Born May 24, 1924
Arrangements under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home, New Braunfels, TX.
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January 17, 2011
Diane, John and family - thank you John for the tribute to your dad. He packed a lot of life into his years. Please accept my condolences, and God bless you.
January 13, 2011
As my Dad lay dying in his hospice care bed, I found myself wondering where his thoughts were taking him.
I like to think he was flying his P-51 Mustang, effortlessly and in clear skies.
Watching his 5 children performing gymnastics on the beach.
Poolside, coaching his kids in swimming and diving.
Or reliving his college days at University of Michigan. These days were filled with playing football, wrestling, basketball, softball and gymnastics. Always competitively.They must not have had much studying to do in those days !
He may be sitting in front of the TV with his remote control-cheering on his
beloved University of Michigan football team.
Coaching wrestling and gymnastics at the University of Arizona.
He may be joy riding above the panhandle of Texas, thrilling and scaring his relatives he convinced to come with him. It was in the plane he rebuilt from 2 salvaged airplanes.
He may have been in the rodeo arena, riding on the bare back broncs. He always made sure we knew the difference between bare back broncs and saddle back broncs.
He may have mused over his accomplishments from his military career. I'm sure he smiled as he remembered putting together the Military Olympics for the European theatre, which he also competed in the diving and in the wrestling where he was beaten by a soldier that had wrestled at the University of Oklahoma and was half John P.'s age. Dad was 40 at the time . He may have fondly remembered his last tours of duty when he was in charge of Parks and Recreation at Ramstein AFB, Germany and Randolph AFB in San Antonio.
It was when he retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel that he began the life he had always dreamed of, that of a rancher. I know he was smiling and humming as he remembered working his cows, driving his tractor, or planting his Pine tree forest.
He lived his life large- his was a life of many accomplishments and many
adventures. I imagine he may be flying planes over a ranch in his heaven.
Always coaching everyone around him.
John A. Allred 1/13/2011
January 13, 2011