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, and formerly of Richmond, Indiana, died Friday, January 20, 2023, at UPMC Jameson. Born March 18, 1925, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Alfred and Sophie Bernnard Albrecht, he was a long-time resident of this area.
Al earned a BA degree in math from Ohio Wesleyan University and also received a BS degree from Ohio State in metallurgical engineering. He had a long career in the Machine Tool Industry and worked at various companies including Monarch, Kennametal, Sandvik, and Textron. Al came to Richmond in 1986 as a co-owner and Vice-President of NATCO. He has written many technical articles on machine tools and is the author of The American Machine Tool Industry, Its History, Growth, Restructuring and Recovery. Al was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and was named outstanding senior. During World War II he played drums in the 717th Third Air Force Army Band. Al also volunteered as a percussion coach for the Richmond High School Band from 1991 to 2002. In addition, he performed in several musical productions at the Civic Theater and took private drum students at his home. Besides drumming, his hobbies included sailing his Highlander, traveling, gardening, photography and tracing family history. On June 25th, 1949, he married his beautiful and beloved wife, Nancy Cecil, and they were devoted to each other for 70 years. Al attended First Presbyterian Church in Richmond.
Survivors include his four daughters, Jane (George) Yates of New Castle, PA, Kathryn (Mark) Borchers of the Woodlands, TX, Julia (Todd) Griffith of Ligonier, PA and Amy (Chuck, deceased) Peters of Martinez, GA. Other survivors include 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He took great pleasure in being involved in their lives. He also enjoyed the companionship of 8 collie dogs. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy on May 19, 2019; parents; and twin sister, Alyce.
Visitation for Albert B. Albrecht will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2023, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2023, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Pastor George Yates officiating. Burial will be in Earlham Cemetery’s Veteran’s Field of Honor. Memorial contributions may be made to: Help the Animals, 2101 West Main St., P. O. Box 117, Richmond, IN 47374. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.