Alvin Frederick Smallfoot
GIBBON - Alvin Frederick Smallfoot, 84, formerly of Gibbon, resident of Grand Island, went to rest peacefully Aug. 6, 2007, at the Nebraska Veterans' Home in Grand Island.
Mr. Smallfoot was born May 29, 1923, in Otis, Colo., to Walter and Edith Wheeler Smallfoot. They moved to the Farnam area where he grew up and graduated from Farnam High School in 1941. He joined the U.S. Navy and served overseas during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1948. On July 18, 1946, while on leave, he and Lewise Wear were married. Upon his return from the Navy, he and Lewise made their home in Farnam where they raised their family. They moved to the rural Gibbon area, west of Gibbon, in 1968.
He was an active member of the Faith United Church of Gibbon, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, which brought him many friends. He was state commander of the VFW for one term. He was a member of the Farnam Independent Order of Oddfellows and the Lions Club. He had many hobbies, especially photography and woodworking.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Kevin and wife, Brenda, of Danville, Ind., Gaylord and wife, Kathy, of Eustis, and Marc of Webster, Ky.; one daughter, Christie, and husband, Mark Lind, of Gurley; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Kenneth.
Memorials are suggested to the church or the veteran's home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Faith United Church in Gibbon with the Rev. Peggy Michael-Rush officiating.
Military graveside rites will be at 2 p.m. at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
No visitation is planned. Godberson Mortuary of Gibbon/Shelton is in charge of arrangements.
North Platte Telegraph, 8 August 2007.
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