ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Allan Kentner, 73 years old, born on December 15, 1947, and passed away on May 30, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by James Milliman on December 16, 2021
When we were kids , at breakfast Allen would stand cereal boxes around his bowel to prevent us from coughing on his food. He would eat his cereal in this little cubby hole because he was a Germaphobic geek. One time I launched a cheerio over the top of his wall and took my punishment. Lol.  I wonder if as a Dad he continued to be a bit germaphobic ?  Happy birthday Brother. I sure do miss you. 
Posted by Melikean Joseph on August 5, 2021
To the most loving, thoughtful, caring human being I had ever met, my cousin Allan. He was there for me through many happy times and some challenging times over all the years I knew him. We were close even when I moved to Oregon.
He was my son Braydon's Godfather and he lived up to that name. I understand a couple other family members asked him to be a Godfather as well.
I would like to share a story (well, I have lots) or two. Allan borrowed a car of ours to go camping. The day he left he called me and I started rambling about things going on at our house and being the patient person he always was, he let me talk and just listened. Finally when I came up for air he said, "Mel, I had an accident with your car". Of course I thought he was kidding but, he wasn't.
From that point on whenever he would call I would say, "how are you and what's going on and no you can't borrow our car". We both would laugh.
I miss him every single day and it's taken me sometime to sit and write something to share to ALL the people who loved that man as I sure did. 
He always called me the family whisperer. When our family lived closer together we would have many get togethers at our house holiday, birthdays, dinner, I just wanted to see our family laugh, eat, play games and an occasional drink or two.  And he LOVED my potato salad!
I'm sad for many of us but especially his 2 wonderful children. Your dad and grandpa will always be in our hearts.



Posted by Nick Kentner on June 17, 2021
I’ll always remember him as Grandpa. Growing up he was always the person i was most excited to see (probably because he would always give me candy and Mcdonald’s). Grandpa did everything for me, and more. He took me shopping for clothes every August before the new school year would start. He paid for me and my siblings’ lunches at school and took me on the trips that would become the fondest memories of my childhood. From Camping trips, beach days at the Boardwalk, movie dates with just the two of us, and Lake Tahoe with my sister, he always tried to fill my life with fun and happiness. He always made sure I had a smile on my face, and whenever I didn’t he would cheer me up with his humor and positivity. He was my biggest fan at my baseball games and almost never missed a game. As I grew older he never stopped showering me with his love and affection. He would always text me and ask how I’m doing. I remember one night when I was young I called him at 3am because I couldn’t sleep. He picked up right away. I told him I thought there was a Ghost in my closet, and he stayed up with me until I was able to fall asleep. The things he would do for me, and for so many other people taught me how to be a loving and caring person. He is the first person I think of when I think “good person.”

You were my rock Gramps, you helped me through so much in my life that I haven’t even realized yet. I strive to become someone like you, who is always caring for other people before himself, and who can inspire others to choose the path of good and help others whenever I can. You were there the day I was born, so it makes sense that I was there the day you left. I will spend the rest of my life missing you. Thank you for everything you did for me, you will always be the person I look up to the most.
Until we meet again.
Love, Your Favorite Grandson ❤️
Posted by Raymond Banker on June 10, 2021
I’ll remember Uncle Allan as one of the most kind and caring people I have ever known. He was always interested in what was going on in my life and how I was doing in school, sports, relationships, etc. He gave me guidance and wisdom during the days of my youth. His thoughtfulness continued even after I moved to Arizona and I would come visit during the holidays. We would pick up where we always left off and I cherish those times together. We love you and miss you Uncle Allan.

Raymond & Sheila
Posted by Cindee Watson on June 8, 2021
Allan. I am going to miss your funny emails and texts. I loved sending them back and forth.
My best memory was flying from So Calif to Alameda to go to your Prom. You just got your drivers license and Aunt Ruth had a stick transmission. I wasn’t even familiar with them. We managed the three pedals together. You had the gas and clutch and I was the break. It wouldn’t have been so bad except the Prom was in Oakland up on a hill.
You made me feel special and like a queen.
We didn’t kill anybody. What an adventure. 
I’m happy I had that weekend with you and the family. 
I’m missing you. Love you Cuz
Posted by Connie and John Banker on June 8, 2021
We remember Allan as a kind, caring, loving, and generous man.

When my sister Josie and I first arrived in the USA he helped us greatly and took the time to take us on trips around California and to Las Vegas......and he has continued to help our family over the years. Allan was always available to lend a helping hand.......such a good hearted man.

