(1-12-21) Hall of Fame Basketball Coaqch Al Souder passed away on Saturday.


Allen D. Souder, 92, passed peacefully Saturday January 9, 2021. He was born in Garrett, Indiana on October 7, 1928 to Ora L. Souder and Miriam (Bryant) Souder. Joyce (Barnes) Souder his wife of 69 years, preceded Al in death on July 20, 2020. They were married on November 5, 1950, in Garrett, Indiana.

Surviving are four children, Susan (Michael) Medler of Portland, Indiana, Thomas (Diane) Souder of Dublin, Ohio, Ronald Souder of Mesa, Arizona, and Ellen (Chuck) Deardorff of Westfield, Indiana. He has seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Allen graduated from Garrett High School in 1947 and served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. He attended Ball State University where he earned his BA and MA in education. He was a teacher and coach from 1957-1988. Allen taught and coached in Portland and Ridgeville, Indiana and Fort Recovery and Paulding, Ohio.

A few of Al’s achievements came while coaching basketball in Fort Recovery. Al was voted State Coach of the Year in 1967. The Fort Recovery boy’s basketball team were State Semi-Finalists in 1969, and, in 1971, became the Ohio High School Class A State Champions. Allen’s basketball teams worked hard to earn him 308 wins during his coaching career.

Allen is a member of the Halls of Fame at Garrett High School, Fort Recovery High School, and the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. He was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church, enjoyed watching high school and college sports, golfing and traveling to warm climates.

A quote from Coach Al –

“It was a joy to coach players, many of whom became doctors, bankers, teachers, lawyers, and good citizens in their communities.


Due to COVID restrictions, the family will be foregoing a Funeral Service at this time but will be having a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Memorials or donations may be made to the:

Fort Recovery Community Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 52, Fort Recovery, Ohio 45846

Attention: Al and Joyce Souder Scholarship Fund.

The Souder Family would like to express their sincere appreciation and love to all whom have touched the lives of Al and Joyce.

Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland, Indiana are handling the arrangements.

Online condolences at www.baird-freeman.com