Warren L. Allen Sr. passed away Sunday Nov. 14, 2010, after a short illness at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Warren was born May 19, 1919, on a farm four miles north of Seaford. The second son of Nellie and Clarence Allen, he represented the sixth generation that had been farming the area since the 1770s.
Warren graduated from Seaford High in 1937, where he held the record for the most sports letters for 50 years. After a post graduate year at the Peddie School in Heights Town, N.J., he enrolled at Princeton University. While majoring in political science, he joined the Charter Club. He and the company traveled by train as far as Chicago doing one-night variety shows. Warren was also an All Ivy League third baseman.
In June of 1942, the day after graduation, he and Doris A., daughter of former Delaware Congressman William F. Allen of Seaford, were married in the Princeton Chapel. The next day, Allen was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was ordered to Ranger training. After serving in the European Theater, which included the Battle of the Bulge, Allen returned home in 1945 as a Major.
Warren, along with his brothers, took over the family poultry business. Later, their sons joined the operation helping make what is regarded as a successfully managed poultry company today. Warren worked at his desk right up to the end.
Allen served in Delaware's House of Representatives from 1946-52. He was the House Minority Leader during his third and final term. In addition, Allen served 18 years, 14 as chairman, on the Delaware Mental Health Commission. He also was a long time board member of the Bank of Delaware, and served several years as a member of the Delaware Business Round Table.
Warren was a founding member of the SG & CC as well as a long time member of the RB & CC. He was fond of golf and loved reading, but his real passion was dancing.
Warren's first wife, Doris, died in 1990. He married Paula Hust of Pompano Beach, Fla., in September 2000. She made sure Warren truly enjoyed these last 10 years. Warren was preceded in death by his two brothers, Charles and Jack, along with two children, M. Linda Allen Mears and Leland D. Allen. Warren is survived by two sons, Warren L. Allen Jr. (Ren) and William C. Allen (Bill) of Chevy Chase, Md.; seven grandchildren, Susan L. Mears, William R. Mears Jr. (Bill), Tristan S. Allen, Warren L. Allen III (Lewis), Alexa Allen Baich and her husband, Dane, Spencer D. Allen and William B. Allen (Brad).
Some of Warren's beneficiaries are Delaware Community Foundation, Sussex Cheer Center, the Salisbury School, Seaford Boys and Girls Club, Seaford Mission, Seaford Library, Seaford Senior Center, as well as giving annual College grants to SHS graduates.
In 2008, the Delaware Chamber of Commerce presented Allen with their annual Marvel Award for lifetime of business and philanthropic excellence.
A visitation will be held Sunday at St John's United Methodist Church in Seaford, beginning at 1 p.m. Services will follow at 3 p.m. The family requests that interment be private.
The family also requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Warren's memory to St John's United Methodist Church, PO Box 299, Pine and Poplar Streets; The Seaford Mission, PO Box 1271; or the Seaford Senior Center, 23431 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, Del. 19973.
Arrangements are being handled by Watson-Yates Funeral Home in Seaford.
Published in The Daily Times on Nov. 18, 2010