ALLAN, Rodney H., 95, We lost a great member of the Greatest Generation with the passing of Rodney Allan on January 21, 2014. He lived a long and happy life, only slowing down the last few months of his life. Rod was born in Maine and was one of 7 children born to Marshall and Bessie Allan. His brothers and sisters often told stories about how his mother spoiled Rod and used to make him special lunches that none of the other kids were allowed to touch. Even then, he had a way with women! Rod married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis, but before they could start their life together, World War II intervened. Rod joined the Army Air Corps and flew Martin B-26 Marauders on bombing missions in Europe. Like most of his generation, when he returned from the war, he settled down, graduated from the University of Maine, raised a family and worked for the same company for 40 years. He loved his job as a sales representative for New Holland farm equipment and planned his sales visits so at the end of the day, he often had enough time to play a few holes of golf in the summer or make a few ski runs in the winter. When Rod retired, he left his winter coat in the Portland Airport and headed south to Florida, never looking back. After Phyllis' death, he married Alma and life became even more exciting. They golfed and socialized at Spring Lake, and their home was often the 19th hole stop for cocktails and laughter. Sadly, Alma passed away in 2001. Rod spent the last 5 years in Fairway Pines, and, true to his nature, tried his hardest to have fun and participated in all activities offered. He especially loved to dance and, of course, flirt with the women. While he may have lived an "ordinary" life, he was a good husband and father, defended his country when asked, worked hard and honestly, and enjoyed life. He will be missed by his sister Betty Wright, by his daughter Crystal and her husband Patrick, by his daughter Candace and her husband John, by his grandchildren Lucie and Christopher and their children, by his loyal good friend Charles Kenniston and by the many friends he made over the years. His family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Fairway Pines for their care and genuine kindness and to his healthcare provider Amanda Sager for her sensible yet caring approach to his health. A celebration of Rod's life will be held at a later date. Words of comfort to the family can be made by visiting www.scottfuneralservices.com. Cremation arrange-ments entrusted with the Scott Funeral Home 504 W. Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid, 863-465-4134.
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Published in TBO.com on Jan. 26, 2014