INVERNESS, FL —
Ralph Lavern Allard, of Floral City, FL, passed away on February 11, 2013, at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. Ralph was born to Robert and Myrtle Allard in Waterport, NY on July 17, 1918. He helped his father operate a farm near Medina, NY until he was drafted into the US Army on January 10, 1941. Ralph was the first person drafted from Orleans County as our country prepared for WW II.
Ralph's leadership qualities were recognized by the Army and he soon became a Sergeant, training recruits and tank drivers. While he was still stationed in the US, he married Norma Blanche Arnold in Medina, NY on August 20, 1943. Ralph left for Europe as a tank commander with the 5th Armored Division on February 11, 1944. He saw action in France, Central Europe, and finally Germany. By the time the war ended in Europe, Ralph had become a 1st Sergeant.
After the war, Ralph and Norma lived in Medina, NY. For ten years, Ralph worked as a mechanic for the H.J. Heinz Company. Then he worked for Medina Parts Co. and later managed Brockport Automotive Supply for more than 20 years. Ralph and his wife raised a son and two daughters. He loved children and was a devoted father. Ralph had a playful sense of humor and told entertaining stories. He was a skilled harmonica player and a good singer. He particularly loved playing trumpet and singing with his family at holiday gatherings. He also enjoyed gardening, and he grew everything from corn to watermelons.
Ralph especially enjoyed camping in the Adirondack Mountains and Canada with his family. After he retired, he and his wife traveled throughout the US and Canada in their motor home. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Medina, NY. After he moved to Floral City, FL in 1989, he became a very active member of the First Baptist Church of Floral City, singing with the church choir and serving on various committees.
Ralph was predeceased by his wife, Norma; brother, Francis; and his sisters, Marion and Betty. Ralph is survived by his three children; five grandchildren, a great-granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews; and his younger brother, Robert.
Arrangements for Ralph were made by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL. A memorial service celebrating Ralph's life will be conducted at the First Baptist Church of Floral City on Friday, April 5, at 11 AM. Memorial donations may be made to that church.
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