DR. ALLEN C. DEETER, 82, of North Manchester, died on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, 12:35 p.m., at Timber crest Health care Center, North Manchester. Born March 8, 1931, in Dayton, Ohio, he was a son of the late Raymond Deeter and Flora (Petry). He was Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Manchester University for 40 years and Administrator for Brethren Colleges Abroad for 24 years. He married Joan George on Aug. 31, 1952; she survives. He was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester. He received his BA from Manchester College, Master of Divinity from Bethany Seminary and PhD from Princeton University. He did post graduate work at Harvard University and Phillips University, Marburg, Germany. He was one of the first peace studies majors to graduate from Manchester College and later directed the Peace Studies program at Manchester College. He was the recipient of the Manchester College Alumni Honor Award, in 1993 received a Humane Letters Honorary Doctorate from Bridgewater College. Two books of his that were published were, Heirs of A Promise and Toyohiko Kagawa. He loved sports and was a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan. Allen also enjoyed playing softball and basketball and his vacations were usually spent fishing. Also surviving are Michael Deeter of Milwaukee, Wis., Dan (Jamie Marfurt) Deeter of Granger and David (Serena Sheldon) Deeter, Lake Forest, Calif.; grandchildren, Paul, Elena and Stephen Deeter, Ryan and Jennifer Deeter, Michelle and Alex Deeter. Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley St., North Manchester, where the family will receive friends following the service. Pastor Kurt Borgmann officiating. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Ohio. Memorials to the Muir Endowed Chair for Peace Studies at Manchester University, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962; or Allen C. Deeter Brethren Colleges Abroad Scholarship Endowment c/o Community Foundation of Wabash County, PO Box 7, North Manchester, IN 46962. Arrangements by McKee Mortuary, North Manchester. Condolences may be sent online at mckeemortuary.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 3, 2014