Kervyn Bryce Altaffer, Sr., passed from this life on November 6, 2010, in the arms of his “sweetheart” to whom he had been married for 59 years. He was born on September 2, 1925, in Three Sands, Oklahoma, to William Philip Altaffer and Ruth Calhoun Altaffer. He had one sister, Phyllis Altaffer. Bryce graduated from High School in 1942 and enlisted in the Navy with special permission at age 17. He was selected for the Naval Air Corps and during this time he attended college at Louisiana PolyTech Institute in Ruston, Louisiana. He was married to Dorthie Janita Riley on April 13, 1951, in Snyder, Texas.
Bryce loved being in the outdoors camping, fishing, hiking and he enjoyed sports of all kinds with a passion. He was an outstanding athlete and in high school he participated in football, baseball, basketball, ran track, and was on the wrestling team. He continued wrestling in the Navy and never lost a wrestling match. After the Navy he coached a semi-professional women’s softball team. Bryce was also an outstanding student and excelled particularly in mathematics.
After being discharged from the Navy, Bryce went to work in the oil field supply business. During his career he worked in many facets of oil field and industrial supply including repairs, sales, and management.
Always a family man, Bryce coached little league, served as a Cub Scout pack leader and Boy Scout master. He helped build scenery for proms, attended his children’s plays, concerts, science fairs and ball games. He and his wife were youth leaders in the First United Methodist Church serving as MYF sponsors.
Bryce Altaffer loved life and loved his family. He will always be remembered as a humble, kind and generous person who never knew a stranger. He always seemed to find the good in life and in people. He loved to joke and tease everyone he came in contact with and was always known for his bright smile and the twinkle in his eyes.
Bryce Altaffer is survived by his wife, Dorthie Janita Altaffer, his children, daughter, Sherry Phillips and husband Ken Jones, son Kervyn B. Altaffer, Jr., son Michael R. Altaffer and wife Nikki, and daughter Colleen A. Smith and husband Billy, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Bryce was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Tsesmelis; his grandson, Dr. Joshua Phillips; and his great-grand daughter, Rilee Owen.
Funeral services were 10:00 AM Tuesday at Kimbrough Funeral Home, officiated by Reverend Bryan Patrick and Reverend Donna McKee, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation with the family was 5:00-7:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.