Willis M. “Willie” Alt, Jr.

| June 6, 2018

Willis M. “Willie” Alt, Jr., 70, a resident of 15th Street, Franklin, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in UPMC-Northwest in Seneca, following a period of declining health.

He was born January 6, 1948, in Franklin, a beloved son of Gladys Mae Kightlinger Alt and the late Willis M. Alt, Sr.

He was a graduate of Rocky Grove High School, where he was a standout baseball player.

Following graduation, Willie proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Although Willie was always a humble man, he was a highly decorated U.S. Veteran. For service to his country, he earned The Silver Star for his acts of heroism while in combat, The Army Air Medal with Two Overseas Service Bars, The U.S. Army Commendation Medal, The Combat Infantryman Badge, The Vietnam Campaign Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged from active duty on August 22, 1969.

Following his discharge from active duty, he worked as a machinist at the former Joy Manufacturing Company, where he retired after 40 years of employment.

He was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Jesse Greer Post# 1835 in Franklin and the Franklin Loyal Order of Moose.

He enjoyed hunting with family members, golfing, trips to the casinos, and watching baseball, especially the Pittsburgh Pirates. He always looked forward to the annual trips he would take with his family to “the cabin” at Pigeon Forge in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. He especially enjoyed spending time around the campfire with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

He was married January 2, 1971, to the former Mary Lou Thomas, who survives.

In addition to his beloved wife of 47 years, he is survived by two daughters, Kim Alt and her significant other, John Smith, and Tricia McKenzie and her significant other, Jim Kline, all of Franklin; his grandchildren, Justin Alt and his fiancé Lindsey Curtis of Newburgh, NY, and Dustin McKenzie and Chelsea McKenzie, both of Franklin.

Also surviving is his mother, Gladys Mae Alt of Franklin, and his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ann Wright of Franklin, Norma Robertson of The Dominican Republic, Jim Thomas and his wife, Connie and Linda Thomas, all of Mechanicsburg; in addition to many loving extended family members and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Helen Thomas, and by his brothers-in-law, Bern Thomas, Larry Wright, and Jim Robertson.

Friends may call Friday 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Timothy E. Hartle Funeral Home, 1328 Elk Street, Franklin. Full military burial rites will be accorded by The V.E.T.S. Funeral Honor Guard of Franklin, Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Private funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of his family.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be directed in Willie’s name to either: Wounded Warriors, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or to your local American Cancer Society.

Please visit www.hartlefuneralhome.com for further information and to leave a note of condolence.


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