Allen A. McCoy was born on April 3, 1930, in Detroit, MI, and went to our Lord on April 24, 2022. Allen’s parents were Emily M. McCoy and Walter T. McCoy. Allen was the seventh of eight children. He graduated from Detroit Redford High School and Wayne State University, with a degree in Geology.
Allen was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War and served with the 30th Engineers. During the war, Allen was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA, and traveled to Alaska where he worked as a topographic surveyor and surveyed many mountain tops. This suited Allen’s adventurous personality and provided him with many life-long memories.
Allen worked at various companies before starting A.A. McCoy Co. and then Air Design Inc. as a manufacturer’s representative of industrial HVAC equipment. Air Design is run now by his two sons and staff, in Southfield, MI.
Allen married Ruth B. Jones in 1957, whom he lovingly called “Ruthless.” During their marriage, they traveled to every state and all the Canadian provinces, as well as to Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, and Australia. Allen and Ruth lived in Southfield, MI until 2008, when they moved permanently to Gaylord, MI, to the cabin where he had spent summers as a boy with his three youngest sisters – “us four little kids.”
Allen and Ruth had 6 children, 19 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Children and spouses are; Julia (McCoy) and Michael Dessert, Andrea (McCoy) and Michael Nestor, Russell and Jeannine McCoy, Sarah (McCoy) and Timothy McGlynn, Peter and Tina McCoy, Rachel (McCoy) and Jeffery Davis. Grandchildren are; Nathaniel (Brittney) Dessert, Cordelia Dessert, Joseph (Julia) Dessert, Isaac (Alaina) Dessert, Thomas Dessert, Erika Nestor, Jillian Nestor, Abigail Nestor, Jacob Nestor, Madeline McCoy, Jessica McCoy, Lucas McCoy, Katarina (Matthew) DeSchutter, Jameson McGlynn, Elijah McGlynn, Jonathan McCoy, Matthew McCoy, Gabrielle McCoy, and Sophie Davis. Great-grandchildren are; Lincoln Dessert, Cyrus Dessert, Wesley Dessert, Soren DeSchutter, and Owen McGlynn.
Allen is also survived by his sister, Joan Wager of Petoskey, MI, and many beloved in-laws and nieces and nephews.
Allen was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gaylord, MI. He loved his home and all of the beauty of the north woods. He was a curious, intelligent, caring, and fun-loving person who made a huge impact on all who knew and loved him. He was an exceptional person who will be dearly missed.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 11:30 a.m., at First United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be held Friday, April 29, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home and continue Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Interment will be held at 4:00 p.m. at Hayes Township Cemetery, Gaylord, MI 49735.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.
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