We always enjoyed having Allan at our family gatherings and celebrations. He would always bring extra food and gifts even if we said it was not necessary.
During the pandemic we continued to stay in touch by phone and email.

May his soul rest in peace with the Lord.  Allan will be greatly missed.
Posted by Tess Javier on June 7, 2021
I remember Allan always being there.

When my mother was in a nursing home, he made sure to visit frequently and bring her flowers. And when she passed, he called me asking where my mom’s grave was so he could pay his respects. I will never forget his kindness and generosity.

His generosity never stopped there. He always made sure to send gifts to the family on special occasions, take the young ones to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and attend all my children’s sporting events.

I’m sad that I won’t be calling him anymore. Our inside joke would be me calling him my ‘expired brother-in-law,’ and that always made him laugh. Allan and I had this running joke where he would bring me a can of ‘SPAM’ every time he visited. It quickly turned into him buying me every limited edition flavor of SPAM he could find. ‘Pumpkin spice’ flavored SPAM, and ‘Teriyaki’ flavored SPAM are only a few examples. He would always mention his goal of finding ‘Bangus’ (Filipino fish) flavored SPAM for me, since Bangus was my favorite. I will truly miss Allan, and his SPAM.

We love you, Allan; forever in our hearts. May his soul rest in peace.
Posted by Vanessa Haleco-Meyer on June 6, 2021
The thing I remember the most about Uncle Allan is how he taught me what value there is in enjoying the simple things in life. Whether that was crabbing in SF Bay, going to Fleet week, or having a tickle fight when I was little. As I grew older, I noticed Uncle Allan's gifts to my kids were simple, a planted tree, a coin minted on the date they were born, etc. I cherish every one of these memories that he's so thoughtfully given to my kids because they don't get to know Uncle Allan as much since we aren't in the Bay Area. But it's important to me that they understand his spirit and his thoughtfulness in showing his love. I'll miss you even more now Uncle Allan, but I'll hold you close to my heart.
Posted by Steve Jones on June 6, 2021
Al was one of my fellow firefighters in the Alameda Fire Department. I worked with Al at Station #2 until he moved on to another chapter of his life. I had the utmost respect for how Al was dedicated to his duty as a firefighter and how he carried himself in his personal life. Being around Al made me a better person and I’m so very grateful we reconnected a few years back. RIP Al and the planet needs more people like you.
Posted by Josie Haleco on June 5, 2021
We know you are safely home with Our Lord, Allan, and Bert and I are grateful we got to chat with you on the phone two days before you left. You have always been somebody who cared about other people; we will always remember your kindness and thoughtfulness. Funny our conversation led to my expressing my gratitude for your help many years ago, one week after I arrived in the U.S. and got hired by the Clorox Company. I was happy to get a job but terrified because I did not know how to get around town as a newcomer to this country. As usual, you came to the rescue and offered me a ride to and from that office. I am comforted to remember your hearty laugh during our conversation, thank goodness I was able to express this to you while you were here...and that was only one of your many unselfish deeds to our family. We miss you already but you will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace, our dear brother-in-law, till we meet again.
Posted by Raynaldo Javier on June 5, 2021
Allan, I want to thank you for all the special things you do, especially when you brought me to Oakland AFEES to get started a new life & a military jobexperience, your usual caring ways, & kindness. Thanks for being an awesome friend/brother-in-law, I will miss you.
Posted by Alexandra Jaykins on June 5, 2021
Uncle Allan was the most inspiring man I have ever come to know. After making the decision to join the Navy, Allan was one of my biggest supporters and made me proud of the heritage I would come to join. He was there with the family when I graduated boot camp; and he was there throughout my five years of service. Uncle Allan would have done anything to help those in need. The tide rests easy today for you. Until we meet again where the sea meets the sky ❤️
Posted by Jamie Dugo on June 5, 2021
Allen was really the type of man that would stand up and give you his chair, always ask how you are doing, make sure that someone else's needs are taken care of first. Allen was so caring and giving and loving. I am so glad we got to see him for spring break. I can't believe it was the last time we got to see him. But I feel privileged that he pushed thru and used all of his energy to make us feel welcome to stay as long as we wanted. I had a little bit of time to go in the backyard and go and see all of the wonderful trees that he had planted for all of his loved ones. He was such a special person who loved to take the time to plant a tree for every baby born or every lost loved one. He was the type of man that went out of his way to make sure that he went and got the newspaper when a baby was born so they could keep it for a memory. Allan always went out of his way to meet us anywhere we could meet him. And he was always determined to pay for the pizza. We love you Allan Kentner and we will miss you. Go laugh and dance with my Dad!
Posted by James Milliman on June 4, 2021
Allan, our Mom had four sons. It’s my belief that in Gods eye your sole is more worthy of his blessings than us three. You were a Kind and loving Brother, Father, Son, Uncle , Grandfather , Cousin Grandson , Nephew and a dear friend to many.
Geographically separated for 56 years never separated our brotherly love and respect for each other. That’s because of the character of your sole. May God continue to bless you in your new capacity. I hope to see you again brother. 

