James E. Altmeyer, Sr., Chairman of Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, resides in Wheeling, West Virginia. He is the son of the late John D. Altmeyer and Evelyn Keeley of Wheeling. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, and from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1961. After serving as a Major in the United States Army, Jim resigned in 1972 and returned to the Ohio Valley.
For over 20 years Jim served as President of Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, serving families in Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia. He is an active member of many civic organizations, including the board of directors of Wesbanco, Wheeling Hospital, and the American Legion Home Corporation. Other memberships include the VFW, Rotary Club, and the Serra Club. Jim currently serves on the Consol Energy Inc. Board of Directors, and as a civil service commissioner for the Wheeling Fire Department. He is a past president of both the Fraternal Order of Police Associates and the Oglebay Institute. From 1974 through 1976 Jim served as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. He was also the first president of the West Virginia Veterans Memorial Commission.
Jim is married to the former Edith Stoney, and they have four children: James E. Altmeyer, Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA; Joanne Altmeyer High of Charlottesville, VA; Cameron Altmeyer Walsh of Washington, DC; and Charlotte Anne Altmeyer of New York, NY.
James E. Altmeyer, Jr., President of Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, graduated from Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA, in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 1989 he graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with an Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science. Jim and his wife, Jocelyn C. Altmeyer, have two sons, Simon Cameron and James Elijah and a daughter, Justine Virginia.
Jim says, "Being a part of the Altmeyer Funeral Home organization is a great experience. This is because of the excellent group of individuals who make up our team. These people strive to give the same service they would expect for their own family. This is why we believe our standard of service is so high."
The late James P. Altmeyer
The late James P. Altmeyer founded the Altmeyer Funeral Home in 1918. James had three sons join him in the business, Harry, George, and Jack Altmeyer. In 1947, the Altmeyers opened their second funeral home establishment in McMechen, WV.
In 1953, James P. Altmeyer died. In 1955, Harry, George, and Jack Altmeyer opened their third funeral home located at 154 Kruger Street, Elm Grove, WV.
In 1965, Harry Altmeyer died, and in 1972, the second son, Jack, died. George retired shortly before Jack's death.
The funeral home was then passed to the third generation of Altmeyers, James E. Altmeyer, and John D. Altmeyer, II, sons of Jack.
John D. (David) Altmeyer, II, was the former director of the West Virginia Funeral Director's Association. He was also very active in the National Funeral Director's Association, and testified before Congress prior to the Federal Trade Commission's enactment of rules pertaining to the funeral business.
John D. Altmeyer, II, died in 1979, leaving James E. Altmeyer the sole proprietor. In1989, James E. was joined in business with his son, James E. Altmeyer, Jr.