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Harley D. Allen

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CHARL0TTE -- Harley D. Allen passed away with family near on Dec. 22, 2006, after a long illness,

He was born in Bennington on July 6, 1924, son of William E. and Ada (Priest) Allen.

After graduating from Bennington High School, he spent some time at Yale before being drafted for service into the Army Air Corp during World War II. After his service, two years were spent at New Mexico School of Mines until his health sent him home to Vermont. He attended the University of Vermont until 1952 when he went to work for General Electric Co. in Burlington.

He was married to Shirley Whalley in 1956, and they raised three children. They designed and built their residence on part of the farm, which has been in the Whalley family since 1839.

Harley wore many hats: Boy Scout leader, fire chief for six years (and a member of the department for many more); justice of the peace, and long-term member of the Charlotte Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Hobbies of stamp collecting, photography, ceramics, pottery, genealogy, making maple syrup, camping, sailing, and fishing rounded out his persona. He retired in 1984 and spent over a dozen years traveling the country.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years; a brother, William F. Allen and his wife, Ruth; a daughter, Donna Harrington and her children, Dianna, Stacey, Jess and his son, Zachary; a son, Stephen and his wife, Brenda, and their children, Samantha, Jacqueline and Alexander; a son, Harvey, and nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will he held in the Charlotte Congregational Church Thursday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. with burial and reception following. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Charlotte Fire & Rescue, 170 Ferry Road, Charlotte, VT 05445; or The Charlotte Historical Society, c/o Phoebe Sierner, 88 Museum Road, Charlotte.

Shelburne Funeral Chapel & Cremation Service, 209 Falls Road, Shelburne are in care of arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 27, 2006
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