James Lewis Allingham (1938 - 2017)

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James Lewis Allingham, 79, Lt. Col., USMC (ret.) passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 in Waldorf, Md.
He was born and lived his childhood in Las Vegas, N.M. on Jan. 21, 1938.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Raymond and Labirta Ruth (Reed) Allingham, son James Lewis Allingham, Jr and grandson Dakota James Allingham, and his wife of 30 years Carol Kay (Johnson) Allingham.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Nora Ruth Dearing (Stanley), grandchildren Sandra Wolf and Danielle, sister Donna Sue Allingham Rivas (Bob), niece Heather Polifka-Rivas (Karl), great nephew Henry Lewis and great niece Ruby James. He is also survived by his first wife, Sandra Diane Allingham.
Jim attended grades 1-12 in Las Vegas, and graduated from Robertson High School in 1956. While in high school he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track (all with one pair of converse sneakers). Jim won a Naval ROTC scholarship when he graduated from high school and attended the University of Oklahoma, before making the decision to join the Marine Corp.
Some of the happiest days of Jim's life were spent as a soldier in his beloved Marine Corps, of which he retired as a career Marine in 1988 after servicing nearly 30 years. Jim proudly served and represented his country in two tours of duty in Vietnam.
He traveled to the far East and many other countries during his service. Jim played on the Marine Corps Devil Dog Football (semi-pro) team 1959-1960.
Post-USMC, Jim was a University of Maryland graduate, 1991, Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He worked for Booz Allen Hamilton from 1992 to 2008.
Jim enjoyed fly fishing. As a young man, his dad taught him all the tricks of fly fishing and hunting.
He was an avid Washington Redskins, Nationals, Wizards and University of Maryland football and basketball fan, among other sports. He also thoroughly enjoyed reading and had a vast book collection.
Visitation was held Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at Huntt Funeral Home (www.HunttFunerals.com) with full military honors. Burial followed at St. Mary's Piscataway Church, Clinton, Md.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jim's favorite organizations: Marine Corps Association & Foundation (www.mcafdn.org), and New Mexico Community Foundation.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Nov. 9, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Huntt Funeral Home
3035 Old Washington Rd | Waldorf, MD 20601 | (301) 645-7021
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