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ALLEN William Mercer Allen II, lifelong Glendale resident and WWII Veteran, died March 28, 2014 at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, FL. He was born November 15, 1915 in Glendale, Ohio, the son of Rhoda vanNes Allen and Stanley Woodruff Allen. His was the third generation of the family to live in Glendale, where he and many of his cousins grew up next door to each other on vanNes Drive. He was the first baby at Christ Church Glendale to have chimes rung announcing his birth, beginning a tradition that continued for several generations. He attended Glendale School, Cincinnati Country Day and the Asheville School and graduated from Kenyon College. Founder and first President of The Allen Company in Blanchester, Ohio, he served on the board of Bethesda Hospital. After his family, he most loved the village he grew up in and lived in for most of his life. He served on the Glendale Council, was warden of Christ Church Glendale and president of the Glendale Lyceum, where he spent many summer weekends on the tennis courts with his friends. In 2005 he was Grand Marshall of the Glendale Memorial Day Parade along with his wife Adaline, who served in the Red Cross Motor Corp in WWII. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp and ferried planes to England and the Pacific during WWII, having earned pilot's wings in both the Army Air Corp and the Navy. It was during this time that he met and married Adaline Heiskell in Memphis, Tennessee. They had been married sixty-five years when she died in 2009. After the war, they made their home in Glendale, living much of that time in the house where he was raised from age twelve. They retired to Sanibel, Florida in 1980 but kept the home in Glendale and resided there during the summer months until 2007. William and Adaline had four daughters: Adaline Shinkle, Rhoda Brooks, Ruth Darlington and Margo Finlayson; 7 grandchildren: John Brooks, Evelyn Brooks, Whitney Shinkle Rider, Brian Shinkle, William Budde, Alan Budde, and Frederick Budde; and three great grandchildren: Jack Brooks, Adaline Brooks and Lauren Shinkle. A memorial celebration for the Allens will be held at Christ Church Glendale at 11 o'clock Tuesday, May 27. Click Here to Send Flowers Read Obituary
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