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Charles L. Altier

Our father passed away February 21st, two weeks before his 95th birthday. He was with his beloved wife, Alma, at their home in Bellevue, WA. Married for 71 years, they had moved the previous year from their Mercer Island home where they had lived for 49 years. Charles was the son of a Northern Pacific switch foreman, John W. Altier, and mother, Amy Isabelle (nee Hirsch) Altier and step-mother, Laura (nee Mengis)Altier. He grew up in the Rainer Valley attending Franklin High School and graduating from the University of Washington in 1940. Alma grew up on a fruit ranch near Wenatchee, daughter of Herman and Olga Oswald. Throughout his life, Charles reflected on the war years as a defining time for himself and Alma. Like many young men, Charles enlisted in the Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After boot camp he was sent to the South Pacific on a troop ship where he was stationed with a supply unit on the island of Espiritu Santo, a secret base, supplying the South Pacific campaign. Following seventeen months of service on the Island, he was presented with a direct commission. Since the rules of the Navy did not allow an officer promoted from the enlisted ranks to serve in the same unit, Dad was shipped back to the US for training at Harvard University for advanced supply and logistics training. Before departing Espiritu Santo, he greeted a new arriving officer and claimant for his bunk, James Michener, future author of "Tales from the South Pacific." The remainder of his service was spent at Pearl harbor until he took his leave from the Navy. His experience and training helped him secure his first job, a production control position with Continental Can Company in Seattle. He spent a thirty year career working with Continental Can in equipment manufacturing in Seattle, New York, Chicago and finally back to Seattle retiring as plant manager. Throughout his life, our father was an inspiring role model. He believed the curve of history with individual effort would bring a more equal and just world. Charles is survived by his wife, Alma; four children, Leslie, Lee, Ron, and Lafe; five grandchildren, Dane, Logan, Lafe Edward, Ariana, and Aaron; daughters in law, Karen, Michelle, and Barbara; son in law, Tim; and nieces, Virginia (nee Harvey) Lodwig and Clara Anne(nee Harvey)Troxell.

Our family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to all friends, associates, and extended family who enriched our Dad's life for so many years.

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Published in The Seattle Times on July 14, 2013
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