Alta Maxine McIntosh passed away at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Mullen, NE on February 23, 2020 with family by her side.
Funeral services for Alta McIntosh age 100 of Mullen formerly of Whitman, will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM MT at the Mullen United Methodist Church in Mullen with Pastor Insung Kim officiating. Burial will be in the Whitman Cemetery. Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. A visitation will be held on Thursday February 27, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Mullen Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the Whitman cemetery or the Mullen EMT’s.
Alta was born on November 13, 1919 at Keyapaha, South Dakota to Jess and Myrtle (Hollingshead) Casteel being the eighth of ten children, six brothers and three sisters.
She graduated from Junior High School in Long Pine, Nebraska on May 17, 1934 and from High School in Long Pine, Nebraska on May 28, 1937.
On March 20, 1938 she was married to Jeremiah (Jerry) C. Geist in Long Pine, NE and to this union two children were born. The family moved to Hyannis, NE and then in the summer of 1944, Alta moved to the Mullen, NE area with her children and then moved to Whitman, NE. After moving to Whitman, she operated a small café serving ranchers delivering cattle to Whitman to be shipped out by rail and also for railroad track crews performing major track upgrades on the CB&Q RR.
She then went to work at the IGA grocery store in Whitman.
In 1955 she married Clifford E. McIntosh and to this union one son was born.
She was employed as a postal clerk at the Whitman Post Office in 1965 and eventually became Postmaster and held that position until retirement on November 1, 1999.
In addition to serving on the Whitman School Board for a period of time. She was a charter member of the Whitman Women’s Club; member of the Whitman Cemetery Board; member of National Association of Postmasters of the US (NAPUS) an a member of the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce and Hyannis Eagles Auxiliary.
Alta enjoyed traveling and attending NAPUS Conventions which were held in major cities throughout the US. She also loved trips to the Rosebud Casino and was the type of person who never considered anyone to be a stranger.
She was preceded in death by her husband Cliff McIntosh as well as her parents, and her six brothers, and three sisters.
She is survived by her daughter Delores (Leroy) Evans of Whitman; sons Richard A (RaeAnne) Geist of Alliance, NE and Clifford (Butch) M. McIntosh of Broken Bow, NE as well as twelve grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and twenty-one great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three step-great-grandchildren and six step-great-great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
On June 2, 1963 Alta was Baptized according to the Discipline of the Methodist Church in Whitman, NE by Pastor Earl H. Reed and on May 17, 1964 received full membership into the Whitman Methodist Community Church.