Willis Frederick Altenhein, 92, a lifelong Ellington Township farmer, died at 3:50 p.m. Friday (July 25, 2014) in the North Adams Home in Mendon. Born Sept. 27, 1921, in Quincy, Willis was a son of William and Emma Baker Altenhein. He married Carolyn Foster on Oct. 23, 1949, in the Table Grove Community Church. She survives. Mr. Altenhein was engaged in farming in Adams County all of his life, witnessing many of the changes in agriculture over his lifetime. For 18 years, he served as a levee commissioner for the Indian Graves drainage district. He was an avid Indian artifact historian and a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed the thrill of a good coon hunt with his best dog by his side, loved country music and played the guitar. Willis, a simple man who worked the land with his family by his side, considered himself a rich man. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; two sons, Clinton Altenhein (Nancy) of Quincy and James Altenhein (Ann) of Latham; a daughter, Jannel VonderHaar (Mark) of Palmyra, Mo.; four grandchildren, Justin VonderHaar (Erin), Sarah Harsell (Jeff), Ross Altenhein (Angie) and Hannah Altenhein (fiancee, Arthur Sutton); five great-grandchildren, Jayce VonderHaar, Emma VonderHaar, Viktor Harsell, Gabriel Harsell and Lucian Harsell; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Altenhein was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Edgar C. Altenhein. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home by the Rev. Dixie Croxton. Burial will be in the Ellington Home Cemetery in Quincy. VISITATION: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday morning until the time of services in the funeral home. MEMORIALS: Ellington Home Cemetery Association or North Adams Home. ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from July 27 to July 29, 2014