Passed away Sunday, November 14, 2010, after a short illness, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Warren was born May 19, 1919 on a farm 4 miles north of Seaford. The 2nd son of Nellie and Clarence Allen, he represented the 6th generation that had been farming the area since the 1770's.
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, NJ he enrolled at Princeton University. While majoring in politcal science, he joined the Charter Club. He and the Company traveled (by train) as far as Chicago doing one night variety shows. Warren also was 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 (1946-1952). He was the House Minority Leader during his 3rd and final term. In addition Allen served 18 years (14 as chairman) on the Dealaware Mental Health Commission. He also was a longtime 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, FL in September of 2000. She made sure Warren truly enjoyed these last 10 years.Warren was preceded in death by his 2 brothers, Charles and Jack along with 2 children, M. Linda Allen Mears and Leland D. Allen. Warren is survived by 2 sons, Warren L. Allen Jr. (Ren) and William C. Allen (Bill) of Chevy Chase, MD. Also surviving are 7 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: 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.
Visitation will be Sunday November 21 at St John's United Methodist Church in Seaford beginning at 1 pm. Services will follow at 3 pm. The family request that internment be private.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Warren's memory to the following; St John's United Methodist Church P.O. Box 299 Pine & Poplar Streets, The Seaford Mission P.O. Box 1271, or the Seaford Senior Center 23431 Sussex Hwy, Seaford, De. 19973.
Watson-Yates Funeral Home
Seaford, DE (302) 629-8561
Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Inc.
Front and King Streets
Seaford, DE 19973
Published in The News Journal on Nov. 18, 2010