2017-11-23 / Obituaries

A. Victor Abnee, Jr.


A. Victor Abnee, Jr. A. Victor Abnee, Jr. A. Victor Abnee, Jr, 94, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 4, 2017, in Tucson, Arizona.

He was born in 1923 to A. Victor Sr. and Irene (nee Brogel) Abnee in Lexington, Kentucky.

During World War II, Mr. Abnee served as a captain in the Army Engineer Battalion in the Pacific under General MacArthur, and he received six Oak Leaf Clusters for operations and landings under fire.

His long career was in the gypsum industry, culminating as the president of the Gypsum Trade Association.

Mr. Abnee was graduated from Withrow High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was also graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1948.

He will be remembered by his bountiful spirit and generous heart. Always the entertainer, he knew how to have fun and made sure everyone else did, too. Famous for creating traditions, Mr. Abnee and his wife, Dori, hosted an annual “house party” at their Cedarville cottage with friends from Chicago and Cincinnati. They got together every year for 50 straight years. He was a joiner and a leader, becoming an integral part of every community where he lived, as evidenced by all of his club and association memberships. He contributed generously with time and resources to the well-being of his family and community. A big part of his never-ending charm was his ability to poke fun at himself, especially his 5’6” height, starting all speeches with, “Yes, I am standing.”

Mr. Abnee’s granddaughters will remember him for his big heart and for how he celebrated every one of their accomplishments, big and small, by saying, “Well, that is just marvelous,” even when they beat him at gin rummy.

Always the romantic, in 2010 he popped the question to his longtime “girlfriend,” Ruth. They were married two days later by a local Tucson minister, who said they were the oldest couple he had ever wed.

Never taking life for granted, every night Mr. Abnee gave a toast to good health and after every adventure he celebrated with a robust, “We walked away from another one.”

He is survived by his second wife, Ruth Shanfeld Abnee of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Tucson, Arizona; a daughter and her family, Janice and Allen Williams of Cedarville; a daughter-in-law and her family, Nina Abnee of Chicago, Illinois; two granddaughters, Louise and Mayank Keshaviah of Los Angeles, California, and Ellen Abnee of Chicago, and a great-grandson, Krishna Victor Keshaviah of Los Angeles.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Abnee was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Doris Heuck Abnee, who died in 1997, and a son, A. Victor “Trip” Abnee III, who died in 2008.

Interment will be held at a private ceremony at Cedar Cemetery in Cedarville.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Les Cheneaux Community Library, P.O. Box 99, Cedarville, MI 49719 or Les Cheneaux Community Foundation, Trip Abnee Memorial Water Safety Fund, P.O. Box 249, Cedarville, MI 49719.

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