Charles E. Alton

Born: Thu., Feb. 16, 1933
Died: Thu., Nov. 3, 2011


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Nov. 08, 2011
Location: Murphy-Parks Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Wed., Nov. 09, 2011
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

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Charles E. Alton, 78, of Shelbyville went to live with God on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at Major Hospital.

Born Feb. 16, 1933, in Vincennnes, he was the son of Ernest and Lottie (Brown) Alton. He married Shirley Gilbert on June 28, 1958, and she survives.

Other survivors include sons, James Alton of Indianapolis and John Alton of Waldron; daughters, Mary (Jim) Behnke of Tucson, Ariz., Linda (Haskell) Gibson of St. Paul and Shirl McCrickard of Shelbyville; sisters, Ann Houch, Betty Halter and Rita Taylor, all of Vincennes; and grandchildren, Brittany, Morgan, Chris, Joey, Nick, Chase and Logan; and great-grandchildren, Aiden and Ethan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Charles Alton Jr.; a grandson, Bradley Gibson; three sisters; and a brother.

Mr. Alton retired in 1993 after 33 years of service at Allison's General Motors.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving four years during the Koren War, followed by 26 years in the Navy Reserve, retiring as chief petty officer-hull technician. He received the Navy Achievement Medal on Jan. 31, 1982, and was a plank owner donor during development of the U.S. Navy Museum in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Alton was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the American Legion in Vincennes and the NRA. He will be remembered, along with his friend, Ed Ranochak, for his volunteerism and countless hours over the years of maintenance work at St. Joseph Catholic Church and School.

He enjoyed his fishing and hunting outings with family and friends, and always had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service and Crematory, 703 S. Harrison St., with a rosary recited at 3:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Washington St., with Father John Maung officiating.

Burial will be in the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Cemetery in Shelby County, with graveside military rites conducted by local veterans.

Memorial contributions may be donated to St. Joseph Catholic School, Roncalli High School or Shelby County Special Olympics in care of the funeral home.

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Beth Schoentrup
   Posted Sun November 06, 2011
Dear Shirley and family,

I am so sorry for the loss you are experiencing right now. God bless Charlie and his smile...I'll bet he's walking with God right now!! Shirley, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Beth Schoentrup

marie price
   Posted Mon November 07, 2011
im very sorry for your loss you all are in my heart and prayers. i thank you and love all of you for letting me share some of the memories. god bless all of you lots of love.

Gene Maresca, CDR, USN(RET)
   Posted Tue November 08, 2011
This is a real loss. I had the honor to serve with Chief Alton in the Naval Reserve, where he was universally acknowledged as a thorough professional and a tremendous leader, as well as a fine human being.

He'll be missed.

Danni Barnes (Robertson)
   Posted Tue November 08, 2011
Shirley, Jim, and family,

I'm sorry for your loss and want you to know I'm thinking of you at this time.


Danni Barnes

Carolyn Gross
   Posted Wed November 09, 2011
Shirley and family so sorry for your loss, You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Marlene Terrell
   Posted Wed November 09, 2011
Shirley, Jim, and family
Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Marlene Terrell

Kendra Spruill
   Posted Wed November 09, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Remember the love and the good times, focus on these.

God bless you all.
Kendra Spruill

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