Batavia - Fred J. Allein, 88, of Batavia, a retired Master Sergeant of the US Air Force and retired Director of the Emergency Management Services, Disaster Preparedness, died unexpectedly Friday, October 15, 2010at New York State Veteran's Home, in Batavia.
Mr. Allein was born November 24, 1921 in Buffalo, the son of the late Joseph and Helen Allein.
In January of 1942, Mr. Allein enlisted in the Army Air Force. Overseas assignments followed in June of 1942 and he was shipped to Port Tufie, Egypt. He became one of the first Americans in Africa in support of the British Eighth Army, being assigned to the British 376th “Hell” Bomb Squadron. He then spent a year in Italy and returned to the US in 1944. In February of 1953 he was recalled to active duty. In November of 1953 he was ordered to Germany, where he spent 5 years and then to Alaska. He eventually retired from the US Air Force while stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, SAC, on August 31, 1967.
He was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, former member of Stafford Country Club, Batavia Country Club, BPO Elks, LOOM, Polish Falcons, Godfrey’s Pond and St. Nick’s Club. Mr. Allein belonged to the American Legion where he served as Commander and was a member of the VFW. He especially enjoyed playing cards.
Surviving is his wife, Gloria Athoe Allein whom he married December 17, 1944. He was grandfather of the late Richard Whitcombe who died in 2006 and brother of the late Shirley Jahries.
Also surviving are one son, James (Cheryl) Allein of Attica; two daughters, Gloria (Robert) Chapman of Byron and Pamela (David) Whitcombe of Batavia and one sister, Joan Summers of Rochester. He was the loving grandfather of Brent Chapman, Robert Chapman, Rebecca (Matthew) Roggow, Jeffrey (Shannon) Whitcombe, Ryan Whitcombe, Abby Allein, Alyssa Allein and Braden Allein; great-grandfather of Jared and Jacob Roggow, Kaelin Chapman, Andrew, Noah and Cora Whitcombe. Also surviving are a granddaughter-in-law, Rebecca Whitcombe and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Monday from 3:30 to 7:30 pm at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia, NY. Services will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Ave., Batavia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Ave., Batavia, NY 14020 or
the Alzheimers Association, 2805 Wehrle Dr. Ste. 6, Williamsville, NY 14221-7380. Burial with full military honors will be in Grand View Cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com