He was born Nov. 15, 1920, in Brazil, the son of Artie Schepper and Anola Johnson Schepper.
He graduated from Brazil High School and later attended Indiana State University. He served his country in World War II in the European Theater as a medic.
On May 16, 1948, he married Nadine Stearley Schepper. Together, they raised their daughters here in Clay County.
Following the war, he worked for Stanley Cooper as a manager for the movie theaters. He took a job at the Twigg plant and learned the trade of welder. He was employed as a welder at Arketex, McAllister's in Indianapolis and for J.I. Case in Vigo County. He retired from J.I. Case in 1982.
Following retirement, he was called by managers at Lobdell-Emery Industry in Greencastle to be a consultant in the 1990s. He was there until the company changed hands prior to 2000.
Alva also taught welding at Ivy Tech. He was known for his flawless welding skills and always wanted to "do things right."
Alva was a member of the Brazil Elks Lodge and was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Scottish Rite, Valley of Terre Haute. He was an avid lover of horses and was a member of the Saddle Club. He taught himself the art of leatherwork so he could produce a new horse saddle. He was a wood craftsman, enjoyed people watching, doing yard work and meeting friends in town for a cup of morning coffee. He was well known for the ability to "fix anything." He also enjoyed taking Nadine for drives in the country only using the back roads and taught his daughters to be self-sufficient.
He is survived by his wife Nadine Schepper, Brazil, daughters Jeanine Peterson, Plainfield, Annette Hoopingarner (Bruce), Brazil, and Jeanette Vaughan (Marty), Plainfield, grandson Eddy Vaughan, and granddaughter Erin Vaughan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, brother Wayne Schepper, sister Geraldine McDaniel, and son-in-law Pete Peterson.
Graveside services will take place Saturday, at 2:30 p.m., at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be at the cemetery one hour prior to services. Brother Doug Parkey will officiate.
The family requests memorial contributions be directed to Purdue University School of Veterinarian Medicine, Equine Department; the Plainfield Middle School Music Department, or the Brentwood Elementary School, Grandparents Day program.
French Funeral Home, Lawson-Miller Chapel and Crematory was entrusted with the services.