Harold Altherr


NAPOLEON -- Harold E. Altherr, 87, of Napoleon, Ohio, passed away Friday morning, Oct. 12, 2012, at the Napoleon Lutheran Home.

He was born September 22, 1925, in Jackson, Ohio, the son of Cecil V. and Zella (Montgomery) Altherr. On April 21, 1950, he married Marjorie Hamilton in the Chapel in the Garden, Angola, Indiana, and she survives in Napoleon.

Harold was a freight agent for the DT&I Railroad for 41 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of Napoleon, where he served as church board president, Sunday school superintendent and teacher of the adult classes. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He received a bachelor's degree from Denison University. He was a member of the American Legion Post 300 in Napoleon, Ohio, the VFW Post 239 in Sebring, Florida, a former member of the Lions and Kiwanis Club, both of Napoleon. In his retirement, he was a substitute teacher for NWOEC, Wauseon, Ohio, and Henry County Schools.

Surviving also are two sons, Kevin (Kathy) Altherr of Napoleon, and Eric (Terri) Altherr, Reynoldsburg, Ohio; two daughters Deborah (Alan) Graver of Oregon, Ohio, and Candace Altherr, South Euclid, Ohio; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, John, Raymond, Frederick and Cecil Altherr; and five sisters, Esther Altherr, Phyllis Altherr, Geraldine Morgan, Rosalind Dickman and Mary Rogers.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Christ United Methodist Church, with Rev. Russell Shaeffer officiating. Entombment will be made in Riverview Memory Gardens, rural Defiance County, where military honors will be accorded by the joint veterans' posts of Napoleon. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, Napoleon, on Thursday from 2-8 p.m.

The family has suggested that memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church or the Senior Independence Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.walkermortuary.us.com.

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