Alva was born July 25, 1932, in Gibbs. Mo. He married Carmella Degen on May 26, 1973, in Rock Island.
His children are Kathy (Rick) Ryckegham, Moline; Kim Simpson, Davenport; Becky Shouse, Portland, Ore.; and Greg (Angie) Shouse, East Moline. He has eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Alva farmed in Missouri for a few years, and in 1952, he became a chef for his uncle (who had a string of mess halls all over the world). Later, he was employed by John Deere Foundry as a supervisor, retiring in 1986 after 27 years.
He enjoys hunting, fishing and gardening.
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