The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Jun. 5, 2020

Kenneth E. Allmandinger

Kenneth E. Allmandinger, 77, passed away at 8:36 p.m. Monday, January 20, 2020, at his residence in Van Wert.

Kenneth E. Allmandinger

He was born December 14, 1942, in Van Wert, the son of Aaron L. and Glendora (Stump) Allmandinger, who both preceded him in death. On February 18, 1962, he married the former Peggy McNeal, who survives in Van Wert.

Also surviving besides his wife are his son, Michael Allmandinger of Van Wert; his daughter, Laura (Brian) Farris of Wren; seven grandchildren (all of whom were his pride and joy), Jarrod Farris, Tyler Farris, Hunter (Allyson Rhoades) Farris, all of Wren, and Bradley (Leigha) Allmandinger, Samantha Allmandinger, Lexi Allmandinger, all of Van Wert; one stepgrandson, Chris (Karla) Schnepp of Lima; a great-grandson Everett Farris; two stepgreat-grandsons, Preston and Logan Schnepp; two brothers, Ronald (Neila) Allmandinger of Ohio City and Terry (Beth) Allmandinger of Mulberry, Indiana; sisters and brothers-in law, Wilma (Jerry) White, and Janet (Dale) Schaadt of Van Wert and Linda (Harry) Montgomery of Sturgis, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.

Kenneth graduated from Ohio City-Liberty High School in 1960. After graduation, Ken farmed for seven years. He then worked at International Harvester until it closed in 1981. From 1970-1977 he also owned and operated Ken & Pegs gas station/grocery in Ohio City, along with his wife. After leaving International Harvester, he worked at several different jobs until he started working for Schwann’s sales as a salesman/driver, and as the manager in Decatur, Indiana. He enjoyed that position immensely. Ken never knew a stranger, so this position fit his personality quite well. At the time of retirement, he was working for Eaton Corporation. Ken enjoyed bowling, fishing, baseball, and Ohio State football. He never gave up on his Cincinnati Reds. He loved attending his grandchildren’s school events, sports, choir concerts, and plays.

Ken faithfully served his Lord and Savior and was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Van Wert. Through the years he served as an elder, usher, Sunday school teacher, and also held other offices at the church.

A nephew. Cpl. Aaron L. Allmandinger, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 24, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Kurt Klingbeil officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City. 

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, January 23, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Donor’s choice.

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POSTED: 01/21/20 at 11:53 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries