A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, with a reception immediately following at the church. A private burial at the family cemetery north of Cabool, Missouri, was held the following day.
He was born on January 28, 1924, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Elsie (East) Altis and Ezra Altis.
He was a graduate of the University of Kansas and a master sergeant during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.
Mr. Altis was an electrician in his early years. Later, he was a sales manager for Pyramid Life Insurance Company for over 27 years. He was the owner and manager of Barzell, Inc., an apartment rental business, for 44 years.
He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia and Sanibel Community Church in Florida. He was proud to be a Mason and Shriner. He was a member of the local Prophet Investment Club, Missouri Symphony Society and the Columbia Apartment Association.
He was an avid nature lover and talented photographer who traveled extensively.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Jeanne (Ekstrum) Altis; his three sons and their wives, Kristopher and Susan Altis, Kevin Altis and Nancy Tindle, and Kurtis and Beth Altis; a daughter and her husband, Kandee Altis Bennett and Jack Bennett; grandsons Evan Altis and Josef Altis; and his sister, Ruth Altis. He was the brother of the late Harold Altis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt Street, Columbia, MO 65201; Missouri Symphony Society, 203 S. 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201; or a charity of your choice.