CWO4 George Ross Allen, "retired" U.S.M.C., age 73, passed away suddenly on the evening of Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
George is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Dolores Allen, with whom he enjoyed a blissful marriage lasting 52 years; his beloved children, Joseph Baneth Allen and Selma Victoria Franz; beloved son-in-law, Christopher Franz; his devoted grandchildren, Jeff, Zack and Ashley and her husband Kevin, whom he held close to his heart; and his great-grandchildren, Addison and Markaylynn. George is preceded in death by his parents, Wade B. Allen and Florence Victoria Allen; his sisters, Vicki, Marie and Mary-Ann; and his brother, Wade B. Allen, Jr.
George's passion for military service spanned 35 years - 30 of which were spent in the United States Marine Corps. Not a day went by that he did not live by the Marine Motto.
He did three tours of duty in Vietnam, was present and injured during the terrorist attack at the Beirut International Airport and served in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
In his spare time, George earned his certification as a gemologist and was an amateur archaeologist. He also enjoyed going to the ruby mines in Franklin, North Carolina, fishing and going out on family outings.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd. Jacksonville, Fla., 32218 with full military honors.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla. 32223 at www.hgmandarin.com or 904-288-0025.