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Antonio Alvarado dies at 83

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Antonio Alvarado, 83, of Michigan City, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2008 in Michigan City.

He was born in Hermocillo, Mexico.

In 1954 in Fort Wayne, he married Deloris Joan Miller, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by children, Joan Garwick, of Valparaiso, Toni (Gary) Whitfield of Michigan City, Christina Weaver and Diana Freeman, both of Cross Lanes, W.Va., Donald (Sonja) Alvarado, of Liberty Twp., Sandra O’Dell and Lisa Alvarado, both of Michigan City; 23 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren.

One grandchild also preceded him in death.

He was raised in Hermocillo, Mexico with his sister on his father’s cattle and bull ranch. He developed a love for the circus at an early age from his mother’s side of the family who were performers. He began training and performing at the age of 10-11 years old. He walked the high wire for 18 years and had a circus career for 23 years. He performed all over the United States and Europe in several circuses including Ringling Brothers. He also was a circus owner at one time.

His circus career was interrupted by serving this country in the army during World War II where he was in the Corps of Engineers in Italy. He received a purple heart during his service in Italy. He received his citizenship while serving in the Army.

Prior to the service he began taking classes through the University of Wisconsin towards his architectural degree. He returned to circus life after leaving the Army and also completed his degree at the University of Michigan. Once he received his architectural degree he went to Fort Wayne in 1954 to begin his new career. While there he sold the “Alvarado Wonder Circus.” In Forth Wayne he met his future wife of almost 45 years, Deloris, who is deceased. After marriage, he accepted a job in Michigan City.

During his life in Michigan City he primarily worked as an architect for various firms in Michigan City and Chicago, including the Chicago Dwelling Association. He also had a passion for photography which he did on the side. He was also a past member of L.U.L.A.C.

Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, Sept. 27 at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St., Chesterton. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service at the Funeral Home.

For information, please call White-Love Funeral Home at 926-1309.


Posted 9/25/2008