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ALBERT L. JEFFERS

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ALBERT L. JEFFERS, died on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in McAllen, Texas after a long illness. He was a noted philanthropist, horse breeder and retired attorney. Born Feb. 12, 1925, in Duff, Ind. he was a son of the late Daniel B. and Martha Belle Jeffers. He attended school in Huntingburg, Ind. and graduated from Bosse High School, Evansville, Ind. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, earning his Dolphins, traveled through the Panama Canal on the sub tender Pelias, joined the crew of the Threadfin on Midway, and served in the last major naval battle of World War II with the Japanese Navy on April 5, 1945. He finished as a crew member of the Menhaden, where he was selected as the enlisted man to welcome Admiral Nimitz aboard when he resigned his position as commander of the South Pacific. He married Mary Lea Miles on June 6, 1948, in Evansville, Ind.; graduated from the University of Evansville in 1949 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Technology; and graduated from George Washington University Law School with a JD in 1952. He began his legal career working for Bowser, Inc., Fort Wayne, as their in-house patent attorney. He was the founding and senior partner of Jeffers, Hoffman, & Niewyk, a law firm in Fort Wayne, specializing in intellectual property law. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, and tried several cases there. Starting with six standard bred race horses inherited by his wife, he built a state and nationally recognized horse breeding farm (Mary Lea Jeffers Farm) in Flat Rock, Ill.is, noted for its fast trotters and pacers. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association, Allen County Bar Association, United States Trotting Association, Illinois Harness Horsemen Association, Farm Bureau Association, Fort Wayne Rotary, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and a trustee of the University of Evansville since 1965. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne and First United Methodist Church, McAllen, Texas. He was also a member and former president of Club Olympia, Fort Wayne, and a member of the Fort Wayne Country Club and the McAllen Country Club. He belonged to the American Legion, the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, and served as Republican Precinct Committeeman, in Fort Wayne, during the 1960's and 1970's. After retirement in 1990, Mr. Jeffers began spending part of each year as a Winter Texan, McAllen. He became a friend of the University of Texas Pan-American, donating at that time, the largest gift ever given by an individual to the university. The Albert L. Jeffers Theater was named in his honor. A philanthropist by nature, he made a gift of his childhood farm in Indiana as a nature preserve to the people of Huntingburg. He believed in the power of education to solve many of society's ills and made large gifts to his alma mater, the University of Evansville, as well as sponsoring numerous scholarships for students. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lea Jeffers; daughter, Adele Jeffers Everett; son-in-law, Paul W. Everett; grandsons, Joel C. (Lane M.) Everett and Isaac J. (Katie) Everett; great-grandsons, Miles A. Everett and Nathan A. Everett; as well as nephews, Gary Jeffers and Robert Jeffers. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, John and Gerald Jeffers; sister-in-law, Wilma Jeffers; and cousin, Dr. Wallace Duncan. Funeral service is 11 a.m. (E.D.T.) Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Nass & Son Funeral Home, 208 N. Main St., Huntingburg, Ind. The Rev. Ken Harrison and Isaac Everett will officiate the services. Friends may call for visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial to follow service in Fairmount Cemetery, Huntingburg, with the V.F.W. Post 2366 Memorial Detail conducting military graveside rites. Memorials in Mr. Jeffers' memory may be made to the: Jeffers Nature Preserve c/o Huntingburg Foundation, 309 N. Geiger St., Huntingburg, IN 47542; University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47714; University of Texas Pan-American Foundation, 1201 West University, Edinburg, TX 78540; or First United Methodist Church of McAllen, 4200 N. McColl Road, McAllen, TX 78504. Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared online at: www.nassandson.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 21, 2013
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