Allen, John D.
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John D. Allen, 68, a lifelong resident of the Cortland-Dryden area, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2011, after a lengthy illness. Born November 1, 1943 in Cortland, John was the son of William and Rose Fenton Allen. John completed a four year tool and die maker apprenticeship program at Morse Chain in Ithaca, NY, and was employed for many years as a tool and die maker with Smith-Corona and I.B.M. in Endicott, where he had retired after 17 years of service. An avid snowmobiler, John was a lifetime member of the Dryden-Caroline Drifters Snowmobile Club. Family meant so much to John and he is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years, Patti A. Allen; his son, Paul W. (Betsy) Allen of Cortland; and his daughter, Jonnell (Dominic) Robinson of Syracuse; 2 sisters, Genevieve R. Horton of Cortland and Joyce Youngs of Columbia, KY; a sister-in-law, June Allen of St. Petersburg, FL; a brother-in-law, Dey Armitage of Dryden; and 3 grandchildren, Blake Allen, Abby Boyden and Ila Rose Robinson. John was preceded in death by a brother, Leyton Allen and a sister, Shirley Armitage. A Celebration of his Life will be held at the V.F.W. Post 2354, 76 Main St., Cortland, NY on Saturday at 2 p.m. Friends and family are invited to attend. There are no calling hours or services scheduled. Burial will be private and at the convenience of family in Virgil Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dryden-Caroline Drifters Snowmobile Club, P.O. Box 31, Dryden, NY 13053. Arrangements are under the direction of Riccardi Funeral Home, 69 N. Main St., Cortland, NY. www.riccardifuneralhome.com
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Dec. 13, 2011