Dan Nicholas Altieri, 62, Kure Beach, North Carolina, formerly of North Canton, Ohio, passed away suddenly September 20, 2021, near his Kure Beach home. Dan is survived by his sons, Anthony Altieri of Denver, Colorado, Joseph Altieri of North Canton, Ohio, and their mother Jennifer Radosevic; sister, Antonetta Altieri Crump of North Canton, Ohio; his wife, Kovette Pellegrini Altieri and step-son Tony Snively of Kure Beach, North Carolina; and niece and nephews Alexis Crump, Grant Crump, and Robbie Siladie. Dan was predeceased by his parents, Donato Altieri and Josephine Leno Altieri, also of North Canton, Ohio. Dan was born on July 18,1959, in Canton, Ohio. He graduated from North Canton Hoover High School in 1977. Dan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August of 1982 in the delayed entry program and completed recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina as a private, in March of 1983. He retired from the Marine Corps in May 2013 as Regimental Sergeant Major for the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. Dan served in numerous overseas deployments throughout his career. While on active duty, he participated in operations in Grenada (1983), Beirut Lebanon (1983), and Cairo Egypt (1985). Dan began his Marine Corps Reserve Career in 1989. During this time he was deployed numerous times including Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-91), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2005) and Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province Afghanistan (2010-11). Sergeant Major Dan Altieri’s personal awards include the Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 gold stars with combat device), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (1 gold star), and Combat Action Ribbon (1 gold star). Dan will be remembered by his fellow Marines for his bravery and heroism in combat; Dan was at his best when things were the worst. Following his active duty service in the Marine Corps, Dan embarked on a law enforcement career with the Stark County Sheriff’s Office. During his law enforcement career, Dan was affectionately known by his nickname “Rock” and was respected by all who knew him. While at the sheriff’s office, Dan rose to the rank of sergeant and was an instructor of self-defense and physical fitness. Dan was very active in the Fraternal Order of Police, advocating for his fellow officers as a union representative. In 2015, Dan retired from the sheriff’s office with over 25 years of service to the citizens of Stark County. He also served the Stark State College community for 20 years as a Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy instructor in the law enforcement program and later as a security officer in the Security Department. He was a tremendous supporter of veteran students attending the college. Dan will be fondly remembered for his colorful and informative campus closing announcements over the Stark State College public address system. While Dan had an illustrious career as a Marine, his friends and family will remember his loving care and compassion that set him apart from all others. Dan was the most proud of his sons Anthony and Joseph. He was a larger than life figure on the sidelines of many high school and college lacrosse games. His booming voice and exuberant cheers motivated fans and players alike. He was a die-hard Cleveland Browns season ticket holder and loved attending and watching games with his sons and his friends. He was an eternal optimist who never lost faith in his Browns. In 2019, Dan moved to Kure Beach, North Carolina, and was living his best life as he had always imagined his retirement to be-fishing, helping whenever someone needed a hand, and hanging out with friends both old and new, singing karaoke and wearing zany hats. Dan was a beloved father, brother, devoted son, friend, a dedicated public servant and Marine. Dan’s life, and all the good-life and good times he shared with each of us will not be forgotten. There will be a memorial service held for Dan Altieri on October 16, 2021, at the First Christian Church, 6900 Market Avenue, North Canton. Ohio, 44721. The memorial service will start promptly at 12:00 noon. Military honors will be rendered. The church will be open to visitors at 11:00 a.m. and remain open after the service for a postservice gathering of friends and family. Everyone is welcome to attend. The service will also be broadcast via livestream. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmT2XLrmMPk6d2T1yXitEwA In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Independence Fund 8349 Arrowridge Blvd, Suite R Charlotte, NC 28273. https://independencefund.org/pages/ways-to-donate This organization supports the mental health and well-being of Veterans and families by providing peer mentorship and resource sharing. A private burial (immediate family only) will take place Monday, October 18, 2021 at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Due to the large size of this service, masks and social distancing are recommended. Semper Fidelis.
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