Alden “Abe” Abraham, 78, died Friday, August 2 in his own bed in Minneapolis MN, with his wife Elizabeth (Bette) by his side. A native of Richland, NE, he attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln for his BS Degree in accounting. He served as an officer in the Navy for 3.5 years and then served in the Reserves while he attended law school at UNL. He became a partner with Arthur Anderson before owning Top Tool Co. a manufacturing n Blaine MN, which produced micro miniature components, mostly for the medical device industry. He retired 30 years later.
In a world that is increasingly unrecognizable and confusing, he has been a constant anchor for what is good and right. His calmness, intellect, patience, integrity, dry sense of humor and generosity were hallmarks of his character. He was guided by three principles: to be a good man, to always be kind, and to treat people the way he would like to be treated.
Abe was a philanthropist and a strong supporter of education. He funded numerous scholarships for many different Colleges and Universities. He also supported the Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota Orchestra, Mayo Clinic, and other charities and nonprofits as well. He and his loving wife of 49 years traveled extensively, mostly in Europe. His favorite trip was a 2018 Safari in Kenya and Tanzania. He loved life and fought prostate cancer for over 22 years.
Abe is survived by his wife Elizabeth, Minneapolis, MN, two sisters, Florence Stevenson, Richland NE, Elaine Abraham, Schuyler NE, brother in law John (Tamara) Havens, Lexington, MA, and sister in law Jean Cook, New Port Richey, FL. 4 nephews: Ben Havens Lexington MA, Daniel (Suzanne) Stevenson, Columbus, NE, Kenneth (Denise) Stevenson, Richland NE, Thomas (Julie) Stevenson, Aurora NE, and niece Julie Havens, Arlington MA, and seven great nieces and nephews: Rylee, Emily, Zachary, Jordan, Madison, Nicholas, and Nathan.
Abe is preceded in death by his parents John and Ida Abraham, 3 sisters Joyce Svasek, Eleanor Moural, and LaVerna Abraham, and one brother Donald Abraham, and two brothers in laws, Ward Stevenson Jr, and Peter Havens.
A celebration of Abe’s life will be held at the Nicollet Island Inn, September 13 on Friday from 3:30 to 7. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the University of Nebraska Foundation or donor’s choice.