James “Jimmy” Alberter 1925 – 2020
Canfield – James A. Alberter, 94, went to be with the Lord on September 27, 2020 in the comfort of his home with family at his side. He was born October 25th, 1925 in Johnstown, PA to the late Charles and Beatrice (White) Alberter.
After moving to Youngstown, he attended Fitch High School where he played football. After his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy because the world was at war and he wanted to do his part. Jimmy proudly served in WWII for 3 years as a Navy Seabee in the 100th Construction Battalion where their motto was “We Build, We Fight, Can Do”. He was stationed in the South Pacific building airfields, roads and bridges to support the efforts of U.S. and allied forces.
Following the war, he returned home to Youngstown, OH in 1946 where he met his bride to be, Betty Jean Waller, at the Idora Park roller skating rink. They were married November 16th, 1949 and spent over 68 wonderful years together.
As a civilian, he continued in the construction trade as a structural ironworker where he was a member of the Ironworkers Local 207. He eventually became the chapter’s president and then served as the business agent for nearly three terms. After 42 dedicated years in the trade, he retired in 1988.
Jim was a hardworking, energetic guy who enjoyed many activities throughout his life. He loved being outdoors, whether it was doing projects around the house or just sitting on the front porch drinking a beer. He had a lifelong interest in aircraft especially from the WWII era, and he piloted small aircraft himself. He loved automobiles, attended classic car shows and even won a few awards. In later years, Jimmy and Betty found great enjoyment in western square dancing and the friendships they developed. We can’t forget the tea parties and roller-skating he shared with his granddaughter. He was a dedicated husband and father who supported his family in any way they needed. He will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (Waller) Alberter in 2018. He leaves his son, Kirk (Terry) Alberter; his daughter, Rebecca (Scott) Meeks; his granddaughter Cassandra (Joshua) Filipovich and great-granddaughters, Katelynn and Evalynn. A private celebration of life will be held later for family.
Arrangements by Cremation & Funeral Service by Gary S Silvat, Inc. Share memories or send condolences by visiting: www.cremateohio.com.
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