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Alva Lynn ‘Alvie’ Keith

POSTED October 13, 2010 3:43 a.m.

Alva Lynn ‘Alvie’ Keith, 88, died Thursday, Oct. 7 after a long battle with lymphoma in Soulsbyville.

He was born in Union Town, Kansas.

Mr. Keith served in the South pacific Theater during World War II in the 11th Airborne Field Artillery.

He was an auto mechanic, having worked many years at Marchetti’s Dodge and Chrysler dealership in Oakdale. He was later employed for many years by Mother Lode Motors in Sonora as shop foreman. His second occupation was watch and clock repair.

He was a movie extra, appearing in some 27 movies, commercials and TV episodes during his retirement. He was a member of the National Watch and Clock Association, the Mother Lode Gun Club, and a Life Member of the National Rifle Association.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed camping and traveling.

He and his wife built their own home in Oakdale, and their home for their retirement in Soulsbyville. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a dear friend to many.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Alleene Clark Keith of Soulsbyville; son, Gary Keith (Marilyn Kay) of Dayton, NV; daughter, Lynda Word of Twain Harte; brother, Ralph (Laura) Keith of Oakdale; sisters, Marie Reynolds of Oakdale; Lois Meddock and Kathryn (Dick) Panzner, both of Kansas; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fay Keith; mother, Ruth Keith; brothers, Carl and David; sister, Tressie Hunsaker; and son-in-law, William ‘Ray’ Word.

At his request, no services are planned.

Remembrances may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society and Hospice.

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