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Robert Ora Allen age 92, formerly of Greenville Michigan, died Monday April 14th 2014, at the Lake View Heights Alzheimer/Dementia community in the North Central Health Care facility, Wausau, Wisconsin. Prior to moving to Lake View Heights in October 2013 Bob and wife Alice (she survives) lived three plus years in the Applegate Terrace assisted living complex also in Wausau.
Bob was born May 2, 1921 in Bay Township Michigan. After graduating from Boyne City High School he moved to Greenville Michigan where he remained until 2010. During his years in Wausau his heart and mind always remained in Greenville.
Bob served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the 70th tank battalion which was under the command of Gen. George Patton. The 70th was involved in some of the toughest battles of the war and was at the forefront of many major campaigns. While serving in this battalion Bob was involved in campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Normandy (D-Day invasion on Utah beach), Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) and Central Europe. He was Honorably Discharged on 1946 with a Good Conduct Medal; a Presidential Unit Citation; European, African, Middle Eastern Service Medals with six bronze stars and one bronze arrowhead.
On August 24th, 1946 Bob married Alice Mary Hansen in North Sidney Lutheran Church, Sidney MI. They enjoyed traveling, family get-togethers, playing cards with friends and neighbors and delivering Meals on Wheels.
Bob's passion was wood-working and carpentry. He spent considerable time helping neighbors, friends and family with house hold repairs and carpentry projects of various sizes. He was especially proud that he built his own home in Greenville in which he and Alice lived for nearly fifty years.
Bob spend a lot of time walking. He walked to and from work and after his retirement enjoyed walking downtown every day to have coffee and a roll at the downtown bakery. He and Alice walked several times across the Mackinaw Bridge on the annual Labor Day bridge walk.
Bob worked at the Greenville Post Office for nearly 30 years as letter carrier, window clerk, Assistant Postmaster and Postmaster, the position from which he retired in 1976.
Bob was a charter member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville and remained an active member until that church closed and merged with St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Survivors include wife, Alice Mary (Hansen); son, Dewey (Cheryl) Allen, Wausau WI; daughter, Mary (Keith) Paine, Olathe, KS; granddaughters, Alison (Ben) Blankenship, Little Elm TX and Monica (Paul Wagner) Allen, Eagan, MN; and great-grandchildren, Samuel "Sam" and Maggie Blankenship and Lily and Liam Wagner. Also surviving are brother, Leroy (Mary) Allen, Grand Rapids, MI; sister, Marjorie (Elmer) Minthorn, Fife Lake, MI; sister, Ruth (Earl) Neinas, Sturgeon Bay, WI; sister-in-law, Betty Allen, Boyne City, MI; also sister-in-laws, Nate Lou(Lee) