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Originally published: 2013-04-25 08:31:35
Last modified: 2013-04-25 08:31:34

M.S. 'Bud' Altmayer

M.S. "Bud" Altmayer of Blowing Rock and Boone, passed away on April 23, 2013, at the age of 96.

Bud was born in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1916, and moved to Miami,. Fla., in 1919.

He lived there until he and his wife of 75 years, Joan Marion Manley, moved to Blowing Rock permanently in 1977.

Bud graduated from Riverside Military Academy and attended the University of Miami.

He married his life-long love, Joan in 1938.

During World War II, Bud served as a Major in the Air Force and spent three years in England as an executive officer in a bomb squadron where he served with distinction.

After the war, Bud returned to Miami and spent many successful years in various car dealerships and eventually ended his career as an insurance executive.

Bud chose a retirement career as an author and wrote numerous historical books about the Globe Valley and other fictional novels.

For a number of years, Bud volunteered at the Boone chapter of the Red Cross, which was a cause near and dear to his heart. He was always there with a ready smile and help to those in need.

Bud is survived by his beloved wife, Joan; and three children, Sally Enright of Blowing Rock, Stephen Altmayer of Yakima, Wash., and Ann Murphey of Gainesville, Ga. He is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

At Bud's request there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to the Boone chapter of the American Red Cross, 331 Queen Street, Boone, NC 28607.

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