Alvin Charles Longman

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Alvin was born June 10, 1926, to Wilford and Laura Longman of Henry, IL as the oldest of three brothers.

Alvin graduated from Henry High School in the Class of 1944. He was active in drama, with leading roles in several Dramatic Club shows. He played trombone in the band and was active in 4-H.

Alvin enlisted in the Navy December 15, 1944. He served with the SeaBees at Pearl Harbor until his honorable discharge on August 1, 1946.

Alvin met his future bride, Margaret Heller at a Henry County Rural Youth Square Dance in December 1952, and they were married January 24, 1954, at Geneseo Grace EUB church. This year they celebrated their 69th anniversary.

After farming in Princeton and Manlius, the family moved to Geneseo in 1966 and Alvin began his second career in banking. He worked for East Moline State Bank, and later at Farmers National Bank in Geneseo where he retired as Vice President and Chief Loan Officer in 1982. Alvin and Margaret retired to Fort Myers, FL where he began his third career as a realtor. In 2012 Alvin finally retired for good and in 2013 they moved to Princeton to be closer to their family. They moved to Naperville in 2020.

Alvin and Margaret had four children: Dale, Douglas (Linda), Diane (Howard) Coopmans, and Doreen Linderman (Corey Buescher); seven grandchildren: Adam (Elena), Kathryn, Brooke (Tom) Moore, Elizabeth (Kevin) Carlson, Alissa Linderman (Adam Jacobs), Rachel (Jack) Melamed, and Ryan Coopmans (Michelle Abramczyk); and six great-grandsons: Owen Jacobs, Turner Longman, Preston Moore, Ezra Longman, Becker Moore, Asher Longman.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Darrell and Donald; son, Dale; and granddaughter, Kathryn.

Alvin was remembered for buying a fully electric car in 1981 to commute from the family farm to his job in Geneseo. He was an avid pinochle player. He was involved in the Methodist church and Kiwanis, where he held many leadership roles.

In accordance with his wishes, Alvin will be cremated. The family will host a visitation Friday, May 5, 2023 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm with a funeral service to follow at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E Gartner Road, Naperville, IL 60540.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association at

or to Grace United Methodist Church, Naperville at

Posted online on May 03, 2023

Published in Geneseo Republic