CWO4 George Ross Allen, USMC "Retired;" age 73, passed away suddenly on the evening of Monday, November, 18, 2013.
George is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Dolores Allen, who he enjoyed a blissful marriage lasting 52 years; his beloved children, Joseph Baneth Allen and Selma Victoria Franz; beloved son-in-law Christopher Franz; his devoted grandchildren Jeff, Zack, and Ashley and her husband Kevin, who he held close to his heart; and his great-grandchildren Addison and Markaylynn. George is preceded in death by his parents, Wade B. Allen and Florence Victoria Allen; his sisters, Vicki, Marie, and Mary-Ann; and his brother Wade B. Allen, Jr.
George's passion for military service spanned 35 years - 30 of which were spent in the United States Marine Corps. Not a day went by that he did not live by the Marine Motto.
He did three tours of duty in Viet Nam; was present and injured during the terrorist attack at the Beirut International Airport; and served in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
In his spare time, George earned his certification as a gemologist; and was an amateur archeologist. He also enjoyed going to the ruby mines in Franklin, North Carolina, fishing, and going out on family outings.
A Graveside Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013 in Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32218 with full military honors.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Nov. 24, 2013