George Allen(1919 - 2011)

Rev. George Henry Allen

August 14, 1919 - March 6, 2011

KEIZER - George Henry Allen, son of Charles Henry and Mary (Quigg) Allen, was born on August 14, 1919 at Moorestown, N.J. He was a graduate of Moorestown High School, Temple University (B.S. in Ed.), and Drew Theological Seminary (M. Div.). After graduation he served for two years as Boys Work Secretary at the Rahway, N.J. YMCA.

Moving west, he was appointed to the United Methodist Church in Shoshone, Idaho, where he and Lois Fischer were married. He continued serving Methodist Churches in Ashton, Gooding, Blackfoot in Idaho, and Tygh-Valley, Dufur and Talent in Oregon.

He was the first Protestant Chaplain at the Oregon State Hospital at Pendleton and later chaplain at the Salem State Hospital.

He and his wife founded the Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity and George served as first president. He was a life-time member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Upon retirement he moved to the Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community where he served for many years as volunteer librarian. His hobbies were model railroading and model ship building.

He is survived by a son, Laurence of Birmingham, MI; a daughter, Mea of Dallas, OR; a daughter, Rebecca Bauen of Oakland, CA; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Vanessa; and one great-grandchild, Tyler. Preceding him in death were his wife, Lois; and daughter, Adele.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 12, 3 p.m. at Willamette Lutheran Home, 7693 Wheatland Road N, Keizer. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Howell-Edwards-Doerksen Funeral Home, with private interment at Restlawn Memory Gardens.

Funeral Home

Howell, Edwards, Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom
1350 Commercial Street SE Salem, OR 973024205
(503) 581-3911

Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 8, 2011