David John Alt Sr., 80, of Venice, Fla., died Wednesday, April, 2013, at home after a year-long battle with cancer.
Born Aug. 24, 1932, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late John and Pauline Crites Alt. He was the husband of Lucille Nunn Alt, his wife of 59 years.
In 1941 his family moved to a farm in Westminster. He enlisted in the Army
at age 17, serving in Japan during the Korean War
, and received the Korean War Medal, United National Service Medal and Soldier of the Month Award. After an honorable discharge in 1953 he then started work with the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., now part of Verizon, as lineman-cable splicer, and much later as a buried cable locator for the company's Miss Utility program. He worked for the phone company for 32 years, retiring at age 52.
He also held a master electricians license, as well as a contractor and realtor license. This allowed him to start his own successful home and apartment rental business in Maryland and in Florida, with the help of his wife and children. He taught his sons building and contracting skills in the process of building this business, and was proud to have second generation tenants that rented from him.
He was a licensed private pilot and he enjoyed flying his 1976 Cessna Cardinal RG that he owned for more than 20 years, often personally flying back and forth from Maryland to Florida several times in a year.
He was a master Mason, as well as having memberships in the Shrine, Lions clubs in both Maryland and Venice, Venice Aviation Society Inc. (VASI), the Venice Antique Car Club, and was a lifetime member of the VFW
. He spent time collecting for the Shriner's children's hospitals and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army every year.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughters Susan Krichten, of Westminster, and Sharon Stair, of Venice; sons David Alt Jr., of Westminster, Ronald Alt, of Silver Spring, and Donald Alt, of Westminster and Venice; grandchildren Kristin Stair, David Alt III, Mindy Alt and Danny Alt, all of Maryland, Heather Stair, of Florida, Sabrina Krichten Garnett and Jeffrey Krichten, both of Pennsylvania, and Nicholas Krichten, of South Carolina; a great-grandchild, Isabella Vail, of Florida; and siblings Anna Mae Beard, of Maryland, and Keith Allan Alt, of California.
He was predeceased by a brother, Lawrence Alt.
Per his request, cremation was handled by Farley's Funeral Home of Venice, and a memorial service was held at the Alt's family church in Venice on April 18.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until a celebration of life and Masonic service at 7 p.m. Monday at Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, 254 E. Main St., Westminster.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Shriners Hospital of Tampa, 12502 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612; or the New Windsor Lions Club, P.O. Box 167, New Windsor, MD 21176.
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