LeRoy D. “The Little Guy” Alto, 73, Grand Rapids, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.

Lee was born in 1945 to LeRoy and Evelyn Alto in Virginia, Minn. Lee went to Mesabi Community College and the University of Minnesota Morris, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in teaching. Lee taught in Aitkin for 18 years, and then finished his teaching career at Grand Rapids High School after 18 years. He was an English teacher, drama, speech, debate, football, softball, and baseball coach. Lee and Sherri were married on Aug. 29, 1998, and together they enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings, Twins and Gophers.

Lee had an avid love for all Minnesota high school sports, loved to play slow pitch softball and go bowling. He was a loyal member of the Loyal Order of Moose, served on the Minnesota State High School League Board, and was a Hall of Fame member. He loved playing blackjack, was a part-time comedian and a man of many one-liners.

Lee was a man that wore many hats and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Charles and Richard.

Lee is survived by his wife, Sherri; sons, David Alto, Craig (Dawn) Alto; daughter, Amy (Karl) Gotfredson; 10 grandchildren: Bailey, Paxton, Denielle, Mitchell, Brianna, Jordan, Ryan, Megan, Morgan, Zach; one great-grandchild, Quinn; mother-in-law, Lillian “The General” Lutterman; brother-in-law, Marv (Karen) Lutterman; sisters-in-law: Barb Lutterman, Carol (Tony) Burke, Donna (Rich) Derby, Sandy (Duane) Crowe; special friends: Jim and Sharon Haiskanen, Jerry Laird; and many other friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids and on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church, Grand Rapids. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Rev. Ben Buchanan will officiate. Burial will be at Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Memorials are preferred.

Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

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