Alvin Spencer

September 28, 1944 ~ July 20, 2020 (age 75)


Alvin Spencer, 75, East Moline, went home to his Lord and Savior Monday, July 20, 2020 at UnityPoint, Rock Island after a brief illness.

Alvin was the 8th child of ten born to Walter & Pearl Spencer, Brenham, TX.  He completed H.S. at Pickard H.S., Brenham, and University of Washington, Seattle with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War from 1969-1971.  In November 1974 he married Brenda Dunlap and they have twin sons, Chad and Richard, born November of 1976.  There are four grandchildren which Alvin thought was one of the best things that happened to him and Brenda.

Alvin accepted Jesus as Lord at an early age, but in 1982, he had a personal experience with the Holy Spirit and it changed his life forever.  He was a member of Christ Anglican Church, Moline, and he worked with Brenda and many others in ministry.  They joined the Order of St. Luke in July 2018.  Praying for people and witnessing for Jesus Christ was the desire of Alvin’s heart being partners with Renewal in Christ Ministries (RICM) since the early 80’s. 

Al joined Deere & Company in June 1966 as a summer Engineering student.  In 1967 the Industrial Equipment Division hired him.  In 1971 Al worked at Dubuque Works in manufacturing and product design.  In 1973 he worked at the Technical Center in Product Concepts.  He moved to Plow Planter in 1980 and in 1982 he joined the Quality Services Team as Project Manager and developed the quality circuit of e-tools known as “Metrology, Simulation and Analysis (MSA)”.  He felt honored to work with what he felt were some of the most brilliant Engineers in the field.  He retired in December 2001 after a rewarding career of 35 years.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda; and son, Chad (Kati), grandchildren, William and Scarlett;  son, Richard; grandchildren, Tyler and Samantha; brother, Roscoe (Gloria), and sisters Geneva Elliott, Odessa Howard, Rev. Bettye Damon, Barbara Evans and Janice (David) Allen.  He leaves one aunt, V. G. Odom who will be 100 in September, and one uncle, Lawrence Spencer Sr.; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews who he prayed for every day.

Due to COVID-19, a private family service will be held at 10:45 am, Friday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island. Live stream broadcasting of the funeral will be available by visiting Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted. Memorials may be made to Christ Anglican Church, Moline or to Renewal in Christ Ministries (RICM).

 The family is very thankful for the compassionate care given Alvin at UnityPoint for the two weeks he was there.

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Private Services

Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory
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Rock Island, IL 61201

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Rock Island National Cemetery
Bldg 118, Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island, IL 61201

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