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SGM (ret) Alan Altheide passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of Tuesday 10 May 2022.
He had a distinguished and meritorious 27-year career in the United States Army. Travel was a necessity with stops in Stuttgart Germany, Arlington, VA, Thailand/Vietnam, Fort Belvoir, VA, Heidelberg Germany and finally to Fort Bliss to attend the Sergeants Major Academy in 1976 and staying with the Academy until his retirement in 1983.
Garnering many awards and commendations, to include National Defense Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, numerous Good Conduct Medals and the award that made him the proudest:
LEGION OF MERIT with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster.
After retirement Al spent a few years with SAIC, but decided he preferred spending his summers in his childhood home of New Hampshire and the winters here in El Paso and has done so without fail for the last 32 years.
Al was blessed to live a long and fruitful life. He touched the lives of more people than he imagined. Whether it was coaching his boys in Little League or being on the golf course, Al had a passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed sharing his love for hunting and fishing with those that would listen. He was thankful he was able to see the Red Sox win a World Series and relish in the excitement of the Patriots 6 Super Bowl victories and he wasn’t afraid to boast about it.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Martha Altheide. His sons, Rick (Gabby), Greg (Sue) and Karl (Mandi). Grandkids, Rachael Clark (Matt), Aubrie Lamar (Jake), Haylie Morris (Brian), Stefan Altheide (Dru), Hannah St. Pierre (Ryan), Owen Altheide and Evan Altheide. His legacy also includes 8 great grandkids with another on the way.
A celebration of Als life will held in New Hampshire at a future date yet to be determined.
Also, a big Thank You to the staff at Patriot Rehabilitation and Wellness Center for their unlimited caring and compassion given to not only Al, but our entire family.
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