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Henry D. "Hank" Altorfer

May 25, 1923 March 5, 2019
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PEORIA--Henry D. Altorfer (Hank), 95, of Peoria died at 9:45 pm, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at
Apostolic Christian Skylines Home, Peoria, IL.

He was born at home on Douglas Court in Peoria on May 25,1923 to A.W. and
Martha Zimmerman Altorfer. In 1943, while in school at the University of Illinois, he
joined the Army Air Corps. He served in WWII as a navigator on a B-29 in the Pacific
Theater.

He married Mary Erkert on December 23, 1944 in Monroe, LA. They welcomed
family and friends into their home, and made a special point of including those in need.
Hank loved people and was kind to all regardless of their station in life. Many have
commented on how he made them feel special.

Together, he and Mary started Young Life in Peoria and Hank was the YL leader
for 10 years. They opened their home to 100 or more students every week. When they
reached the goal of 200 students in one night, he kept his promise of swallowing a
goldfish whole! With his gregarious smile, sense of humor and many stories, he inspired
a generation of teen-agers to follow Jesus.

Hank and his brother Bill worked at the Altorfer Brothers Company, making
washing machines, until 1950, when the business was sold to Kelvinator. They then
founded United Facilities where he served as President until his death. He always said it
was the Lord’s hand that drove the success of the company.

Additionally, he served on many civic organizations and boards, most notably at
First National Bank (now Commerce Bank), Council of Supply Chain Management
Professionals, Unity Point Health-Methodist, Kellar School and Forest Park Foundation.
Hank and his brother Bill swam at the YMCA during their lunch hour for 30
years. At his death, he was the longest serving member of the Y. After swimming, they
would eat at the same restaurant, where they made friends with the servers. The
restaurants changed with the years, but Hank’s friendly habits never did.
Hank loved to fly his Cessna airplane and travel. Many summers were spent
roaming the west in their Shasta trailer. His favorite place in all the world was Colorado,
where he camped, skied, fished, rode horses and climbed the mountains. In an old
WWII surplus Army jeep, he and his buddies were the first ones to pioneer the jeep
trails and passes in the high mountains.

An enthusiastic animal lover, there was always a dog by Hank’s side. He loved to
tell how he met his wife Mary while riding horses in Detweiller Park. Later they had a
sleigh and took the grandkids on sleigh rides in the winter.

Many will remember Hank as a singer. He sang in church choirs and as a soloist
for many years. He sang and cut two records with men from all over the country. With
his brother-in-law he would fly the Cessna to Mansfield or Akron, Ohio to practice with
the Christian Choristers. He loved to sing around the campfire in the summer, or around
the piano at holiday gatherings. Cowboy songs and hymns were favorites.

Hank was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his son, Stephen; his brother,
A.W. Jr (Bill); his son-in-law, Donald Verseput; and several loving in-laws.

He is survived by his children: Daniel (Katherine) of Silverthorne, CO; Robert
(Charlene) of Brimfield; and Laura (Steven) Verseput Landby of Houlton, WI. Also
surviving are his grandchildren: Andrew (Nichole), Kate (Aaron) den Bleyker, Jeremiah
(Alyssa), Joseph (Kari), Jacob (Katie), Elisabeth (Kevin) Jones and Timothy (Ashley)
Verseput; and 11 great-grandchildren.Two sisters-in-law survive him: Ellen Altorfer of
Peoria and Ellen Erkert of Rockford. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces and
nephews.

Services will be held at 10 am Saturday, April 6 at Bethany Baptist Church. Rev.
Marvin Kelso will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-7pm Friday, April 5 at The Wilton
Mortuary. Burial will be at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Young Life of Central Illinois (15 E
Adams Street, Morton, IL 61550), Bethany Baptist Church (7422 N Heinz Ln, Edwards,
IL 61528), or AC Skylines Home (7023 Skyline Dr., Peoria, IL


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Visitation

Friday

5

Apr

4:00 PM 4/5/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 4/5/2019 7:00:00 PM
The Wilton Mortuary

2101 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603

The Wilton Mortuary
2101 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria 61603 IL
United States

Visitation

Saturday

6

Apr

9:00 AM 4/6/2019 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 4/6/2019 10:00:00 AM
Bethany Baptist Church

7422 N. Heinz Lane
Edwards, IL 61528

Bethany Baptist Church
7422 N. Heinz Lane Edwards 61528 IL
United States

Service

Saturday

6

Apr

10:00 AM 4/6/2019 10:00:00 AM
Bethany Baptist Church

7422 N. Heinz Lane
Edwards, IL 61528

Bethany Baptist Church
7422 N. Heinz Lane Edwards 61528 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Springdale Cemetery Final Resting Place

3401 N. Prospect Road
Peoria, IL 61603

3401 N. Prospect Road Peoria 61603 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Young Life of Central Illinois

15 E. Adams St., Morton, IL 61550

Bethany Baptist Church

7422 N. Heinz Lane
Edwards, IL 61528

Apostolic Christian Skylines Endowment Fund

7023 NE Skyline Drive
Peoria, IL 61614
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