Colonel William E. 'Bill' Alt, USAF (Ret), 80, born in Pueblo Mar. 12, 1936, died Feb. 13, 2017. Preceded in death by his parents, Eugene D. and Leta (Long) Alt. Survived by his wife, Betty, Pueblo; daughter, Brigadier General Eden Murrie (Ret) (Jon), Nashville, Tenn.; granddaughter, Devon Murrie, Nashville, Tenn.; sister, JoAnn (Mike) McCoy, Pueblo; and cousins, Leta (Gary) Wooley, Illinois and Judy (Frank) Urban, Arizona. Colonel Alt was a graduate of Centennial High School, received a B.A. degree from Colorado College and an M.A. from Auburn University. After graduating from Centennial, Bill completed a year at Pueblo Junior College before enlisting in the Air Force. During that time he was stationed at various bases around the U.S. and at Thule, Greenland. He returned to Pueblo, married and in 1964 was commissioned as an Air Force Second Lieutenant. Once again he served at various stateside assignments and overseas in Viet Nam, Australia, and Japan. He was awarded numerous decorations including the Bronze Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. As a 'mustang', he was especially proud of his enlisted time and his good conduct medal, something few officers had. After retiring in 1991 to 'the farm' in Pueblo, Bill served on numerous state and local boards. During the ensuing years, he was on the Mined Land Reclamation Board, President of the Colorado State Conservation Board, and President of the Pueblo County Historical Society. At the time of his death, he was President of the Pueblo County Conservation Board, a member of the Levee Board and was the Pueblo County Noxious Weed Manager. Perhaps some will remember Bill for his often humorous spring and summer articles in The Chieftain on Pueblo County's weed problems. At his request, cremation with no services. Those wishing to send a donation in Bill's memory may do so to a charity of his or her choice. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Betty, Eden and Family,

    We send our Special Thoughts and Prayers to you, on the Birth of Our Good Friend Bill, into Eternal Life. While we are deeply saddened by his passing, we can rest in the knowledge that he was a good father, husband and dedicated servant to our Great Nation. We were blessed to have enjoyed his friendship and to have been a part of his younger life while living in Kirksville, MO. May he rest peacefully in the presence of our Eternal Father in Paradise.

    With Warmest Regards,

    Frank and Diana Barbieri

  2. Hi Betty, shocked to see that Bill passed, sure enjoyed both of u at Pinon truck stop, I am so sorry that such a good man had to go to his eternal home so soon, I read each of his articles on the weeds and laughed from joy of his humor. Take care! Faye Rzonca

  3. Betty, I was so sorry to learn about Bill’s passing. I will miss his writings about weeds in the Chieftain–I learned so much! Take care of yourself.

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