Alvin Zelinka August 1, 1946 - October 11, 2016 Salem Oregon - Alvin passed away surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous fight against cancer. Alvin never let his condition get in the way of enjoying life to its fullest and was an inspiration to all who knew him. Alvin loved his family, fishing, hunting, gardening, and the outdoors. Alvin was devoted to his family and dedicated his career to the Department of Corrections for 28 years. Alvin retired on his 50th birthday to spend time with his wife, children, and his love of the outdoors. Born to Ignice and Rose, Alvin grew up in Woodburn. After service in the Navy, Alvin returned and met the love of his life Nancy Reis. Alvin and Nancy were married on February 24th 1968 and raised three wonderful children along the journey. Alvin is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Nikki (Alan) Bakkala, sons Brian (Shannon) Zelinka, Duane Zelinka; and four grandchildren. Memorial celebration of life will be 1:30 pm Monday October 17th 2016 at City View Funeral Home, 390. Hoyt St. S. Salem.
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