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Donald L. Allebach

Naples, Fla.

Donald L. Allebach, 86, of Naples, Fla., died on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at the Frances Georgeson Hospice House. Donald was born Feb. 11, 1933, in Skippack, Pa., a son of the late Forrest and Margaret (Lee) Allebach. He had been a resident of Naples and Bonita Springs, Fla., since 1993 coming from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
After high school, he attended Ursinus College in Philadelphia, Class of 1955. He was an exceptional athlete and played baseball while in college. He was a starting pitcher and first baseman. Donald was very thin throughout his life and while at Ursinus College he was known as the "Splendid Splinter." He also was a member of Delta Phi Sigma fraternity.
After college, Don, as known as "Donzie," began his career in sales with the Scott Paper Co. moving onto Ethicon Medical, and eventually joining the sales team at Richards Medical. At the age of 55, he became one of the original Subway franchisees in the state of Iowa. He would open numerous locations including the first in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Marion, Iowa. He sold his stores to his sons and retired to Bonita Springs in 1993.
He was a former president of the Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a 20-year member of the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, Fla.
He was an avid golfer, had a passion for fishing, loved telling jokes, but most of all, his family was very important to him.
He is survived by his two sons, Richard L. Allebach (Bobbi) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Michael A. Allebach (BaBette Dolan) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; four grandchildren, Kristen Allebach (Chad) Johnson, Eric Allebach, Michele Allebach and Heather Allebach; and three great-grandchildren. Don also is survived by his extended family of six stepgrandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.
Services for Mr. Allebach will be held privately by his family.
His family would like to thank the care team at the Bentley Village Care Center and the staff and nurses on the north wing at Avow Hospice for their love and care of Don during his final journey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to the ALS Foundation. Don became a supporter of the ALS Foundation after his beloved wife, Barbara A. Allebach, died in 2007 from complications of ALS.
To sign his guest register or to leave online condolences, please visit www.shikanyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home, family-owned and operated since 1978.
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