On Thursday February 27, 2014, Weirton lost a visionary entrepreneur. Alvar "Al" Lauttamus was born on December 23, 1943, a son of the late Alvar Victor Lauttamus and Marjorie Miller Lauttamus of Wellsburg, WV. At a very early age Al developed a passion for electronics. He graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1962, attended the Pittsburgh Technical Institute and began his career at C&P Telephone Company. After leaving C&P Telephone Company he started his business out of his garage, which eventually became Lauttamus Communications and Security serving customers throughout the United States while employing over 50 people. Al was involved in many civic and business organizations, including membership in the Chambers of Commerce's., a member in good standing of the Association of Telemessaging Services International, as was the board of director of the International Food & Art Festival, Atlantic States Telephone Answering Service, Association, American Association of Paging Carriers, and Critical Messaging Association. He is also active in the Weirton Heights Rotary, where he is a Charter Member of Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, and was honored as Rotarian of the Year in 1998. He was honored in 1998 by the Friends of Northern Community College, as its Citizen of the Year in Business. Al was awarded the Sam Walton Small Businessman of the Year, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year. In June of 2006 Lauttamus Communications received the WV Governors Service Award for Community Service. In 2013 Lauttamus Communications was ranked as one of the fastest 100 growing companies in Western, Pa. Al was a life long member of the Wellsburg United Methodist Church. Al is survived by his daughter, Jodi Lauttamus of Tucson Arizona; his son, Paul Lauttamus, daughter in law, Annie Lauttamus, and grandson, Carson Lauttamus all of Weirton, WV. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Friday and 2-4 and 6-8 PM Saturday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton, where funeral services will be held 1:30 PM on Sunday. Interment will follow at Kadesh Chapel Cemetery, Beech Bottom, WV Memorial contributions in AL's memory may be made to the Weirton Heights Rotary Club. P.O. Box 2524 Weirton, WV 26062

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  1. This seems like a very bad dream. Al & I were high school buddies and had our share of ” shouldn’t done stuff ” . We just reconnectected in December at Gov Tomblin Christmas gathering. It was as though we had never been apart as we laughed and recounted countless memories of days gone by. I am truly shocked by his untimely passing.. Rest in peace my buddy.. Love you & our memories..

  2. My deepest sympathy to Paul and family. Al was a friend and always a good man that could be counted on when a friend was in need. I am out of town but my thoughts and prayers are with Al and his family.

  3. Our deepest sympathies to Paul and Jodi and family Your Dad was an awesome Man. Ron and I will miss very much. Love Ron and Jean Lauttamus

  4. Everyone at Capitol Electronics will miss Al. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends. May God be with you during this trying time. – Jamie Musulin

  5. Jodi, Paul & Annie:

    So sorry to hear this news!! Al was the quintessential small businessman…always serving his customers, putting lots of people to work and giving back to his community.

    Our prayers are with you!

    Melissa & Mike Oliverio

  6. To the Family, Friends, and Employees of Al Lauttamus I extend my most sincere sympathy!! Al was quite a character and a visionary!! He came to the rescue of Weirton VFD Company 1 many time either fixing or developing a communications system for us!! I am so glad to have known Al and consider him a friend!!! RIP my friend and God Speed!!!

  7. I attended Wellsburg HS, with Al. He was a great guy and extremely smart. The world is a better place because he was in it. He will be missed.

  8. I am saddened to hear the news about my friend, Al. He always treated me with utmost respect and kindness. He had a great sense of humor that kept me laughing. His stories were really interesting. He is a legend that will be missed. My deepest Sympathies to Paul and the family as well as all of the employees and close friends of Al.

  9. I was taken by the news and will miss him. My thoughts and Prayers go out to Paul and the Lauttamus Family during this difficult time. Al was not only a highly respected business partner and mentor…he was a friend. I will miss you Al.

    Sincerely, Jeff Guthrie

  10. Dear Paul and family,

    I was so shocked and saddend to read of the passing of my long time friend Al. Oh I have so many GREAT memories of the Lauttamus family.

    All tied into Weirton Steel from Painting, Accounting Dear sweet Ida to your Dad Al. Oh how very much he did for so many.

    I know that the memories I have will help me as I travel the grief path of missing him.

    May God also bless you with your memories as they now become your friend.

    Please convey our condollences to his staff that work so hard to hold up the standards he set. You are all such good people.

    Please know we will be praying Paul for you all at this most difficult time

    Thinking Love,

    Darlene McKinley

  11. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Lauttamus family. It was always a pleasure doing business with Al. He will truly be missed.

  12. Paul and Family , I am truly saddened to hear about Al’s passing. I had the opportunity to meet him once and he truly took an interest in meeting people and how to strengthen his business. Please accept my deepest sympathies for you and your family.

