James Altwies, 70, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died Monday, August 9, 2004, in Phoenix, AZ. Born in Grand Rapids, OH on April 29, 1934, he was raised in Tiffin, OH, where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. In 1952 he joined the U.S. Marines for a 3 year tour of duty and returned to Ohio in 1955 to marry the love of his life, Janet Wurm. After graduation from Tiffin University, he enlisted as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in 1963. He traveled extensively and took his family on many adventures throughout the U.S. and Europe. His military career included tours of duty in Germany, Illinois, Vietnam, Hawaii and New Mexico. While in the military, he obtained his Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling. After retirement from the USAF, he was employed at Sandia National Laboratories and was subsequently Campaign Manager for U.S. Congressman Steve Schiff. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary Altwies; and brothers, Charles and Richard. He is survived by his wife, Janet of Phoenix, AZ; and daughters, Julie Altwies, Jolene Altwies, and Jane Altwies; sons-in-law, J. Michael Kavanaugh and Michael Ramirez; grandchildren, Allison and Abraham Ramirez, all of Albuquerque. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Altwies and his wife, Mercedes, of Arizona; sisters, Rosemary Clouse of Florida, Joyce Florence and her husband, Roland; and sister-in-law, Leona Altwies of Ohio; and many loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Kathleen Klopp, and her husband, Dean, Margaret Warnement, Dorothy Company Carlson, Nancy Warnement and her husband, Richard; and brother-in-law Michael Wurm and his wife, Carolyn. Services for James Altwies will be at 3:00 p.m. on August 13, 2004, at Camino del Sol Funeral Chapel in Sun City West, AZ. In lieu of flowers, please support Jim and his four-legged buddies, Jorge, Nani, and Duke with memorial contributions to: National Parkinson's Foundation, 1501 NW 9th Avenue, Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494, or the Arizona Humane Society, 1521 West Dobbins Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85041.
Published on: Fri August 13, 2004