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Robert Lawrence Alvis


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Robert Lawrence Alvis Obituary
Alvis, Robert Lawrence (Bob)



Robert L. Alvis, 81, passed away unexpectedly, December 24, 2015, after a brief illness. He was born December 19, 1934 on the family farm near Thomas, Oklahoma to Elmer P. Alvis, Sr. and Ruth O. Alvis.

His father died when he was eight years old and to help support the family, he started farming at age 13 and continued until he was 22. In 1956, he began attending Southwestern State College, presently Southwestern Oklahoma State University, studying pre-engineering. While there, he met his future bride, Dorothy May Cermak, and they were married on August 29, 1959. He received a BS in mechanical engineering in 1960 from the University of Oklahoma. Graduating in the top of his class, Bob received an offer to be a part of Sandia National Labs Technical Development program. He accepted the position and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1960, where he worked part time while attending the University of New Mexico, obtaining his master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1962. He continued to work at Sandia for his entire career as a project leader, appointed Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, and later department supervisor. After 37 years, he retired in 1997.

He was a long time member of Asbury and St. Paul's United Methodist churches, and an active member in the Gideon's International. Bob kept active "farming" his vegetable garden and tending to many fruit trees, along with wheat farming interests in Oklahoma. He treasured time with family and friends, enjoying gatherings and attending sports, music, and academic events involving his grandsons.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy, of 56 years; son John and wife Jennifer, grandsons Tyler, Timothy, and Chad, all of Albuquerque; sister Carol Reimer; sister-in-law Pauline Alvis; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Nellie Jackson and brother Elmer Alvis, Jr.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 9500 Constitution NE, Albuquerque, NM. He will be laid to rest with a graveside service in his beloved state of Oklahoma. A viewing with an opportunity to visit with the family will be held Friday, January 1, 2016 from 3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. at FRENCH- Lomas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Paul's UMC memorial funds or to the Gideon's International.

Please visit our online guestbook for Bob at www.FrenchFunerals.com.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2015
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