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Raymond Allen Sr.

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BENNINGTON -- Raymond Edward Allen Sr., 72, a resident of North Branch Street in Bennington died on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, at his home surrounded by his family following a long illness.

He was born in Shushan, N.Y., on Nov. 27, 1933, and was the son of the late Leon and Margaret (Pratt) Allen Woodard. He received his education at schools in New York. Ray married the former Kay Wilkinson, of Arlington, on April 22, 1955, in North Bennington. Raymond was employed in earlier years at the Pownal Tannery. He later became the owner and operator of Allen’s Tree Service.

In his spare time he enjoyed traveling to different dog and horse tracks to place a few bets. Many locals knew Ray for the social hour he spent at Dunkin Donuts. He always had a wealth of information to offer to others.

Some of his happiest hours were spent at home with his family and pet companions; Febe and Boo. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Bennington.

Survivors besides his wife include his son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Dee Dee Allen, of North Bennington, and Kathy Allen, of Bennington. He leaves three grandchildren, Ray Hunt, Holly Allen and William (Billy) Allen; two great-grandchildren, Michael Benjamin O’Shea and Zebastian Zachary Raymond O’Shea. Ray also is survived by four sisters, Viola Gulley, of Bennington, Charlotte Harrington, of Bennington and Virginia Bourn, of Bennington, Shirley Mears, of White Creek, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by one grandson Benjamin (Ben) Allen; two brothers, William (Bill) Allen and Daniel Gates. Ray is also predeceased by one foster brother, Harry Porter; and his two sisters, Hazel Gates and Ruth Zelinskis.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 26, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Arlington, with the Rev. Robert Lebert, pastor of the Harvest Christian Ministry in Bennington, officiating.

There are no calling hours scheduled.

Memorial contributions for Ray may be made to the VNA and Hospice of Southwestern Vermont through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 22, 2006
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