John Larry Altizer

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

John Larry Altizer, 81, of Shell Knob, passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at his home.

He was born Oct. 2, 1939, in Pleasant View, Ill., the son of Edward and Grace (McGuire) Altizer. On Jan. 1, 1967, he was united in marriage to Linda Lentz, who survives. Also surviving are three children, Todd Altizer of Kansas City, Paula Andonian and her husband Bruce of Olathe, Kan., and Dianne Pearson and her husband Dave of Prairie Village, Kan.; one brother, Edward Altizer and his wife Rachel of Redding, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, David Altizer.

He grew up in Neosho, and graduated from Neosho High School. From June 4, 1963 until June 3, 1965, he served in the United States Navy in Vietnam. After Johnís military service he attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas on the GI Bill and gained a walk-on football scholarship. For thirty-five years John was employed at Union Carbide, traveling throughout the United States then retiring in 1995. After retirement John traveled around the world as a Safety Consultant. In 2000, he and Linda moved to Shell Knob, to make their home. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Shell Knob.

Services will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob.

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