Allen C. Deeter, 82

Dr. Allen C. Deeter, 82, North Manchester, died on Dec. 20 at 12:35 p.m. at Timbercrest Healthcare Center. He was born March 8, 1931 in Dayton, Ohio to Raymond and Flora (Petry) Deeter.

Allen married Joan George on Aug. 31, 1952. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Manchester College, Master of Divinity from Bethany Seminary and PhD from Princeton University. Allen did post graduate work at Harvard and Phillips University, Marburg, Germany. He was one of the first peace studies majors to graduate from Manchester College and later directed the Peace Studies program at Manchester College. He was the recipient of the Manchester College Alumni Honor Award and received an Honorary Doctorate from Bridgewater College. Two of Allen’s published books are Heirs of a Promise and Toyohiko Kagawa. He loved sports and was a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan. Allen also enjoyed playing softball and basketball and his vacations were usually spent fishing. He was Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Manchester University for 40 years and administrator for Brethren Colleges Abroad for 24 years.

Allen is survived by his wife; three sons, Michael Deeter, Milwaukee, Wis., Dan (Jamie Marfurt) Deeter, Granger, Ind., and David (Serena Sheldon) Deeter, Lake Forest, Calif.; and seven grandchildren, Paul, Elena and Stephen Deeter, Ryan and Jennifer Deeter, Michelle and Alex Deeter.

Memorial service will be Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. The funeral will take place at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N Beckley St., North Manchester. The family will receive friends following the service. Pastor Kurt Borgmann will be officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, Ohio.

Preferred memorials are to the Endowment for Peace Studies Chair at Manchester University, 604 E College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962 or Allen C. Deeter Brethren Colleges Abroad Scholarship Endowment c/o Community Foundation of Wabash County, P.O. Box 7, North Manchester, IN 46962.

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Posted on 2013 Dec 27