Vallas M. Albin
Vallas M. Albin, the founder, owner and president of Albin Jewelry in Corydon, died Wednesday, July 4, at 2:40 p.m. at Harrison Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Corydon. He was 82.
He started the Albin Jewelry business in 1948 and remained president until he died. He began his business in a small room at its current location, and later expanded the business through the building from Beaver to Chestnut streets. At first, it was strictly a jewelry business, and then he added china, silver and other gifts.
He loved the store. He loved to design jewelry, said his wife of 63 years, the former Eleanor Timberlake.
He retired from daily work in 1995, and he and Eleanor began living primarily in Florida, returning to Harrison County from June to October.
Prior to his retirement, he was very active in community organizations.
He was a member of Corydon United Methodist Church, Pisgah Masonic Lodge in Corydon, Old Capitol VFW Post 2950, the American Legion, Corydon Sportsman Club, Scottish Rite in Indianapolis, and Bent Tree Country Club in Sarasota, Fla.
Albin was a former member of the Corydon Town Board, the Harrison County Hospital Board of Directors and the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County. He was a past president of the Corydon Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow, which he was named for being a 50-year member of the Rotary Club.
Albin served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Eleanor said Vallas was a family man first, but his community activities and his store were very important to him.
The 50th anniversary of his store, in 1998, was a particularly proud moment for Albin. Many former customers came to an open house and told him about the special pieces of jewelry they had purchased from him long ago.
Albin came home from Sarasota June 30 on a chartered jet so he could die near his Corydon home. He was taken directly to the Harrison County Hospital and later moved to the Harrison Health and Rehabilitation Centre, where he died following a lengthy illness.
Albin was born in Harrison County on May 31, 1919, to the late Edna Biddle and William Clarence Albin. He graduated from New Middletown High School in 1937.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Itzoe, and a grandson.
Survivors besides his wife include two daughters, Sarah Colvin of Fort Wayne and Sandra LaDuke of Corydon; three brothers, Carl and Ralph Albin, both of Corydon, and William Albin of Monmouth, Ill.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Sunday, July 8, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Barbara Planck officiated. Judy Miller was organist, and Barbara Lander and Sherrill Colvin were vocalists.
Pallbearers were Michael and Joe Itzoe, John and Carolyn Colvin, Betsy and Chris Pennewill, Ellie and Curt Avery, and Jamie and Stacey LaDuke. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Walts, Gilbert Foster, Oscar Bear, Thomas Timberlake, Mac Carrothers and LeRoy Stephenson.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Corydon United Methodist Church.