Leon Alter, 105

Leon Braden Alter, 105, of North Manchester, died at 6:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Timbercrest where he had been a resident since 1984.He was born Feb. 24, 1908, in Forest, a son of Leander Clinton and Anna Grace (Braden) Alter. He graduated from Forest High School in 1927, and Purdue University in 1933, with a degree in agriculture education. He began teaching at New Paris High School. In 1937, he began teaching at Columbia City High School, instructing agriculture along with biology for many years, retiring in 1976. He taught summer biology for many years after his retirement. He served as FFA leader at CCHS and was a 4-H leader in Whitley County for many years.On May 28, 1939, he was united in marriage to Helen F. Long. They made their home in Columbia City until moving to Timbercrest in 1984, enjoying their winters in Venice, Fla. until 1995. Mrs. Alter died in 1997.After retirement, Leon stayed active with golf, bowling, swimming, playing pool and shuffleboard.Surviving relatives include two children, Jim (Phyllis) Alter of Boise, ID. and Jane (Ron) Yohe of Columbia City; six grandchildren, Clinton Alter of Portland, Ore., Rachael (C.J.) Johnson of Missoula, Mont., Lt. Col. Shane (Carol) Sullivan of Denver, Colo., Jeff (Amy) Sullivan of Carmel, Shelley (Brett) Eberly and Mandy (Nick) Hartman, both of Columbia City; and 11 great- grandchildren.A memorial service will be held at a later date with burial at West Etna Community Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to Timbercrest Employee Christmas Bonus Fund or Heartland Hospice of Fort Wayne. Arrangements are by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.