William “Bill” Joseph Altom of Steelville, Missouri was born on Tuesday, March 7, 1939 in East St. Louis, Illinois to Robert Luther and Meekie Jo Lents Altom and passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at the age of 82 years, 5 months and 25 days.
Bill was raised in Dexter, Missouri where he was saved at an early age and graduated from Dexter High School.
He played baseball and had a tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals but instead, joined the United States Navy where he served our country honorably. Upon his return, he went to work at McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri.
On February 13, 1965 he married Dixie May Fears in St. Louis, Missouri.
In February of 1972, Steelville, Missouri became their home.
Bill worked in factories as a supervisor including Brown Shoe, Meramec Industries and Mar-Bal from where he retired in 2001. He later worked part-time for FCNB as a courier for 15 years.
Bill attended Straightway Baptist Church with Dixie. He enjoyed baseball and softball, gardening, smoking cigars, going to flea markets and yard sales. He liked to restore old cars, buy and trade guns and upholstery.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Meekie Altom; parents-in-law, Omer “OT” and Elsie Fears; and sisters, Lydia (George) Sexton, Anna Wolf and Ruth Neeley.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dixie Altom of Steelville, Missouri; children, William “Joe” (Veronica) Altom of Wesco, Missouri, Deana (Isaac) Haartman of Coats, North Carolina, Timothy Altom and Dawn (Phil) Yeomans, both of Steelville, Missouri and Matt (Rachel) Altom of Columbia, Missouri; brother, Robert (Lillian) Altom of Coloma, Michigan; brother-in-law of Wayne Neeley of Pensacola, Florida; 10 grandchildren; six great grandchildren and two on the way; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Alan Miles officiating.
Burial was at the Straightway Baptist Cemetery in Steelville, Missouri.
Pallbearers were J.J. Altom, Matt Altom, Phil Yeomans, Lucas Callahan, James Steiner and Isaac Hartman. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Altom, Tim Altom, Gary Counts and Billy Gilliam.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.