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Alvin Straight

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Alvin Straight Famous memorial Veteran

Birth
New Lisbon, Juneau County, Wisconsin, USA
Death
9 Nov 1996 (aged 76)
Laurens, Pocahontas County, Iowa, USA
Burial
Ida Grove, Ida County, Iowa, USA Add to Map
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Folk Legend.

He was the son of Lewis Straight and Cora [Martha in some records] (nee Christensen). He enlisted in the US Army on July 28, 1942, and served in F Company, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment 'Spearhead Doughboys,' 3rd Armored Division in the European Theatre. On October 17, 1946, he married France Beeks in Scobie, Montana.


In 1994, he drove his 1966 John Deere riding lawnmower 240 miles across Iowa and part of Wisconsin to visit his ailing, estranged brother, Henry. His story was portrayed in the David Lynch film The Straight Story (1999). His funeral procession was accompanied by a lawnmower similar to the one he was known for riding.

Folk Legend.

He was the son of Lewis Straight and Cora [Martha in some records] (nee Christensen). He enlisted in the US Army on July 28, 1942, and served in F Company, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment 'Spearhead Doughboys,' 3rd Armored Division in the European Theatre. On October 17, 1946, he married France Beeks in Scobie, Montana.


In 1994, he drove his 1966 John Deere riding lawnmower 240 miles across Iowa and part of Wisconsin to visit his ailing, estranged brother, Henry. His story was portrayed in the David Lynch film The Straight Story (1999). His funeral procession was accompanied by a lawnmower similar to the one he was known for riding.


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WORLD WAR II



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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: May 17, 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9303/alvin-straight: accessed ), memorial page for Alvin Straight (17 Oct 1920–9 Nov 1996), Find a Grave Memorial ID 9303, citing Ida Grove Cemetery, Ida Grove, Ida County, Iowa, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.