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Alvie Daniel Cook, 76, of Selinsgrove, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, surrounded by his loving wife and children at the Buffalo Valley Nursing Home, Lewisburg.
He was born Jan. 21, 1941, in Kingston, a son of the late Alvie Franklin and Dorothy Louise (Rhone) Cook. On July 21, 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Nancy Lou Harris, and his death breaks a union of 54 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children and their spouses, Alvie W. and Valerie F. Cook, Timothy N. and Eileen E. Cook, Jeffrey T. and Karen S. Cook, Robert S. and Cheri L. Cook, Susan E. and Michael W. Strickler, and Douglas J. Cook, all of Selinsgrove; 14 grandchildren, Jennifer Merrell and husband Jeremy of Riverside, Jeanette Diehl and husband Noah of Topeka, Kan., Stephanie Hennessey and husband Tyler of Woodinville, Wash., Megan Miller and husband John of Shamokin Dam, Daniel Cook of Los Angeles, Calif., Matthew Cook and wife Jaclyn of Winfield, Sara Harris and husband Jonathan, Allison Cook, Camden and Colt Cook, KateLynn and Jacob Strickler, and Morgan and Spencer Cook, all of Selinsgrove; 10 great-grandchildren, Madison and Hannah Merrell of Riverside, Elizabeth and Joanna Diehl of Topeka Kan., Andrew and Connor Hennessey of Woodinville, Wash., Steven, Ethan and Lauren Miller of Shamokin Dam, and Matthew C. Cook of Winfield; one sister, Erma Jean Stark and husband Jay, of Tunkhannock; two sisters-in-law, Betty A. Vail and husband, Richard of Charlottsville, Va., and Elsie M. DeWald and husband D. Neil of Millville; and two brothers-in-law, Allan R. Harris and wife Barbara of Audubon, N.J., and Earl W. Harris and wife Judy of New Port Richie, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and many cousins.

Alvie was a lifelong farmer and member of the Selinsgrove Church of the Nazarene where he served as the first coach of the men's softball team. He was a member of Gideon's International, Pennsylvania Holstein Association, Snyder County Young Farmers Association, Surge milking equipment dealer, former member of the Selinsgrove School Board and Penn Township Planning Commission. He was also a certified stainless steel welder and former member of the IBEW Electrician's Union.
He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting with his sons, grandsons and extended family members. In his prime, Al was a talented athlete and participated in the Bi-County Baseball League in the Wyoming County area. He passed along his love of athletics, as well as his talent, to his children and grandchildren. He loved nothing more than spending time with his family and supporting their sports careers.

Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by the funeral at 11, at the Selinsgrove Church of the Nazarene, 543 W. Sassafras St., Selinsgrove, with the Rev. Charles Melton officiating.
Burial will be in Salem Lutheran Cemetery, Selinsgrove.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Alvie's memory to Nazarene Compassionate Ministry, c/o Selinsgrove Church of the Nazarene, 543 W. Sassafras St., P.O. Box 25, Selinsgrove, PA 17870, or to the Gideon's Snyder County Chapter, P.O. Box 382, Selinsgrove, PA 17870.

Arrangements are by the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove.
Published on May 2, 2017
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