Alfred Kammerzell was born and raised in Eastern Washington. He graduated from Eastern Washington College with B.A. degrees in Language Arts and Education. Al was a Federal Civil Service retiree and a co-founder of the group Puget Sound Poetry Connection. His work appeared in the anthologies Dark Orchid and Earthrise. He also published in the journal Raven Chronicles and many issues of the journal Moonthorne Tapestry.
Al possessed an indomitable spirit and devoted much of his time in his later years to antiwar and peace work with the Fellowship of Reconciliation, People for Peace, Justice, and Healing, United for Peace of Pierce County, Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War, and other groups as well.
We extend our deepest sympathy to family and friends. Cards may be addressed to the family: Mr. and Mrs. Claude Kammerzell and Paul, 4214 80th Ave W., University Place, WA 98466.
ALFRED C. KAMMERZELL
News Tribune (Tacoma, WA)
May 26, 2009
Alfred C. Kammerzell was born October 1, 1929 in Farmington, WA and died May 14, 2009 in Tacoma. His parents were John and Martha Kammerzell. He attended school in Farmington and graduated from Eastern Washington State College, where he met and married the love of his life, Garnet Gene Maple. They were married 43 years and had three sons, Claude, Paul and Stanley. He is survived by Claude and Paul and two granddaughters, Deborah and Abigail. He worked for 35 years as a warehouseman at Fort Lewis and McChord AFB. He was active in Tacoma NAACP in the '50s and early '60s; and after retirement F.O.R., Jobs with Justice and Tacoma neighborhood councils. He was a member for over 50 years of the Tacoma Unitarian Church. He was a supporter of the local art scene and a founding member of Puget Sound Poetry Connection. One of his poems is included in the Point Defiance Promenade. A memorial will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2009, at 10:30 AM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tacoma, 1115 S. 56th St.