Wayne Frank Altstadt
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Wayne Frank Altstadt, age 70, of Evansville, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the VNA Charlier Hospice Center.
Wayne was born June 14, 1943, the only child of the late Ervin and Lucille (Schutte) Altstadt. He graduated from St. Benedict Grade School and from Reitz Memorial High School class of 1961. Wayne was a charter member of Boy Scout Troop #399 at Sacred Heart Church, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He joined the U.S. Navy Reserves in September of 1960 while a senior at Memorial and went active duty on July 9, 1961. He was selected to serve aboard the USS Enterprise CVA (N65), the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, as a plank owner and a member of the first crew. His last trip was to Norfolk, VA in December of 2012 for the inactivation ceremony of USS Enterprise CVN65, fifty-one years later. He was employed at Brandeis from 1963 to 1967. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2000 as supervisor of maintenance operations, after 35 years of service. Following retirement, Wayne worked for Columbia Physicians Center as the facilities manager for 9 years. He was active in Civitan International for many years and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 20 years, Diane Weiss-Altstadt; five children, David Wayne (Kori) Altstadt, Karen Sue Sumner, Michael Alan Altstadt, Alan Joseph (Angela) Altstadt and Kristi Renea (Mike) Colbert; his children's mother, Joanne S. Altstadt; grandchildren, Britnee, Kaitlin, Blake, Jackson and Macy Altstadt, Kassidy and Jacob Sumner, Samantha and Tyler Colbert and Molly Brothers and a great grandson, Holden Beitler. His wife's parents, Leroy and Rose Weiss and her siblings also survive him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Rev. Stephen Lintzenich officiating. Military rites will follow the funeral mass at the church. Private entombment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum where the Vanderburgh County Retired Veterans Memorial Club will conduct military rites.
Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 until 8:00 P.M. on Friday at Pierre Funeral Home, 2601 W. Franklin Street, where there will be a memorial service conducted by the church at 6:00 P.M. Friends may also visit with the family from 9:00 A.M. until service time on Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church.
Contributions in Wayne's memory may be made to Boy Scout Troop #399 or to the VNA Charlier Hospice Center, 610 E. Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Browning and all of the staff at St. Mary's Hospital, OHA and VNA Charlier Hospice Center for the compassion and care these past three months.
Condolences may be made online at www.pierrefuneralhome.com.
Pierre Funeral Home
2601 West Franklin Street
Evansville, IN 47712
Published in Courier Press on June 27, 2013