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Posted by James Milliman on December 16, 2021
When we were kids , at breakfast Allen would stand cereal boxes around his bowel to prevent us from coughing on his food. He would eat his cereal in this little cubby hole because he was a Germaphobic geek. One time I launched a cheerio over the top of his wall and took my punishment. Lol.  I wonder if as a Dad he continued to be a bit germaphobic ?  Happy birthday Brother. I sure do miss you. 
Posted by Melikean Joseph on August 5, 2021
To the most loving, thoughtful, caring human being I had ever met, my cousin Allan. He was there for me through many happy times and some challenging times over all the years I knew him. We were close even when I moved to Oregon.
He was my son Braydon's Godfather and he lived up to that name. I understand a couple other family members asked him to be a Godfather as well.
I would like to share a story (well, I have lots) or two. Allan borrowed a car of ours to go camping. The day he left he called me and I started rambling about things going on at our house and being the patient person he always was, he let me talk and just listened. Finally when I came up for air he said, "Mel, I had an accident with your car". Of course I thought he was kidding but, he wasn't.
From that point on whenever he would call I would say, "how are you and what's going on and no you can't borrow our car". We both would laugh.
I miss him every single day and it's taken me sometime to sit and write something to share to ALL the people who loved that man as I sure did. 
He always called me the family whisperer. When our family lived closer together we would have many get togethers at our house holiday, birthdays, dinner, I just wanted to see our family laugh, eat, play games and an occasional drink or two.  And he LOVED my potato salad!
I'm sad for many of us but especially his 2 wonderful children. Your dad and grandpa will always be in our hearts.



Posted by Nick Kentner on June 17, 2021
I’ll always remember him as Grandpa. Growing up he was always the person i was most excited to see (probably because he would always give me candy and Mcdonald’s). Grandpa did everything for me, and more. He took me shopping for clothes every August before the new school year would start. He paid for me and my siblings’ lunches at school and took me on the trips that would become the fondest memories of my childhood. From Camping trips, beach days at the Boardwalk, movie dates with just the two of us, and Lake Tahoe with my sister, he always tried to fill my life with fun and happiness. He always made sure I had a smile on my face, and whenever I didn’t he would cheer me up with his humor and positivity. He was my biggest fan at my baseball games and almost never missed a game. As I grew older he never stopped showering me with his love and affection. He would always text me and ask how I’m doing. I remember one night when I was young I called him at 3am because I couldn’t sleep. He picked up right away. I told him I thought there was a Ghost in my closet, and he stayed up with me until I was able to fall asleep. The things he would do for me, and for so many other people taught me how to be a loving and caring person. He is the first person I think of when I think “good person.”

You were my rock Gramps, you helped me through so much in my life that I haven’t even realized yet. I strive to become someone like you, who is always caring for other people before himself, and who can inspire others to choose the path of good and help others whenever I can. You were there the day I was born, so it makes sense that I was there the day you left. I will spend the rest of my life missing you. Thank you for everything you did for me, you will always be the person I look up to the most.
Until we meet again.
Love, Your Favorite Grandson ❤️
his Life

Born Allan Lee Kentner Oneida, NY Dec 15, 1947

Mother: Ruth Irene Parker 
Father: William Emmet Kentner

Family moved to Oregon in Dec 1962

Then moved to Alameda, CA 1964

Entered the Navy in 1965

Sent to the Phillippines (Sangley Point)
Sent to Vietnam (1967)
Last Duty Assignment: USS Coral Sea
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Shared by Theresa Cortez on December 5, 2021
Wanted to share and save some of the comments received about dad:

Al, and I worked together on and off throughout his career. We were always close and I really enjoyed our time together. We were roommates at my condo in Alameda for a short time. It was such a treat to see Al, at a luncheon. He will be missed by all of his AFD brothers.


