Raymond L. Alt, age 78, of Sleepy Eye, died on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.
Raymond L. Alt, age 78, of Sleepy Eye, died on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Evan. Service will be held at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Evan, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. The clergy will be Pastor Rebecca Krogstad. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Ray L. Alt was born on April 28, 1935 at his family home in Sleepy Eye, to John and Ruth (Ellanson) Alt. He grew up and resided in the Sleepy Eye and Leavenworth areas his entire life. Ray attended and graduated from Sleepy Eye Public Schools. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. Ray worked as a horse trainer and was employed at the Farmer's Elevator in Sleepy Eye. He also spent many years on his farm near Leavenworth. Ray was known to open his home many times to children providing them guidance, love, and support to achieve a better life. Ray was united in marriage to Patricia "Pat" V. Tauer on July 28, 1964. The couple resided in the Sleepy Eye area their entire married life where they raised their three children, David, Daniel and Deborah. Ray's passions were horses, hunting, fishing, farming and his grandkids. He became an instant softy where they were around. Ray was well loved and respected by his family and community members.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia; children, David (Lauri) of Evan, Daniel (Deb) of Evan, and Deborah (Lonny) Cathcart of Rolling Hills, Wy.; grandchildren, Samantha, Shelby, Christopher, Matthew, Jeremy, Cecily, Randy, Brie, Timothy, Kendra, Brody and Katelyn; and great-grandson Jackson were the light of his life. Ray is also survived by his siblings, Ronald (Betty) of Sleepy Eye, Shirley Cannon of Sleepy Eye, Beverly (Tom) Carnell of Bloomington, Phyllis (Don) Thompson of Hillman, Gail (Russell) Sorenson of Sleepy Eye; sisters-in-law, Dee Alt of Mankato, Sandy Alt of Sartell; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Larry Tauer; brothers, John Jr. and Charles; and his brother-in-law, Art Cannon.