Alvin W. Backs, 82, of O'Fallon, IL, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at St. John's Hospice in Springfield.
He was born on November 16, 1928 in Covington, Il the son of the late Edwin and Bertha (Going) Backs. He married Doris Weihe on August 22, 1953 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Okawville, IL and she survives.
Mr. Backs was a self-employed mechanic, operating Backs Tandem Service. He and his wife attended Bethany Lutheran Church in O'Fallon, IL. He also served in the U.S. Army from Feb. of 1951 to Jan. of 1953.
Besides his wife Doris, he is survived by 5 children, Craig (wife Patti) Backs of Springfield, Janet (husband Michael) Bartlett of Bothell, WA, Kathy (husband Charles) Lintker of Venedy, IL, Lori (husband Victor) Garber of Chicago, IL, and Timothy (wife Ayanna) Backs of Bologna, Italy, 8 grandchildren, Jonathan Backs, Jennifer Backs, Mary Bartlett, Michelle Bartlett, Ryan (wife Kim) Lintker, Jason Lintker, Simone Garber, and Alessia Backs, a sister, Mary Ann (husband Don) Steinkamp of Belleville, IL and 2 sisters-in-law, Darlene Backs of Okawville, Il and Loraine Blumhorst of Aviston, IL. Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Irwin and Milton Backs, a sister-in-law, Marjorie Backs, and a brother-in-law, Ralph Blumhorst.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, Springfield, IL. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Hospice or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
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