Benjamin Alvey

Benjamin T. ‘Pop’ Alvey

September 16, 1927 — September 19, 2014

Ben Alvey passed from this life on Sept. 19, 2014 at his home in Friday Harbor, Wash.

He was born Sept. 16, 1927 in Taylorville, Ill. and has lived in Friday Harbor for the past 25 years.

Ben worked much of his adult life as a long haul truck driver for Groendyke Transport of Enid, Okla. He spent his last working years as a dispatcher in the trucking industry.

Upon his retirement, he received a belt buckle recognizing over a million miles without an accident, weight violation, or a single citation.

Ben is survived by his stepson, Doyle “Bud” Sears and wife, Jan, of Friday Harbor, as well as his grandson, Jason, of Phoenix, Ariz. and wife, Shaena; stepdaughter, Maxine Stovall and husband Floyd, of St. Louis, Mo; granddaughters, Toni McDonald of St. Louis, Mo., and Kristi Nolley of Chicago, Ill., and their families.

He also had a brother, Roy Alvey of Enid, Okla., and a sister, Martha Desimone of Albuquerque, N.M. His parents were John and Maggie Alvey of Morrison, Ill.

Service arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Anacortes, Wash., and the San Juan Islands.

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— Family of Benjamin “Pop” Alvey