Averill C. Allen, 90 - Clarington Ohio

Averill C. Allen, 90, lovingly known to all as "A.C.," journeyed home on Sunday, March 21, 2010.

He was born June 22, 1919 in Spencer, WV, a son of the late Clee and Lillie Dale Allen.

A.C. and his wife of 50 years, Eula Smith Allen, had resided near Clarington, Ohio since 1961. She was one of the famous switchboard operators of the old gravevine crank'em up Hur Telephone Company.

He worked at Ormet Corporation, Hannibal, retiring with over 30 years of service. He then spent his last years touching hearts in the New Martinsville Care and Rehabilitation Center, New Martinsville, WV.

In addition to his wife, Eula, of the Care Center, A.C. is survived by their three children; Beverly (Eric) Zimmer of Marietta, Deborah (Charles) Myers of Beallsville, and Thomas Allen and his partner, Earnest of Denver; two step-children, R. Michael (Betsy) Parker of Barnesville and Sharon (Ronald) Randolph of Napersville, IL, and Averill's daughter, Lesley Ann Minsker of Portland, Oregan.

Twelve grandchildren: Michele Velas, Monica Becker, Nicole and Ian Randolph, Dana, Adam, and Nathan Kinzy, Taylor, Morgan, Jacklyn, Tucker, and Sophie Myers; eight great-grandchildren; Megan and Thaddeus Velas, Jordan Randolph, Loralai, Montana, Austen, Jack Kinzy and Wendy Engelhardt.

A brother, Ivan Allen and three sisters, Goldie Lukawecz, Eunice Moore, and Nella Gribble. He was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin and half-sister, Geneva Gertrude Shreve.

A.C. was a true member of the greatest generation.

He served our country in World War II in the 82nd Airborne Glider Unit. He proudly fought in five major battles including The Battle of the Bulge and D-Day on Normandy Beach. Although he received several medals during the war, A.C. was most proud of the Jubilee of Liberte Medal presented to him, commemorating his brave participation on D-Day.

Friends and family will be received Thursday, March 25 from 2 PM until the time of the funeral service at 4 PM at the Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at Hur WV. Full military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post #768.