Alvin William Heck was born in Ethan, SD on November 8, 1922 to Adolph and Katherine (Weber) Heck. He was raised on a farm near Ethan and attended Ethan Public School 12 years, graduating in 1941. He had five brothers - Vic, Herbert, Joseph, John, Adolf Jr. and one sister, Rosie Phillips. Still living are his stepbrother, Elmer and stepsister, Margaret.
Soon after graduation, Alvin enlisted in the Navy in February of 1943, serving on the USS Golden City (AP-169) as a Storekeeper Second Class. His ship saw action during World War II in the Philippines, Guam and New Guinea. He was discharged from the Navy on February 1946 and moved to Mitchell, SD.
He had many jobs in South Dakota including Buche Grocery of Mitchell, The Rendering Company of Mitchell, REA of Miller, REA of Mobridge, Irwin Typewriter of Mitchell, Sheesley Plumbing of Mitchell, and finally Al’s Engraving of Mitchell.
Alvin was married to Eileen Beryl Finkenbiner on April 12, 1944 in San Francisco, CA. The couple had three children, Dennis, Cindi and Mark. He had one grandchild, Riley.
He was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Alvin was very active in the Mitchell community serving in the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion, and the Elks. In his later years he was a volunteer at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.
He enjoyed dancing, bowling, playing cards, gardening and fishing with his sons and grandson.
Grateful to have been a part of his life are his son, Dennis and Karen Heck of Redondo Beach, CA; his daughter Cindi and Doug Lillibridge of Upland, CA; his son Mark Heck of Mitchell, SD; and his grandson, Riley, son of Mark and Shawna Heck. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and his wife.