Alvin Edward House

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Alvin Edward House Okemos Alvin Edward House, 86, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at his home in Okemos, Michigan. Born January 11, 1926 and raised on a cattle and horse farm near Cedar Vale, Kansas, he is predeceased by his parents, Swain and Matilda House. He served with the U.S. Naval Seventh Fleet in the South Pacific during WW II. After receiving a B.S. in Education from Kansas State University, Al taught high school in Clay Center, Randolph, and Severy, Kansas. He returned to Kansas State for a Master's Degree in Agricultural Economics and in 1963 completed a Ph.D. in Economics and Law from Iowa State University and State University of Iowa Law School. He became a professor of Public Affairs Management in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University and a Cooperative Extension Specialist in Local Government (1963 - 89). Al was involved in extension education, technical service and research in state and local government services. From 1992- 96, he served as the Meridian Township Supervisor. He is a past president of the Lansing Farmers Club. During his retirement, Al enjoyed traveling the country, riding his bicycle, walking the trails, and spending time with his family. A man of many talents, his children appreciated his help in remodeling their homes, fixing their cars, setting up stereo systems, recording their concerts, and taking them camping. An ecumenical Christian, he contributed to many discussions with his knowledge of the bible, sang in choirs and enjoyed working in churches. He will be remembered for his wisdom, caring, grace and his ability to find the best in everyone. Al was preceded in death by his first wife of 31 years, Nora Lee House, his two brothers Bill and Bob House, and two sons-in-law, Jean Louis Brun and Steven Shumway. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Anne Marie House; his daughters Cheryl House Brun of Bonne, France and Christine House Shumway of Oxford, Ohio; his stepchildren James Goatley of Coconut Creek, Florida, Julia Goatley (David Slater) of Okemos, Ginny Goatley of Duanesburg, New York, Dan Goatley (Tonya Droessler) of Bath, and Katie Brisson (Gerry) of Ferndale; and 13 grandchildren; Gabriel, Laiela, and Lawrence Brun, Morgan and Dylan Shumway, Troy Goatley, Cole Goatley, R.J. and Anna Slater, Lexie and Nate Brisson-Fast, James and Ruthie Brisson. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Louise and Carol House, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 28, 11:00 a.m. at MSU Alumni Chapel in East Lansing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the "Advent House Ministries", 743 N. Martin Luther King Blvd, Lansing, MI 48915. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the "Advent House Ministries" 743 N. Martin Luther King Blvd, Lansing, MI 48915. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing, Michigan. On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com

Published in Lansing State Journal from Oct. 4 to Oct. 14, 2012
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