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Roy Dean Allen

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Roy Dean Allen Roy Dean Allen born on December 1, 1919 to Ollie E. (Buchanan) and William J. Allen in Bremerton, Washington, passed away on April 30, 2014. Roy grew up in Santa Cruz, California, where he graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1938. Growing up in Santa Cruz he enjoyed the beach, fishing, and and a group of six friends who he stayed in touch with his whole life. He outlived all of these wonderful friends. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII, stationed at Point Reyes and traveled to the Philippines as part of a buoy tender operation. Roy loved people, animals, the outdoors, good friends and a good story. He worked for Pacific Lumber Co. in Scotia where he worked on the pond and enjoyed telling stories of his fellow pond worker and friend, Indian Bob. In Rio Dell, he designed and built his own business (101 Feed Store) and his home near the river. He ran the feed store until around 1960 when he began working as a park ranger at the California State Redwoods Parks headquartered in Myers Flat until his retirement in 1985. Roy loved to build trails which he did for the park service and loved hiking, including the Lost Coast Trail, hiding refreshments in streams the day before the hike. Roy became an expert rock wall builder and used that skill in both of his homes which he built, and on many rock walls of friends and family. Roy married Leila Myers in 1949, they later divorced. His step daughter, Ruth Myers became another joy in life and he was a wonderful father to her. On August 18, 1979, he married Lorraine Ziegenbein Nissen in Eureka. They lived in Miranda and Eureka over their 23 years of loving marriage. Roy was welcomed into their family and was cared for and loved by Lorraine's sons, their wives, and children. Roy was predeceased by his parents, wife Lorraine Allen, sister Fay Allen Guinan, Step daughter Ruth Myers Essex. He is survived by his sister Mary Allen West, niece Kathryn West Porter and her husband Stuart, great nephew Alexander West Porter, stepsons Jim Ziegenbein and wife Mickey, Jeff Nissen and wife Sherry, and several step grandchildren and their families. He leaves many long time friends behind including Ev and Sue Tostin, Betty Wheeler, Hugh Metcalf and his "S" St. neighbors. At Roy's request, no service will be held. The family wants to thank Frye's Care Home (Dolly and staff) as well as friends and family members for the kindness and care they provided Roy. The family also wishes to thank Hospice of Humboldt. Donations may be made to Hospice of Humboldt, 2010 Myrtle Ave., Eureka, CA 95501 or the . Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obituaries.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from May 7 to May 9, 2014
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