Allen, Elwood EJ
loving husband, father, and friend passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, September 21, 2013. He was 67 years old. Son of Charles and Marthe Allen, EJ was born in Dijon, France. Although as a military family the Allens moved several times, throughout his life, EJ remained proud of both his Floridian and French heritage. EJ served honorably in the US Air Force overseas during the Vietnam Conflict. He returned home to earn two degrees from the University of Florida
, in Business and in Electrical Engineering. He was proud of being selected to work at Kennedy Space Center on the Shuttle's solid rocket boosters. He was passionate about the efforts to return to space, following the loss of the Shuttle Challenger. Throughout his career, EJ received multiple individual and team awards for his contributions to the space program. EJ is predeceased by his father, Charles. He is survived by his mother, Marthe, and brothers Vern and Charles, Jr. In addition he is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Dianne as well as children Lynn, Tom, Julia and John. The dignified example of his character shall endure in those blessed to have called him family.