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H. Allen Sanders Jr. Obituary
OBERLIN - H. Allen Sanders, Jr., 87, of Oberlin, passed away on February 27, 2012, after living with Alzheimer's Disease for a lengthy period. Allen was born in Richmond, Indiana on March 16, 1924, one of ten children of Virginia and Henry Allen Sanders, Sr. He grew up in Richmond and served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in WWII as a radio man and target gunner in B17s, based first in England, then in Foggia, Italy as part of the 816th Bombardment Squadron, 15th Air Force. After the war, he attended Earlham College, and lived at various times in Indiana; in California, where he ran a manufacturing plant and owned and operated a restaurant; in Florida, where he owned and operated a mobile home park, and in Galion, OH, where he ran a mobile home and recreational vehicle manufacturing plants. Later, in Galion, he studied with a master clock repairer, and then opened his own establishment, Ye Olde Clocke Shoppe, where he repaired and sold antique clocks and watches, as well as jewelry. He retired and subsequently moved to Oberlin in 2007.
Allen always enjoyed time with his family, neighbors, and friends. He loved to play cards with his neighborhood buddies, enjoyed fishing and boating, model trains, motorcycles, farm fields and old barns, gospel music, singing in the church choir, ice cream, and his mother's biscuits. He loved dogs, and had several in his lifetime, including his current dog, Bullet. Allen could fix anything. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Freemason, and a member of the American Legion for many years. He was extremely proud of his military service, loved his country and had a strong faith in God. He lived life to the fullest, never afraid to try something new. He laughed easily, remained calm under pressure, and was always a gentleman.
Allen is survived by his second wife, Cynthia (nee Murnan) Sanders, daughter, Connie (Steve) Gist of Caledonia OH, daughter, Sandra (Roy) Bernard of Traverse City, MI, son, Dana (Cathy) of Galion, OH and daughter, Virginia (Richard) Beightler of Columbus, OH, as well as sister, Doris Campbell of Richmond IN, brother, William (Patsy) of Lebanon, IN, brother, Arthur James (Karen) of Port Charlotte, FL, sister, Patricia (Ray) Helton of Richmond, IN, brother, John of Evansville IN, sister-in-law, Kathleen Baker of Vermilion and step-nephew Gavin Baker of Vermilion. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren, plus numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Alleen (nee Prather), as well as his siblings; Naomi Reid, Leotha Bowling, Charles Sanders and Eileen Rausch.
Visitation will be on Thursday from 4-7PM at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday at 10AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 410 W. Lorain St., Oberlin, (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) with Rev. Robert Cole as the Celebrant. Burial will take place at a later date in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Richmond, IN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the , P.O. Box 74924 Cleveland, OH 44194-4924 or to the New Life Hospice, 5255 North Abbe Rd., Elyria, OH 44035.
Special thanks go to the nurses, aides and other wonderful staff members of New Life Hospice, West Bay Care and Rehabilitation Center of Westlake, OH, Wesleyan Village in Elyria and the Veterans Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Lorain. Also, special thanks to Fr. William Padavick, Fr. Robert Cole, and the many members of Sacred Heart Church in Oberlin who welcomed, befriended, and prayed with and for Allen.
Online condolences may be sent at cowlingfuneralhomeoh.com
Published in The Morning Journal on Feb. 29, 2012
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