Dr. Allen Gaspar


Dr. Allen Louis Gaspar, 62, of Defiance, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep Saturday, June 22, 2013.

He was born May 7, 1951, in Toledo, the son of Louis and Wilda (Slee) Gaspar, and stepson of Robert Johns. Allen spent his childhood in Monclova and graduated from Anthony Wayne High School in 1969. He completed his undergraduate education at the Ohio State University in 1973 and went on to attend the Ohio State University College of Medicine, graduating in 1976. After his residency in internal medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, he joined the Defiance Clinic in 1979.

He is survived by his family, daughters, Rachel Anne and Andrea Christine; wife of 36 years, Paula; his sisters, Rita Farley, Lois Binkley and Kathy Birr; and his brother, Keith; three nephews and a niece.

His parents and stepfather predeceased him.

Allen loved his daughters. He dedicated his life to his practice, his patients, his colleagues and Mercy Defiance Clinic. For relaxation, he enjoyed Wednesday nights with the guys, gardening, cooking and cheering on the Buckeyes.

He will be missed.

Visitation will be Friday, June 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 29, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home, with Deacon Jeff Mayer officiating.

The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, memorials be donated to the Ohio State University College of Medicine Fund, the Defiance Area YMCA Youth Endowment Fund, DASH or the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.schafferfh.com.

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  • My deepest condolences to Paula and the whole family of which Allen was so proud.  I knew Allen (and Paula) when we were residents together at Riverside Methodist Hospital and spent many long nights on call with him - nights made much shorter and more enjoyable by his wonderful and rye sense of humor.  I can still hear that laugh and it will be indelibly etched upon my brain along with his welcoming smile forever!  Although, as with most people I knew in residency, I have lost touch, I know for certain that he has touched many, many lives and families throughout Northwest Ohio (my "home" portion of the State being from Delphos).  My wife actually saw his obituary in the OSU College of Medicine hewsletter and therefore I just came to know that Allen passed.  Again, our sincere condolences to everyone in the family.  I feel lucky to have known him in medical school and during my residency at Riverside.  Joe Myers - josephpmyers@gmail.com - Akron, Ohio

  • I always respected Allen's abilities and dedication as a student, teammate, and doctor.  It is very sad to see his life end too soon.  He always had a big smile and warm glow that he shared with everyone.  RIP Allen.   - Ron

  • Our sincere condolences.


    Stanley and Judy Brahier