Alvin Leon Daily died peacefully June 1, 2012, at his home in Lincoln. He was 93 years old, having been born July 30, 1918, at Milburn, the youngest of Steve and Gertie (Farley) Dailyâ€™s nine children. He grew up on River Glade farm, by the Middle Loup River, graduating from Milburn High School in 1935. In 1940, suspecting he was not a good fit for the farming life, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps.
Alvin met Shirley McClement, of Dunning, when his brother Walter married Shirleyâ€™s sister Ima. Alvin was 9-years-old, Shirley 7; it was not love at first sight, but love did come along.
He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, San Diego when Pearl Harbor was attacked and was awaiting deployment to the South Pacific. August 23, 1942, he and Shirley drove to Yuma, Ariz. and married. Alvin left the Marine Corp in 1947, having served, among many ways, as Communica-tions Chief with the 5th Marine Division in their landing at Iwo Jima, where he was injured by shrapnel Feb. 20, 1945.
Alvin and Shirley returned to make their home at Anselmo. In 1949, Alvin would begin both a long career as Postmaster at Anselmo and also with the National Guard unit in Broken Bow, where he would advance to the rank of Major. In 1981 he retired as Postmaster, then he and Shirley began traveling around the country and beyond, visiting family and sightseeing.
They moved their home to Lincoln in 1992, and Shirley died in October 1994. They had been married 52 years. Alvin was a life time member of the Methodist Church and he was an active and sociable member of many organizations over the years: VFW, Marine Corps League, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Masonic Lodge, Shrine Temple, Elk and Moose. Dancing was his favorite pastime since his childhood and bowling became another favorite pastime in his later years.
Alvin is survived by four daughters, Shannon (Charles) Westrup of Crocker, Mo., Patricia Horn of Springdale, Ark., Jane (John) Mailand, Erin (Al) Krause of Lincoln; 11 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren.
Funeral services were Wednesday, June 6, at Roper and Sons Funeral Home in Lincoln, with the Rev. Keith Johnson presiding. Burial will be in McPherson National Cemetery Thursday, June 7, at 11 a.m.
Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Anselmo United Methodist Church, Shriners Hospital for Children, Southern Poverty Law Center or the Red Cross.
Arrangements by Roper and Sons Funeral Services. Condolences or personal reflections may be sent online at www.roperandsons.com
Published in Custer County Chief, June 7, 2012