Kenneth Martin Alt

Kenneth Martin Alt

MADISON – Kenneth Martin Alt, age 74, of Madison, passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Nov. 13, 1942, in Madison, the son of Bill and Ethel (Grady) Alt. If you asked Ken how he was, his answer was always, “Just fine, never better!” Ken grew up in Madison and attended St. James, Queen of Peace and West High School graduating in 1960.

Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Midway for three years. Ken met his bride-to-be, Eileen while working at Chandler’s Shoe Store on the square. They were married June 23, 1969. In 1975, he and his friend, John Bach built and operated Alt ‘n Bach’s Town Tap until Ken’s retirement in 1997.

During Ken’s retirement he mentored his sons, Brian and Steven in their endeavors with Martin O’Grady’s in Madison and Mulligan’s in Oregon. Ken enjoyed boating on Madison lakes, trips to Las Vegas with his wife and many friends, watching the Badgers and Packers and being part of the “Dirty Clubbers’ playing cards weekly with his buddies. He especially enjoyed attending his grandson, Patrick’s sporting events and made it to his final hockey game of the season this past Sunday.

Over the years, he enjoyed gardening and always planted enough for his extended family and friends.

Ken is survived by his wife of 48 years, Eileen (Wimmer); sons, Brian (Stacey) and Steven (Kelly); grandson, Patrick; and step-granddaughters, Payton and Olivia. He is further survived by his aunt, Pat (Grady) Held; sisters, Ginny (Bill) Taylor and Nancy (Robert) Benjamin; and brother, Mike (Sue) Alt; many in-laws; and nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents; aunt, Ruth Grady; uncle, Phil Grady; brother-in-law, Bruce Kammer; and nephew, Jason Kammer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC PARISH AT ST JAMES CHURCH, 1128 St. James St., Madison at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON FITCHBURG FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 2950 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, and at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Wednesday.

Ken will always be remembered for his sense of humor and his sarcasm. We will miss you Bumpa Kenny…By the way Ken wanted everyone to know A+O hit the final…both ways.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Fitchburg
Funeral & Cremation Care
2950 Chapel Valley Road