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KEYSER, W.Va. Darwin Knight "Shorty" Alt said his final "Cheerio" to us on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. He left us suddenly. However, his impact on his friends and family will continue to be felt for generations to come.
Darwin was born in Keyser, W.Va., on Feb. 26,1935, one of seven children of the late Homer Glen Alt Sr. and Lucille Virginia (Knight) Alt of Keyser. Darwin was preceded in death by his wife, Nedra "Gerry" Alt; his sons, Jeffery Wayne Alt and Ethan Mitchell Alt; his brothers, Charles Vaughn Alt and Homer Glen Alt Jr. along with his sister, Joanna Lou Alt Llewellyn.
He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Diane Harden and husband, Pat, Gerrardstown; son, Darrell Vaughn Alt and wife, Diana, Keyser; five grandsons, Darrell Vaughn Alt Jr., Cody Knight Alt, Jason Harden, Brian Harden, William Harden; three granddaughters, Nicole Alt-Myers, Jessica Farley, Emily Alt; many great-grandchildren; brother, Calvin Alt; sisters, Judy Staggs and Martha Spencer; many nieces and nephews; special nephew, "Squirrel" Travis Staggs; and very special friend, Barbara Milleson.
Darwin attended Fort Ashby High School. He retired with many years of service from the Westvaco Paper Mill. Known for his work ethic, he devoted a great deal of his time to helping his father on the dairy farm and gardening. He was also actively involved with the Fountain Ruritan Club. Darwin was integral for the startup of Sycamore Run, residential care for folks with disabilities. He selflessly moved from the family home and built an apartment in his workshop so that others could live and be taken care of with his son, Jeffy. His daily morning routine was to visit the home, have a cup of coffee and check on their wellbeing, as well as share his morning paper. He took great pride in providing them with canned green beans, applesauce and home grown tomatoes. He had a special relationship with many of the residents and staff, which he considered as extended family.
Darwin's love for his family was an integral part of who he was. He could often be found with his dog "daisy" making his camp ready for friends and family. Everyone was made to feel welcome. He also enjoyed his trips to Alaska, teaching his grandkids and great grandkids about life through fishing and showing them the outdoors. He was a selfless man that always made time for you.
Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, Inc., Route 28, Fort Ashby, on Saturday, May 13, 2015, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Darwin's family invites you to celebrate his life on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either Mineral County Special Olympics c/o Diana Sutherland, 720 Harley O. Staggers Drive, Keyser WV 26726 or to the Scleroderma Foundation ,300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.
Published on May 11, 2017
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