Military veteran

Elwin Obe Altman, 70, son of Manuel and Helen Vestal Altman, was born Dec. 27, 1940, in Houston, mo. He passed away Aug. 25, 2011, in Houston, Mo.

He attended school in California and was a veteran of the United States Army. Early in his military career, he was a Golden Glove Boxer. He served multiple tours overseas, including two deployments in Vietnam, where he served as door gunner in a helicopter and was wounded in action. He received many awards and decorations, including a Purple Heart.

After retiring from the military, he bought a home and settled his family in Lawton, Okla., where he later retired from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company before returning to Houston to be near his mother.

He married Frances E. Piper while stationed at Anchorage, Alaska, on Nov. 20, 1959. They were together for 32 years until she preceded him in death on April 3, 1992.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William “Billy” Altman; a sister, Josephine Troncale; one grandson, Jamie Fortner; and his second wife, Adela Altman.

Survivors include four children, Kenneth and wife, Tina, Altman of Dallas, Texas, Max Altman of Lawton, Okla., Pamela and husband, Robert, James of Lawton, Okla., and Elwin Altman of West Plains, Mo; nine grandchildren, two of them have followed his legacy by joining the military and proudly fighting for our country; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother Lawrence and wife, Gail, Altman of St. Louis, Mo.; and various others.

He enjoyed watching many different sports and was an avid bowler, joining many leagues throughout the years and receiving an award for bowling a perfect game.

Services were 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor David Barbee officiating. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery. The U.S. Army Honor Guard served as pallbearers with full military honors at the cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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