Charles D. Altvater

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Charles David Altvater, 53, formerly of Union Bridge, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at the Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs, Calif., after a week-long diabetic coma.

Born July 31, 1959, in Frederick, he was the son of Jacob and Shirley Fox Altvater.

He lived in Union Bridge during his formative years and was a lifelong member of the Union Bridge Church of the Brethren, where he was especially active in the youth and music programs. While attending Francis Scott Key High School he served two years as the president of the Class of 1977 and enjoyed the music and drama activities.

He attended Washington College in Chestertown, graduated in 1981 and began his vocation with Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He was named Employee of the Year for the state of Florida, traveled extensively representing the company on various panels and, while working in Washington, D.C., served as liaison to the U.S. government.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, P. Dean Altvater; a sister, Joyce Hibberd and husband Granville "G"; caregiver and friend Denis Heuschel; and many friends.

He was predeceased by an infant brother, Allen Duane; grandparents Jacob and Lydia Altvater, John H. and Dorothy Myers Fox, and Charles and Mildred Zimmerman; and great-grandparents Herbert and Ada Myers.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Union Bridge Church of the Brethren, 124 S. Main St., Union Bridge, with church pastor the Rev. James Benedict, and former pastor the Rev. Paul Steiner, officiating. Private interment will be held in Pipe Creek Cemetery, near Linwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Joanne Grossnickle Scholarship Fund, c/o Union Bridge Church of the Brethren, P.O. Box 158, Union Bridge, MD 21791; or to Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, 1450 N.W. 10th Ave., Miami, FL 33136.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Sept. 11, 2012