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Allen Levitt, 79, died peacefully with his family by his side, on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Detroit, Michigan on January 12, 1934, to Nathan and Minnie Levitt, he was an only child. When Allen was 15 years old, his father passed away and Allen quit school so he could work and take care of his mother. It would not be the last time he put a family member's needs ahead of his own. In 1951 Allen joined the Air Force at the age of 17, serving in the Korean War. He earned his GED in 1953 and attended Wayne State University in 1956. In May of 1961 he met the love of his life, Patricia A. Levitt (Kay), and they were married on August 30, 1961. Ultimately, Allen and Kay made their home and raised their family in West Des Moines, Iowa during which time Allen was a successful salesman in the home improvement arena until his retirement.
Allen was a generous and caring man, who often put the needs of his family and friends ahead of his own. Family was extremely important to him and he made it a priority to keep in touch over the years with his uncles, aunts and cousins in Michigan, Indiana and California. In addition to family, Allen had many loves, including football, movies, history, reading, music, good food, traveling and all things Michigan. Allen had a beautiful singing voice, especially when singing along with Frank Sinatra or Bobby Darin. He was a great story teller who never knew a stranger and had a world class sense of humor. His personality and heart were larger than life and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Left to honor his memory are his wife, Kay Levitt; daughter, Laura R. (Thomas) Wenck; grandchildren, Danielle E. Levitt, Nicole ("Nikki") C. Levitt, Paul J. Levitt, Shannon M. Wenck, Sarah M. (Sean) Adams; his Aunt Esther; and many cousins with whom he was very close.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank J. and Kathryn P. Santo; son, Neil F. Levitt; granddaughter, Andrea E. Levitt; and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.
Allen's family would like to give a special note of thanks to Dr. Daniel P. Allen, MD, Sylvester at Arbor Springs, Iowa Hospice by Harden Healthcare staff, and to the entire staff at the Carlisle Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation.
The family will be holding a private graveside service. Memorial contributions can be made to Iowa Hospice by Harden Healthcare or
For online condolences, please go to: www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com.
Published in Des Moines Register from Mar. 7 to Mar. 10, 2013