Robert E. Haltiner
Robert E. Haltiner, 80, of Alpena, died Tuesday February 14, 2012 at Tendercare Alpena.
Bob was born June 29, 1931 in Alpena to Robert Gerald (Elsie (Miller) Haltiner and graduated from Alpena High School as Salutatorian, class of 1949.t He was in the US Army from 1952 -1954, serving as Chief non-commissioned officer in charge of Special Orders, Headquarters United States Army, Europe – Heidelberg, Germany. With his father he owned and operated Haltiner’s Hall of Ancient Man. Bob’s list of achievements was long and varied, including; founding member of the Coffinberry Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society, Grand Rapids, MI, member & Board of Directors of Michigan Museums’ Association, founding member of Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society, Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve, the Alpena Historical Society, a member of the Advisory Council for NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena City Historical District Study Committee, the US 23 Heritage Highway Committee and various state and national archaeological organizations. He was the Curator of the Jesse Besser Museum for over 30 years establishing most of their major collections. Bob was Past President and Vice President and long-time member of the Board of Directors of Thunder Bay Theater. A prolific writer, Bob wrote 11 books pertaining to Alpena and NE Michigan, publishing nine of them himself. He also wrote stories and articles for various state and national publications.
Surviving are his sister, Lyola Sharp of Holt, MI and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Charmian DeRosia.
Alpena County Library will host a reception in celebration of the life of Robert E. Haltiner on Sunday April 1, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 pm. There will be a brief program followed by refreshments and time to socialize which is open to the public. On display will be Haltiner’s books and some photos of early Alpena. McWilliams Funeral Home – Alpena was chosen to assist the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Alpena County Library, Jesse Besser Museum or the Huron Humane Society.Please visit Bob’s personal web page at www.lifestorynet.com where you may share a memory or sign the on-line guest book.