Melvin Alt

First Posted: 2/24/2008


Melvin Alt, 76, died at 3:23 p.m. Feb. 22, 2008, at his residence.

He was born April 14, 1931, in Leipsic to Claude C. and Charlotte Ricker Alt, who preceded him in death. On June 29, 1957, he married Alvera Winkler, who survives in Leipsic.

Mr. Alt retired in 1994 as a machinist for the former Philips Display Components, Ottawa.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Leipsic, and its Holy Name Society, where he served as an usher for 20 years. He was a member of Ottawa American Legion Post 63 and Leipsic Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9547. He was a member of Crosley Automobile Club. He was a bee keeper for 40 years and part-time farmer for many years. He had many hobbies; two favorites were making miniature tools and playing the violin at rest homes. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving with the 7th Infantry Division as a combat engineer and attaining the rank of sergeant while serving as a squad leader in the 13th Combat Engineer Battalion. He was awarded the Korean Service Ribbon, two bronze campaign stars, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, 7th Infantry Division Certificate of Achievement in recognition of faithful and efficient performance of military duty and the Korean War Service Medal from the Republic of Korea.

Survivors also include two sons, Joseph D. (Hyon Ok) Alt, of Fairborn, and Timothy G. (Carol) Alt, of Leipsic; two daughters, Charlene Matson, of Holgate, and Janice (Larry) Otto, of Leipsic; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; a brother, Edwin (Leona) Alt, of Ottawa, and two sisters, Rosemary Schortgen, of Leipsic, and Betty (Bob) Shade, of Hamler.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Leipsic. The Rev. George Wenzinger will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites by Ottawa American Legion and Leipsic VFW.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic, where a rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Putnam County Hospice or Home Health.

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