Life Story

John Arthur Alderman


John Arthur Alderman, 74, died peacefully at his home in Horseshoe Bay, Texas on Sunday morning, June 5, 2022. He is survived by Christy Alderman, his wife and partner of 27 years.

John was born in Penn Yan, NY in 1947 to Arthur and Phyllis Alderman. He and his family were long-standing members of the First Presbyterian Church in Penn Yan, NY and were active in the community.

John joined the United States Army in 1974 and proudly served his country on active duty for over 6 years. John continued his service in the United States Army Reserves, retiring in 1993 as a Major in the US Army Corps of Engineers after 20 years of service.

John graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Fire Protection Engineering. His continued his education with a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

After his US Army retirement, John worked in the Oil and Gas industry for 35 years. He and Christy founded RRS (Risk, Reliability, and Safety) Engineering in Seabrook, Texas where they raised their daughters for over 20 years.

After his business retirement, John and Christy enjoyed living in Steamboat Springs for over 10 years before relocating back to Texas (Horseshoe Bay) in 2021.

John had many passions in life which he and Christy were able to enjoy the last 12 years. He loved to travel and kept a running total of the countries he visited (over 100). He was always looking for the next place to explore, many of which were on or in the water. John loved cruising, both on small catamarans with friends and family and on larger cruise ships. When he was 65, he became dive certified and discovered a new love of exploring coral reefs throughout the Caribbean through SCUBA diving.

John grew up in a family of wonderful card players, and one of his land-based passions was playing bridge. He played in an ACBL bridge club in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where he made many friends through bridge tournaments and after-game happy hours.

He passed on his love of cards and his love of travel to the great joys of his life: his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Christy, John is survived by his children Amy Anderson, Mike Alderman, Sara Purdy, and Claudia Alderman; his son-in-law Peter Purdy; his grandchildren Josh, Connor, Hunter, Chase, and Gabriel; his great-granddaughter Kinsley; and his sisters Sandy Elbert, Terry Burwell and Jerry Alderman.

He also leaves behind many friends who will remember and miss his sense of humor, his colorful socks, his work ethic, his sense of adventure, and his generosity.

John will be interred at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas on a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Fisher House (an organization dedicated to helping military families) in John’s memory is suggested:

Posted online on June 17, 2022

Published in Penn Yan Chronicle-Express