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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

621 South Jefferson, Mason, MI

OBITUARY

Alan Lee Awalt

September 15, 1946September 7, 2020
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MASON - Mason, MI – Alan Awalt passed away at the age of 73 at home on September 7, 2020, surrounded by his family. Alan was born on September 15, 1946, in Lancaster, Ohio to Kenneth and Helen Awalt. He graduated from Lancaster High School Class of 1964 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Vietnam Veteran.

Alan’s family and career guided his numerous activities within the community where he made many friends. You may know him for his love of tractors and the 4th of July parades; through farm stand purchases of sweetcorn, popcorn, birdhouses, tractors, or even a 50/50 raffle ticket, or just enjoyed talking shop with him – whatever your experience, you knew he was genuine and would give you the shirt off his back. Alan had a true passion to restore antique tractors to their original glory, enjoyed an occasional gamble…and was always tinkering!

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Edna Awalt; daughters, Paulette (Shawn) George of Eaton Rapids and Jennifer (Thad) Baker of Mason; grandchildren, Hunter and Elaine George, and Natalie, Ashley, and Tyler Baker; brothers, Leon (Carolyn) Awalt of Cincinnati, OH and Keith (Karen) Awalt of Canton, OH. Alan is preceded in death by his daughter, Amanda; his parents Kenneth and Helen Awalt; and in-laws George and Helen Beery.

In 1968, he married his high school sweetheart, Edna Beery, and packed up and moved to Michigan to attend Michigan State University’s turfgrass management program. Following schooling, he began his 35-year career as the Farm Manager at Green Acres Turf Farm in Mason, then 9 years as the Sexton at the Alaiedon Township Hall before officially retiring. Alan’s impact was substantial, having been very active in the community over the years and involved in the Mason FFA, Mason Boosters Club, Ingham County Farm Bureau, Mason Optimist Club, Heart of Michigan Antique Tractor Club, All Color Tractor Club, All Saints Lutheran Church of Mason and Michigan Sod Growers Association.

Visitation is on Thursday, September 10, 2020, from 4 pm to 7 pm and Friday, September 11 from 10 am to 11 am. Funeral Service is on September 11, 2020, at 11 am. Visitation and Funeral services will be held outdoors at the All Saints Lutheran Church, 720 W South St, Mason, MI 48854. Burial will follow at Leek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donation be made to the Mason FFA chapter in memory of Alan Awalt. Please make checks payable to Mason Public Schools and mail to Mason FFA, 1001 S Barnes St, Mason, MI 48854.

Many thanks to his children and grandchildren for helping to take care of him while at home in hospice care and to Elara Caring for their support.

The family is being served by Gorsline-Runciman’s Ball-Dunn chapel. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.grbdmason.com.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Hunter George
  • Tyler Baker
  • Tim Rogers
  • Marvin Allen
  • Steven Baker
  • Robert Davis
  • DONATIONS

  • Mason Public Schools, c/o Mason FFA Chapter

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 11, 2020

Memories

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AL BEAVERS

September 10, 2020

Edna and Family
Please accept condolences from old friends in Lancaster, Ohio.
Alan was a great guy and was a joy to be around, been a long time ago.
Al & Phyllis Beavers

JC Christman

September 10, 2020

There are some people who you just know you can count on, Alan was a premium example of that. At first we knew him through J&B Tire but soon realized that he volunteered, helped out with, or worked in many venues all over Mason!
For many years my basic knowledge of him was as a witty, dependable, considerate guy. A good man. Bill considered Alan a good friend. After we lost Bill, Alan was instrumental in helping us along and I very much appreciated him and Edna. We were blessed to know his humor, his great knowledge on so many subjects, and his willingness to help others.
We will be praying for his family and grateful to help out at any time.
JC, Michael, and Steven Christman

Duane and Judie Marlan

September 10, 2020

Alan, was a great guy with a great sence of humor. Grandfather who watched ballgames, water squirter in the 4th of July Parades, and a super friend.

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Biography

MASON - Mason, MI – Alan Awalt passed away at the age of 73 at home on September 7, 2020, surrounded by his family. Alan was born on September 15, 1946, in Lancaster, Ohio to Kenneth and Helen Awalt. He graduated from Lancaster High School Class of 1964 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Vietnam Veteran.

Alan’s family and career guided his numerous activities within the community where he made many friends. You may know him for his love of tractors and the 4th of July parades; through farm stand purchases of sweetcorn, popcorn, birdhouses, tractors, or even a 50/50 raffle ticket, or just enjoyed talking shop with him – whatever your experience, you knew he was genuine and would give you the shirt off his back. Alan had a true passion to restore antique tractors to their original glory, enjoyed an occasional gamble…and was always tinkering!


In 1968, he married his high school sweetheart, Edna Beery, and packed up and moved to Michigan to attend Michigan State University’s turfgrass management program. Following schooling, he began his 35-year career as the Farm Manager at Green Acres Turf Farm in Mason, then 9 years as the Sexton at the Alaiedon Township Hall before officially retiring. Alan’s impact was substantial, having been very active in the community over the years and involved in the Mason FFA, Mason Boosters Club, Ingham County Farm Bureau, Mason Optimist Club, Heart of Michigan Antique Tractor Club, All Color Tractor Club, All Saints Lutheran Church of Mason and Michigan Sod Growers Association.

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