Allen Blatter Obituary (2021) – Bismarck, ND
Allen Blatter, 67, died on September 26, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 7 at the Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck. Cremation has taken place and the interment of Allen’s ashes will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck, immediately following the service.
Allen was born in Bismarck on August 31, 1954, son of Alfred and Darlene (Goll) Blatter. He grew up on a farm in the Wing area until his parents moved to Bismarck in the early 1960s. He graduated from Bismarck High School in 1972. In 1982 he married his wife Sandy Bender and they elected domicile in the region of Bismarck. Allen and Sandy enjoyed their life together and were best friends. He was a loving husband, always pragmatic and hardworking.
At a very young age, Allen demonstrated an immense talent for mechanical work. When he was 11, his father challenged him to remove and replace a burnt out wiring harness from a car and told him he would give him the car if it worked. His father took him to a local junkyard and he removed the harness, tagging each wire, then reinstalled the harness and the car drove away. His gift in life has been discovered. After high school he worked for six years at JC Penney’s Auto Shop, then changed careers working on boats and marine engines. To learn this new trade, he was supervised by the Anderson Marina team and had the opportunity to undergo technical training in the factory. After working for several different marinas, he owned and operated his own boat repair shop, Highway Marine, from 1992 to 2009.
Allen was a serious “car guy” and he had a passion for the Pontiacs. He knew everything you want to know about a GTO and more. He spent his retirement days in his workshop working on several cars, doing restoration, researching parts and “saving cars” from the crusher. All the things he loved. He will be forever remembered as “Mr. GTO”.
Allen had a heart for animals and during his adult life he had five dogs: Rusty, Zeke, Poncho, Cooper and currently Bell. He even softened up on cats when he realized they liked mice and added three store cats to his animal kingdom. Allen had a great sense of humor about almost everything. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Allen is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sandy; brother, Walt (Tammy); sister, Debby (Randy); uncle, Leo (Audrey) Goll; stepmother, Arlene Bender; sister-in-law, Linda (Bender) Heger; brother-in-law, Tim (Kristi) Bender; six nieces and nephews; and seven grandnieces and nephews.
Allen was predeceased by his parents; many uncles and aunts; stepfather, LeRoy Bender; sister-in-law, Jacquiline (Bender) Rush; and a nephew, Russell Emineth.
To share Allen memories and sign the guestbook online, visit www.parkwayfuneral.com.
Posted by The Bismarck Tribune on October 2, 2021.