Andrew Alven Tolliver

1925 - 2022


Their Story

Andrew Alven Tolliver was born on January 19, 1925 in Bismarck, North Dakota and was the son of Otis Glen and Lydia Rosenberg Tolliver. He had thirteen siblings. Otis died on December 1, 1944 and Lydia died on June 23, 1956.[1]

Tolliver married Lula Bogle on November 26,1947. They later divorced in 1978. He then married Joan Marie Haskins on August 23, 1980 in Davenport, Iowa.[2]

Tolliver registered for the draft on February 16, 1943 in Portland, Oregon. He was employed by Galvanizer’s, a metal finisher company at the time of his registration.[3] Tolliver then enlisted in the US Army on April 25, 1943 serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.  Staff Sergeant Tolliver was honorably discharged on November 23, 1945 and awarded the Bronze Star and a Combat Infantry Badge.[4]

The United States was attacked on December 7, 1941 by Japan. The next day the United States declared war on Japan, and this was the beginning of World War II in the Pacific. The Pacific War was the theater of World War II that was fought in Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and Oceania. It was geographically the largest theater of the war.[5]

The United States joined forces with allied nations like Great Britain and Australia to fight the Japanese. Significant engagements occurred at sea and on many islands in the Pacific. After three years of combat, the Japanese surrendered on August 15, 1945.[6]

Tolliver was active in the Civil Rights Movement after the war. He retired from Kartridge Pak in Davenport, Iowa.[7]

Andrew Tolliver died on January 17, 2010 in Bettendorf, Iowa. He was survived by his wife Joan, children; Dave, Dale, Joyce, Jeanne, Karen, Chuck, Curt, and Tom, sisters; Kitty and Patty; nineteen grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren. Tolliver was preceded in death by his daughter Carol; grandson, Jason; and eleven siblings.[8]


[1] Andrew Alven Tolliver – Facts (

[1] 20 Jan 2010, 5 – The Rock Island Argus at

[1] Page 1 WWII Draft Registration Cards – Fold3.

[1] Andrew Alven “Andy” Tolliver (1925-2010) – Find a Grave Memorial.

[1] World War II in the Pacific Theater – Pearl Harbor.

[1] World War II in the Pacific Theater – Pearl Harbor.

[1] Andrew Alven “Andy” Tolliver (1925-2010) – Find a Grave Memorial.

[1] 20 Jan 2010, 5 – The Rock Island Argus at