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MARGARETVILLE - Alton M. Weiss, 95, of Margaretville, died Nov. 24, 2017.
He was a retired newspaperman and World War II veteran serving in the Pacific theater, who married the love of his life, Naomi Kircher, in Plainfield, New Jersey, on July 29, 1950.
He was born Jan. 22, 1922, in North Tonawanda, the son of William H. and Mabel Schultz Weiss.
He was a 1939 graduate of North Tonawanda High School. He worked for the R.T. Jones Lumber Company in North Tonawanda, as a teen and continued to do so until war broke out.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in office management and journalism at Syracuse University.
Mr. Weiss worked in journalism most of his life, working for newspapers in Lancaster, Tonawanda and Depew, and finally for the Catskill Mountain News in Margaretville, where he went on to become the editor. He later opened up ALNA Services, a computer based business in Margaretville, where he had the first fax machine in town. He also taught computer classes at BOCES in Grand Gorge and Milford, along with doing some substitute teaching at several schools in Delaware County.
Alton enjoyed being involved with Boy Scouting for more than 52 years. He was active with troops in North Tonawanda as a child and Margaretville as a Scout leader. He also served on the staffs of National Boy Scout Jamborees, working with the commissary staff at the 1964 Jamboree in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and again as a railroading merit badge counselor for the 1997 Jamboree at Fort AP Hill, Virginia. In 2005, he was awarded the Silver Beaver by Otschodela Council, the highest award a council can bestow upon a volunteer scouter.
Alton was known for his love of railroads. He was a founding member of the Model Railroaders Club in Margaretville, along with membership in the Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society, the Niagara Frontier Railway Historical Society, and the National Railway Historical Society. He also was a member of the Middletown Historical Society, the Middletown American Legion Post 216, the Sampson W.W.II Navy Veterans, and the Detroit Marine Historical Society.
Mr. Weiss is survived by one son, Donald P. Weiss of Margaretville; three daughters, Ruth C. (Stephen L.) Haffly of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Lisa K. (Thomas P.) Ruane of Peoria, Arizona and Marta B. Weiss (Dan Killmer) of Wassaic. Also surviving are three grandsons; two granddaughters; four great-grandsons; and three great-granddaughters; along with several nieces and great-nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 plus years, Naomi (nee Kircher) Weiss on Dec. 30, 2014; son, William E. Weiss on Jan. 14, 2015; parents; sister and spouse, Ruth (Arthur) Kriedemann; and his two brothers and their spouses, William E. (Dorothy) and Donald F. (Julie) Weiss; along with three nephews and a niece.
A memorial service will be held at the Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville at 11 a.m.,Friday, Dec. 1, with the Rev. Shirley Davis of the Presbyterian Church in Margaretville officiating. Burial will be in the Margaretville Cemetery annex immediately following the services.
Visittion will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30 and from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 1, followed by the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, if one wishes, contributions may be made to the Margaretville Model Railroad Club, Margaretville, Middletown Historical Society in Margaretville, Ulster and Delaware Rail Road Historical Society, or Boy Scout Troop 80 in Margaretville.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.
Published on November 27, 2017
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