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Celebrating the life of
Clyde Stephen Altemus
Passed away on March 26, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Celebration of Life
  • 3:00pm - Thursday, March 31, 2016

I worked for Clyde for 8 years and I learned a lot from working for him. A very smart man with a big heart. I know he loved his daughters very much and was so proud when they both went off to college. He loved sports, baseball in particular. Clyde will be sorely missed.

Earl Wright, Katy, Tx

Susan, Jennah and Sarah, Mike and I are sorry for the loss of your loving husband and father. He was a warm, talented and most interesting man. We will remember him well.

Carol Bourke, Houston, TX

Very sorry to hear of the loss of Cousin Clyde. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family.

Randy & Lynda Jones, Westerville, Ohio

I have known Clyde for a short 10 years. He manufactured small components for our Company. It was always a pleasure to work with him on a new design by just scratching it out on a piece of paper. He was always ready for an intense discussion on politics, sports, and casinos. He will be greatly missed.

Brett Hanka, Houston, TX

Clyde Stephen Altemus died in his home of natural causes and characteristic non-compliance on March 26, 2016. He was born in McKeesport, PA and grew up in the Detroit, MI area until his hatred of cold weather, love of cowboy boots, and a career opportunity at Rice University brought him to Texas in 1978. While he enthusiastically adopted Texas as home, he maintained a strong connection to his roots through his family, an allegiance to American made automobiles, and cabbage rolls.

After 14 years running the machine shop at Rice University, in service of the Space Science department, Clyde acted on his entrepreneurial spirit and opened a successful small precision machining operation in 1992. He has been thanked in the acknowledgment section of a number of Ph.D. dissertations and was celebrated both in his field and as a consultant for small businesses and the manufacturing industry. He loved metal (his material of choice) as a scientist, craftsman, and aspiring "artist" in his brief and well-earned retirement.

While he didn’t particularly like metal as a music genre, he was a huge music enthusiast with an encyclopedic knowledge of sports and enjoyed attending the live version of both. His dynamic personality and analytical mind made him dangerous at a blackjack table. He lived life at a no-limit table and had a wide range of hobbies, interests, and friends.

Clyde is preceded in death by his beloved mother Veronica Altemus, his admired great aunt and uncle Sara and Don Taylor, and his motorcycle buddy Tracy Turner.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Jennah and Roy Granger and grandson Thomson Granger of Austin, Texas; his daughter Sarah May Altemus of Houston, Texas; his siblings Linda, James, Melissa, and Eric of Detroit, Michigan and their spouses, children, and grandchildren; and a large and loving extended family.

He and his family are incredibly grateful to a strong network of dedicated friends for their love and support during his life and during this difficult time. Particular thanks go to close friends Louise and Vince Foster, David Brinkley, Efrain Lopez, Mark Mills, and David Heimann among countless others.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at three o’clock in the afternoon at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston followed by a private service in Detroit, Michigan. Everyone who remembers him is asked to take a moment to think of him in your own way. In lieu of flowers, he would love for you to do an unsolicited and unexpected act of kindness or make a donation in his name to the Houston Blues Society, House of Blues, P.O. Box 272868, Houston, Texas 77277.

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I worked for Clyde for 8 years and I learned a lot from working for him. A very smart man with a big heart. I know he loved his daughters very much and was so proud when they both went off to college. He loved sports, baseball in particular. Clyde will be sorely missed.

Earl Wright, Katy, Tx

Susan, Jennah and Sarah, Mike and I are sorry for the loss of your loving husband and father. He was a warm, talented and most interesting man. We will remember him well.

Carol Bourke, Houston, TX

Very sorry to hear of the loss of Cousin Clyde. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family.

Randy & Lynda Jones, Westerville, Ohio

I have known Clyde for a short 10 years. He manufactured small components for our Company. It was always a pleasure to work with him on a new design by just scratching it out on a piece of paper. He was always ready for an intense discussion on politics, sports, and casinos. He will be greatly missed.

Brett Hanka, Houston, TX


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