Phillip R. Allabaugh Jr. of Wilkes-Barre Township passed away Thursday, the Fourth of July, 2013, in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township.
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Born June 15, 1933, in Wilkes-Barre Township, he was a son of the late Phillip and Dixie Allabaugh Sr.
Phillip worked at the Royer Foundry, Kingston, the Lord plant in New Jersey, and also in area coal mines.
Dad served with the 7th Infantry Division as a rifleman during the Korean War. He received the Bronze Star Medal for Valor; Combat Infantry Badge; National Defense Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars; and the Purple Heart.
Phillip belonged to the Korean War Veterans of Wyoming Valley; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 283, Kingston; Catholic War Veterans, Ashley; and American Legion Post 815, Wilkes-Barre Township, where he was commander for one year. Phillip also was the club master for the Cub Scouts in Wilkes-Barre Township.
He was very involved with all services for veterans — placement of flags on vets' graves, going to school, and all other vet activities. He enjoyed very much going with his friends George Handzo and Louis Wiernusz to all veteran activities. They were musketeers known as the "Three."
Phillip loved hunting, working in his yard, and visiting with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Ryan Allabaugh; sisters, Betty and Virginia; and a brother, Bobby.
Phillip will be sadly missed by his wife of 58 years, Mary Catherine Babula Allabaugh; their nine children, Phyllis Nixon and her husband, John, Wilkes-Barre Township; Joyce Cannon and her husband, John, Wilkes-Barre Township; Debbie Franklin and her husband, Steve, Fullerton, Calif.; Phillip Allabaugh III and his wife, Sandy, Mountain Top; Theresa Stefanski and her husband, John, Wilkes-Barre Township; Jeanie Bitler and her husband, Mike, Factoryville; Brenda Karnacki and her husband, Wayne, New Albany; Beth Zawatski and her husband, Mark, Dushore; and Donna Mendoza and her husband, Chris, Wilkes-Barre Township; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles Allabaugh and his wife, Rose, Sunbury; Richard Allabaugh and his wife, Linda, Sunbury; Henry Allabaugh and his wife, Barbara, Ashley; and Thomas Allabaugh and his wife, Marta, Monet, Mo.; and sister, Patsy Endler and her husband, Phillip, Hanover Township.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Mike Kloton, St. Andre Bessette Parish, will be the celebrant.
Committal services with military honors will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Phillip's name to the
Jendrzejewski Funeral Home
21 N Meade St Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Published in Citizens' Voice from July 6 to July 7, 2013