FLOYD ROBERT JINKERSON ALEN (COLONEL ALEN) McALLEN - Floyd Robert Jinkerson Alen, "Colonel Alen," departed this life to be with our Lord on December 5, 2013 at the age of 94. Col. Alen is survived by his loving wife Dr. Maria C. Alen of McAllen, TX; niece Debbie L. Kirk of California and nephew Larry Percy of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert I. and Maud Long Jinkerson of Ontario, Canada, and his siblings Ethel J. Percy, Ester Jinkerson, Mildred J. Covington, and Harold H. Jinkerson. Col. Alen was born June 29, 1919 and grew up in California during the Great Depression. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 and later enlisted in the US Navy, serving aboard the original USS Lexington aircraft carrier. His military career as a seaman and paratrooper is defined by courage and honor. A recipient of the Purple Heart, he was a decorated WWII Veteran. In 1945 he was honorably discharged after recovering from combat injuries at the US Naval Convalescent Hospital-Arrowhead Springs. After his military service, Col. Alen went on to a life of adventure in the Motion Picture Industry of California. In the movie business, he crafted sets and rigged props for famed movies such as The Ten Commandments, McKenna's Gold, and The Flying Nun, to name but a few of the many pictures he helped create. Upon retirement from the movies, he lived in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico where he met his beautiful Maria, the love of his life. They were married and after living in Atlanta and Seattle, they settled in McAllen, Texas. Col. Alen was a civic minded man; he was a Mason, a Shriner, a Rotarian, a member of the VFW, the , and a graduate of the McAllen Citizen Police Academy. He touched the lives of many over his lifetime, forging friendships with people of all walks of life including #42 Jackie Robinson, Pappy Boyington, and Ronald Reagan. Col. Alen will be remembered in the unique way in which each one of us knew him; as a husband, an uncle, a Veteran, a gifted craftsman, but mostly as a great friend. He leaves a physical void in our lives but his bright blue eyes and selfless acts will forever live in our memories. Visitation will be Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM. The Funeral service will be 2:00pm at Kreidler Funeral Home with burial to follow at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission, Tx. www.kreidlerfuneralhome.com Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries

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Published in The Monitor on Dec. 11, 2013