PAUL L. ALLERS
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Paul Lee Allers of Milton Florida passed away on December 21, 2012 at the age of 98.
Born in Baltimore Maryland on April 4, 1914, Paul was the eldest son of Mathilda Crouse Allers and Herman Lee Allers, Sr. Though he left the Baltimore area once he joined the Navy, Paul always kept in close touch with his family. He was known for his hand-typed letters and articles of interest that he would send to family and friends.
Paul married the love of his life, Dorothy Foote Allers, on November 24, 1938. They were married over 65 years until Dot's death in January 2004.
During his teen years, Paul demonstrated his musical interests by playing the violin given to him by his grandparents at church and other functions. He also played the piano and organ. Paul was an active member of DeMolay and lived his entire life by the tenets of civic awareness and personal responsibility.
Following graduation from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Paul joined the U.S. Navy. His naval career spanned 31 years, taking him and Dot to many places around the world.
He was stationed in Philadelphia and served on the USS Wichita from 1938-41 until World War II was declared. From December 1942 to January 1945, he was deployed with the Fleet Marines as a hospital corpsman in the Pacific. In August 1945, Mr. Allers transferred to the US Naval School of Hospital Administration, NNMC in Bethesda Maryland. During his years of service, Paul was also stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii; Camp Pendleton, California; Pensacola, Florida; and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Mr. Allers retired from the Navy with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer.
Paul completed his professional career in the Finance Department of the Kennedy Krieger Institute for Autistic Children at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland.
Throughout his life, Paul Allers pursued numerous diverse interests. He loved fishing and canoeing. Beekeeping became a lifelong hobby after learning the craft from a nun at Notre Dame College in Baltimore. Family and friends could always count on gifts of honey from Paul.
Mr. Allers was a strong supporter of the U.S. military service academies and Blue Angels flight teams. He ensured that his family knew the importance of these national organizations.
Paul used his 1950 Underwood typewriter to correspond with family and friends until 2006 when he got his first computer and transferred his typing skills to the computer for emails. Even then, Paul depended on his Underwood for certain tasks that a computer just couldn't do as well.
Paul Allers is preceded in death by his devoted wife, his parents, and his siblings: Arthur, Norman, Herman Lee, Jr., Hilda May, and Eleanor. He is survived by his sister-in-law Lorena Helms Allers and brother-in-law Kenneth K. Bailey, Sr. as well as by twelve loving nieces and nephews, many great and great-great nieces and nephews, and numerous close friend.
Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2013 at Barrancas National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to one of the following organizations or to an organization of your choice: The American Beekeepers Federation (http://www.abfnet.org/) or The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (http://www.pdf.org/).
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Jan. 6, 2013