2017-11-29 / Obituaries

Alton Weiss

Alton M. Weiss, 95, of Margaretville, NY, died November 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 January 22, 1922 in North Tonawanda New York, the son of William H. and Mabel Schultz Weiss.

Weiss 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.

Weiss worked in journalism most of his life, working for newspapers in Lancaster, Tonawanda and Depew NY, and finally for the Catskill Mountain News in Margaretville NY, 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 some substitute teaching at several schools in Delaware County.

Alton enjoyed being involved with Boy Scouting for more than 52 years being 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 PA, and again as a railroading merit badge counselor for the 1997 Jamboree at Fort AP Hill VA. In 2005 he was awarded the Silver Beaver by Otschodela Council, the highest award a council can bestow upon a volunteer scouter.

Known for his love of railroads, Alton was a founding member of the Model Railroad 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 WWII Navy Veterans, and the Detroit Marine Historical Society.

Weiss is survived by one son, Donald P. Weiss of Margaretville, three daughters, Ruth C. (Stephen L.) Haffly of Wake Forest, NC; Lisa K. (Thomas P.) Ruane of Peoria, AZ; and Marta B. Weiss (Dan Killmer) of Wassaic, NY. 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 in 2014, his son William E. Weiss in 2015, his parents, his 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.

Calling hours will be at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, and from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 followed by the funeral service. A memorial service will be held at the Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 with Reverend Shirley Davis of the Presbyterian Church in Margaretville officiating. Burial will be in the Margaretville Cemetery Annex immediately following the services.

In lieu of flowers, if one wishes, contributions may be made to the Margaretville Model Railroad Club, Margaretville, the Middletown Historical Society in Margaretville, the Ulster and Delaware Rail Road Historical Society or Boy Scout Troop 80 in Margaretville.

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