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William Edgar "Bill" Alter

Male 1924 - 2005


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  • Name  William Edgar "Bill" Alter  [1, 2
    Nickname  Bill 
    Born  19 Jun 1924  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Iowa State Census  1925  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • William E. Alter, son, male, white, age 5 months, single, number of years in the U.S.: 5 months, number of years in Iowa: 5 months, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: Ralph Alter, father's birthplace: Iowa, father's age at last birthday: 23, name of mother: Virginia Lee, mother's birthplace: Iowa, mother's age at last birthday: 23, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, church affiliation: Methodist Episcopal
    Residence  Jan 1982  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence  Mar 2005  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Obituary  Jun 2005  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • William E. Alter, 80, of Burlington, died at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, June 12, 2005, at Great River Medical Center, Klein Center.

      Born June 19, 1924, in Mt. Pleasant, he was the son of Ralph E. and Virginia Lee Alter. On November 27, 1946, he married Norma J. Wilson. She died October 30, 2003.

      Mr. Alter was a superintendent and carpenter for Carl A. Nelson Company.

      He was a member of First United Methodist Church and served as a private in the Marines during World War II. He was a member of Des Moines Lodge No. 1 (Masons), 50 year member, 32nd degree of the Masons, E. C. Blackmar of Eastern Star, Advisory Board of the rainbow girls, Preservation Fund Committee of the church and the Temple and was Rainbow Dad for 22 years.

      Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Lekin of Cedar Rapids and Jacqueline Plath of West Burlington; two sons, William Alter Jr. and Mark Alter, both of Burlington; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

      Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers.

      Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, where the family will receive friends. A Masonic service will be at 7 p.m.

      The funeral for Mr. Alter will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Dennis Tevis officiating. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.

      A memorial has been established for First United Methodist Church Building Preservation Fund and Masonic Temple.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Name: William E. Alter; Last Residence: 52601 Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa; Born: 19 June 1924; Died: 12 June 2005; State (Year) SSN issued: Iowa (Before 1951)
    Died  12 Jun 2005  Great River Medical Center's Klein Center, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Buried  15 Jun 2005  Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I16961  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  Ralph Edgar Alter,   b. 16 Jun 1901, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1980 
    Mother  Virginia I. Lee,   b. 5 Nov 1901, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1982 
    Married  Abt 1918  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Family ID  F6078  Group Sheet

    Family  Norma Jean Wilson,   b. 27 Nov 1924, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 2003, Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  27 Nov 1946  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 8
    Issue 
    • There were four children from this marriage.
    Anniversary Announcement  25 Nov 1996  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    The Hawk Eye 
    • Mr. and Mrs. William E. Alter of 1824 Grube Street, Burlington, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary with their family on Thanksgiving Day.

      Norma Jean Wilson and William (Bill) Alter were married November 27, 1946, in Burlington.

      The couple have four children, Nancy Lekin of Cedar Rapids, William Alter Jr. and Mark Alter, both of Burlington and Jacqueline Plath of West Burlington. They have eight grandchildren.

      The couple request no gifts, however, cards would be welcome.
    Residence  20 Sep 1999  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F6151  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S613] Grandfield, Dianne Lynn (Mathews) - Email (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S3320] Alter, Norma Jean (Wilson) - Obituary, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, November 6, 2003; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      New London, Henry County, Iowa

    4. [S2543] Alter, William Edgar "Bill" - Obituary, (originally published at the Prugh Funeral Service web site, June 2005; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S776] Social Security Death Index (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S10211] Alter, Virginia I. (Lee) - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 20, January 27, 1982; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S10212] Wilson, Lorna M. - Obituary, (originally published in the online edition of The Hawk Eye, March 10, 2005; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S2542] Alter, William Edgar "Bill" and Norma Jean (Wilson) - 50th Wedding Anniversary Announcement, (originally published in the online edition of The Hawk Eye, Monday, November 25, 1996; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S2540] Alter, Donald E. - Obituary, (originally published in the online edition of The Hawk Eye, Monday, September 20, 1999; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).