Allen Ford Gregaitis – born April 29, 1958 in Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away unexpectedly February 14, 2020 at Celebration Hospital in Kissimmee, Florida.
Allen, born to Elmer T. and Lois L. (Chapman) Gregaitis– was known by many names. Many knew him as Al, Big Al or Top Hat but those closest to him simply called him honey, dad, papa or friend.
He was a resident of Florida for more than 40 years spending nearly all of those years with the love of his life and best friend (wife) Billie. Together, they built their life in a quaint starter home in Kissimmee, Florida where they raised three daughters - twins Angie and Ashley and Amie. They welcomed three grandchildren to this same home – Bryce, Kinsley and Mikey. Being a father and papa was the greatest joy of Al’s life.
Professionally, Al was a communications worker first starting with a small cable contractor based in central Florida and eventually retiring via disability as a PC technician with Spectrum and a 30 year tenure.
Al’s personal life was one filled with passion – he was an avid outdoorsman who was happiest fishing, hunting or camping. He was a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast and had a wandering soul that matched the free spirit of the open road. At Greeneway Church of Orlando, Florida – Al found a home that embraced the wild man, the outdoorsman, the husband, the father and the fearless Royal Rangers Commander.
Al has been predeceased by his father Elmer T. and mother Lois L., his brother Feller Gregaitis, sister Martha L. Gregaitis, father and mother in law Norman “Bill” and Edna M. Kull.
He is survived by his siblings Joan Luce, Lewis Crawford, Karen See and Mark Gregaitis as well as one brother in law L. James Kull.
Also surviving are his beloved wife of 36 years Billie Gregaitis, daughters Angie Hefner (husband Mike Hefner), Ashley Gregaitis and Amie Gregaitis as well as three beautiful grandchildren – Bryce Gregaitis, Kinsley Lyng and Michael Hefner.
Many nieces and nephews who also survive will remember Al as their “favorite” Uncle Allen.
As a family, we are at peace knowing Al is now pain free and with his maker – surrounded by many family and friends enjoying the greatest fishing hole ever.
Never to be forgotten – Al’s date of death leaves us one last message. On Valentine’s Day (a day of love), year 2020 (the year of clear vision) – he wanted us to always “clearly see his love”.
Remember him for his infectious laugh, great stories and loyal friendship but most of all – always remember his example of living a life free of judgement or grudges and the true definition of unconditional love.
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