Joseph R Altman

May 30, 1954December 23, 2012

Joseph R. “Joe” Altman, 58, of Belleville, Illinois, born May 30, 1954 in East St. Louis, Illinois passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at his residence with his family at his side. Joseph was a machinist. He graduated from Ranken Technical College. He had a long career as anindustrial maintenance machinist and then later in sales. Joe was an avid gardener and fisherman, He loved his family and friends, his home, pool and his dog Mollie. Joe was a member of the Hope Church, Belleville, Illinois, the Millstadt Sportsmen’s Club, the Quail Club, Millstadt, Illinois, the Boy Scouts of America and the Disabled American Veterans. Joe is survived by his loving family, wife, Kay E., nee Weible, Altman who he married on July 29, 1978 in Belleville, Illinois; children, Evan J. Altman and Staci Anne Altman; parents, Joseph L. and Marcella J., nee DeMonge, Altman; sisters, Julie A. Altman and Lori L. Nevener; Uncles, James Altman and Melvin (Susan) DeMonge; cousin, Curtis (Linda) Altman; niece, Kelli (Yancy) Carden; nephew, Andrew (Katherine) Nevener and a brother in law, Guy (Fran) Weible. Memorials in Joe’s memory may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Hope Church, Belleville, Illinois with Pastor Jay Krumeich officiating. Interment will follow services in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Illinois Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois


  • Memorial Gathering Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Sharon Redmon (Groom)

January 1, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May Gods love and peace be
with you during this difficult time.
God Bless.

December 31, 2012

Iam so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


December 29, 2012

My condolences to the loss of your love one. Death is something that was not meant for humankind, because God created humans with a yearning to live forever (Eccl. 3:11). However, our loving Heavenly Father gives us a wonderful hope that 'death will be brought to nothing' and that we will see our love ones again (1 Corinthians 15:26; Mark 5:39-42).

Debbi Van Blair

December 29, 2012

I just heard about Randy--as I knew him--and that he has crossed over. I was one of the neighborhood kids back when we were crazy kids and went all through Emge with him. He was a great kid! I lost track of him when we went to West but I have only warm memories of him. I am so sorry for the loss I am certain that his family is feeling. My thoughts will be with you.
With warmest affection,

Kim and David James

December 28, 2012

To the entire Altman family: My husband and I are truly sorry for your loss. We just recently got to know Joe through our son in law Andrew Nevener. May all of you find comfort in each other at this most difficult time.

Kendra Kaiser-Raymond

December 28, 2012

Our prayers are with your family in this most difficult time.

M Ortiz-Allen

December 28, 2012

The Altman Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Altman family.
May GOD keep you and comfort you through the time of sorrow at the home going of Joe Randy.
May He give you strength to know that Joe Randy is resting in peace, loving peace,with our Lord.

Much love and many prayers,
Maria Ortiz-Allen

Doug & Cricket Lobstein

December 27, 2012

Joe will always be a legend to both Doug and I. We were lucky to have been granted such a privilege to meet this Man who had principles, always truthful, honest with words and wanted to share part of his life. Joe was never afraid to reveal his real thoughts and feelings, no matter what the circumstances. He was indeed one of a kind. He had the natural ability to make one feel welcomed and special with his kindness, his knowledge and being a man who loved his present and pass. He shared his love of life with many, and was one of the best chefs we've ever known. May he rest in the arms of Our Lord and may he have the biggest kitchen available in heaven. God Bless his family and may comfort come to them who too were so privileged to have such a husband, a father, a son, a brother and a friend. We will indeed miss our FRIEND - "Chicken Joe".

Patrick Keeney

December 27, 2012

Prayers for Kay,Evan,Stacey and the extended Altman/Weible family.Joe will be missed but never forgotten.May the El Camino/catfish,crappie cutting King rest in peace.

Steve Waltrip

December 27, 2012

I have known Joe for almost 35 years and has been a friend that would give the shirt off his back for me...He would do this for anybody he cared for. This is the kind of friend that Joe was. A person like Joe is a rare breed among men. The world is going to be a lesser place by his passing. We will all miss him very, very much.

I pray that Kay, Evan and Staci may be given the Lord's peace in this time of loss. May they be comforted by the knowledge that Joe is at rest in the arms of the Lord.

Godspeed my dear friend Joe and I will one day join you where we can laugh together once again. Until then I will miss you my dear friend.