Richard Lealand Allen, 76, passed away at his home in Riverside, Wyoming on July 11, 2013. He was born July 19, 1936 in Greeley, Colorado. He grew up in Denver, Colorado and attended Manual High School. He served three years in the Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. On January 5, 1957 he married Patricia Lucille Thomas whom he met in the 7th Grade. He began his apprenticeship with Plumbers Local #3 and became a Master Plumber working on such jobs as D.I.A, Coors Field, NORAD, NCR, the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Aspen, Colo., Bridger Power Station at Point of Rocks, Wyo. and many more. He retired in 1998 and as a retirement project he built a log home to replace the small cabin purchased as a vacation home in Riverside, Wyo. in 1965. He was an avid family man and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, rock hounding and greatly admired the wonders of nature. He is survived by his mother Lois Bee of Monroe, LA; sister Betty Allen of Laclede, ID; twin brothers Wendell (Betty) Allen of Spring, TX; Wayne (Mary) Allen of West Monroe, LA.; his loving wife of 56 years Patricia, five children, Kathleen (Nick) Lisi of Florissant, CO.; Colleen (Gary) Westbrook of Broomfield, CO.; Doreen (Ron) Harvey of Riverside, WY.; Maureen (Billy) Zeiger of Encampment, WY.; Rick (Kristie) Allen of Woodland Park, CO. and six grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the BASH (Building Another Sportsman's Heritage) Invitational's Jr. BASH event at P.O. Box 543, Windsor, CO 80550.
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Published in The Gazette on July 17, 2013