March 17, 1929-August 12, 2012
Glen Altman, age 83, of Lewiston passed away August 12, 2012 at his home with his family by his side.
Henry Glen Altman was born March 17, 1929 in a farm house north of Grangeville. Glen was the fourth and youngest child of Henry and Ada Chase Altman. Glen attended first through 6th grade at Sunnyside School, a one-room school house, north of Grangeville. He then attended 7th through 12th at Grangeville, graduating from Grangeville High School in 1947.
Glen was a kind, generous and courageous man battling Parkinson’s disease and Lymphoma. Glen loved the smell of fresh turned soil in the spring and planting the next seasons’ crops on crisp fall days. He grew up playing in the dirt on the Camas Prairie proclaiming to his mother at the age of three “When I grow up I’m going to be a farmer!” Glen began farming for Grangeville area farmers at the age of 15. Glen also worked for Gortsema Motors for a short time before he started farming for himself.
Glen and Darlene Todhunter were married June 11, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grangeville. Glen and Darlene began their married life as a team renting farmland before he took over the Altman farm. Always working together in farming, ranching, rentals and retail Glen and Darlene worked side by side. After a fire destroyed their home in September 1962, Glen and Darlene bought and moved their family to the Altman home place one mile north of Grangeville where they lived until they sold the farm and moved to Lewiston in July 2006. Glen and Darlene spent their spare time collecting antiques. In August 1986 they achieved a lifetime goal by opening Country Memories Museum, a museum depicting life during the depression of the 1930’s. In 1989 they went into the retail business when they opened the Red Tag Store next to the museum. They closed both in 1995 when Glen’s health began to fail. Glen was very active in the Idaho County Republican Party and the Idaho State Farm Bureau Federation holding the office of President for the county and State Board Member. Glen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1998 and Lymphoma in 2012. Darlene was his primary caregiver.
Glen is survived by his loving wife, Darlene; sons, Tim (Karen)of Anchorage Alaska, Steve (Validee) of Boise, Dan (Carol) of Cottonwood, and Mark of Nampa; daughter Sally Wassmuth (Don) of Lewiston; fourteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren with three more due by January 2013. He is also survived by two brothers, Dave (Joyce) of Grangeville, Ralph (Lois) of Richland Washington, and sister Marge Burkenbine of Grangeville. He was preceded in death by his parents, two granddaughters, and one great granddaughter.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Brandon, Ben, Chris, Matt, Tyler Altman, Kyle Wassmuth, Tom and Shane Rogers.
Services will be held at 10:30 am, August 18th at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Clarkston. Burial will be at 3:00 pm at Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville.
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