Funeral Mass for Patrick Leon Altringer, 86, of Bismarck, formerly of Dickinson, will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Msgr. Thomas Richter celebrating. Burial will follow in Medora Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Stevenson Funeral Home (2067 1st Street West, Dickinson) with a Prayer Service beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Pat died peacefully at the Touchmark Assisted Living Center in Bismarck on October 31, 2022. He was 86 years young.
Pat was born in Wimbledon, ND on March 17, 1936, son of Edward & Margaret Altringer, grew up in Eckelson, ND and attended the local schools, graduating from Eckelson High School with a class of 4 students in 1954. He went to Jamestown College for one year and then attended the University of North Dakota where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree and was an active member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Pat was a member of the US National Guard, Airman, 1st Class, during and after college. He was first employed by International Harvester as Zone Manager from 1959-1963, living in Oaks, ND and Hettinger, ND. Pat & Bev were marred on June 25, 1960 at St. Anthony Church in Fargo. The family moved to Dickinson in 1963 and he was employed by American State Bank. In 1965, Pat started the Home Insurance & Real Estate Company. The business was sold in 1982. During this time and after the business was sold, Pat kept busy with many civic & social organizations including the Elks Lodge where he was Exalted Ruler, Rotary Club, Dickinson Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, and Dickinson State University Booster & Fan Clubs. Pat & Bev have been members of Queen of Peace Catholic Church since its origin in 1971.
Pat loved Medora and he was on the Medora Foundation Board for many years. In addition, he and Bev were regular volunteers in Medora promoting the area, greeting visitors, and enjoying all that the Badlands has to offer. Pat also loved hunting, mostly pheasants, and this included outing with friends & family who would come to Dickinson annually. Other interests included golfing, fishing, and farming. Pat would help many farmers in the area in the spring & fall with planting & combining. Sports was a passion for Pat. He loved the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, Dickinson State Bluehawks, NDSU & UND teams, etc.
Pat & Bev had the privilege of escaping the ND winters and spent almost 30 years in Mesa, AZ from November through April every year. They met many new people but also really enjoyed seeing their Dickinson friends every Saturday morning for breakfast. They enjoyed many activities in AZ such as golfing, pinochle tournaments, and happy hours.
Pat was an avid reader and would often times be reading several books at the same time. His passion was history, mostly war history, and he also loved westerns. He collected wildlife & western art and his favorite artists included Les Kouba and Charlie Russell.
We can’t forget about music. He loved Barbershop and he sang in a few different barbershop quartets through the years. He loved jazz/Dixieland music, old spiritual songs, and of course his favorite—Barbara Streisand. In addition, he played drums and bass in the famous Dickinson Elks Band.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Beverly (Metzger) Altringer, along with their four children: Michael (Sue) Altringer of Spokane, WA; Laura (Brent) Anderson of Colleyville, TX; William (Sandy) Altringer of Mandan, ND; and Mary (Mike) Moloney of Spokane, WA; sister Lois Bjornson of Valley City, ND; brother Tom Altringer of St. Petersburg, FL; ten granddaughters whom he loved very much: Nicolle, Kristin, Lindsey , Hannah (Alex), Courtney (Christopher), Sarah (Nik), Molly, Erica, Ann, and Grace; and the newest addition, great-grandson, Liam.
Pat was preceded in death by his brother Jim Altringer.
The family requests memorials be sent to the following charities:
Home on the Range, Domestic Violence Rape & Crisis Center in Dickinson, and/or the charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank all of their friends & the entire community of Dickinson for their endless amount of support & love that has been a part of our lives for many years. We sincerely appreciate the generosity of warm hugs, smiles & heartfelt kindness that you have shown to our family every day since 1963.