Alvin E. Ayer, 87, of Kahoka, died Saturday, June 30, 2012 at his home in Kahoka with his family by his side.
He was born the son of Herley and Lena Ayer on May 7, 1925 at Bloomfield, Iowa.
Alvin spent his childhood in the Bloomfield and Lancaster, MO, area. He was drafted into the Army of the United States on December 4, 1944, serving until he was honorably dischared on September 5, 1946. Alvin was awarded an American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal for his service.
He married the former Donna Allen on November 9, 1946. She preceded him in death on October 17, 1997.
To this union, seven children were born – Terry, Paul, Debbie, Randy, Kirk, John and Audrey.
The Ayers spent many years farming south of Wyaconda, before Alvin retired when he turned 55. Alvin and Donna then traveled for many years, spending the winters in Arizona and Texas.
Alvin enjoyed being with his family and looked forward to Sunday morning breakfast and playing pinochle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, nine brothers and sisters, his wife, his daughter Debbie and son Randy.
He is survived by his daughter, Terry Arnold of Memphis; son Paul and wife Mickey Ayer of Wyaconda; daughter-in-law Ellen Ayer of Wyaconda; son, Kirk Ayer of Kahoka; John and wife Nancy Ayer of Keokuk; daughter, Audrey and husband Chuck Roberts of Memphis; a sister, Maxine Strickler of Kahoka; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Paulson of Texas; grandchildren: Gary Arnold, Andrea Brassfield, Adam Arnold, Cody Arnold, Tim Ayer, Jason Ayer, Tiffany Marcellus, Miranda Bourgeois, Leanna Miller, Andrew Ayer, John A. Ayer, Leah Scott, Lance E. Smith and Loren Smith-Roberts; two step granddaughters; 23 great grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; a great great granddaughter; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 3 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Wyaconda with Alvin’s grandson, Tim Ayer officiating.
Burial, with military honors, will be in the Wyaconda Cemetery.
Visitation is from 2-8 p.m., Monday, July 2 at the Gerth Funeral Home in Wyaconda with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.