Robert “Bob” Willis Altvater, 69, of Terre Haute, passed away at 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Royal Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Terre Haute, on Dec. 12, 1943, to Carl Altvater and Doris Miller Altvater. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War and stationed in Germany.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Slusser Altvater; a son, Kevin Altvater and wife Yolanda; and granddaughters, Skyler and Emily Altvater. Also surviving are two brothers, Charles “Chuck” Altvater and Carl Altvater; and three stepsons, Greg Denbo, Mike Denbo, and Jeff Denbo and their families; as well as caregiver, Glenda Denbo. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Betty and Clarabell. Bob retired from I.M.C. Pitman-Moore in 1993 and worked at several different jobs afterwards. He attended Bible Baptist Church and was a graduate of Honey Creek High School. He loved tinkering in the garage on lawnmowers, enjoyed fishing, horseback riding, and going to local dirt track races. He battled Huntington's Disease for the last two years.
Graveside services will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013, with Pastor Bob Parker officiating. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 346. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Vista Care Hospice in his memory. Arrangements are under the direction of DeBaun Funeral Homes & Crematory. Online condolences may be left at: