Alvin McLoughlin
April 29, 1927  -  September 7, 2016

Alvin McLoughlin, 89, of Abilene left this earth for his heavenly home on September 7, 2016.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel at Elmwood Funeral Home (5750 US Highway 277 S, Abilene TX 79606). Visitation with the family will be Friday, September 9, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Elmwood Funeral Home.

Alvin (Al) was born April 29, 1927 in San Antonio, Texas to George and Myrtle McLoughlin. After graduating from high school in Kerrville, Texas in 1945, he served in the U.S. Army in Europe until 1947 where he worked on the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Al worked for various Harte-Hanks newspapers for over 43 years until his retirement from the Abilene Reporter News in 1991.

He married Betty Head on October 6, 1950 in Corpus Christi, Texas and together they raised three children: Brenda, Terri, and Jerry. After their move to Abilene in 1974, Al joined the First Baptist Church of Abilene and taught Sunday School to pre-schoolers for 15 years.

Al is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and five sisters.

He is survived by his wife, of 65 years, Betty; and their three children, Brenda McLoughlin Balsano of Abilene, Terri McLoughlin Jones of Mary Ester, FL, and Jerry McLoughlin and wife Necia of Desoto, TX. Al's surviving sister is Dell Ford of Spring Branch TX. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jake McKewin of Ft. Collins, CO, Stephanie Jones of Mary Ester, FL, and Rachel Jones of New Smyrna Beach, FL.

After his retirement of 1991, Al enjoyed activities with the Big Country Iris and Daylily Club, Senior Circle, Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the local chapter of AARP, where he served as President for several years. He was awarded the RSVP Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice.

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