Allan Anders Ortendahl

Allan Anders Ortendahl


            Allan Anders Ortendahl, age 97 of Chatham, passed away peacefully May 23rd with family by his side. Son of Swedish immigrants, Allan grew up in Brockton and graduated from Quincy Trade School as a pattern maker. He worked at the Fore River Shipyard and eventually was drafted into the U.S. Navy during WW II. Allan served his country as a radar operator aboard the destroyer, USS Rhind stationed in the North Atlantic and the Pacific theater. This ship and its company were present at the formal surrender of Japanese forces on Pagan Island to the U.S. in September of 1945.


            Following the war, Allan was a partner and owner of Patterns Inc. operating over 40 years in Easton and Brockton. Allan was very involved in his community as a director, American Red Cross; Boy Scout Troop leader; member of American Field Services Youth Exchange Program; cooperator of Campello Co-Operative  Bank and president of the Brockton Rotary Club where he was a recipient of the Paul Harris Award of distinction. A man of faith, he was active in many aspects of ministry at First Lutheran Church and St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Harwich. A true craftsman, he applied his design and woodworking skills in the construction of furnishings for these parishes and others.


            Allan was devoted to his family. He is survived by his wife, Lois (Almquist) of 73 years, daughters, Cheryl Nixon and Alana Brandon. He is also lovingly remembered by grandchildren Kristin Donahue, Amy Quinn, Jill Greene, James Brandon and nine great-grandchildren.


            A celebration of Allan's life will be held Saturday, June 17th at 2:30PM at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 310 Rt. 137, Harwich, MA 02645. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter's or the Chatham Rotary Club's scholarship fund.


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