Samuel V. Alabata, age 88, of Bryan, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sam had worked at Aro Corporation in Bryan as a physical therapist for 15 years and then moved to St. Louis to pursue his love of art working there for 19 years. He taught art lessons in Bryan for many years. He was a member of Trinity Seventh Day Adventist Church near Defiance. Sam never knew a stranger.
Samuel V. Alabata was born on Aug. 9, 1931, in Mindanao, Philippines, the son of Tomas and Maria (Vasquez) Alabata. As a child, he was captured by the Japanese and was held as a POW during World War II. He married Roxanne R. Fedderke on Oct. 24, 1975, in Evansport, Ohio and she survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Kevin Alabata of Bryan, Cathy (Doug Herman) Enriquez of Hamilton, Indiana, and Susie (Tony) Ebersole of Henderson, Nevada; stepdaughters, Tamara (Ronald) Ryman and Michelle (Kevin) Friesen, both of Bryan; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in the Krill Funeral Home, 860 W. Mulberry St., Bryan. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at the Trinity Seventh Day Adventist Church, 20287 Ohio 18, Defiance, OH 43512, with Pastor Roy Lawinsky officiating. Private family burial will be in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan.
Memorials are requested to the American Kidney Foundation.
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