Neil Henry Alwin, of Dane WI, passed away peacefully at UW Hospital on August 18, 2022 aged 89, after an unexpected severe stroke. He was born on September 17, 1932, to Julius and Lucille (Kruse) Alwin. He lived a full life and would have been 90 next month. He had recently been declared legally blind due to macular degeneration, which he’s had for years. This had been a struggle for him as it limited his independence and ability to read, which he loved to do. We are thankful he is no longer dealing with those limitations.
Growing up on the family farm, he attended the neighboring Fernside School, Prairie du Sac High School, and Madison Business College. He served his country in the Army, at the close of the Korean War. He married Ruby Sprecher on August 23, 1958, at Concordia United Methodist Church. They were true partners, working together through many ups and downs over the past 64 years.
Most of his career was invested working for Blaney Seeds in Fitchburg. His integrity and strong work ethic continued in the final decades of his life, as he diligently delivered the morning papers to many people throughout the Lake Wisconsin area, often filling in for other drivers in addition to his own routes.
His faith was very important, fueling his optimism and cheerful attitude to both friends and strangers. He served the church in many ways over the years. Even in his final days, he sought to learn more from Scripture. (There may be a temporary waiting line at the pearly gates, as he eagerly asks Saint Peter to provide answers to many questions! He will quickly strike up many conversations with all those who have gone before him.)
He is survived by his wife, Ruby; three children, Galen (Pam) Alwin of Prairie du Sac, Ellen Alwin of Cottage Grove, Craig (Kris) Alwin of Oconto; five grandchildren, Denise (Scott) Vater, Stephanie (Chris) Bartelt, James Alwin, Kathryn Alwin, Daniel Alwin; three great-grandsons, Mason, Harrison, Henry; in-laws, Marion (Edward) Yngsdal, Keith Sprecher; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ralph Alwin; sister-in-law, Elaine Alwin; in-laws, Leslie (Lilah) Sprecher, Lyle (Evelyn) Sprecher, Elizabeth (Philip) Savides, Halsey (Lyla) Sprecher, Vilas (Ruth) (Nancy) Sprecher, Gretchen Sprecher, and many other relatives.
No services are being planned at this time.