Alvin McKerracher

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Alvin Perkins McKerracher, a devoted follower of Christ, peacefully passed away August 12, 2023, at St. Paul’s Senior Center in Belleville, Illinois.

Born on April 4, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, Alvin’s life was a testament to his unshakable faith, his boundless love, and his selfless devotion to his family and community.

Alvin’s journey was guided by his unyielding trust in Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life. His profound faith was evident in every aspect of his life. He dedicated himself to serving the Lord, actively sharing the Gospel, and exemplifying the teachings of Christ through his actions.

Upon graduating from high school, Alvin served in the Army Air Corps, later the Air Force, where he excelled as an instructor in Airborne Communications. Following his honorable service, Alvin’s path led him to Century Electric Company, where he displayed remarkable expertise in electronics and became the go-to person for repairing TVs during the early days of television. Alvin’s relentless work ethic and pursuit of knowledge and interest in science and technology led him to establish his own computer company, where he ardently pursued advancements in technology, conducted continuous research, and embarked on memorable travels that enriched his life and expanded his horizons.

Alvin’s heart was forever captured when he met LuIna Emma McKerracher, his loving and faithful wife. Their shared faith in Jesus Christ was the cornerstone of their enduring marriage of over 64 years. Together, they raised four children and nurtured a legacy of faith and love that extended to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Active in his church, Zion Lutheran, Alvin’s commitment was unwavering. He served as a Sunday School teacher, a church treasurer, and a Deacon, leaving an indelible mark on the congregation. Alvin’s passion for Christian history and LCMS history led him to study and share his knowledge with others, fostering a deep connection with his faith and heritage.

Alvin’s dedication extended beyond his spiritual life. His engineering career at Century Electric saw him excel as a Quality Control Manager, and later, he embraced the computer age by building and maintaining the company’s first computer room. He even journeyed to Iran during the 1970s, contributing to the establishment of a Century Electric Factory there, and seizing the opportunity to visit the Holy Places of Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

Alvin’s life was a symphony of compassion, kindness, and humility. His departure is mourned by his beloved sweetheart, his wife, LuIna, daughters, Priscilla McKerracher (Mike Koenig) and Linda Cooper (John Cooper); his son, Jon McKerracher; and his brother, Ralph. His memory lives on through his nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, all of whom were profoundly touched by his love and wisdom. He was preceded in death by his mother, Edith; his father, Daniel; and his daughter, Beverly.

Alvin Perkins McKerracher’s life was an inspiring example of faith, devotion, and selflessness. His legacy will forever be cherished by those whose lives he touched, and his memory will continue to shine brightly within the hearts of his family, friends, and the community he so dearly loved.

In honor of Alvin and his faith, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, Illinois. Condolences may be made to the family at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 11 a.m. to 12 noon Thursday, August 17, 2023, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Thursday, August 17, 2023, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Darwin Schrader preaching and Rev. Chris Spelbring officiating.

Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



4 Comments on Alvin McKerracher

Judy Stephens said : Guest Report Aug 28, 2023 at 7:58 AM

Al was a wonderful man. He was committed to his Lord and to his family. Always helped me out with my computer problems. He will be missed. Al, you are in God's loving arms now.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
J Expose said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2023 at 11:05 AM

Sending my condolences and prayers to the family. I hope you find peace and comfort as you heal from your loss.

  • Arlington
  • VA
Jill Hasstedt said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2023 at 8:08 AM

Every word of the obituary is true. Al was one of my favorite people at Zion - our first "computer guy." He got us set up with word processing and off Selectric typewriters. He encouraged me to set up the first 5 email accounts at Zion (via phone lines on AOL). He answered my endless technology questions and served as our help desk and emergency technology issue responder. He mentored lots of people into the world of the internet as it emerged. Well done good and faithful servant! I have missed seeing you at church. You made the world a better place. My sincere condolences to family and friends as you celebrate a life well lived and his new life in heaven. I can only imagine all the people he will get to talk to.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bill Elyea said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2023 at 1:11 PM

Loved reading the tribute and seeing Alvin's life of Faith. Prayers of comfort for his family and friends.

  • Naperville
  • Illinois

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