Alvin Ley was born in Hewitt, Wood County, WisconsinUnited States and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood on June 14, 1936. He was sent to Guam, where he was taken prisoner by the Japanese army during World War II. After World War II, Father Ley was sent to Okinawa. On March 11, 1968, Pope Paul VI appointed Felix Ley the apostolic administrator of the Okinawa and the Southern Islands/Ryukyus, and he was ordained bishop on June 9, 1968. Bishop Ley died in Naha.