Altona — Alden Fredrick Deyo, 82, left this world Monday, March 3, 2003, at his home with his devoted wife and children at his bedside following a long illness.
Alden was born Jan. 8, 1921, in Altona to Fredrick W. Deyo and Lillian M. (Bodah) Deyo.
Alden was a graduate of Ellenburg Central School, attended Burlington Law School and Albany Law School. Alden and Irene were married on Sept. 22, 1941, at St. Ann's Church in Mooers Forks.
Alden helped build and operate the Altona Theater. Later, Alden was Town Clerk for Altona. For many years he was self-employed as a truck driver and became owner of his own fleet of trucks that supplied lime for both commercial and agricultural use over the North Country. After retiring from his trucking business he than was owner and operator of Deyo's Service Station in Chazy, N.Y. After moving his family to Chazy in 1959 he extended his business to Deyo's Grocery at the same location in Chazy, from 1960 to 1972, with his loving wife, Irene, always working at his side. Alden returned to reside in Altona in 1977, where he owned Deyo's Apartments until he retired.
Alden belonged to the Chazy Lion's Club while residing in Chazy, he enjoyed boating and was a licensed navigator as a member of the U.S. Power Squadron. Alden and Irene also enjoyed traveling in their RV motor home, visiting their children in Texas, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Tennessee. He was a member of Good Sammer's RV Club chapter 50. In the 1990's Alden accomplished his dream to see California by traveling cross country. Alden was a member of the Holy Angel's Church and did volunteer work at the Bingo hall. He also enjoyed NASCAR racing and attended many races.
Alden is survived by his wife, Irene Dora (Parsons) Deyo of Altona; four sons and daughters-in-law, Alden and Stella Deyo of Coopersville, Kevin and Debra Deyo of Altona, Jeffrey and Marcy Deyo of White Hall and Brad and Ivory Deyo of Louisville, Ky.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Glenn Latremore of Chazy, Sharron and Larry Miller of Beekmantown and Vanessa Deyo of Montgomery, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a sister, Theresa Lamoy of Middlegrove, N.Y.; a sister-in law, Lorraine Nephew of Ladylake, Fla.; Aunt Esterine Bodah of Altona; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Alden was predeceased by his parents, Fredrick and Lillian (Bodah) Deyo; two sons, Jerry Dwight Deyo and Scott Ryan Deyo; and a daughter, Lillian May (Deyo) Smith.
The family wishes to extend their thanks and gratitude to Hospice of the North Country for all their support.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, March 5, 2003, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Altona. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 6, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. from Holy Angel's Church in Altona. Burial will follow in Holy Angel's Cemetery in Altona later in the year.
Donations in Mr. Deyo's memory may be made to Hospice of the North Country or to the Autism Society of Northern New York c/o Mrs. Irene Deyo, P.O. Box 97, Altona, NY 12910.