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Alan Lee Comen

August 14, 1937 — June 16, 2017

Alan Lee Comen

Alan Lee Comen, 79, of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas passed away Friday, June 16, 2017 in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

Alan was born to Dr. Benjamin R Comen, DDS and Cecilia Ahronson Comen on August 14, 1937 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  He spent his childhood in Bridgeport and Stratford, Connecticut. Alan graduated from Stratford High School, received his BS from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and his PhD in chemistry from Purdue University in Indiana.  He began his career with Hercules Incorporated as a research chemist and moved into sales supervision and management.  He retired after thirty years with Hercules Incorporated.

Alan is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joanna Legro Comen; sons, David Comen and wife Joan of Anderson, South Carolina and Stephen Comen and wife Renee of Dallas, Texas and six grandchildren, Ben Comen of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Alex Comen and wife Katie of Knoxville, Tennessee, Chris Comen of Kernersville, North Carolina, Megan Comen of Greenville, South Carolina, Masie Comen of Austin, Texas, and Aaron Comen of Dallas, Texas.

Alan’s interests included serving with the Boy Scouts as Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster in Hockessin, Deleware, Barberton, Ohio, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.  He also served as Chairman of the Delaware Workshop for the Blind State Commission.  Alan also enjoyed bowling, golf, boating, and hiking.

After his retirement, Al and Jo took up RVing and spent several years volunteering in state parks in Texas and South Dakota. They also worked with Habitat for Humanity in Louisiana and South Carolina. They took each of their grandchildren on intergenerational elder hostel trips throughout the country.

Alan was very involved in his community.  He served the city of Horseshoe Bend in many various capacities.  He served as a member of the Sewer Commission, Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue Department, ambulance driver, first responder, and fireman.  He also served as adirector of the Fire and Rescue Association.  He served as a city alderman for ward 4, and was chairman of the finance committee.  He was past chairman of the MSID and was very active in the boating and fishing club along with many other areas that he volunteered his time.

He was of the Jewish faith and was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held, Monday June 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.  His grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be  held Sunday evening, June 18 at Doty Family Funeral & Memorial Service Chapel beginning at 6:00 PM. A private interment will be held at Evening Shadow Memorial Park in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue Association, 312 Shady Lane, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas 725112 or Ozarka College Foundation, 218 College Drive, Melbourne, Arkansas 72556.

Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral & Memorial Service of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Faith Presbyterian Church

1001 3rd St, Horseshoe Bend, AR 72512

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