Allen Schacht – Post Bulletin


The memorial service for Allen Schacht will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 25 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester with Pastor Adam Koglin officiating. Friends and family can visit one hour before the church service.

Allen “Al” Jay Schacht, 84, of rural Hammond, died at Cottagewood Senior Communities on Sunday, June 19, 2022, after battling Alzheimer’s disease and dementia for the past two years. He was born on November 29, 1937 in Rochester to Verl and Violet Schacht. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1955 and went on to Rochester Junior College and then to the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1959. He began his career with the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho and Montana. In 1963, he received his Master of Science in Forestry (Wildlife) from the U of M. Al served in the US Army Reserves for seven years. On September 21, 1963, he married Judith Vig of Albert Lea. They left Montana in 1966 and moved to Duluth, where Al joined the State & Private Forestry (S&PF) division, continuing that work in St. Paul until 1971. Then moved to Washington D.C. to work in development rural and special programs for the Forest Service. . In 1975 he moved to Pennsylvania and worked for the Northeast Twenty State Region and became S&PF Northeast Region Director and then Associate Deputy Chief of S&PF in Washington DC in 1982. In 1992, he returned to S&PF Northeast Regional Director until his retirement. In 1994.

In retirement, Allen pursued his passion for the forest and the outdoors, planting and harvesting wood, was a master gardener and continued his father’s championship Dahlias legacy. He also enjoyed playing softball, collecting baseball cards. He has been involved with many societies including the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Society of American Foresters, MN Forestry Association, MN-Great Lakes Forestry Alliance Board Member, Wildlife Society, National Association of Conservation Districts and the president of Southern MN National Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). After returning to Minnesota in 1999, Al became very involved in their church, where he was an elder and served on various church boards.

Al is survived by his three sons, Ret. Col. Eric Schacht of Kansas City, MO, Steven (Jennifer) Schacht of Lander, WY, and Daniel (Michelle) Schacht of Brentwood, TN; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; and his sister Sharon Rae of Fort. Myers, FL. He was predeceased by his parents, wife and grandson, Justin.

Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Arbor Day Foundation.

Arrangements by Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, guest register at


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