Alvin J. Gnuse, 95, went to be with his Lord on June 28, 2013. He was born and raised in Blair, Nebraska. He was a resident of Carpinteria since 1960. He is survived by his wife Lorraine of 66 years and his 4 daughters, Lana (Dave) Fulwiler of Redmond, Wa., Pam (Vince) Straub of Corvallis, Or., Kim Pettit of Carpinteria, Ca., and Shelley (Kirk) Takeuchi of Goleta, Ca., 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. After he served in the Coast Guard during WWII, he was a general contractor in Fremont, Nebraska. He moved to Carpinteria where he built Faith Lutheran Church. As well as building and remodeling many homes, he was a master woodcarver and a member of the Ventura Wood-Carvers Assoc., Labors for Christ, and Lutheran Braille workers. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on July 18th at Faith Lutheran Church, 1335 Vallecito Pl., Carpinteria, where he was a member for over 50 years. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Faith Lutheran Church.