KALISPELL — Alvin Raymond Sylling, age 84, beloved father and grandfather, departed on his next adventure to reunite with his Lord and his beloved Suzanne on Oct. 2, 2019, from WEL-Life Assisted Living in Kalispell.

Born in June 1935 as the youngest of Alvin O. and Nettie Sylling’s four children, Alvin possessed a lively sense of humor, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an enduring love for his family and the people of his hometown, Big Timber. A curious child with many friends, Alvin regularly slipped away from his mother to visit every business and cafe in town. His love for adventure grew to include hikes into the mountains, a stowaway trip to Minnesota and a miraculous escape from a collision with a train. From major construction jobs to building affordable housing, ranch work, a cowboy boot store, national video stores, wholesaling Christmas trees and a car rental business, Alvin enjoyed exploring new horizons in business.

Alvin met the love of his life, Suzanne, in the first chapel service of his sophomore year at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. They were married in April 1957 in the same chapel, and their devotion to each other continued for fifty seven years. Providing for his family became the most important goal in Al’s life. Together they raised two daughters, Kerianne and Krista, while moving throughout the Intermountain West. Their household also included an adored menagerie of horses, dogs, cats, geese and a pet pig.

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Alvin also channeled his boundless energy into the church, in addition to his family and business ventures. Devoted followers of Christ, Al and Suzanne taught Sunday School and served with the youth ministry and weekly Meal Ministry at Calvary Lutheran Church in Kalispell. During his time at WEL-Life, he became instrumental in continuing the Thursday Bible Studies for the residents, putting his business acumen to use preparing lessons and arranging for guest speakers and musicians.

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Alvin’s public memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2019, at Calvary Lutheran Church; 2200 US-2 E; Kalispell, MT 59901. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to Calvary’s Weekly Meal Ministry.