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Victor Williams McAllister

Victor Williams McAllister, age 87, of Rolla, Missouri went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 18, 2022. Although he was “from” Texas, Victor was born in Compton, California to Donald and Louise (Williams) McAllister on October 15, 1934.

Victor’s favorite story was how he, his sister, and mother came home from church one Sunday morning on December 7th, 1941 to find his dad so excited that he was almost at a loss for words…something very unusual for his dad and Victor as well. Thus, at age 7, began Victor’s lifelong passion for World War II history and airplanes. 

After serving in the US Navy (3 years, 10 months, 3 days) on the USS  Yorktown aircraft carrier near the end of the Korean War, Victor went back to school to become a high school biology and earth science teacher. His teaching career took him all over the country including Idaho, Virginia, and Maryland before finding the perfect fit at Mannheim American High School in Germany where he could fully indulge his passions for teaching, traveling, history, flying, volkssport (walking), and beer. It was there he met and fell in love with JoAnn (Crampton) McAllister. Victor and JoAnn had a wonderful 19 years of world travels together before her passing in 2008.

Victor is survived by his five children from his first wife  (Harriette Wrede James): Stuart (Claudette) McAllister, Bruce (Anna) McAllister, Victoria McAllister West, Colin McAllister, and Elizabeth (Paul Schubring) McCartney; sister Donna Lou (McAllister) Gladney; brothers-in-law  James W. (Cyd) Crampton and William J. (Ann) Crampton; and sisters-in-law Kate (David) Houk and Beth (Jeff) Coffman; 15 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  Victor was preceded in death by his wife JoAnn (Crampton) McAllister, brother Robert McAllister, brother-in-law Patrick Crampton, and infant daughter Laura Lee McAllister.

Visitation with the family will be held at St. Patrick’s Cathloic Church in Rolla, Missouri on September 10, 2022 from 12:30-1:30 PM with a 1:30 PM Prayer Service to be followed by a celebration of life for family and close friends. Graveside services for the family will be held at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the South Central Regional Veterans Group, Rolla, Missouri.  Special thanks to the staff at Oak Pointe Assisted Living in Rolla, Missouri and Three Rivers Hospice, Licking, Missouri, for their loving care of our father. 

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” -Revelation 21:4

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Sincerest condolences to the entire McAllister family on the passing of Victor. We fondly remember dropping Donna & Bill to the airport for their first trip to Germany where Victor took them on a trip to remember. When we picked them up again in Ireland, we enjoyed the many tale's. We pray for you all and hope that the memories will comfort you in his passing.

Colin & Valerie Lawlor & Family Ireland / San Diego Sep 1 2022 1:57 PM

Liebe Liz und alle anderen, die ich noch nicht persönlich kennenlernen konnte, ich bin sehr, sehr traurig darüber, dass Victor von uns gegangen ist. Er war für mich ein väterlicher treuer Freund, der jede Gelegenheit nutzte, uns in Deutschland zu besuchen, wenn er gerade in Europa tourte. Durch ihn habe ich nicht nur gut Englisch gelernt, ich durfte das "Amercan way of Life" kennenlernen und natürlich Marshmellows und Peanut-Butter - noch lange, bevor diese Dinge es in Deutschland gab. Victor "infizierte" mich auch mit den Geowissenschaften, so dass ich schließlich Geologie studierte. Ich verdanke ihm sehr viel und ich werde die interessanten Diskussionen über Politik, die Welt und die Menschen mit ihm sehr vermissen. Lieber Victor, ruhe in Frieden - es fällt mir schwer, dich loszulassen. Traurige Grüße, Marta Cadena aus Weiterstadt, Deutschland

Marta Cadena Arias Aug 29 2022 12:38 PM

Victor was my next door neighbor in Omaha. Me and my family got to know and love him. Spent many a Saturday watching football.

Dan Galde Aug 27 2022 10:28 AM

Mr. McAllister was one of the best teachers…kind, humorous, fair. He had a teaching style that was loved by so many of us. I was his student at Mannheim American High School and will never forget him- one of my favorite teachers of all time. He will be missed and my heart goes out to his family.

Arlene (Ryan) Donovan Aug 23 2022 11:32 PM

Mr. McAllister was one my most favorite teachers.... he made me love rocks! ..
My prayers and thoughts to all his family... may he rest in peace.

Shannon Crawford Aug 23 2022 10:57 PM

Volksport with Victor and Joann saved my life
He will be missed by many

Jacquie Dostal Aug 23 2022 10:27 PM

Elizabeth, so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I know he will be missed. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Kathy Kerns Aug 22 2022 3:27 PM

"May his memory be eternal…"

Jim Renes Aug 22 2022 1:28 PM

You were my 10th grade Bio Teacher in Mannheim. Thanks for everything from the fussing when I (we) were bit paying attention or not listening to you to you sharing words of wisdom that some of us remember to this day. To the family , you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest easy Mr McAllister.

Deon Jones Aug 22 2022 3:55 AM

I’d like to just share a couple of memories about a man who was a great teacher and eventually somewhat of a friend. Mr. McAllister told our class “if there is one thing you learn and retain for the rest of your life, it is capillary action.” Also “NEVER! EVER! Use the emergency eye wash (unless it’s an emergency)” and finally it was the summer of ‘87 and I was at the end of a six week Eurail trip. I had spent all my money and still had a week to go before my flight. I was staying at a Mannheim youth hostile and decided to say hello to my favorite teacher. He was applauded that I was staying in a hostile and immediately got in his green Volvo and took me and my gear to his apartment for the week. Besides an act of kindness, Victor introduced me to this new food, ‘Buffalo Wings’. While I appreciate his teaching influence on thousands of students, I truly remember him as a kind soul. Rest In Peace my friend

Beau (Richard) Winkler Aug 20 2022 10:48 PM

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