Ray Lee Allen, 77, of Flossmoor, died Wednesday morning of congestive heart failure. Beloved husband of Angela; loving father of Andrew Allen, Beth Allen Tiernan and Lynne Allen; cherished grandfather of Lindsay, Cary, Katie, Raymond, Truman, Maisie and Reid; dear brother of Harold T. Allen and Ferrel B. Allen. Born in Tuscola, IL. Ray attended Tuscola Community High School, after graduation, he served in WWII
with the Eighth Air Force, 490th Bomb Troop. His troops were responsible for dropping food to the Dutch during their liberation from Germany in 1945. Ray graduated from the University of Illinois
in Urbana in 1950 and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. After starting his own business in Tuscola, ''Ray Allen Real Estate'', he went on to work for the Federal Highway Administration as an appraiser. He retired in 1984 after 32 years with the Federal Government. Ray was a friendly man who never knew a stranger. Most who had the pleasure of knowing him will be thinking of one of his many jokes or stories. If they can't remember the joke, they will remember the delivery, a laugh and a smile as he told the punch line. Visitation Friday, October 10, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home
, 18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood. Funeral Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Prayers at the Funeral Home to Infant Jesus of Prague Church. Mass 10 a.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Heart Association. Funeral info: 708-798-0331.