Ronald Carl Altis was born Wednesday, September 5, 1951, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Robert James and Doris Jean (Woods) Altis. He attended Cabool High School and graduated in 1969. After graduation, Ron attended Evangel College in Springfield and graduated in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in business.
During his time at Evangel, he met Debra Peterson and they were married in 1973 in Columbia, Missouri.
During Ron’s life, he has had a variety of occupations. He hauled hay and worked at a fertilizer plant during his high school years. Later in life, he was a district manager for The Medicine Shoppe, in charge of overseeing the opening of new stores all over the country. He then opened his own medical supply company, Altis and Associates. He has lived in Missouri and has lived in southern California for 27 years. He moved to Forsyth to be near his mother in 2013.
Ron really enjoyed playing sports and was on the Cabool High School football team when they won the state championship in 1968. He also participated in track and field while attending Evangel College. He also enjoyed music and was a very talented composer and guitar player.
Ron was a very caring and giving man. He had a great sense of humor and selflessly volunteered his time and talents in his local churches and with the Teen Challenge program. While living in California, he earned a master’s degree in theology where he served as an associate pastor. He attended Faith and Wisdom Church in Branson, Missouri. Most of all he was a loving son, brother and friend to all.
He is survived by his mother, Doris Altis of Forsyth; three brothers, David Altis and wife Cheryl of Forsyth, Larry Altis and wife Merlene of Coweta, Oklahoma, and Randy Altis and wife Ronda of St. James, Missouri; and nine nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Robert James Altis.
Memorials in memory of Ronald C. Altis may be made to Saving Sight, 404 Portland Street, Columbia, MO 65201 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home, Forsyth.