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Emmett Paul Altis

Emmett Paul Altis, 89, of Kansas City, Missouri, was called home and ended his long battle with advanced Alzheimer’s on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, Missouri.

He was born on August 28, 1925 in Cabool, Missouri, the son of Paul A. and Rachel Esther (Bray) Altis.

Emmett was united in marriage to Alta Mae McGowen, and to this union one daughter, Paula Ann was born. He joined the Coast Guard during World War II as the draft began after the family doctor recommended the Coast Guard as a safer alternative. His ship ended up being in direct enemy fire and he braved many battles on the water.

Emmett was a member of the IBEW 124 in Kansas City for 68 years and spent many years at Staco Electric. He was very active in his community and church; he was a member of the Ararat Shriners in Kansas City, served on the board of trustees at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Kansas City for several years, and served as a deacon and on the finance committee at Birchwood Baptist Church. He loved being a Baptist and offered volunteer hours regularly to the local Baptist district offices, the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, Birchwood Baptist and First Baptist of Lee’s Summit.

Emmett was a real estate agent and helped develop several subdivisions and was known for his handyman skills. He even built tree houses for his firstborn grandsons. He was a strong family man; God, his wife and family always came first and he always put others before himself.

Emmett is survived by his wife of 71 years, Alta Mae Altis; a daughter, Paula Ann Altis Hawley; his firstborn granddaughter, Rachel Upp, whom he raised like she was his own, and her husband, Robbie, whom he called his grandson-in-law, and their children, Paul Andrew Altis Upp, Daniel Harrison Upp and Mei Ling Magdalene “Maggie” Upp of Lee’s Summit; granddaughter Julie Christine Vandervoort and husband Jason and sons Andrew and Alex of Lee’s Summit; granddaughter Nita Alta Mae Wagoner and husband Ryan and children Hannah and Anthony of Georgia; a brother, Hubert Altis of Liberty, Missouri, and a sister, Faye Noah of Oklahoma, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Services were held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the funeral chapel with Rev. Alan Baker officiating. Interment with full military honors was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, 11300 St. Charles Rock Rd., Bridgeton, MO 63044 or to Missouri Veterans Home, 1300 Veterans Rd., Warrensburg, MO 64093.

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