Albert Menig passed peacefully in his sleep at his home in Grass Valley. He was 85.
Born March 23, 1928, to Albert and Thelma Menig in Detroit, Mich., Al spent his first eight years in the upper Midwest before boarding a train with his family for a new life in Los Angeles. Al was student-body president at Southgate High School and upon graduation joined the Navy for a two-year tour of duty. With the new G.I. Bill, Al attended USC, gaining a degree in electrical engineering.
While at USC, Al met the love of his life, Halga Johnson, whom he married upon graduation. At his first job in electronics, Al discovered his natural skills at sales and began a 40-year career in electronic sales. Eventually Al and his partner started their own sales rep company, Halbar, which grew to include several offices and over a dozen partners. Al retired from Halbar in 1992 and with his wife, Halga, moved to Grass Valley to be near their three sons and growing number of grandchildren.
Al’s biggest love, besides his wife and family, was his alma mater, USC. Al was a die-hard Trojan fan, having season tickets to the football games from 1947 until just three years ago. His personalized license plate read “4 OLD SC,” a tribute to the USC fight song. Al loved people, and his circle of close, long-term friends was extensive. Travelling to see his beloved Trojans play football with friends was one of his favorite activities. Al enjoyed playing sports, as well, and played baseball as a young man, transitioning into racquetball when the rackets were still made of wood. Al’s other love was cars; he obtained his first at age 16 by trading his typewriter for it. Goofing with his grandchildren, wrestling with them and acting like a kid with them came naturally to Al. That was his essence. Al was a kind, gentle man, always quick with a smile. He always assumed the best of everyone and treated strangers as friends.
Al is survived by his adult children Jon, Tom and Eric; eight grandchildren Ryan, Alela, Kyle, Haley, Allison, Miranda, Jack and Joe; and great-grandchildren Aya, Ethan, Layla and Vera.
Al was preceded in his trip to heaven by his wife and love of his life, Halga, in 2008. They are now reunited, as they should be.
Al is going to be missed dearly by his large circle of friends, but mostly by his family, who looked to him as an example of how a life should be led. His gentleness, positive attitude, consideration of others, work ethic and easy smile made those who had the good fortune to know him better.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Albert’s name to Hospice of the Foothills.