Alvin W. Backs

November 16, 1928June 11, 2011

Alvin W. Backs, 82, of O’Fallon, IL, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield.

He was born on November 16, 1928 in Covington, Il the son of the late Edwin and Bertha (Going) Backs. He married Doris Weihe on August 22, 1953 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Okawville, IL and she survives.

Mr. Backs was a self-employed mechanic, operating Backs Tandem Service. He and his wife attended Bethany Lutheran Church in O’Fallon, IL. He also served in the U.S. Army from Feb. of 1951 to Jan. of 1953.

Besides his wife Doris, he is survived by 5 children, Craig (wife Patti) Backs of Springfield, Janet (husband Michael) Bartlett of Bothell, WA, Kathy (husband Charles) Lintker of Venedy, IL, Lori (husband Victor) Garber of Chicago, IL, and Timothy (wife Ayanna) Backs of Bologna, Italy, 8 grandchildren, Jonathan Backs, Jennifer Backs, Mary Bartlett, Michelle Bartlett, Ryan (wife Kim) Lintker, Jason Lintker, Simone Garber, and Alessia Backs, a sister, Mary Ann (husband Don) Steinkamp of Belleville, IL and 2 sisters-in-law, Darlene Backs of Okawville, Il and Loraine Blumhorst of Aviston, IL. Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Irwin and Milton Backs, a sister-in-law, Marjorie Backs, and a brother-in-law, Ralph Blumhorst.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, Springfield, IL. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Hospice or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Please visit the online obituary at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • Private Family Viewing Thursday, June 16, 2011

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Connie Murphy

June 23, 2011

Dear Doris, Craig, Janet, Kathy, Lori, Tim & families,

You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this time of sadness. I miss seeing Alvin working at the house. He always had a ready smile and wave. May God grant you peace.

June 16, 2011

Dear Doris & Family,
I was so sorry to see the obituary for Alvin in the Okawville Times yesterday. I wish to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family in this time or sorrow. May God bless you with peace and comfort through this difficult time. Sincerely - LaVerne Bening

June 15, 2011

Prayers and thoughts are with you and yours during this time of sadness.
Mr. Parks was an intresting man. He would stop me in the mornings on my way to my jeep and just talk. He was full of knowledge and was more than happy to share it with you even on topics he DIDN'T so much care about. He seemed to be a hard worker and loved his family very much!!! Glad our paths crossed in life he was a good man from what I knew of him. My prayers and sympathy to all.

Deb Klein

June 15, 2011

My sympathies to the family for the their loss. Though it has been many years since I have seen Alvin, I remember him as a hard working man who always had time to visit with me. I will keep you all in my prayers. Deb Going Klein

June 14, 2011

My thoughts are with you in this sad time for the family. May you celebrate his life and achievements. Sincerely, Shirley Going Meyer