  13. Dear Paul, Jodi and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I always enjoyed Al’s stories over the many years we have known each other, way back from his friendship with my dad. Also in the business world too. You have my deepest sympathies. May his soul rest in peace and God shine his blessings upon you and your family.

    Nancy Popish Kowalski

  14. Paul and Jodi

    I have many memories of your Dad. I am in Myrtle Beach right now at my condo and have visited many times at your Dad’s condo and bar. My thoughts are with you even though I can’t be with you in this time of sorrow.

  15. Paul and Family,

    My prayers go out to you and your family. The couple of times I had the good fortune of meeting your father he impressed me as a great mentor and leader in the community. I know he truly will be missed.

  16. My deepest sympathy to Jodi, Paul, Annie, and Carson. Your father was an awesome man, very generous, and thoughtful of others. He was always there with support for the community, and the Rotary Club. He will always be remember for his kindness, good humor, and dedication to his town. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.


    Cathie Caranda

  17. I worked for Al for about 5yrs. He was a good boss.I remember Jodi coming to the store.May Al rest in peace. May God be with his family and bring them peace,

    Jean Balog Holeczy

  18. I was saddened to read of Al’s death and extend my condolences to his family. I have fond memories of Al picking up Tom Cross, Bob Nelson, Janet Carey, Linda Mitchell, Bud Wellings, and me in his convertible, top down, as we fled the high school campus for some fun in the sun. He was a great guy and a good friend.

  19. Paul, We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your father was a wonderful person and will be remembered with warm memories. – The Vossen Family

  20. Jodi, Paul and Family. I was sincerely shocked and saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. My heart goes out to all and I will remember you in prayer and thoughts. Your dad was a wonderful man. He was good, kind, fun, generous, and honest to every one he met. On top of that, he was highly successful. And that is how I will remember him as he touched my life. God Bless You All and a big group hug from me.

  21. Paul, Jodi & family,

    You have our sympathy, ” Big Al” was a true gentleman. I first met your father when he was still with C&P as he was a co-worker of my father. Spending much time with your Father at Rotary & civic functions was always an enjoyable experience. He always had a story to share, and a smile on his face. I will always have fond memories of those days. We are sorry for your loss, the memories will last a lifetime.


    Rex & Debi Fisher

    Tierra Verde, FL.

  22. I have know Al since 1976 when I came here as a Vocational Rehab Counselor. His first words to me were “what can I do to help the Rehab program” and he always came through. Everyone should know how many people he helped along the way. He had a big heart. This is a huge loss for the Weirton community. My sympathies to Jodi, Paul and Family.

    Burl Anderson

    Hilton Head, SC

  23. To Jodi,Paul and family; I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was one of the greatest,most kind hearted people I have ever known or worked for.

  24. I had the privilege of working with Al during most of his career as an entrepreneur. He was a remarkable visionary and epitomized the great American, self-made success story. He will be sorely missed and never replaced. May his memory bring comfort to his family and colleagues.

  25. To Jodi and Paul and Family

    We extend our sympathy to you. Your dad was a great friend. We had many dinners together. Our last one was February 19th. We will keep you in our prayers.

  26. The Weirton area lost super person. I met Al many years ago when we both worked for C & P Tel .Co. We did stay in touch when I had the occasion to visit family in Weirton. Condolences to all of Al’s Family.

  27. My sympathies to Al\’s children. I\’ve known him socially for many years. He was very proud of both of you and spoke fondly of your accomplishments. He was such a friendly, kind man and a pleasure to have known. So shocked and sorry for your loss. He will be missed…

  28. Annie and family: please accept my greatest sympathy to you and your family. Your father in law seemed like a wonderful man, loved by many. Bless you all.

  29. Sorry for your loss Paul and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time.

  30. Jodi and Paul

    So many fond memories of Al… so sorry for your loss. I’m sorry that I was unable to attend personally to offer my respects.

    One could never leave Al without a smile. He was truly one of a kind! I have no doubt that, by now, St. Peter is reviewing a proposal to augment the pearly gates with a state-of-the-art multi-zone system! Rest in Peace, my friend!

  31. Paul, please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. He was always pleasant and fun to be around living life to its fullest. We’ve been out of town and regret not being able to pay respects in person. May his memory be eternal.

  32. Jodi. My most sincere and heartfelt condolences . My thoughts and Prayers are with You and Your Family. God Bless You All.

  33. Jodi, Paul and family, I was shocked and sadden to learn of your Dad’s passing. The two of you were the “apples of his eyes” and I sympathize in your loss. Your Dad was a great guy and I will forever hold the memories of our times together, along with our wonderful trip to Greece, close to my heart. May God bless you in the days and months ahead and may your Dad forever rest in eternal peace.

  34. Jodi,

    I just heard about the passing of your father. My heart is with you during this most difficult time.

    May God bless you, friend.

    Lisa Campa

  35. I’m Al’s daughter, Jodi, in Tucson, AZ, and I can only imagine the stories! I’d love to hear them one day.

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