Albert Franklin Lounsbury, age 92, of The Villages and Wildwood, Florida went home on September 30th at Cornerstone Hospice with his two daughters by his side. Albert was a veteran of the Army (Buck Sergeant) and the Navy (2nd Class Petty Officer) having served in the Philippines, Okinawa, and Korea. He was a devoted servant of Jesus Christ, a faithful husband, a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and a loyal American.
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Albert was a recent resident of Cypress Care Center and a former resident of The Villages where he moved to in 1995 with his wife Jeanne. Al was a faithful member of the North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake, a loyal member of the Orange Blossom Gardens Lions Club of Lady Lake where he was in charge of the Annual Villages Christmas Parade for many years and participated in many charitable activities including the Seeing Eye Dog Foundation. As a resident of The Villages, Al performed with the Villages Theatre Troupe and enjoyed playing golf. Al was also a lifetime member of the VFW Post 10126 of Lady Lake having served our country in two wars.
Al was a Barber by trade owning a four-chair barber shop and building in Pitman, New Jersey where he worked for thirty-five years and raised his family before retiring to The Villages in 1995. At the age of 21, Al went to an open tryout in 1948 and was signed by the Atlanta Braves to play professional baseball. He played from 1948-1950. His playing career ended when he was drafted into service in Korea.
Al is predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Jeanne, who passed away in 2005. Al is survived by two daughters Deborah Schrader (Gary) of Cincinnati, Ohio and Donna O'Sullivan (Tim) of Mercerville, New Jersey, and eight grandchildren: Terri Hanlon, Rich Johnson, Angie Sansone, Matt Johnson, and A.J. Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Kelly O'Sullivan, Emily O'Sullivan, and Kyle O'Sullivan of Mercerville, New Jersey, twelve great-grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew, and many friends.
A Going Home Party will take place Monday, October 7th at 11:00 a.m. at Beyers Funeral Home in Leesburg, Florida. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162 or Orange Blossom Lions Club, PO Box 1428, Lady Lake, FL 32159. Condolences can be offered online at www.beyersfuneralhome.com