Allen S. Knowlton

Knowlton, Allen S., 47, of Columbia, Pa., on December 24, 2012. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

PO Allen Knowlton    Allen S. Knowlton, age 47, of 1801 Manor Street, Columbia, PA, formerly of Blanchard, ME, a devoted husband and loving father died December 24, 2012, unexpectedly from heart complications. He was the husband of Felicia Loreto Knowlton, his best friend with whom he celebrated eighteen years of marriage on October 8. Born in Dover Foxcroft, ME on December 20, 1965, he was the son of Gloria J. Knowlton of Dexter, ME and the late Melvin “Buddy” Knowlton.
    Allen is survived by his children, Hannah Elise, age 15, and Aaron Thomas, age 13, both at home; a brother, Christopher Knowlton and his wife, Stacey of Dexter, ME and their children, Ariell, Amber and Myra. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, who he shared a very close relationship with, Phyllis Currier of Dover-Foxcroft, ME. He also is survived by his mother-in-law, Mary J. Loreto of Columbia, PA and four brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
    Allen was employed for eighteen years at A & L Doors and Specialist in Columbia, where he was the service manager. He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence on the flight deck. He was a 1984 graduate of Piscataquis Community High School where he lettered in soccer, basketball and baseball. An avid sports fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, he held a wealth of sports knowledge. He was a member of the Foresters of America.
    He attended St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Columbia.
    Having grown up in Central Maine, he was a very skilled hunter and greatly looked forward to his annual hunting trip to Clearfield Co. with his friends.
    The light of his life were his wife and children. He was a big fan of Lancaster Catholic High School sports where his daughter Hannah plays on the basketball team and is a member of the track team. He was a patient, gentle, kind and loving father to his dear son Aaron who has special needs.
    Al will always be remembered for his calm manner, devotion to his parents, wife and children. He was a person who put family and faith first.
    A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 2nd and Union Streets, Columbia, PA on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Dominic DiBiccaro as Celebrant and Rev. Fr. Peter Hahn and Rev. Fr. Josh Brommer as co-celebrants. Rite of Interment and burial was in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. The viewing was held from the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc., 519 Walnut Street, Columbia, PA on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Recitation of the Holy Rosary was at 7:30 p.m. There was no viewing on Saturday. Military Honors were accorded by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard Saturday at the Cemetery. The family requested that flowers be omitted. Memorial contributions in Allen’s memory may be made to Lancaster Catholic High School, 650 Juliette Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601 for the track & field team or the girls’ basketball team.

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