Michael G. Alvord, 65, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather was taken from us suddenly at Yakima Regional Hospital Tuesday, May 2, 2006, surrounded by his family and friends.

Michael G. Alvord I was born Jan. 4, 1941 in Snohomish, the son of Kermit Rucker and Herb and Wanita Alvord. Dad graduated from Selah High School in 1959, he entered U.S. Army that fall, where he spent half of his time in Germany and later married Mariliese. After leaving the Army with an honorable discharge in 1962, he worked at various jobs because at that time, he was too short to pursue his dream of becoming a police officer. He got his license and started his own private detective agency and when height requirements changed he became a reserve police officer for the city of Yakima until 1974, when he became a commissioned police officer for the city of Sunnyside.

In 1986 dad and Jeannie were married in Sunnyside. They made their home in the Sunnyside/Grandview area until dad retired in 1999, as captain after 25 years with the Sunnyside Police Department. They decided to head south in the winter and packed up their motor home and karaoke equipment and arrived in Arizona, where they would spend all their winters. Summers were spent home with the grandkids and working as camp attendants for the Army Corps of engineers along the Snake River outside of Pasco. Wherever they went they made many friends and would spend the nights singing their hearts out with the karaoke machine.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Jeannie (Nowlin) Alvord; three sons, Michael (Deena) Alvord, Doug (Kara) Estabrook, Jeff (Selena) Covel; three daughters, Corinna (John) Alvord, Rene Estabrook and Muffy (Greg) Crawford; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and two more due in August. Mike is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Patty Markley, Judy Graham, Herb Alvord Jr, Debbie Rucker, Kermit Rucker Jr., Rose Tarr, Harriott Heintz and Pam Whitmore; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special friends, Robert and Sue Moore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one great- granddaughter, Chance Alexandria.

He touched the lives of so many people through the years and will be missed by all who knew him. Dad will be especially missed by all the grandkids who thought grandpa was the greatest.

My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness.

Viewing and visitation will be held Saturday, May 6, 2006, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 7, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, with burial to follow at West Hills Cemetery, Yakima. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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