William G. “Bud” Allenbaugh, 88, of Jackson Center, passed away Monday morning, May 19, 2014, at Dorothy Love Retirement Community.
He was born on the family farm in Montra on May 25, 1925, to the late William George and Bertha Ambos Allenbaugh.
On June 5, 1949, he married the former Doris Gerber in Jackson Center and she preceded him in death Feb. 12, 2001. Bud also was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane L. Lotz, on Oct. 7, 2012; and his sister, Miriam A. Metz, on May 19, 1995, 19 years to the day of Bud’s passing.
Bud is survived by his daughters, Darlene (Tom) Woolley of Jackson Center, Dr. Cheryl (John) Mann Janssen of Anna and Kathy (Scott) Klopfenstein of Jackson Center; son-in-law, Ty Lotz of Anna; nine grandchildren, Greg, Ryan and Lance Woolley, Melodi Hagen, Isaac, Adrianne and Aaron Klopfenstein, Nathan Lotz and Abby Pence; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A 1943 graduate of Jackson Center High School, Bud was drafted into the U.S. Navy shortly after graduation. He proudly served his country as part of a destroyer fleet in the South Pacific during World War II.
Bud was the owner and operator of Allenbaugh Insurance in Jackson Center for 50 years. He also was a past board member and former chairman of the Ohio Mutual Insurance Group. A licensed Realtor for 35 years, he was associated with Emerson Wagner Realty.
He was a founding member of the Jackson Center Community Improvement Corporation and was also active with the Jackson Center Growth Association.
Bud was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Jackson Center American Legion and a lifetime member of the VFW. He served for many years on the Shelby County Board of Education.
He was very proud to be a farmer — even raising his family on the same family farm where he was born, and teaching the girls the value of hard work and the importance of education.
Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to a funeral at 10 a.m. Friday at Grace Lutheran Church, Jackson Center, officiated by Pastor Kent Hollis. Burial is in Glen Cemetery, Port Jefferson, with military honors by the Jackson Center American Legion.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church and to the Jackson Center Education Foundation.
Arrangements were handled by Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Jackson Center, where condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.