Larry Russell Alvey

August 24, 1949July 27, 2010


Larry R. Alvey, 60, of Bloomington was born to Eternal Life at 6:42 p.m., July 27, 2010, surrounded by family. His visitation will be held at East Lawn Funeral Home in Bloomington Friday, July 30, 2010, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at East Lawn Funeral Home Saturday, July 31, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., followed by entombment at East Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Bloomington.

Larry was born in Bloomington, IL, on August 24, 1949, to Louis and Betty Schroeder Alvey. He is survived by his mother, Bloomington, his wife of 39 years, Marilee Williams Alvey and their three children, Lindie (Bill) Kusky of Bloomington, Landon (Megan) Alvey, of Bloomington and Matthew (Cara) Alvey of Chandler, AZ. Also surviving is a Russian son Tony Shamenkov, Paris, France. He leaves behind four grandchildren, Lia, Elsa, Anneliese Kusky and Jadon Alvey. There are two more expected grandchildren on the way. Also surviving are his sister, Sandra (Frank) Grana, his brother-in-law, Bart (Donna) Williams, three nieces, Michelle Hoppe, Kelly (Troy) Wickenhauser, and Chris Williams Grizzard, as well as two nephews, Sean (Christine) Hoppe, and Bret Williams. Also surviving is an adored southern branch of the family, Billy and Shirley Haisty and family.

Larry graduated from Bloomington High School in 1967 and from the University of Illinois in 1971, with a degree in Psychology. He served as a fighter pilot in the Illinois Air National Guard for twenty-two years, reaching the rank of Colonel. He had a variety of jobs in his lifetime and excelled at them all, from being the original owner of Advanced Electronics, to working as a plant Manager for Motorola/Quasar, to becoming an electrical engineer for GTE. However, the job he was most passionate about was his profession as a pilot for American Airlines. During his twenty-five years of employment with American, he was privileged to fly various aircraft. Larry reached the height of his career as an international Captain on the 777.

Even greater than his passion for flying was his love for the Lord. As a member of Eastview Christian Church, Larry taught several courses in evangelism. Larry was active in the Walk to Emmaus/Great Banquet community and especially enjoyed working on teams at Logan Prison. Recently, Larry’s passion focused on street evangelism with the Way of the Master’s Ambassador’s Academy with Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. He learned to share the Good News with people who didn’t realize their need for a Savior. He used his “good person test” on several continents, in cockpits, at airport gates and in crew vans.

Throughout his cancer journey, Larry never ceased handing out engaging Christian materials to doctors, nurses and patients. He even gave his “good person test” to his hospice nurse. He was passionate about rescuing souls so that everyone can be where he is now, in Heaven. In his final days, Larry had the comforting knowledge that he would not die, but simply move to a better place. He wanted no one to die without that assurance and dared to step out, boldly leading others to Christ, wherever he went.

We will miss Larry’s kindness, his uncanny ability to become a child as he played with his grandchildren and his irrepressible sense of humor. Larry fought his disease with the same determination and drive that he applied to every area of his life. When he discovered that a cure was not to be, in typical pilot fashion, he pulled the ejector handle and “bailed out”. We know that Larry had a first class seat to Heaven, and was most certainly greeted with, “Well, done, my good and faithful servant. Enter your rest.” His legacy of faith will be passed down for generations to come.

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  • Evening Visitation Friday, July 30, 2010
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 31, 2010

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June 8, 2011

Thanks go out to all the kind people who posted on this book. I treasure your words and encourage you with the thought that Larry is NOT dead. He just moved! Why look for the living among the dead? Celebrate all the years of your life. Larry fought a valiant fight to keep his, but, in the end, like the perfectionist he always was, he had accomplished all he needed before going home. One day I will get to see God's BIG REVEAL! Larry and I will be together again, safe and sound. 2,000 years into Eternity how we got to Heaven will become a trivia question!

Larry's children and I are doing amazingly well, keeping the faith until our assignments are over and we, too, are invited home.

God Bless!

Marilee Alvey

Landon Alvey

October 25, 2010

I still miss him. Unfortunately for us left without them, his sister Sandy died just yesterday from cancer. I imagine my Dad is welcoming her to heaven right now.

Ted Voss

October 5, 2010

It is still hard to write this. Larry and the Lord he served so well are the Best.
Those here on earth miss him very much. Lord Jesus, please comfort Larry's family.

Matt Alvey

September 24, 2010

I miss you, Dad! You were so awesome. You'd be so proud of Mom

Justin Kelly

August 24, 2010

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My best wishes and prayers go out to Marilee and the rest of the Alvey family.

Brian Tims

August 7, 2010

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, but overjoyed that my brother knew our Lord, and daily lived for Him.
One day we will all rejoice together, and this hardship here will only make the time there more of a reward. AA#8

Maria Franco

August 6, 2010

Any time we hear a servant of the Lord has left it's hard - but he is with the Kings of Kings and there is no better place to be then with Yeshua/Jesus. My prayers to the family and your shalom. Maria Franco, Lutz Florida

Chris Tringali

August 6, 2010

I did not know Larry, but am a fellow Ambassador of his with the Ambassadors Alliance of Living Waters. Praise God for Larry; for his life and love of spreading the gospel to the lost. May we pursue with zeal this most high call, in honor of Larry's life and for the glory of God. My condolences to the family. May the peace of Christ surround you during this time. Love

Christopher Purdy

August 6, 2010

Our prayers for your family and our praises to the Lord for Larry!!
Chris and Sunshine Purdy
Campobello SC
Livng Waters Academy Attendee

Chris Yarzab

August 6, 2010

Thank you Larry for being apart of the Ambassador's Academy in Southern California. You were a bold witness for Christ and now with the Lord for all eternity. God is with you!