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Oct 31, 1919 - April 6, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Dr. Neil Curtis Allen departed this life on April 6, 2014, to be with his heavenly Father. Neil was born on October 31, 1919, in Manhattan, Kansas, to Jessie and Clarence Allen. The family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1923, where he was a three-sport letterman at Jackson High School. Following graduation, he attended the University of Nebraska, spending two years in arts and science and three years in the College of Pharmacy. With the outbreak of WWII, Neil's National Guard Unit was mobilized, and he spent nine months training raw recruits in hand to hand combat. Neil married his high school sweetheart, Isla Mae Alder (daughter of Dr. Homer and Ruth Alder), December 24, 1941. He transferred to the U.S. Army Air Force for pilot training at Sikeston, Missouri, and later, entered bombardier training at Big Spring, Texas, where he became Cadet Adjutant, giving the Cadet Response at graduation. He stayed on at Big Spring as an instructor of bombardiers for 14 months before receiving orders to join the 19th Bomb Group of the 20th Army Air Force for training in B-29 super fortress bombers. Stationed on the Pacific Island of Guam, Neil flew 21 combat missions as lead bombardier of the 28th Squadron over the Japanese home islands. Neil won two Distinguished Flying Crosses, as well as the Air Medal with multiple oak leaf clusters and a Bronze Star. Following the end of WWII, he returned to Lincoln, Nebraska, and entered the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry, graduating with honors in 1950. The family moved to Oklahoma City, where Neil established a dental practice. Neil served as the president of the Methodist Men at the Village Methodist Church, Cub Scout Master, president of the Andrew Johnson Elementary School PTA, Assistant Scout Master and served The Village as a Trustee and Mayor. Neil retired from dentistry at the age of 65 to play golf, fish, and watch his offspring multiply and succeed in their endeavors. Neil was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Isla Mae; a brother, Keith Allen; and sons, Jay Victor Allen and Thomas Neil Allen. Neil is survived by his son, Michael Dennis Allen (wife Pia Kattov Allen); and his daughter, Karen Lee Allen. He is additionally survived by grandchildren, Kyle Allen, Britt Allen Reece (husband Tracy), Michelle Determan, Kourtney Ecker (husband Bobby), James Thomas Allen, and Stacie Allen; and great-grandchildren, Ryan Reece, Kennedy Maness, Raegan Reece, and Rylee Reece. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper. Please make charitable donations to the , 2123 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73106.

Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 9, 2014
Neil Curtis Allen
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