He was born September 10, 1923, in Manhattan, the son of Everett E. and Estella (Elmore) Abbott, and had been a lifetime Manhattan resident.
Alvin was a 1941 graduate of Manhattan High School.
He was a farmer at heart and spent many years working with his dad. His father started the school bus service for Manhattan in 1939 and Alvin drove school buses for him, and later with his son Tom, for many years. He was a true entrepreneur and was the first person in the state of Kansas to build a self-storage business, which was only one of his many business ventures throughout his life.
Alvin was a member and former Deacon of First Baptist Church. They had many fond memories of the times he and Martha shared with friends throughout their lives, including the years they were involved at Westview Church and winters spent in McCallen, Texas.
Alvin also served the community in various ways, serving on the College Hill School Board and the Riley County Fair Board and was an active member of the Kansas Sheep Breeders and Hampshire Breeders Associations. In recent years he spent long hours caring for his many iris plants that he loved to raise and share, as well as making his well-known rocking horses and jar openers.
On September 10, 1944 he married the absolute love of his life, Martha C Mounts, at the First Baptist Church. Martha preceded him in death on February 22, 2018. He was also preceded in death by his parents and sister, Virginia Green.
Survivors include his three children: Karen Abbott, Nancy Wood and her husband Larry, and Tom Abbott and his wife Ruth all of Manhattan; six grandchildren: Brian and Ian Abbott, Katie (Abbott) Smith, Doug, Lee and Jon Wood; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 12th, at the First Baptist Church, 2121 Blue Hills Road, Manhattan, with Reverend John C. Parsley officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.
The family will receive friends at the church, prior to the service, from 1:00 until service time.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Good Shepherd Hospice House or the First Baptist Church, and may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.