Dennis Clinton Altizer


Dennis Clinton Altizer, age 74 of Draper passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019 at his home. Born July 19, 1945 in Welch, West Virginia he was the son of the late Alec Altizer & Delia Christian Altizer.
Dennis was a proud veteran of the United States Army having served his country in Vietnam. He was also a former staffer for U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller and later worked as the assessor for McDowell County, WV.
Dennis was very active with V.F.W. Post #8413 (Welch, WV) were he served on the honor guard. He was a member of the 40 & 8, a mason, a Shriner clown, order of the eastern star and the Royal Order of Jesters.
He served on many other community service positions.
He is survived by his Wife, Drema Alitzer - Draper; Daughter, Dr. Melanie (Patricia Conner) Altizer - Cape Coral, FL; Brother & Sister-in-law, Mike (Rosanna) Vallo - Draper; Nephews, Jerry (Jeanette) Wood - Tazewell, Robert (Melissa) Barrett - Baptist Valley, VA, Tom Tevi - War, WV; Niece, Jeannie (Tom) Anderson - Bramwell, WV; Special Cousin, Randy (Deb) Flinchum - Abingdon, VA; Special Friends, Larry (Carrie) Bledsoe - Scarbro, WV.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM - Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski with Rev. Jared Wood officiating. Interment will follow at the Southwest Virginia Veteran's Cemetery, Dublin.
The family will receive friends before service time Thursday at the funeral home.
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Published on August 18, 2019
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Tommy Nevi
Aug 23, 2019
Uncle Dennis will always have a piece of my heart. Even though we had not talked so much recently, I always thought of him as more of a big brother. Among my fondest memories are music at his house on Friday nights, motorcycle rides, and biscuit and gravy breakfasts with my mom. I will surely miss him. We are all very sorry for your loss.
Tommy and Brenda Nevi,
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Brenda Stout Blake
Aug 22, 2019
Dennis was a neighbor and a best friend to my brother Tracy Stout. At about 18 years of age they tried to join the military together in the buddy system. Tracy was rejected because of his knees (football injury) but, Dennis was called to serve. This changed their lives forever and both went in different directions but not their friendship. To me he was a brother and I was his pestering little sister. We argued, we fought (he was stubborn!) but we hugged! He always had a little laugh and grin. My Mother (Kathleen Stout) treated him as her own, many times she found him sleeping in our basement where the doors were never locked and she always had a place at the table or something good to eat... for all Tracy’s friends. Mom passed away in 1997 and Tracy In 2009. I pray they are together again enjoying God’s blessed reunion.
Peace, I pray for his family.
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Lacy Wright, Jr.
Aug 19, 2019
A great WV democrat and much more and a friend for 46 years. My families deep sympathy to the entire Altizer family.
Maxine Roberts
Aug 18, 2019
U were a AWESOME boss. I'll always remember telling U that U were " my brother from another mother ". I Love U for always understanding me. I remember our talks & laughs. U were a great person inside & out. My heart is soooo broken 💔 But now U can rest. Go rest high brother until we meet again 😢😢😢. U will be missed by everyone that had the great opportunity to get to know U. Love ❤️ & miss U
Robert Lewis
Aug 18, 2019
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