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Obituary for George Altstatt

George Altstatt

George Altstatt

George Francis Altstatt, 88, of Heavener, was born Dec. 22, 1932 in Eagleton, Arkansas to Hugh and Carrie Mae (Tolls) Altstatt. He went home to be with the Lord on February 10, 2021 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener with Rev. John Mark Little officiating. Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park, under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

George was a long-time resident of the area. He was a 1951 graduate of Heavener High School. He served in the United States Army from 1952 through 1954. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict. George worked for Burnett Lumber Company and had 42 years of railroad service as a brakeman with KCS, Cotton Belt and Union Pacific. He loved gardening and was an avid woodworker. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

He is survived by two daughters Georgia “Doddie” Dean and husband Mike of Heavener, and Carrie “Candy” Irvin and husband Terry of White Hall, Arkansas; one son Jeffrey “Jeff” Altstatt and wife Shelley of Heavener; one son-in-law, David McClain; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law L.R. “Ray” Brown and wife Donna of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends whom loved him very much.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 68 years, Ruth Ellen (Brown) Altstatt; and a daughter, Nancy Lynn (Altstatt) McClain.

Pallbearers are his grandsons Chris Dean, Patrick Dean, Scott Irvin, Bryan Altstatt, Andy Altstatt and Greg McClain. Honorary pallbearers are his great-grandsons

Viewing is from noon to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

The family will visit with friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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