HARDWICK – Alton Leonard Chase, 69, of Hardwick, died early Sunday, December 12, in the comfort of his home, following a courageous battle with cancer. His family was at his side.

He was born December 27, 1951, in Hardwick, the youngest of three children born to the late Kenneth and Mary (Marckres) Chase. He graduated from Hardwick Academy in the class of 1969.

Following his education, he entered the Vermont Army National Guards. He served his country for six years and was Honorably Discharged.

On April 30, 1983, he married the love of his life, Melody Van Foster. They exchanged their vows at the log home that he built in the Mackville area of Hardwick.

Alton was employed all of his working years in the same auto parts building in Hardwick. First the Hardwick Auto Supply, then Partstown,and later Fisher Auto. He was the auto parts clerk. Alton was a member of the Hardwick Fire Department and a life member of the American Legion Post #7 in Hardwick. He enjoyed softball and rifle season. Alton was a man of many talents. He will be remembered as a devoted family man who was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Survivors include: his wife, Melody; a son, Levi Chase and his wife, Joann; a brother, Arthur “Art” Chase and his wife, Alice, all of Hardwick; a sister, Aleta Akerlind of Craftsbury; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant daughter, Hope.

To honor his request, all gatherings will be private at the convenience of his family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue. Morrisville, Vermont 05661.Arrangements are in the care of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service, 60 Elm Street, Hardwick. Online condolences are welcomed at