Ralph J. Allen, 80
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Oct. 25, 1933 - Jan. 9, 2014
A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud for Ralph J. Allen, 80, of St. Cloud, who passed away at home with his family on January 9, 2014. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 PM prior to the service at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.
Ralph was born on October 25, 1933 in St. Cloud to Ralph M. and Bertha (Snyder) Allen. Ralph graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School. He joined the US Air Force in 1953, and retired as a Major in 1973. He served as a B-52 Bomber pilot. He married Anna Gerads on November 12, 1955 in St. Cloud. After retiring from the Air Force, Ralph worked at Dee's Lanes as a master mechanic. He was a life member of the East Side VFW Post #4847, and was a member of the Waite Park American Legion Silver Star Post #428.
Ralph is survived by: his wife Anna; children Gerald (Pam) of Oklahoma, Kenneth (Jean Flicker) of St. Cloud, Marcella (Terry) Hemminger of St. Cloud; grandchildren Gerrad Allen, Kyle Hemminger, Katie Winkler, Kenneth Allen, Joseph Allen, BreAnn Allen; great grandchildren Myles Winkler, Anna Winkler, and another expected; sister Bette Busse of Arizona; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Robert Busse.
Special thanks to St. Cloud Hospice and Homecare, and the Talahi Staff at Nature's Point West.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Jan. 11, 2014