Allen Zesewitz, age 81, of the Villages FL, passed peacefully on December 12, 2020.
Allen was born on September 18, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pa. He graduated from Ridley High School in Folsom, PA in 1957 and served four years in the United States Air Force as an airman and radio repairman. While in the service he furthered his education, graduating from the U.S. Air Force Technical School, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
After leaving the service, Allen worked for various companies as an electronics technician, development specialist, foreman and designer. He took special pride in his contributions at North American Rockwell, where he was responsible for the wiring assembly procedures for Apollo Spacecraft missions. In 1980, Allen accepted a position with the Federal Protective Service, where he designed, developed and installed security systems. Allen was a member and past Vice-President of the American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians (Philadelphia Chapter.) Allen retired in 1995 and in 2002 relocated from Ridley Park, PA to The Villages, FL.
Allen was a great family man and a loving father and Pop-Pop. He is survived by his wife Gloria Zesewitz (Kerns) who loves him dearly and was the center of his world for the last 47 years. He will be dearly missed by his daughters, Cheryl Hetherington (Mike) of Punta Gorda, FL and Debra Schmitz Moore (Patrick) of Irving, TX, his son Darren Allen Polk of Mobile AL, his 6 loving grandchildren; Drew, Connor, and Blake Hetherington; Dillion and Drew Schmitz; Leah Moore; and his sister-in-law Elaine Zesewitz. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Gertrude Zesewitz (Weihsig), and his brother John Zesewitz of Ridgefield, NY.
Allen was a social, active man who loved to help his friends and family. He was the ultimate handyman. He had a big heart for dogs as well. He loved them and they loved him. His varied interests included cars, hunting and fishing, reading, oil painting, classical music, occasionally sharing a fine cognac, and golf. Despite taking up the game late, he achieved a feat few golfers have accomplished, scoring not just one, but two hole’s-in-one during his time in The Villages.
Allen had a very positive influence on those around him. As his oldest grandchild stated, “He was a great role model for everyone who knew him. He lived a good life.” He was dearly loved and will be missed always.
Allen’s life will be honored and remembered privately by his family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Allen’s memory may be made to CURE (Citizens United in Research for Epilepsy) at PO Box 10572, Chicago, IL 60610.