Wayne E. Alter Sr., 84

September 14, 2009

APRIL 15, 1925-SEPT. 13, 2009

Wayne E. Alter Sr., 84, of Hagerstown, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born April 1, 1925, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Ira Doran and Eva May (Bower) Alter.

He was the husband of the late Patricia Ann (Glesner) Alter, who died Jan. 23, 1994.

Wayne served in the United States Army during World War II, where he was a corpsman in the Battle of the Bulge. He was later honorably discharged and returned to Hagerstown.

Wayne was a salesman for the Gilson Uniform Company, Hagerstown, for many years.

Wayne attended Harvest Baptist Church, Hagerstown.

He was a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1936, Hagerstown, Morris Frock Post 42 of the American Legion, Washington County AMVETS Post 10, Hagerstown, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge of WWII, The American Order of Corpsmen and Combat Medics and the Third Armored "Spearhead" Division Association.


Wayne is survived by three sons, Wayne E. Alter Jr. of Hagerstown, David V. Alter of Gore, Va., and G. Todd Alter of Hedgesville, W.Va.; one brother, Vernon N. Alter of Hagerstown; four grandsons, G. Todd Alter Jr., Robert A. Alter, Wayne E. "Trey" Alter III and Steven H. Alter, all of Hagerstown; two stepgrandsons, Shawn S. Eckert of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Shane S. Eckert of Albany, N.Y.; and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. James E. Moore will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown. Military honors shall be accorded by Marine Corps League Bulldog Detachment of Hagerstown and AMVETS Post 10, Hagerstown.

The visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Washington County AMVETS Post 10, 770 Frederick St., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or to Morris Frock Post 42 of the American Legion, 405 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

The Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences are accepted at

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