Albrecht Allen

PEORIA - Albrecht D. "Al" Allen, 90, of Peoria died at 4 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Buehler Home in Peoria.

He was born June 28, 1922, in Trumann, Ark., to A B and Maude Liehr Allen. He married Catherine Brown on July 30, 1944, in Trumann, Ark. She preceded him in death on Sept. 29, 1998, in Peoria. He then married Aldine Allison on Feb. 23, 1999, in Peoria.

He is survived by his wife, Aldine of Peoria; his children, Sarah (David Jackson) Allen of Toulon, Steven Allen of Albany, Ga., and Susan (Howard) Eubanks of Lilburn, Ga.; his stepchildren, Patricia (Justin) Galler of Far Hills, N.J., and John (Monica) Jordan of Germantown Hills; three grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from State University of Iowa in 1948 and Certified Public Accountancy from the University of Illinois in 1950.

He was a World War II veteran, serving his nation in the United States Army Air Corps. He survived 51 combat missions as a navigator in the 449th Bomb Group, 15th Army Air Corps, based in Italy. During World War II, the odds of being shot down, killed or captured were, for Army Air Corps crewmen, higher than similar losses in any other branch of the military services. Only three members of his 10-man aircrew returned to the United States alive. His bomb group's principal mission in Europe was that of destroying Nazi oil refineries and transportation. The 15th Air Corps succeeded in that mission so well that, after the original Nazi Pilot Corps was destroyed, there was little fuel or time to train replacements to fly the thousands of planes still flowing out of European Nazi war plants, or to power Nazi tanks and trucks.

He was employed by Caterpillar Inc. from 1948 until 1984. There, in succession, he managed the General Auditing, General Accounting, Tax Research and Office Methods Divisions, and becoming Staff Assistant to the Controller. Later, he managed the Data Processing Controls, Office Systems and Disbursement Divisions before retirement. He was then employed by Sharp Income Tax Services from 1988 to 2005, as a consultant in Income, Inheritance, Estate and Trust Matters.

He was a member of the Peoria First Christian Church, the Kennel Lake Sportsman Club, the 449th Bomb Group Association and the 15th Air Force Association. He was a former member of the Chillicothe Sportsman's Club, the Lorance Lake Club and the Willow Knolls Country Club, a former officer and board member of Sunnyland Christian Church, the Peoria Community Council, The North Tazewell Water District and the Peoria Management Accountant's Association.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at First Christian Church of Peoria. The Rev. Karen Merrick will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at The Wilton Mortuary in Peoria. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Morton.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Peoria or the American Red Cross.

Funeral Home

The Wilton Mortuary
2101 North Knoxville Avenue Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 688-2454

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 28, 2013