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Obituary: Robert (Bob) K. Allender, 74, retired Regional Librarian

Mr. Allender was a devoted United Methodist, a veteran, and a man who had earned high respect in his profession and in the community he adopted as a very young man

Robert (Bob) K. Allender, 74, of 300 West Frazier, Columbia, KY, died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at his residence after an illness.

He was the son of the late Harry Bedford and Minnie Evelyn Bramlett Allender.

Mr. Allender was a member of the Columbia United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir for many years. He was a US Army Veteran, a member of Columbia Lodge #96, and was retired from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

He had moved to Columbia when he was in his early 20s to take a position as a local library director. He was warmly accepted in social circles. He married here, raised a successful family here, and lived out his active life in a leadership role in his adopted community. He was a quiet soft-spoken man, but his underlying strengths were evidenced through his joyous, wonderful performances with the Columbia United Methodist Church Choir.

At the time of his death Mr. Allender was retired from his post as Regional Librarian for the Lake Cumberland Area District. During his tenure as leader of the libraries, Mr. Allender presided over unprecedented library progress, including the construction of new buildings in some communities, and significant renovation of existing ones in others.

While he was Regional Librarian, Mr. Allender maintained headquarters for the system within the Janice Holt Giles Memorial/Adair County Public Library Building in Columbia, KY, which gave an added source of pride for the community.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Endicott Allender, Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • Three Daughters and sons-in-law: Leila bush and Mark Jones, Columbia, KY; Mary Woodford and Mark Sansom, Bowling Green, KY; and Sarah Frances and Kevin Lucas, Delaware, OH

  • Eight grandchildren: James Austin Graham, Ashley marie Jones, Shelby Elizabeth Jones, Daniel Wade Sansom, Joshua Ryland Sansom, Robert David Sansom, Patrick Lemoine Lucas, and Victoria Evelyn Lucas
The funeral service will be Saturday, June 2, at 11:00am CT, at Columbia United Methodist Church with Rev. David Alexander and Rev. Mark Shepherd officiating.

Burial will be in Columbia Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 6097.

Visitation will be after 4:30pm, Friday, June 1, at Grissom Funeral Home and after 9:30am, Saturday, June 2, 2007, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to either Columbia United Methodist Church Choir or the Family Reading Program at the Adair County Public Library.

Grissom Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or E-mail: Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.

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Remembering: Robert (Bob) Allender, 74

2007-05-30 - Photo From the Allender family photographs.
Adair Countians were saddened to learn of the passing today, Wednesday, May 30, 2007, of Robert (Bob) K. Allender, who died after an illness.

The funeral service will be Saturday, June 2, 2007, at the Columbia United Methodist Church in Columbia, KY.

Grissom Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Remembering Robert (Bob) K. Allender: Bob & Mary

2007-06-02 - Photo By Leila Jones. Bob & Mary Allender.
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Remembering Robert (Bob) K. Allender: Buds. Bob & Austin

2007-06-02 - Photo By Leila Jones.
One of the Allender family's favorite photos is this delightful one of Bob Allender with his eldest Grandson, James Austin Graham, who is today 16 years old, with his 17th birthday just a few days off, July 2, 2007. Photo by Leila Jones

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