Alvin Ho

Alvin Ho, 45, of Oak Park, died unexpectedly on May 2, 2021. Born in Toledo, Ohio on June 11, 1975, he also lived in Iowa and Illinois until he left the Midwest for New York City to pursue his master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. 

During grad school summers, he worked on an archeological dig in Pompeii, forming strong friendships, and a robust love of travel. Back in New York, he worked as an architect and reveled in all the city had to offer: running in the NYC marathon; escaping the city to camp with friends; and scoping out all the best restaurants. While playing on a championship-winning dodgeball team in Queens, he fell in love with (and later married) the team MVP. Life took him back to the Midwest to raise a family closer to his parents. He and Rebecca settled in the wonderful community of Oak Park. He loved traveling with his young family, sharing with them his wanderlust and sense of adventure. Experiencing life with Marian and Malcolm brought him much joy. In 2020, he changed careers to become a stay-at-home pandemic dad, overseeing Zoom Kindergarten and providing much-appreciated support at his parents’ restaurant, Shan-Li’s in Aurora.

He traveled the world and cherished his time with family and friends. And though his time with us was far too short, we were all touched by his kindness, generosity, sharp sense of humor, and love of adventure.

Alvin was the husband of Rebecca; the father of Marian and Malcolm; the son of Henry and Shirley; the brother of Angie (Ken); and the uncle and friend of many.

A celebration of a life well lived will be held on Saturday, May 15 at 1 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St. in Oak Park. A reception for family and friends will follow at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 545 S. East Ave. in Oak Park. Please be advised that masks are required.

Because we are in unprecedented times, capacity is limited for the celebration of life ceremony and reception. We ask that you RSVP with a headcount for your group so that we can plan accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and love.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Marian’s and Malcolm’s college funds can be sent via Zelle or Venmo to We also invite you to send stories of Alvin to this email account to share with Marian and Malcolm to keep the memory of their father alive.  

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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