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Longtime resident of Forks Mr. Gordon George Allen passed away at his home from age-related causes on October 26, 2013. He was 88 years old.
Gordon will be remembered for his extreme loyalty to friends and family, his honesty and his resolute work ethic. His family and dear friends were the most important thing in his life. He was loyal to all.
He was born to Ora Rex and Susan Kustner Allen in Bellingham, Washington, on a warm July day in 1925. After his mother passed away when he was 5 years old, Ora remarried, and Gordon got his second mom, Caroline Thomas Allen.
He spent most of his childhood in the Bellingham area and attended Sumas-Nooksack High School. During his junior year, he transferred to Quillayute Valley High School (now Forks High School).
Gordon was 16 years old when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in World War II in the Pacific Theater from May 6, 1942, to May 6, 1946. After his service, he returned to the Forks area and attained his GED.
He was married to Gladys Nelson on September 12, 1947, just a few months after her graduation from Forks High School. The couple were together for 66 years before his passing separated the pair.
He worked for many years in the timber industry and retired from the tire business.
Gordon was a member of the Lions Club and a lifetime member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Gordon had an intense love of all sports, though he was especially fond of basketball and was a very dedicated Spartan fan until his illness prevented him from attending games.
He had a great sense of humor and quick wit.
Gordon leaves behind his loving wife, Gladys Nelson Allen; sons Randy (JoAnn) Allen and Bruce (Rhonda) Allen; daughter Cheryl (Dick) Moody; grandchildren Kelli Ann (Rory) Rosenbach, Brian (Damiana) Moody, Hilary (Sean) Norbisrath and Rex Allen; and great-grandchildren Jake and Joel Dethlefsen, Reece and Brett Moody, Savanah and Carter Norbisrath, and Gabby and Kaiya.
He is preceded in death by his father, Ora Rex Allen; the two women he considered mothers, Susan Kushner Allen and Caroline Thomas Allen; and brother Warren Ora Allen.
Gordon always said that while he never considered himself a rich man in terms of money, he was the richest of all because of his family and friends.
At his request, no services are to be held.
Memorial contributions would be best directed to the Forks Timber Museum, 1421 South Forks Ave, Forks, WA 98331; or Forks Congregational Church, P.O. Box 266, Forks, WA 98331.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Nov. 3, 2013