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Louis T. "Bud" Altman

Louis T. "Bud"


Louis T. "Bud" Altman, age 90, of Willmar, died Wednesday, November 8, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 16 at First Presbyterian Church in Willmar. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Louis Thomas "Bud" Altman was born on December 30, 1926, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the son of Louis and Caroline (Swoboda) Altman. He grew up in Chippewa Falls and graduated from McDonald High School in Chippewa Falls in 1944. Bud served in the Merchant Marines during the end of WW II and then joined the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. Following Bud's honorable discharge in 1948, he attended Eau Claire State College and then transferred to Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor degree in Zoology with emphasis with wildlife management. Following college, Bud worked for a while in Alaska for the Department of Fish and Game. He later moved to Willmar and in 1965, founded Custom Printing in Willmar. On December 14, 1968, Bud was united in marriage to Harriet M. Terhark at the Aldrich Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis and they made their home in Willmar. In 2002, Bud sold his printing business and retired.

Bud was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder and Deacon. He served for many years on the Habitat for Humanity board and the Salvation Army board. He also volunteered in many areas such as mission trips to Alaska at the Presbyterian College, as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and as a KAT bus driver. Bud's hobbies included fishing, especially in Alaska, deer hunting and carpentry. He had a wonderful sense of humor and ability to tell stories.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years, Harriet; one brother, Gerald Altman of Plymouth; numerous nieces and nephews, besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bernard and five sisters, Mildred Wedemeyer, Evelyn Cudney, Gladys Mousette, Lillian Phillips and Anita DuCharme