John E. "Jack" McAllister
July 20, 2014
John Elwyn McAllister, known to many as 'Jack', died on Sunday, July 20th, at the hospice unit of the Larson Pavilion at Shell Point Retirement Community in Ft. Myers, Florida. He was born 12/3/18 in Moosejaw, Sascatchewan, son of George Charles McAllister from Pontiac, IL, and Emma Salmon Sinden McAllister from Tillsenburg, Ontario. When he was five years old, the family moved from Morse, Sascatchewan, back to Pontiac and, several years later, to Gary, IN, where he attended high school. After high school he worked in the steel mills for a year before starting college at Indiana University. One year later in 1941 he volunteered for the U. S. Army Medical Corps and was shipped to Hawaii where he was stationed at Wheeler Air Force Base overlooking Pearl Harbor shortly before it was attacked on December 7th. In the following years of the war, he served on Guadalcanal and Bougainville. Upon discharge in 1944 he completed college, married his college sweetheart, Huberta (Bobbi) Egnew, and worked for the Indiana State Board of Health which gave him a stipend to pursue a master's degree at the University of Michigan. After graduation he worked for the National Sanitation Foundation as a field representative checking food equipment manufacturers and in 1963 moved his family to Tampa, Florida to work for Jackson Products as their national sales manager. This lead to his establishing his own company serving as a manufacturer's representative for Jackson Products and other lines in the food service business. During his thirty years in Tampa he was a member of the Forest Hill Presbyterian Church and a volunteer in programs like Meals on Wheels. His lifelong love of the water and fishing was shared with family and friends at his fishing camp at Homosassa, Florida. Following the death of his first wife in 1974, he married Robin Krivanek and in 1993 retired to Sanibel where he was active in the Sanibel Congregational UCC Church, the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the Sanibel Lions Club. Survivors include his children, R. Ann McAllister of Tampa, Mary Jean McAllister and husband Kip Erzinger of Boynton Beach, and Mark Paul McAllister and wife Elena Rodriguez McAllister of Austin, Texas, his wife and stepchildren, Jenny and Joe Krivanek, and grandchildren, Nikki Marie McAllister and Hannah Robin Marsh.
Published in The News-Press from July 22 to July 27, 2014