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David F Alter

1935 ~ 2021 (age 86)

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David Frank Alter – loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend – passed away on November 2, 2021.  He was 86. 

Born in 1935 to Raymond Alter and Mamie Alter (Frank) in Steubenville, Ohio, Dave graduated from New Castle High School in New Castle, Pennsylvania.  He earned bachelor’s degrees in both biology and chemistry from Washington & Jefferson College and later another bachelor’s degree in public accounting from Youngstown State University. 

Dave served honorably in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1959 to 1965, which he held among his proudest lifetime achievements and contributions to our country.

Dave passed the certified public accountant examination in 1970 and worked in public accounting for 13 years before joining the Schwebel Baking Company in 1983.  He worked at Schwebel’s for more than 37 years, retiring in 2020 as company comptroller.  

Dave’s boundless love for his family and his friends defined him most.  An accountant to his core, he kept scrupulous records on all those he loved – on birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events – and seized every opportunity to mark those occasions with a note or a kind word.  

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara; his sons and daughters-in-law Stephen, Michael (Anjali Goel), and Robert (Jeannine Alter); his grandchildren Sarah, Simran, Sundhya, Naveen, Varun, Sadie, Jordan, and Emma; extended family; and scores (if not hundreds) of colleagues, friends, and acquaintances whose lives he touched with kindness, good humor, a firm handshake, and his trademark eyewink.

Services will be today, November 5, 2021 at 11:00am, in Rodef Sholom Cemetery Chapel located in Tod Homestead Cemetery, 2200 Belmont Avenue, Youngstown, OH. 44505.

Donations in Dave’s honor may be made to Congregation Ohev Beth Sholom, 1119 Elm Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44505; the Washington & Jefferson College David and Barbara Alter’s 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund, 60 South Lincoln Street, Washington, Pennsylvania 15301; or the Youngstown State University Accounting Department, One University Plaza, Youngstown, Ohio 44555.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home.

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