Sorry to hear this. Al was such a nice person and so easygoing. I’ll never forget the time at 2’s when JR had just put wax on his truck and Al was barbecuing. The fire was a little sluggish so Al reversed the hose in the shop vac and used it to stoke the fire. Only problem was he blew ashes all over JR’s wax job!  He came running in the station looking for a place to hide!!! I LMAO!


Al was a nice man and one that did his job well. My thoughts are with his family and of course Al.  Rest in peace Al.


No one nicer than Al Kentner. So easy to work with him. Great sense of humor and very intelligent.


Saw of his passing on Facebook and couldn’t believe it! I worked with Al as a new kid at sta.2 in 1983. What a great guy! His family which I believe Dave Howes posted on this email has a memorial set up with really good pictures and three videos. It was good seeing Al at the past AFD retirement luncheons! Thx Doug Rogers for encouraging him to attend these luncheon it was always good to see him and talk with him.  RIP my brother Al


 I WAS SORRY TO HEAR OF  AL KENTER PASSING. I WORKED WITH AL AT STA' 2 FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS BEFORE HE LEFT THE DEP'T, HE WAS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH,A GREAT FIREF\IGHTER,HE WAS LIKED BY EVERYBODYWHO WORKED AND KNEW HIM.

 
I wanted to thank you for the Facebook posting about your Dad.  I was so sorry to hear this news.  I had the pleasure of working with Allan at Westaff until 2009.  He was just what our department needed during the challenging times of the company's last days.  He was a truly kind, helpful and hard working man... no task or demanding boss or customer was too much for him.  All who got to work with him loved him.  His wit and upbeat personality were amazing.  Allan shared many stories of you and your brother and Grands.  He was one proud Dad and Grandpa!! 

I know he is singing "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" up in heaven.  He made a point of singing it every morning (whether we wanted to hear it or not =)).

Shared by Angela Gassin (Robertson) on June 13, 2021
Uncle Allan,

I want you to know I have always thought of you as a good man. A man who was loving and truly cared about his family and friends. I have admired you in many ways.

As a child I looked forward to your visits, bringing Kevin and Theresa up to WA, and the awesome bone fires we would make! I knew when you were coming it meant time in the woods, fires, and shooting weapons!  These are great memories I hold dear to my heart. I remember once going to CA for a family reunion, in June of 1997, and afterwards hitching a ride with Sheri and Brenda, I believe, to Sacramento to visit a friend. After a day at this "friends" house, I called you and asked if you would come pick me up from Castro Valley because I found myself in a bad situation. Without hesitation, you said, "Yup, I'll be there first thing in the morning." You were, you showed up early morning and missing work. I remember feeling special that you would take the time, unscheduled, and save me from this situation. Now I don't know how far it is between these two cities, but I do remember the good conversations we had on that way back to your place. Thank you.

I could tell how much you loved your children and grandchildren. Thank you for being a wonderful uncle to myself and my kids. You would send me "Happy Mother's Day" texts, "Happy Birthday" texts, and a text just to check in. I appreciated it. It made me know you were thinking of me. 

I will miss you. I know one day I will get to see you again. I hope Grandma Rusty was there to greet you along with your brothers. I love you.  Thank you for enriching my life.

Things I've Done

Shared by Theresa Cortez on June 11, 2021
Found this in Dad's notes (dated May 10, 2021) titled "Things I've Done"

At Encinal High School in 1966, I ran the one mile run on a dirt/cinder surface...barefoot.
I took the driver's license test in Hawaii while driving a yellow taxi cab.
I've milked a cow by hand.
I've donated over 5 gallons of my blood.
Using a chainsaw, I've cut down trees and used horse's to skid them out to the sawmill.
I worked in a saw mill sorting and stacking freshly cut boards.
Living in upstate NY (Camden) our family tapped Maple trees in the winter for its sap and then made maple syrup. 
I used to fly an airplane (Cessna).
In 1967, the aircraft I was a air crew member on in Vietnam was struck by small arms fire while taking off from Chu Lai. 
I've used a fire pole to slide down while working with the NAS Alameda FD. 

States I've been to: California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virgnina, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts

Countries I've been to: Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Wake Island, South Vietnam, Thailand, China (Hong Kong), Taiwan, Japan