Middletown - Richard J. Altieri, 60, husband of Kimberly (LeBrun) Altieri, passed away on Sunday, December 16 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born May 24, 1947 in Meriden a son of Eunice (Helin) Altieri and the late Thomas Altieri. He is a 1966 graduate of Maloney High School and attended Saigon University. He was store manager for Shop-Rite. He proudly served his country in the Vietnam War. His service to his country included Oct.1966 Basic Training, Ft. Jackson, SC, Jan. 1967; advanced training, Ft.Bragg, NC, Oct.1967, landed in country, Chu Lai, Vietnam, assigned to Americal Division, June 1968, wounded in action, received Purple Heart and Army commendation Medal, Sept. 1968 received and honorable discharge. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of Middletown, former president of Meriden WMCA Barbell Club and was a member of the American Powerlifting Association (APA). In addition to his wife and mother he is survived by a daughter, Dakota Lyn Altieri of Middletown, five sons and their spouses, Derek and Tammy Altieri of Petersburg, NJ, Daren and Danielle Altieri of Woodbury, CT, Bryan and Nicole VanAlmkerk of Middletown, Kyle VanAlmkerk of Middletown and Cody Altieri of Middletown and two brothers, Thomas and his wife Joanne Altieri of Ashford, CT and David Altieri of Ashford, CO. He also leaves seven grandchildren, Zachary, Alyssa, Aimee, Dylan, Julia and Brayden Altieri and Gabriel VanAlmkerk. Funeral service Wednesday, December 19 at 9:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 164 Hanover St., Meriden. Everyone is asked to meet at the church. Burial will follow at the State of CT, Veterans Cemetery, Bow Lane, Middletown, CT. Relatives and friends may call at the Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden on Tuesday (TODAY) from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund at Liberty Bank for Dakota and Cody Altieri.

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  1. Cody, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I pray that your fond memories of him will help to ease the pain of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Dear Darren and family, We’re sorry to hear the news about your dad. Please know you are in our prayers.

  3. Dear kim I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. With heartfelt sympathy help to comfort you today.. And may loving memories bring you comfort, warmth and peace.

  4. Dear Kim, I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband. As I reflected on our conversation yesterday I want to say you are an inspriation and for your children to acknowledge this as well is a true blessing and you should be very proud. My prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Dear Kim, I was so saddened to hear about your husband’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and in the days and months ahead.

  6. Dear Pop-It’s Saturday night, February 9, 2008, and I miss you so much. Not a morning goes by that I don’t think of you. Zack got his black belt. I wished you could have been there. You would have been so proud of him. The girls are doing good. My heart breaks for Kim, Cody, and Dakota. I just don’t have the words to console them. I saw Kim’s entry on Jan 11th. It just made me cry. Thanks for raising me the way you did. Love Derek.

  7. Dear Pop-not a day goes by that I don’t think of you. The entire familly is missing you more with every passing day. Cody changed the battery in his car and did not connect it correctly. He is trying so hard. I am so proud of him. Kim had a hard time starting the pool, but in the end, she got it. Dakota is trying to be tough. She is the female version of you. I am trying to love her for the both of us. Zachary hit his first homerun in little league. As he was running around the bases, I thought of you. I was so proud of him. I remembered my first home run. How you must have been so proud of me. My little league team is going back to the State Championship. You were there last year cheering for me and trying to coach me. I will look in the stands this year and imagine you there. The girls are doing great. They are Altieri’s in every aspect of the name. Kim is trying her best. I can’t imagine how hard it is. I miss our talks in the morning. I can hear you sometimes in the drive into work. This year has gone by so fast. We all miss you so much. I am also proud of Brian. He is doing alot for Kim and the kids. Love always, your oldest son.

  8. Hello, I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I know how difficult it can be to lose a parent..I want to offer my condolences to you and your family…may you have all the love and support from friends and family you need. May God bless you and keep you, may He let his face shine upon you, and give you Peace. Sincerely, Paul Bremer Marblehead,Mass.01945

  9. I pray that Richie is in heaven with my brother Ed. Please send my heartfelt condolences to Richie’s family, Eunice, Tommy, David and their families.

  10. i will miss rick may he rest in peace and i will be with him soon the ways things are God welling hes in a good place becouse thats what he is a good guy but right now i will miss him johnny see ya

  11. Koda & Family, We are saddened to learn of the loss of your father. He was an inspiration to Erikka, as I’m sure he was to all that were graced by his presence. He lived his life with honor and was one of the true American Hero’s. Erikka and I grateful for his service to our country. We love you and our thoughts are with you in your times of sorrow. -O God, you know the emptiness of my heart. Sometimes I wonder if you are there-if you hear-if there is any hope that my situation will be different. When loneliness looms around me, when my questions are unanswered, when no one seems to care, when days and nights go on and on with no change, when I fall deeper into despair, I pray that you will let your peace fall upon me as gently as the spring rain that waters the earth. Remind me of your unconditional and eternal love for me. Assure me of your presence. Fill my heart with the hope that my life is held in your hand. Lift my pain from me so that joy may flow freely again through me. I ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.-

  12. My husband, Not a moment or a day goes by that I don’t think of you. I know you’re there and watching over all of us and trying to comfort me. I was at dakota’s basketball game and I thought you should be here watching her and I know when she looks at me in the stands she thinks my dad should be here. Cody’s playing at church and I know you were worried that we wouldn’t continue going to church but I promised you and a promise is a promise. Cody is so grown up. I miss you so much! Daren and I talk every night we still need comfort, Derek’s birthday is coming and you should be here to wish him happy birthday. We had a rough road and I know you loved so much to travel that road. I wish you were here in person. Now you have Uncle Billy with you. I can’t believe I just spoke with him and know he’s gone. I keep trying to stay strong and not cry. The nights are so lonley. Conversations are missed, you’re laugh, you’re squeeze. You were always there for me. I try to stay busy, but right know is the time I sit and I think, I listen to your voice on my phone and something about me typing this message to you brings me comfort. See you soon. Love you so much, Kim

  13. RESPONSE FROM E-MAIL NOTICE SENT TO V.V.W. MEMBERS: from RICHARD YOUNG LIFE MEMBER FROM ARIZONA, I AM THE CHAPLAIN OF AMERICAN LEGION POST PEORIA, AZ. PLEASE PASS THIS ON; O GOD OF MERCY, PEACE, AND LOVE, WE REMEMBER BEFORE YOU IN THIS MOMENT OUR COMRADE AND FRIEND RICHARD ALTIERI. WE RECALL WITH GRATITUDE AND RESPECT ALL THAT HE STOOD FOR IN HIS LIFE. HELP US TO LIVE IN THE COMPANIONSHIP OF HIS SPIRIT. MAY WE KIND TO HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY HE LOVED; DEVOTED TO HIS COMMUNITY IN WHICH HE LIVED; LOYAL TO THE CAUSES THAT HE SERVED. THUS IN OUR LIFE MAY HE STILL LIVE ON. TO OUR GREAT COMFORT, TO THE BETTERMENT OF YOUR CREATION, AND TO THE FURTHERING OF YOUR MOST HOLY WILL…….AMEN.

  14. To the Altieri Family, I was very sorry to hear of your loss. My parents just gave me this sad news. Richie was a great guy to work with and know. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sincerely,

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