Former county board member dead at 55

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Carbondale Times

A longtime county board member who gave up his seat last year to join the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees has died.

William “Bill” Alstat, who served 25 years on the Jackson County Board prior to his election to JALC’s governing body in April 2015, died Friday, Aug. 19 in Perryville, Mo. He was 55.

Funeral services took place Tuesday at Wilson’s Funeral Home in Ava. The JALC Board of Trustees rescheduled a meeting for the same night to next Tuesday due to the sudden death.

Also, Jackson County Board Chairman John Rendleman issued a statement on Alstat’s passing Monday morning.

“Alstat was elected to County Board District 1, but represented the interest of residents county-wide,” Rendleman said. “He was also a voice for the needs of county officials and employees. Alstat was generous with his time and advice with new board members, and his experience provided critical analysis of issues that came before the board.”

Born in Murphysboro in 1961, Alstat graduated from Elverado High School in 1979. A former township supervisor for the Ora Township, he also was a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau and the Sons of the American Legion Paul Stout Post 127 of Murphysboro. He also worked for Illinois State Treasure Judy Baar Topinka for seven years.

Surviving are his wife Kathy of Vergennes, daughter Danielle Alstat of Ava and granddaughter Breanna. Also surviving are his parents, two sisters and a brother.