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Buford N. "Butch" Allison

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Buford N. "Butch" Allison Obituary
Allison, Buford N. Butch Friday, April 2, 2010. Beloved husband of the late MaryAnn (nee Azar) and the late Liz (nee Kivitt); dear father of Kimberly (Kevin) Heuermann, Ashley (Kevin) Maguire, Whitney Allison (deceased), Hunter Allison, Kimberly (Scott) Hukari and Stephen (Kimberly) Kovac; dear brother of Wilson Allison and the late Larry Allison; loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren: Alexa, Hunter, Harrison, Heath, Hayes, Harper, Haydan, Greer, Jackson and Kiernan. Butch was born October 29, 1944 to Eunice and Bradley Allison in Fort Worth, Texas. Butch was the youngest of three boys. He grew up in Springfield, MO where he attended Parkview High School. Parkview is where his love of football began. During his senior year at Parkview he was invited to play in the High School All American Football Game held May 1961 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. From there he went on to play for the Missouri Tigers, this is where his love for the game grew even stronger. He received All Big 8 Honors his Sophomore, Junior and Senior year. He was also named 2nd string All American his junior year and received the game ball when MU was victorious over Oklahoma in November 1964. He finished his career at Missouri with a win at the 1966 Sugar Bowl where Missouri beat Florida. After the game four Missouri's seniors, including Butch were top draft choices claimed by the National Football League. The four seniors including Butch did not fly home with the team from the Sugar Bowl they remained in the South for the Senior Bowl game at Mobile, Alabama. Within a few hours after Mizzou (won the Sugar Bowl over Florida 20-18, 1/1/66) Allison, who broke his hand on the game's third play, was the first signee minutes after the locker room was opened to the press. Butch Allison signed a pro contract with the Baltimore Colts and later went on to play for the New Orleans Saints, always wearing bib number 70. Football was not Butch's only passion; he was an avid hunter and sportsman, who enjoyed riding horses and training bird dogs. After his football career, Butch was in the sports printing business and later in his life ran West End Galleries and the Clarksville Antique Mall with his late second wife. Butch enjoyed spending time with his Children and Grandchildren, and he always had a smile for every customer that came through the door. Services: Funeral Tuesday, April 6, 10 a.m. at BOPP Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood. Interment, Forever Bellerive Cemetery. Visitation Monday 4-8 p.m. Memorials to SIDS Resources, Inc., 1120 S. 6th St., St. Louis, MO 63104, in memory of Whitney Allison. Online condolences at www.boppchapel.com.


Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Apr. 4, 2010
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