Alvin James Girdner, a resident of Colville, passed away on April 12, 2012 in Colville at the age of 82. Alvin was born on January 28, 1930 in Bernice, OK, the son of Alex Louis and Susie Evelyn (Evans) Girdner.
He moved throughout the state of Oklahoma residing in many communities where he attended school. At the age of 11 Alvin went to work as a farm hand, living at the ranch bunk- house and earning his meals. While in his teens, he moved with his family to Texas where he met Lavina P. Anderson. At the age of sixteen, he asked for her hand in marriage and they were wed on December 25, 1946 in Sherman, TX. Alvin then worked in the cotton gin textile before they relocated to Redding, CA. In Redding, Alvin began a twenty-five year career with the Bureau of Reclamation working on land projects from the Mt. Shasta Dam to aqueducts. His work with the Bureau of Land Reclamation took Alvin and his family to Tracy, CA. Alvin retired in 1972 and began preparing and saving for their move to Northeast Washington. In 1978, Alvin and Lavina moved to the Onion Creek area near Colville. Lavina passed away on July 31, 1980 due to injuries from a car accident. Alvin was later re-introduced to Darlene Poag. There friendship grew into love and they married on Nov. 9, 1981 in Lake Tahoe, NV. They spent the next four years in Railroad Flat, CA and returned to the Onion Creek home in 1985. Alvin acquired a strong work ethic as a child and that carried with him everyday of his life. He always had a project or odd job on his schedule. In 2009 he and Darlene moved from Onion Creek into Colville where they have resided since.
Alvin was lovingly described as the “John Wayne” type of man who was tough enough to chew nails while delivering hugs to the most tender of children. His priorities began and ended with the needs of his family. Alvin was steadfast in character and fearless in his approach to life. He humble nature, integrity and honesty where values which helped to shape the many young lives around him. Alvin was called “Papa” to his grandchildren and the numerous day care kids that blessed his home.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lavina, his parents, and two brothers.
Alvin is survived by his wife, Darlene, at the home; children, Jim Girdner, Colorado, Connie Callahan and husband, George, Jamestown, CA, Lynette Fryer and husband, Duane, Rice, WA, Darla Guillemin and husband, Rick, Railroad Flat, CA, Jeff Poag, Murphys, CA, Jennifer Hockett and husband, Mike, Arnold, CA, Matt Girdner and wife, Audra, Colville; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Martin Girdner and wife, Joyce, Alex Girdner and wife, Sybil, Denair, CA, Wayne Girdner, Missouri; one sister, Lavine McKenzie and husband, Kenneth, Redding, CA; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
The funeral service for Mr. Alvin Girdner will begin at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2012 at the Colville Christian Church. A graveside service will follow at the Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville. Pastor Terry Walker will officiate the services. Memorial contributions may be given to the Shriner’s Hospital. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com . Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.