Charles H. Altepeter

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Charles H. Altepeter, 86, of Clearwater, Fla. and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019, at his home, surrounded by family. 

He was born Nov. 23, 1932, in Virgil, Ill., the son of Joseph and Adele (Zang) Altepeter. 

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Helen Anderson on Feb. 4, 1956, at St. Patrick’s Church in St. Charles, Ill. Charles worked at Howell’s Furniture and later owned and operated Ray’s Evergreen in St. Charles. 

Helen preceded him in death on Oct. 20, 2005. 

He is survived by his children, Edward (Lori), Joseph, John (Toni), Frank (Karen), and Tina Altepeter, Michelle (Therrell) Schaefer and Lisa Delaby; his brothers, Joseph (Pat) and Henry (Betty); his sister, Mary Ann (Jack) Leake; 13 grandchildren, Mandi, Bradley, Matthew, Richard, Brandon, Nicole, Amber, Roxann, Shane, Chaz, Ashley, Nathaniel and Christopher; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son, Harold; a granddaughter, Carol; and a son-in-law, Michael Delaby.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, July 23, at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Msgr. Charles Stoetzel officiating, with interment later in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. Military honors were accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard. 

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