Alvin E. Raettig, Jr. age 92, of Snellville, GA passed away March 22, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, Meredith Lillian O'Brien Raettig and sister, Eleanor Chadwick and granddaughter, Michelle Raettig. He is survived by, daughters, Susan Luttrell and husband Paul, Ellen Hamilton and husband Mike; sons, Edward E. Raettig and wife Eyvette, Steve Raettig and wife Rosa; grandchildren, Debbie Witten and husband Jeremy, Brian Luttrell and wife Amanda, Sean Luttrell, Shannon Gillespie and husband Kevin, Matthew Raettig and wife Jordan, Alex Raettig, Tyler Raettig; great grandchildren, Katelyn Luttrell, Levi Raettig, and Kyle, Nathan and Ryan Witten. Mr. Raettig was born in Queens, NY on September 11, 1918. He moved to Decatur, GA in 1922. He attended Winona Park grade school, Decatur Junior High and Decatur Boys High School graduating in 1936. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from GA Tech in 1940. While at GA Tech he was on the Varsity Rifle Team, and served with the US Naval Reserve and served with the Georgia National Guard. After graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Coast Artillery Reserve. During WWII Captain Raettig commanded the 99th Ordinance, Heavy Maintenance, Field Army Company at Ft. Benning. Next, Major Raettig was Chief of Ordinance Technical Section Army Forces Western Pacific Area Command, Manila, Philippine Islands. He married Meredith Lillian O'Brien on June 30, 1946. He then worked briefly for GA Power and the TVA. He was of the Methodist Faith. He was a Pack Master with the Cub Scouts, and later a Scout Master with the Boy Scouts in the Washington, DC area. He retired from Civil Service in 1974 while working for the Headquarters Dept of the Army as Deputy Director of Maintenance, ADCSLOG US Army, afterward returned to Georgia he worked for J.J. Finnigan Rail Car Company, Duluth, GA. He spent his entire life enjoying the outdoors and capturing it on film. Graveside services with full military honors will be held Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Inman Houston officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11:00 until 1:30 at Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lawrenceville, GA. 770 277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. My deepest Sympathy to the Raettig family. To Susan, may your Father live on within God’s Holy Light.

  2. Our sincere sympathy to you, Suzie, and your family. May your dad rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  3. Hi Ed,

    I am sorry for your loss and hope that remember all of the times you shared together to help you get through this difficult time.

    Marquisha Handy

  4. Alvin was a man who when my father wasn’t present didn’t hesitate to show me right from wrong or just the correct way of doing things, few men these days would interject their ideas or means to an adolescent like he did for me, very rewarding.

  5. Dear Steve, Rosa and entire Raettig Family,

    May your cherished memories bring you comfort…may the many prayers of those who share in your loss bring you peace. Please know that you all are in our prayers.
    God Bless you.

    Joe & Rita

  6. Rest in Peace, “Dad”. You were always so wonderful to me, making me feel like part of the family whenever I visited. You will be fondly remembered always. Thanks for always making me feel special! Much love to the Raettig Family, and may you find peace and happiness with your wonderful memories!

  7. Dear Steve, Ellen, Susan, and Ed –

    Sending you our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. Both of your parents were wonderful people. Though I never really knew either of them very well, I always remember them fondly as the people who took me and my little boy into their home during a very difficult period in our lives and who raised some of the finest people I have ever known and count blessed to call my friends. Your folks had a certain kind glow about them that lives on through each of their children and grandchildren. How blessed you are to have had such beautiful examples of parenthood. They leave behind a wonderful legacy in all of you.

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