Allen Koran(1932 - 2013)

Koran, Allen

Allen Joseph Koran, age 81, of Wisconsin Rapids formerly of Nekoosa, went peacefully home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, March 29, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will held at 11:00 AM Wednesday at Christian Life Fellowship in Port Edwards. Rev. Dean Anderson will officiate. His six grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Military Honors will be presented by Nekoosa VFW Post #5960. Friends may call from 4:00 PM. until 7:00 PM Tuesday at Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home in Nekoosa and Wednesday at church from 10:00AM until 11:00 AM. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ritchayfuneralhome.com.

Allen was born February 10, 1932 in Butternut, WI to Aloys and Amelia (Hildebrandt) Koran. He was the fifth of eight children. At age 17, Allen enlisted in the US Air Force, serving four years of active service. Upon discharge from the military, he and his brother, Jesse, moved to Port Edwards where he became employed at Nekoosa Papers, Inc. (Domtar). He worked in the finishing room for 40 years, 25 years as a supervisor. During this time, he also served 3 years in the US Army.

Allen married Jacquelyn Miltimore on May 29, 1956 in Waukegan, IL. Their marriage was blessed with five children; Michael, Timothy (Julie), Christopher (Tami), Matthew (Susan), and Shannon (Dan) Guenther.

In 1979, Allen committed his life to the Lord and never looked back. His walk with Christ was faithful and steady. He served as a usher at Christian Life Fellowship for over 30 years. Some of his favorite memories were of the seven mission trips to Central and South America.

His devotion to serving others included many years as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Allen was a member of the Nekoosa VFW Post #5960. He felt honored to be the flag presenter at many of his fellow veterans' funerals.

A self taught carpenter, Allen enjoyed helping his children with their building projects. He loved to fish with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed civil war history and visited many civil war battle sites. Allen was an avid reader of western novels, loved John Wayne movies, and playing "Smear" with his family.

Along with his wife and children, Allen is survived by his grandchildren; Keshena (Nick) Hazlett, Dannielle, Sarah (Tony), Cheyanne, Lucas and Reyna Koran, Jenyffer Otero, Alexis "Cookie", Jenna, Lacey, Nathan (Amy), Lincoln, and Jackson Koran, Nichole (Trent) Ross, Caleb, Noah, and Savannah Guenther and 9 great grandchildren. He is further survived by four sisters; Frances Small, Patricia Hammond, Virginia Stangel, and Barbara (Ross) Miltimore, and two brothers, James and Ronald (Lois) Koran.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jesse.

Dad was a kind and gentle man and was loved by all who knew him. We shall always treasure the wonderful memories he has left with us.

The Koran family owes a great debt of gratitude to the nurses, chaplain, and caretakers of Ministry Home Care Hospice. Stephanie, Janet, Deb, Sylvia, Susan, and Chaplain Dave surrounded Dad with their love as they provided him with comfortable and pain free last days. He loved each of you (as do we)!

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Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Apr. 1, 2013