|Birth: ||Apr. 7, 1927|
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 2011|
Duane Leslie "Skip" Altizer, 84, of Iowa Falls, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at the Hampton Health Care Center, Hampton. Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 31, at Linn's Funeral Home, Iowa Falls. Memorials may be directed to the Greenbelt Humane Society, Alden. Burial was in the Berlin Cemetery, Jackson Township, Owasa. Military honors were conducted by the Hyman-Peavey American Legion Post #188.
Duane Altizer, was born in Popejoy, on April 7, 1927 to Shirlie and Moore Altizer and grew up during the Great Depression of the 1930's with sister, Doris and brothers, Don and Daryl. Their home was the living quarters above the Rock Island Depot in Popejoy, where Moore was the depot agent. He graduated from the Oakland Township School in 1944. In 1945, Duane was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Forces where he served as a corporal assigned to the Headquarters Squadron, 92nd Air Service Group, Fort Read, Trinidad, B.W.I. On his return to Iowa, he attended Ellsworth College and received his associate's degree. As a student and after, he worked as a billing clerk and did part-time farm work. From 1949-1950, he attended and graduated from the Midland Linotype School and worked at the Ackley World Journal until his reenlistment in the Air Force in 1951. In 1952, Duane was sent to the Weather School at Oklahoma A&M University in Stillwater to learn the skills of a weather analyst. For the duration of the Korean Conflict, he served as a weather analyst/meteorologist with Detachment 3 of the 31st Weather Squadron at Furstenfeldbruck AB in Germany with the rank and title of Alc Analyst. The April before his return to the states in May 1954, Skippy spent seven days leave in Paris and seven days in London, staying in the Picadilly Circus district.
Upon retiring from service to his country, Skippy continued his career as a linotype operator and was a member of the Typographical Union, as well as the Hyman-Peavey American Legion Post #188 in Iowa Falls. He worked for several of the major newspapers in Iowa, including the Des Moines Register. His last assignment was the Manson Journal Herald. After his father died in 1976, Skippy left his career to be by his mother's side, or as he would say, "to take care of each other," while tending to the flower gardens and lawn tare. On the death of his mother in 1993, Skippy joined niece, Jacque Lagerquist's household. It was there that he had the opportunity to share daily duties in raising a boy from infancy and became known to Colton as "Nanny," who was as dear to him as a son. He was also the beloved uncle to his nieces and nephews. His sense of humor was ever present and he had some pretty good stories. He was a quiet man who seemed to keep to himself, but nonetheless had a barometer on what was happening around town! Returning to his hometown for Popejoy Days was a treat that he looked forward to. His kitty cat, Jade, was a cheerful companion. This past April 7, Uncle Skippy turned 84 years old. Family members joined him for a birthday party at the Hampton Health Care Center where he had moved earlier that week due to progressive dementia.
Duane Altizer is survived by 11 nieces; three nephews; 23 great-nieces and nephews; 26 great-great-nieces and nephews; one great-great-great-nephew; and two first cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Moore and Shirlie Altizer; a sister, Doris Baker; two brothers, Donald Altizer and Daryl Altizer; two nephews, William Baker and infant/Donald Altizer; and a great-nephew, infant/Patrick Hoye.
Duane Altizer is the great-grandson (six times removed) of Emera Altizer, a soldier in the American Revolutionary War from Riner, Virginia, the town where his own father had been born and raised.
Moore S Altizer (1894 - 1976)
Shirlie Olive Lodge Altizer (1903 - 1993)
Duane Leslie Altizer (1927 - 2011)
Daryl N. Altizer (1929 - 2003)*
Jackson Township Cemetery
Created by: Tom
Record added: Nov 01, 2011
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