Alvah Macer

Posted October 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm



Alvah L. Macer, age 93, lifetime resident of Clark County, S.D., died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in the Golden Living Center at Clark.

Funeral Services were held Monday, Oct. 7, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clark with the Rev. Robin Schaunaman officiating. Honorary casketbearers were his great-grandchildren and the grandchildren served as active casketbearers.  Burial with full military honors followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Clark.

Alvah Macer was born on July 19, 1920 to Charles and Esther (Sutton) Macer. He graduated from Clark High School in 1938 and attended SDSU for 3 ½ years before joining the Marine Corps in the fall of 1942. He served in the Pacific at Tarawa and Iwo Jima during World War II.  He received Purple Hearts for wounds from each battle. Alvah was discharged from the Marines in November 1945. One of the highlights of his life was going on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2010 to see the World War II Memorial.  

Alvah married Mildred Brekke on May 20, 1945. They lived on a farm in Woodland Township. After 34 years of farming, they built a home in Clark and retired in August 1980.

In 1984, Mildred passed away after 38 years of marriage. For the past 30 years, he and Doris Geise spent many hours traveling, visiting, and enjoying “happy hour” with friends. 

Alvah loved baseball and was an avid player and fan, especially of the Minnesota Twins. 

Alvah held memberships in Clark Masonic Lodge, helped organize the Crocker Legion Post and later transferred to the Clark Legion Post, served on the Woodland Township Board and the Woodland School Board. He was the chairman of the planning committee of the reorganization of Clark Independent School District in the late 50s. After the reorganization, he served on the Clark School Board for nine years. He was responsible for starting the Willing Woodlanders 4-H Club, which he then served as leader for many years.

Survivors include children, Carol (Keith) Stobbs, Miller, S.D., Rodger (Deb) Macer, Rapid City, S.D.; Kendall (Renee) Macer, Cloverdale, Calif.; Jennifer (Jim) Aalbers, Harrisburg, S.D.  Ten grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a very special friend, Doris Geise, Clark, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a daughter Janice Macer; and a twin brother at birth. 

Memorials can be made to Prairie Lakes Hospice, Clark American Legion or St. Paul Lutheran Church outside landscaping fund.

Funeral arrangements are with the Furness Funeral Home at Clark where there is an on-line registry at