ALVA, Henry "Hank", age 85, passed away peacefully at home on May 14, 2020. He battled, with his Marine-bred strength, against chronic kidney, asbestosis and cardiac disease. He was born on July 15, 1934 to the late Concepcion (Torres) and Manuel Gomez. He was married for 63 years to Irene Guerrero. He was predeceased by his two beloved sisters, Josephine Ceja and Gloria Sanchez.
Along with his wife, Irene G. Alva, Hank is survived by his children, Valerie (Russ) Beaudoen, Henry (Ashley) Alva, Elizabeth (Jack) Hudson, Connie (Paul) Lopez, Sandy (Craig) Kocur and Raquel Alva; grandchildren, Mannion Beaudeon, Evan (Eva) Alva, Kurtis (Sarah) Alva, Gabriel Alva, Abigail Alva, Aubrey Alva, David (Danilo) Balzer, Elizabeth (Jared) Calhoun, Kameron Lopez, Christopher Mendyk, Jennifer (Brad) Moore, Jackson Kocur and Alec Kocur; great grandchildren, Ayden and Alexandra Alva, Jacob and Jacquelyn Calhoun, Cora and Cleveland Moore and the near arrival of baby (Kurtis and Sarah) Alva; many treasured and beloved nieces and nephews, to which he opened his heart and home; and Lois (Schantz) Robertson who showered him with love and appreciation.
He was first a husband, father, great grandfather and uncle, very narrowly followed by Marine. He proudly and voluntarily served our nation in the Korean War. His children learned the Marine hymn along with the national anthem. After 33 years as a journeyman welder, he retired from General Motors Grey Iron. Following retirement, he continued his love of welding by freely providing his skills to assist others. He not only loved Irene, his wife, but respected and admired her. He valued and embodied hard work. One of his greatest compliments was “you are a hard worker.” He loved singing and playing the guitar especially, when accompanied by his wife, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws. He loved people, greeting them with a smile and a “how are you?”
He will be missed and longed for. Yet, He will remain with us in the words and actions of those he touched. Once a Marine, Always a Marine. For I was, Am, and will Always be a United States Marine.
A private interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan is planned for a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial donation can direct them to Alzheimer's Foundation, Leukemia Foundation, or American Breast Cancer Foundation.