Allen Reuben Fondrick, age 82, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Beaumont. He was born March 8, 1930, in Dawson, North Dakota, to Adolf and Pauline Fondrick. He served his country in Korea as a United States Marine in the Chosin Reservoir conflict in 1950. He received many medals and honors due to his bravery and service to his country. One of those honors he received was the Purple Heart Medal. He later on owned his own business, working in upholstery and refinishing. He loved his family, traveling, raising dogs, and even served as President of American Kennel Association in Beaumont. His grandchildren knew and loved him as their Pawpaw and he will truly be missed by all. He is preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Leona Moser. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Fondrick of Beaumont; two sons, John Fondrick and wife, Kay of Vidor, James Fondrick and wife, Vicki of Buna; two step-sons, Andy Gilbert and wife, Candy of Port Neches and Mark Gilbert and wife, Monica of Lufkin; one step-daughter, Debbie Gilbert of Maui; two brothers, Lou Fondrick and Marvin Fondrick of Oregon; one sister, Alice Albrecht of North Dakota; and a niece, Sally Craft and husband, Ron; and a nephew, Eddie Moser; thirteen grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will begin on Monday, July 23, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Beaumont, with a Memorial Service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment and Military honors will follow, also at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Contributions can be made in his memory to Professional Health Care Foundation, 2533 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, TX 77702 or St. Mark's Episcopal Church 680 Calder Street Beaumont, TX 77701. Condolences can be made to: forestlawnmpfh.com.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 21, 2012