Martin “Marty” Altman, age 71, of Butler, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital following a six week illness.
He was born November 5, 1949 in Mansfield, the son of Pete and Jo Altman and graduated from Madison Senior High School in 1967. He served in the Ohio Air National Guard, 179th Airlift wing, as an X-ray technician.
For 30 years, he worked as a tool and die maker/machinist at General Motors in Ontario. His parents instilled in him a strong work ethic. Marty always gave 100% no matter what the task.
In his younger days, he participated in Mid-Ohio Sports Car Club events and always enjoyed watching the races. He was a lifetime member of IHMSA, NRA, and Ducks Unlimited and participated in handgun competitions all over the state of Ohio. He was a regular at Tusco Rifle Club, North Lawrence Fish & Game Club, Logan Handgun Association, and Bellefontaine Rifle Club. Marty loved the outdoors. As an avid hunter and fisherman, he was a member of the Mohican Bow Hunters Club.
In 2000, Marty suffered a serious cerebral aneurism, a life-threatening event he fought hard to overcome. He enjoyed his therapy sessions at Raemelton Farms and later at the YMCA. Even after his aneurism, Marty figured out how to use his bow. Later in life, he took up bird watching and set out feeders to enjoy them daily. No longer able to drive, he cruised around Butler on his riding mower or Harley Davidson golf cart. He was also partial to cats and dogs.
A Native American enthusiast, he enjoyed the annual Mohican Pow Wow, and Native American flute music. He loved learning about historical events on the History Channel.
Blessed with a great sense of humor, Marty didn’t let anything get him down. His laughter and jokes will ring in the ears of his loved ones for a lifetime.
Marty is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Debbie (Davies) Altman, son John (Deb) Altman, his father Pete Altman, grandchildren Samantha and Gavin Altman, sister-in-law Julie Altman, niece Ashley Altman, and nephew Ian (Courtney) Altman.
He was preceded in death by his brother Mike Altman, mother Jo Altman, and daughter-in-law Heather Altman.
Friends may call Saturday, December 19, 2020 from 1- 2 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service will follow at 2 pm. Friends unable to attend may watch the service on the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home Facebook page.
Please visit snyderfuneralhomes.com to view Marty’s tribute video.