James Richard Altsman

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of James Richard Altsman on June 13, 2024, in Amarillo, TX. Born on November 24, 1934, in Carthage, TN, James led a life marked by dedication, service, and love.

James worked as an Engine Repairman at Colorado Interstate Gas, where he was known for his exceptional skills and work ethic. Beyond his professional life, James was deeply committed to his community. He was actively involved in the Amarillo Emergency Service, the Boy Scouts, and various church volunteer activities. His service also extended to his country as a proud member of the Texas National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Leonard Altsman and Margaret Grace Altsman.

James is survived by his beloved wife, Beverly Jean Altsman, his children Richard Kevin Altsman and wife Phoebe Anne Altsman, and Christopher Lynn Altsman and wife Brandy Michelle Altsman. He was a cherished grandfather to Grace Elizabeth-Kay Altsman and Oliver Dale Altsman.

A visitation will be held on Monday, June 17, 2024, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services, located at 3707 Wolflin Ave, Amarillo, TX 79102.

A Memorial Service will follow on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at 10:30 AM at Washington Street Christian Church, 3800 S Washington St, Amarillo, TX 79110.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local animal shelter, a cause close to James’s heart.

James will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but his legacy of service, love, and kindness will live on in the hearts of his family and friends.



  1. Denise Slay

    Jim with his wicked humor was always a valuable member of the team at any major traffic or other Police/Fire event during his tenure with Amarillo Emergency Service. He and his associates made our jobs more doable. I was fortunate to see him recently where he was a faithful church member & got to see a bit of his feistiness still there. Jim was blessed to have Beverly as a caregiver. I will miss seeing them together.

  2. Carol L Allison

    Rest in peace, cousin Jimmy. May the memories you’ve made comfort Beverly, Kevin and Chris and all family members.

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