Ron Altman, 61 of Saxman, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020, en route to the Ketchikan Medical Center.
The youngest of four born to the late Mr. & Mrs. Charles Altman of Oregon; Ron and his three brothers Charles (RIP), David of Alaska, Alan of Oregon, were raised in a loving and nurturing home in Eugene.
He is survived by a son Charles, whom he named after his older brother. Diane McCullough his domestic partner of 12 years to whom he referred to as his fiancée. His step-children Brian (Jessica), Erika (Kyle), Jason (Jennifer) their mother Becky Altman and Charles’ mother Darlene Hoff Ambruster.
With dirt bike racing tracks close to where Ron grew up, he was drawn to the mechanics of the Honda bikes and started tinkering with them while in high school to rebuild some of them. A garage owner noticed Ronald’s skills and offered him a job. His opportunity helped develop and improve his knowledge and skills that lead to jobs in Ketchikan with Timber and Marine Supply as Mechanic Service Manager in 1984 until he moved to Juneau and worked with Honda Hut as Mechanic Service Manager in 1998. Returning to Ketchikan in 1999 Ron worked with Taquan Air as Ground equipment maintenance and aircraft fueler. Along the way Ronald earned many certifications in the water treatment, operation and Maintenance of Facilities that his proficiency secured positions working for Ketchikan Gateway Borough and City of Ketchikan public works Department in the late 90’s. Then he went returned to Timer and Marine as a Mechanic Service Manager near the mid 2000’s till he retired about 2016. During his last years there at Timber and Marine the Honda technicians would come to Ketchikan to talk to him and ask his advice on some of the newer models that was giving the company problems.
Early retirement was brought on by back injury due to moving and bending/working over the heavy Honda equipment that had brakes frozen, etc.
Ronald had his many interests and typical Alaskan activities he enjoyed in the area:
Fishing in the Ketchikan King Salmon Derby. Which he won in 1995 with a 50.9 pounder at Mt. Point,
Hunting for the Trophy Buck and ranking with the large antlers at Tongass Trading,
Hiking and fishing for Steelhead,
Setting his pots for crab,
Gardening and growing peas for his little dogs that liked vegetables,
Harvesting berries and other resources from the area.
With all that Ron harvested from the areas natural resources, he was a good cook. When Diane complemented him he said, “I really enjoyed High School Home Ec; not only the good food but there were also pretty girls there.” Continuing on he said, “Once the bullies realized his benefits the next semester the bullies had enrolled in Home Ec.” Ron would always comeback with a compliment of Diane’s baking saying, “We make a good team.”
Ronald had many admirable qualities, the greatest was his priority for his son Charles, always supporting and encouraging him as he pursued and achieved great athletic achievement in baseball and basketball as a student team player participating in many games or matches at different levels locally, regional, state, and national and an international game.
Ron also encouraged, supported and admired with an interest at what anyone he knew was doing actively.
A kind and gentle man with respect for all, a quality that he continued to display during this pandemic, by wearing a mask, hand sanitizing and social distancing.
A short graveside service was held Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at the Mausoleum at Bay View Cemetery, officiated by Pastor Jeff White and Brother Bill White of The Light House Church. Afterwards Ronald and his Mother’s ashes were laid to rest at the upper level.
A celebration of life is being planned in about one to 1 1/2 years to honor Ronald Altman.
We did our best to include everyone that is or was a part of Ronald Altman’s life if you feel we overlooked you sorry, we did not mean too.