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Allen Pinell


1928 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Allen Pinell Obituary
Allen Pinell 05/21/1928 - 04/02/2013 Surrounded by those he loved, Allen George Pinell died in his home in Medford, OR on April 2, 2013. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 22, at 1:00 p.m., at the chapel at Hillcrest Memorial Park, followed by military honors. Al was born to Gilly and Ethel Pinell on May 21, 1928, in North East, MD, but grew up among his Cajun relatives in Louisiana. He majored in music in college and was a professional trumpet player until the U.S. Navy brought him to California in 1948. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952. It was while stationed in San Diego that he met his wife, Shirley Bozarth Pinell. They eventually had one child, Denise ("Dee Dee"), who was the joy of their lives. The family settled in Bakersfield in 1957. Al was a long-time service station dealer, owning Brundage Shell, Al's Shell Service and Al's Arco. In later years, he worked for Pioneer Mercantile. In business as in life, he was a man of integrity and honesty. Al loved to play the piano, and entertained his friends over the years with his music. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, yard work, western literature and spending time with his family. He had an incredible soft spot in his heart for animals, enjoying and mourning family pets over the decades. If you ask anyone about Al, the first thing they will likely reference is his sense of humor. His teasing and self-deprecating humor were matched only by his caring and willingness to help people. There was never a more devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend or neighbor. When his daughter was transferred to Oregon in 2001, Al soon followed. It was there that he grew to adore his grandson, teaching him to fish and golf. Al was preceded in death by his parents, his one sibling, Glennon Pinell, and by his wife, Shirley. Her passing in 1983 was the greatest tragedy of Al's life. He is survived by his devoted daughter, Denise Pinell Leder, her husband, Joel Leder, and Al's much-loved grandson, Jody Allen Leder. He is also survived by nieces and nephews in Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 14, 2013
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