Allan Lee Windle
Allan Lee Windle, 89, of Myersville, Maryland, passed from this life on Easter Sunday, April 4,
2021 at his home in Myersville, Maryland. He was the beloved husband of Roberta (Plattner)
Windle for 46 years.

Born on Dec 4, 1931 at Sibley Hospital in Washington DC, he was the son of the late Garrett
and Rebecca (Witter) Windle and preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Buryn.

Allan graduated from
McKinley Technical High School with the class of 1949.

Enticed by a recruiter's words that 'it was the day of steel ships and iron men,' he joined the US
Navy in 1951. There, Allan served as a sonarman, a delicate job that required long periods of
intense listening. Using sonar and radio waves, Allan said, "I could listen and tell you what kind
of ship it was, how fast it was going or if it turned." Allan was stationed at Norfolk, VA on the
USS Grampus for three and a half years, during which he was deployed to the Caribbean, Key
West, Norfolk, New London, and did several patrols around Cuba. Later he was stationed at
Portsmouth, NH and served six months on the USS Dace. He was discharged from the US
Navy in 1955 with the rank of Sonarman Petty Officer, 3rd Class. His years in the Navy were
formative, and he looked back at his time there with great fondness.

Under the GI Bill, Allan attended George Washington University, DC and the University of
Maryland, graduating in 1959 from their Education for Industry program. A previous employer,
the architectural firm Mills, Petticord and Mills, sponsored his training as a Materials Specialist
and in 1963, he became employed by the US Department of the Army at Fort Detrick. After
several years at Fort Detrick working with biological munitions, Allan was transferred to the
Army's Material Command headquarters in Virginia. Feeling called to teach, Allan continued to
work full time while returning to the University of Maryland's Education program and graduating
with an MS in Industrial Technology in 1985. He retired from his position in 1988, and joined
Frederick Community College as the Program Director of Technology and Drafting. He found
great joy teaching students at FCC, and retired in 2003. Later, Allan gave informational tours
aboard the USS Torsk in Baltimore, a sub almost identical to the two he served on during his
time in the Navy.

Allan was a meticulously skilled draftsman, well known for his willingness and ability to prepare
documents necessary for obtaining building permits. Even well into his retirement years, he
continued to lend his skillset to family and friends. Allan was an avid lover of military history, and
an active member of his Church. Friends and family were especially thankful for his calm and
steady presence as well as his famously dry sense of humor.

Allan is survived by his beloved wife, Roberta; daughters, Carol Cotten of Harrisville, WV,
Susan (Glenn) Shive of Pullman, WV, Ellen (Andrew) Feerst of Vienna, VA, Alice (Kenneth)
Collins of Harrisville, WV, son Richard (Shana) Windle of Urbana, MD, nieces Kelli Buryn of
Birmingham, AL, and Kristin Parsons of Denver, CO and seven grandchildren.

A celebration of Allan's life journey will take place at 2 PM on Saturday, April 10th 2021 at Faith
Church, PCA in Frederick, MD. Pastor John F. Armstrong, Jr. will officiate. The family will
receive visitors one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Faith Church, PCA, 8158 Yellow Springs
Road, P.O. Box 1138, Frederick MD

Expressions of sympathy can be offered to the family at

Published in The Frederick News-Post from Apr. 6

Allan Lee Windle
1931 - 2021