Joseph Abraham Alvis

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"I came into the world alone and that's how I'll go out." - Joe Alvis

You weren't wrong often, Joe, but on this you were. Born at home in Pueblo, CO on 5/20/1948, with your grandmother serving as midwife. You were not alone. Never, never alone.

You graduated Pueblo's Central High School in 1966. You joined the army and served your country in Vietnam until 1969. After returning to the US, you married Eileen Joyce, your wife of 48 years. Your child, Jeri Lynn, was born in 1970. You continued your education, graduating the police academy, and joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1970. You worked many special details, including the Metropolitan Enforcement Group. Received the Medal of Valor. Your 2nd child, Joseph III, was born in 1975. You continued your education and experience as a distinguished police officer. Touching our lives with your unique style of duty, compassion and craziness. A practical joker to the end. Keeping the jokes rolling and the atmosphere light, even in the stressful and dangerous situations that 1st responders faced. After retiring in 1998, you worked security at Adesa Auto Auction. Your bucket list was simple: to golf all the courses between Colorado and Arizona. After golf-burnout, you started a landscape business that you handed down to your son. When fully retired, you enjoyed the thrill of gambling and trips to Las Vegas and Cripple Creek, and the occasional 18 holes of golf. You made friends everywhere you went, laughing, and joking.

When cancer stole your youthful mobility, you remained positive and active. Always ready to lend a word or act of encouragement to a friend. The day you died you weren't alone, family and friends surrounded you. On July 30, 2017, we raised our glasses and toasted a life well done.

Preceded in death by your sister Jeannie, brother Jerry and your parents Joseph and June.

Survived by your wife Eileen Joyce, daughter Jeri Lynn, son-in-law Ronald Humphries, son Joseph III and daughter-in-law Linda Alvis and grandsons Zachary and Elijah Humphries.

In memory of Joe, we ask that you educate yourself; take a stand on the empathetic side of history, and support the "death with dignity" initiative.

We thank you for honoring Joe.

A Remembrance Service will be held in the Police Operations Center Community Room on Friday, August 18, 2017, from 4pm to 6pm, and all are welcome to attend. The address is: 705 S. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Published in The Gazette on Aug. 5, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Chapel of Memories
829 South Hancock | Colorado Springs, CO 80903 | (719) 392-4432
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