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Charles Eaton Allen

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Charles Eaton Allen, of Downers Grove. Beloved husband of the late Ruth; dear father of Charles Scott (Nancy) and Linda L. (Bruce) Swanson; loving grandfather of four granddaughters; two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson. On April 23, 1943 Mr. Allen was Men's Secretary at Duncan YMCA, Chicago in charge of industrial, student, public relations, membership and physical education programs. Sept. 1, 1948 General Secretary YMCA, Sterling, IL. Sept. 1, 1952-1956 Executive Secretary, South Shore YMCA, Chicago. Built leadership, ran program and raised funds to complete a $1,000,000.00 community YMCA building. Sept. 1956-1969 Executive Secretary Duncan YMCA, Chicago. 1969-1970 recruited volunteer leadership for the YMCA of Chicago Board of Managers $500,000.00 campaign. 1970 became Assistant to the President of Berea College, Berea, KY, traveling six midwestern states recruiting 175 non-alumni volunteers. As of December 1989 has raised $25,308,019.17 current capital and endowment dollars. His military service 1945-1946 Army Staff Sargent Pacific. Special Recognition 1966: Citation for Achievement, William Jewell College. 1987 Honorary Alumnus Award, Berea College. Visitation Saturday, May 29, 2004, 9 a.m. until funeral services 11 a.m. at Toon Funeral Home, 4920 Main St., Downers Grove, IL. Interment Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Darien, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials to the Charles Allen Scholarship Fund Berea College, Berea, KY. For info, www.toonfuneralhome.com or 630-968-0408.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on May 28, 2004
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