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Gerald Edmund Alchin

September 30, 1936May 17, 2020

Gerald Edmund Alchin of Webberville passed away on May 17, 2020 after battling Alzheimer’s Disease. Gerald was born on September 30, 1936 in Webberville to Elmer and Catherine (Oesterle) Alchin. He grew up working on the family farm, first in Howell and then in Webberville. Upon graduating from Webberville High School in 1954, he became interested in construction and entered the field of plumbing. In 1966, Gerald started his own business, Alchin Plumbing Inc., of which he was owner/operator until his retirement in 2004. He was a member of the Lansing Mechanical Contractors Association, serving as an officer for multiple years and earning Emeritus status, and was a member/contractor of Lansing Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 388/333 from 1965 until retirement. Gerald was also a longtime member of the Michigan Master Plumbers & Mechanical Contractors Association, winning Contractor of the Year honors in 1989, and serving as president during 1992-1993, eventually winning the MPMCA Lifetime Award. He also owned the Webberville Hardware during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

Gerald was a very hard worker, but also loved spending time with his family and many friends. He had a gift for storytelling, and liked to tell jokes as well, followed by his own big laugh. He treasured time spent having breakfast daily with friends at the local restaurant round table, in his words, “solving the problems of the world”. Gerald enjoyed traveling, many times to professional or school board conferences around the country, and other times to campgrounds or to visit friends. Other pastimes included watching U-M sports, Tigers baseball and golf.

He was a devoted father and grandfather and enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s school and sports activities. In later life, Gerald developed an interest in toy tractors, and over time acquired an impressive collection. He carried an exceptionally deep love for Christmas throughout his entire life, buying too many presents for children and grandchildren, inviting friends and neighbors to home Christmas parties, and spending many years suited up as Santa’s helper. Gerald was proud of and involved with his community, and belonged to the Webberville Lion’s Club, United Methodist Church, and Masonic Lodge/Elf Kurafeh Shrine, and was named Webberville Citizen of the Year in 1992. He served 24 years on the Webberville School Board and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Webberville FFA and Ingham County 4-H Club. He also served 28 years on the Leroy Township Board.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Catherine (Oesterle) Alchin, and by brother Ken Alchin (Barbara) and sister JoAnn Wallace (Keith). Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Barbara (White), children Gary Alchin (Lorin Yeater), Lori Morris (Rob), and Gregg Alchin (Sara), and grandchildren Daniel, Claire, Caroline, Gwynne and Andrew, and sister Judy Thornton (Ray). Interment will take place at Alchin Farm Cemetery in Webberville. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Gerald’s name may be given to either the Webberville United Methodist Church Building Fund (4215 Holt Rd., Webberville, 48892) or to the Webberville FFA Scholarship Fund (309 E. Grand River Ave., Webberville, MI 48892).


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Cora Oesterle

May 24, 2020

I will miss Gerry. Gerry is one the main reasons, Paul and I met each other. Gerry would tell me what a nice guy Paul was and then he would tell Paul what a nice gal, I was...he may have exaggerated? Anyhow, Paul and I got married with Gerry being Cupid. Thanks Gerry. One of the nicest things you ever did. Thank you. Love you. Cora O

Sandi Wheeler

May 24, 2020

Gerry was always a kind and generous man! I always think of him as smiling! That is how I saw him most all the time! My heart goes out to Barb and the family. The earthly world lost a really great man! Love to you all.

Shirley LaPine

May 24, 2020

Gerry was a great man! He was very kind! Always had a joke! Had many breakfasts with him on Thursday and Saturday mornings at the restaurant. He loved his family and those Wolverines! I will always cherish the many memories I have of him. I know him, Art Chase and my dad are having fun up there picking on their many friends.

Doug Wyrwicki

May 21, 2020

I am sorry to here of this sad news. My sincere condolences to the Alcuin Family. Your husband and father was a real role model. Prayers for you all as you travel this time.

Kathy Woolworth

May 21, 2020

So sorry for your loss. He was a great neighbor and person. He will be missed. I grew up on the end of Holt Rd and Elm Rd but still considered them neighbors.

Dawn Bergin (House)

May 20, 2020

So sorry for your families loss. He always said hello with a smile on his face.

Michael Martin

May 20, 2020

Our family has your in our prayers

Steven Foster

May 20, 2020

I have many memories of Gerry. He took me to my first Michigan football game and became an instant fan for life. I’ve had season tickets for almost thirty years now and thank Gerry for leading me in the right direction in many ways. REST IN PEACE. Go Blue. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Steve Foster

Raynie Bohlmann

May 20, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed listening to his stories and jokes. He was a pillar of the community for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Jerry


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