July 5, 2012


Alvin Eugene Ayer, 87, of Kahoka, died Saturday, June 30, 2012 at his home in Kahoka with his family by his side.

He was born the son of Herley and Lena Ayer on May 7, 1925 at Bloomfield, Iowa.

Alvin spent his childhood in the Bloomfield and Lancaster, MO, area. He was drafted into the Army of the United States during World War II on December 4, 1944, serving until he was honorably discharged on September 5, 1946. Alvin was awarded an American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal for his service.

He married the former Donna Allen on November 9, 1946. She preceded him in death on October 17, 1997.

To this union, seven children were born - Terry, Paul, Debbie, Randy, Kirk, John and Audrey.

The Ayers spent many years farming south of Wyaconda, before Alvin retired when he turned 55. Alvin and Donna then traveled for many years, spending the winters in Arizona and Texas.

Alvin enjoyed being with his family and looked forward to Sunday morning breakfast and playing pinochle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, nine brothers and sisters, his wife, his daughter Debbie and son Randy.

He is survived by his daughter, Terry Arnold of Memphis; son Paul and wife Mickey Ayer of Wyaconda; daughter-in-law Ellen Ayer of Wyaconda; son, Kirk Ayer of Kahoka; John and wife Nancy Ayer of Keokuk; daughter, Audrey and husband Chuck Roberts of Memphis; a sister, Maxine Strickler of Kahoka; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Paulson of Texas; grandchildren: Gary Arnold, Andrea Brassfield, Adam Arnold, Cody Arnold, Tim Ayer, Jason Ayer, Tiffany Marcellus, Miranda Bourgeois, Leanna Miller, Andrew Ayer, John A. Ayer, Leah Scott, Lance E. Smith and Loren Smith-Roberts; two step granddaughters, Sarah and Emily; 23 great grandchildren; 4 step great grandchildren; a great-great granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 3 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Wyaconda with Alvin's grandson, Tim Ayer, officiating. Paul Ayer, Kirk Ayer, John Ayer, Andrew Ayer, Chuck Roberts, and Gary Joe Arnold served as pall bearers. Tim Ayer, Tom Scott, Jason Ayer, Lance Smith, Adam Arnold, Cody Arnold, John A. Ayer, Larry Arnold, and Gary Randolph were honorary pallbearers. Loren Smith-Roberts created a memory video in honor of her grandfather.

Burial, with military honors provided by the Herman Blum American Legion Post #192 of Kahoka, was in the Wyaconda Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Northeast Missouri or the Clark County Relay for Life and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 N. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to the Ayer family by signing the guestbook at gerthfuneralservice.com

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service of Wyaconda.

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