Howard D. Altenderfer, 89, formerly of Mount Joy, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Pleasant View Retirement Community. Born in Hamburg, he was the son of the late Howard L. and Olive E. (DeTurk) Altenderfer. Howard was the husband of the late Mary Jane Altenderfer who passed away on April 24, 2014. He was preceded in death by his son, Andrew Altenderfer, in 2002.
Howard graduated from Hamburg High School, class of 1946 and later received a degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He was an apprentice wood pattern maker from 1947 to 1951 and later a journeyman wood pattern maker from 1953 to 1961. Howard was an instructor at Penn State Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute from 1959 to 1966. He then worked for Black and Decker before finishing his career at Grinell Corp. where he retired from in 1994 as a pattern engineer. Howard was a former member of Chiques United Methodist Church and member of Glossbrenner United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. He enjoyed music, playing the French horn and wood carving.
Howard is survived by his three children, Norma Jane Kachel; Jeffrey Paul (Sue) Altenderfer; and Marcia Ann (Fred) Phelps, along with 6 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
A private graveside service will be held at Mount Joy Cemetery. Please no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Glossbrenner United Methodist Church, 713 Church Street, Mount Joy, PA 17552 or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 5028 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5028.