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Alvah C. Drew Jr.

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Alvah C. Drew Jr.

DIXON – Alvah Christian Drew Jr., 74, of Dixon, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at his home.  

Alvah was born June 19, 1939, in Dixon, the son of Alvah Christian and Elizabeth “Bee” (Frey) Drew. He married Carol Lynne Abbott on June 9, 1963, in Dixon. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Dixon for 24 years and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon for 20 years. He also was member of Dixon Elks Lodge Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 779.

Alvah was a volunteer fireman for Dixon Rural Fire Department for 13 years. He was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, and reached the rank of Star Scout at age 15. Alvah enjoyed bowling, golfing, and fishing in the Rock River, the Mississippi River, and Lake Michigan. He collected Indian artifacts, and found more than 500 arrowheads in the Dixon area and Minnesota. He also liked U.S. history, and visited many Civil War and Indian battlefields. Alvah traveled through 47 states, and took his family on many driving vacations all over the U.S. One of Alvah and Lynne’s favorite spots was Door County, Wisconsin.

Alvah worked for Kroger Food Stores for 9 years. He worked for Ames Furniture Store from 1963 until it closed in 1991. He then went to work for Dixon Pharmacy as the director of sales and promotions for the stores in Dixon, Ashton, and Oregon. Alvah also worked for Technicare Medical Supply until they closed. He then went to work for Medical Products Group until 2005, when his health forced him into retirement. 

Survivors include his wife, Lynne Drew, one son, Ken (Carol) Drew, one daughter, Jennifer (Wade) Winters, two grandchildren, Anthony Stramka and Kaitlyn Winters, one great-granddaughter, Brynleigh Winters, and one sister, Barb Herbon, all of Dixon; one sister-in-law, Gaylene Drew of Edgerton, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William Drew.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul Sheley, pastor of Oneighty Church in Sterling, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.

A memorial has been established.

Visit www.prestonschillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.

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