Allen Tourville (1929 - 2012)

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Allen Alexander Tourville

October 5, 1929 - October 9, 2012

SALEM - Allen Alexander Tourville passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 9, 2012, in Salem, Oregon, at age 83. Allen was born to Allen and Susan (Alexander) Tourville in Antioch, California.

Allen lived in California during his childhood, and attended Seventh Day Adventist schools, graduating from Mountain View Academy. Allen developed a keen sense of patriotism that remained with him his entire life. He joined the US Army Air Forces just as it was becoming its own branch of the military. Allen was very proud to have served his country, "flying a typewriter", as he would say. While stationed at Spokane AFB, he met his soul mate and the love of his life, Beverly Cline. The two were married on December 3, 1949, and shared 54 wonderful years together. Upon his discharge from the Air Force, the young family moved to California, then later to Oregon, along the way having six children.

Allen was an amazingly talented man. He was an inventor at heart, and his family and friends through the years enjoyed the fruits of his inventions. Among them were games, a walking cast, an early ancestor of the jet ski, a sailboat, a working hovercraft, a fully functional wooden car, a hair oil (it was the 50's!), and an automated system for dispensing the oil into the bottles six at a time. His lifework was as a Radiology Technician, and he worked for many great years at the Salem Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic. Allen and his wife Beverly loved taking trips, sometimes just for a few hours, sometimes for the weekend. He never lost his love of airplanes, and spent some time as the president of the flying club at the Lake Tahoe airport. Allen also loved music his entire life. Many memorable evenings were spent at home playing the piano, the organ, banjo, harmonica, and mandolin. Allen also enjoyed participating in Destruction Derby's, which might be why, later in his adult life, he could frequently be found fixing wrecked cars. When he wasn't working, playing music, or working on cars, he also found time to be captain of his family boat, to build an 8x10 model train town, to play a round of golf now and then, and to be a second dad to all of his kid's friends through the years. Those who knew Allen may recognize him best behind a video camera. He spent many a day videotaping events for his family, his church, and his friends. Of all the interests and talents Allen had, his whole heart was devoted to his family. He loved them with a passion, and was a superb father and role model. His greatest desire was to know in his heart that each of his loved ones loved the Lord. His kindness, generosity, love, faith, and wisdom made the world a better place.

His beloved wife, Beverly, and his siblings Peggy, Philip, Judith, and Leonard (who passed in infancy) preceded Allen in death. He is survived by his six children: Kathy, Gary, Donna, Devonne, Tamra, and Theresa, and by his brother-in-law Doug and his wife Lisa, and sister-in-law Virginia. He is also survived by 9 wonderful grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and by another soon-to-be-born great grandchild and what would have been his first two great-great grandchildren (Identical twins!)

Family and friends are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life for Allen on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at the South Salem Adventist Church, at 2:00 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, Allen had requested that donations be made to organizations that help military veterans, such as the VFW, DAV, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Nov. 16, 2012
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