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Robert W. Alvey

Robert (Bob) Alvey of Hollandale, Minnesota passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie at the age of 94 after a short illness.  A celebration of Bob's life will be held at the Hollandale Reformed Church on Saturday, January 30th at 10:30 am with visitation one hour before the service with lunch to follow at the church.  Pastor Neal Ooms will officiate, a loving friend of Bob who visited him often.

Bob was born on July 30, 1921 in Thompson, Iowa and the son of the late Fred Alvey and Marie (Stabel) Alvey.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Charlotte (Jensen) and brother Kerm & Esther (Heitland) Alvey, sisters Mirth Alvey, Willa Alvey, Viola (Helmer) Swenson. Bob's loving immediate family was with him to the end of his life here on earth including oldest son Larry Alvey of Albert Lea, daughter Christine Alvey of Milan, Michigan, and youngest son Mike and Penny (Levine) Alvey of Austin.  Bob’s 3 grandchildren are Jed (Anna) Olvera, Clay (Anna) Levine and Sam (Kaitlin) Olvera, 10 great grandchildren, 1 great-great-granddaughter, and niece Fred & Karen (Alvey) Suroff.

Bob and Charlotte were united in Marriage on June 30, 1945. They met attending Hamilton Business College in Mason City, Iowa and moved to Hollandale, Minnesota when they graduated.  Bob was hired as a bookkeeper at Paul D. Jones, Inc. where he spent his entire adult life selling potatoes and onions.  When Paul Jones passed away, Ted Munson and Bob bought the business and ran it until their retirements and enjoyed working with the local farmers and their customers throughout the Midwest.  Even in retirement he continued to work with Veger's of Hollandale who purchased Paul D. Jones.  Potatoes and onions were Bob's passion and he still talked about it up until the end reminding us always that "It's not a meal without potatoes!" Bob loved life and always presented the bright and positive side of life to all he knew. Bob and Charlotte enjoyed living, working and appreciating the small town atmosphere walking together hand in hand in Hollandale. He will be missed and his memory will forever help his family continue on until we're all reunited again.

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The Hollandale area has been truly been blessed with Bob Alvey's presence over the years.
He has left us with many fond memories which we can continue to hold on to. Sympathies to the family on your loss.

Peter Van Erkel Jan 28 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss.  Bob was a wonderful man and so enjoyed him coming in the Cafe back so many years ago in Hollandale.  We had so many wonderful talks and laughs. We had a standing joke going about shorthand.  Back then I still remembered, although seldom used it, and he kept trying to stump me.  You are in my thoughts and prayers during the difficult time.

Jean Van Wyngeeren Jaspersen Jan 27 2016 12:00 AM

Bob always brought sunshine with him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die.

Al & Gail Batt Jan 27 2016 12:00 AM

My Sympathy to the family of Robert Alvey.  He has instilled all the good lessons on living a full and generous life.  I work with Larry at 4 Seasons a very dedicated man who loved his father, his family and his clients.

Louise Ashleson Jan 27 2016 12:00 AM

Bob was always fun to be around and had a positive attitude about life. He always enjoyed visiting with people and made you feel welcome. A great loss to Hollandale!!! Sorry we can't make it to the funeral. Prayers for the family. Cherish the great memories you have with him.

Steve and Pat Forshee

Steve and Pat aForshee Jan 26 2016 12:00 AM