Leon B. Alter Passes Away at Age 105
From The Post & Mail March 18,
Leon Braden Alter, 105, of
North Manchester, died at 6:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013 at Timbercrest
where he had been a resident since 1984.
He was born February 24,
1908 in Forest, Indiana a son of Leander Clinton and Anna Grace (Braden)
Alter. He graduated from Forest High School in 1927 and Purdue University
in 1933 with a degree in agriculture education.
He began teaching
at New Paris High School. In 1937 he began teaching at Columbia City High
School, instructing agriculture along with Biology for many years,
retiring in 1976. He taught summer Biology for many years after his
retirement. He served as FFA leader at CCHS and was a 4-H leader in
Whitley County for many years.
On May 28, 1939 he was united in
marriage to Helen F. Long. They made their home in Columbia City until
moving to Timbercrest in 1984, enjoying their winters in Venice, Florida
until 1995. Mrs. Alter died in 1997.
After retirement, Leon stayed
active with golf, bowling, swimming, playing pool and shuffleboard.
Surviving relatives include two children, Jim (Phyllis) Alter of
Boise, Idaho and Jane (Ron) Yohe of Columbia City; six grandchildren,
Clinton Alter of Portland OR, Rachael (C.J.) Johnson of Missoula MT, Lt.
Col. Shane (Carol) Sullivan of Denver CO, Jeff (Amy) Sullivan of Carmel
IN, Shelley (Brett) Eberly and Mandy (Nick) Hartman, both of Columbia
City; and 11 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held
at a later date with burial at West Etna Community Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Timbercrest Employee Christmas Bonus Fund or
Heartland Hospice of Fort Wayne.
Arrangements are by Smith & Sons
Funeral Home, Columbia City.
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