Donald R. Allen
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Donald Ray Allen was called home by the Lord on November 19, 2013. He was born to the late Roy and Ruth Allen almost 82 years ago in Owensboro, KY. After graduating Central High School, he served his country with the US Army during the Korean conflict. He retired from Whirlpool after 40 years of loyalty and was part of the American East Baptist Church congregation. He reminisced frequently of late night rides with Southern Indiana Motorcycle Association and lovingly recalled numerous trips with Chapter O Goldwing Riders. He was blessed with an abundance of wonderful friends and neighbors from Yellow Banks Recreation Area as well as his Evansville home which he shared with his bride of 58 years.
Don lived for his wife and children, he loved boy scouting, hunting, and fishing with his son, but most enjoyed traveling to local motorcycle races acting as his son's pit crew. Another highlight of his life was traveling through out IN and KY with his daughter for baton twirling competitions. Don believed his family was a gift from God.
Grandpa, as he was known to his grandchildren, rarely missed a dance recital, baseball, or football game and traveled far and wide for bowling tournaments and cheerleading competitions. He was easy to find in the crowd sporting the team colors beaming with pride for one of his precious brood. As his brood grew to include great grandchildren, Grandpa could still be found on the sidelines cheering on the next generation.
Don was preceded in death by his beloved son Mike Thomas Allen and his parents. He leaves behind wife Lila and daughter Teena McGregor (Michael), daughter-in-law Sherry Allen-Baumgart (Curtis), grandchildren Jeremie Allen (Jessica), Matthew Holzmeyer (Kelly), Tiffany Campion (John) and Krystal Ungethiem (Andrew), step grandchildren Olivia, Isabella, and Michaela McGregor, great-grandchildren, Landon and Brady Holzmeyer, Adam Campion and Jaxson Allen, sister Mary Jo Springer (Joel), step sisters Corine Arnold (Delland) and Deloise Dossett, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Buddy.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8pm on Friday, November 22 at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:30am. Burial will follow the service, with military rites, in Sunset Memorial Park. Contributions may be made, in memory of Donald R. Allen, to the Wounded Warriors Project or to the Vanderburgh Humane Society.
Published in Courier Press on Nov. 21, 2013