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Richard Alan Alto

April 12, 1932 — February 7, 2024

Madison Heights

Richard Alan Alto

Richard Alan Alto, 91, of Madison Heights, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2024. He was the husband of the late Nancy Pearson Alto, a devoted husband, father, and Far-Far.


Richard was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on April 12, 1932, a son of the late William Richard Alto and Eva England Alto. Richard honorably served his country in the U.S. Army, was retired from Babcock & Wilcox. Richard was a member of American Legion Post #16, and was a parishioner of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg.    


He is survived by a daughter Patty Lacks (Mike) of Madison Heights, a son Alan Alto (Nena) of Virginia Beach, grandchildren: Chris Alto (Heather), Martha Lynn Rector (Jason), Nicholas Jennings (Carrie), Brandon Jennings (Amanda) and Alexander Alto, seven great-grandchildren, three sisters: Helen Connors, Hazel Duffy, and Renee Ledger, and three amazing ladies: Bonnie, Michelle, and Tammie who loved him dearly.   


The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Tharp Funeral Home Madison Heights, 118 Commonwealth Drive. Honors provided by the Virginia Patriot Guard.


A Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 19, 2024, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Todd Vie officiating. Inurnment will follow at the church columbarium with military honors provided by American Legion Post #16 Honor Guard.   


Memorials may be made to American Legion Post #16, Lynchburg, VA.


Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Madison Heights, is assisting the family.  

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory - Madison Heights

118 Commonwealth Dr, Madison Heights, VA 24572

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Celebration of Life

Monday, February 19, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

605 Clay Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504

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