Allen L. Buffington January 8, 1925 – December 1, 2012 Allen Loyde Buffington died peacefully on December 1, 2012, at Family Health West in Fruita, CO. He was 87 years old. Allen was born in DeBeque, CO to Allen E. Buffington and Celia E. Simmons. He joined the Local Operating Engineers #9 Union, working for 55 years operating heavy equipment in Colorado and Utah, receiving a plaque and a gold watch when he retired. His interests included hunting, horses, and dogs and he took great pleasure in his blended family. He married Betty Van Cleave on October 20,1945, in DeBeque, CO. Together they were married 24 years and had four children, John, Sarah, Dollie and Gerald. They later divorced. He married Joanne Bowman on September 3,1971. They later divorced. He then married Hazel Ottman on July 2, 1978, and would have celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in 2013. Allen was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Gerald Buffington; a brother, Robert Buffington; a sister, Betty Cook, and a step-grandson, Michael Murray. He is survived by his sisters, Arvilla Kiser of Debeque, CO; Mona (Packy) Ullerick of Fruita, CO, and Etta Lou (George) Macdonell of Grand Junction, CO; son, John (Betty) Buffington of Newcomerstown, Ohio; daughters, Sarah Cameron of DeBeque, CO, and Dollie (Ned) Prather of DeBeque, CO; step-children, Teresa (John) Lehman of Fruita, CO; Kathy Ottman of Grand Junction, CO, and Nick (Becky) Ottman of Fruita, CO; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved horse, Fancy. Services will be held at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Special Olympics or Roice-Hurst Humane Society.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Dec. 5, 2012