Service Date May 13, 2021
Funeral services honoring Merle’s life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at CrossWay Community Church, 13905 75th St., Bristol, WI 53104.
A visitation for Merle will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at church. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Outreach International, P.O. Box 781430, Orlando, FL 32878. On the MEMO line of the check, please write: 287D (no other identification please). This is a Christian Organization in Kenya, Africa, ministering to orphans of parents who have died of Aids.
Due to public health concerns, and in compliance with CDC guidelines, only 50 people will be permitted to enter the funeral home at one time. Social distancing will be maintained and those in attendance are required to wear a face covering. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this difficult time.
Raymond Merle Alwine, 93, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, died on May 8, 2021, in Kenosha, WI. Born in Johnstown, PA on November 23, 1927, he was the son of the late David and Edith (Thomas) Alwine.
In 1946 he married Mabel Mast, marriage ending in divorce. In 1970 he married Elsie Ulmer, who died in 1995. In 1998 he married Doris Turcek.
After several years in the farm equipment business in Atglen, PA, he started his career in the transportation industry in Baltimore, MD in 1957. He worked in various capacities for Kenosha Auto Transport, later becoming Jupiter Corp. Transportation System, retiring as Sr. Vice President of Dallas & Mavis Specialized Carrier and President of World Marine Transport, Kenosha, WI, in 1996.
He accepted the Lord Jesus as his Savior at the age of 11 and later drifted away. In 1999 he reconsecrated his life to the Lord. He wants everyone to know what a positive difference this made in his life – and accepting the Lord Jesus as your Savior is the only way to Heaven. Merle also loved to sing all the traditional hymns he learned as a child from his mother, who was always singing. He was a member of CrossWay Community Church, Bristol, WI.
He enjoyed golfing, gardening, cooking and traveling. But most of all, he loved his family.
Surviving are his wife, Doris Alwine; his three daughters, Beverly (Jeffrey) Campbell of Oak Harbor, WA; Judith (Michael) Hisey of Gettysburg, PA; Robin (Daniel) Volker of Ephrata, PA; his two sons, Donald (Martha) Alwine of Lancaster, PA and Derek Spangler of Lititz, PA; his daughter-in-law, Andrea Spangler of Harrisburg, PA and his three stepsons, Scott (Michele) Doutrich of Lititz, PA; Donald Bartoli and John Bartoli of Kenosha, WI and an “adopted” daughter, Hedda (David) Haines of Lebanon, PA. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by one sister, Dorcas Zook and two brothers, Harold (Reta) Alwine and Daryl (Doris) Alwine. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Marian Alwine, Lois Alwine and Maryella Alwine.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Carl Alwine, Clair Alwine, Sanford Alwine, Dean Alwine; a son, James Spangler and a stepson J. Clyde Ulmer.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation to Dr. Jeffrey Trimark and Dr. Kevin Fullin with Froedtert South Hospitals: Kenosha & St. Catherine’s campus doctors and nurses; Grande Prairie Health & Rehabilitation therapists, nurses and nurse assistants; Rehab Hospital of WI, Waukesha, WI therapists, doctors and nurses; also, the very caring and loving Hospice House personnel and chaplain.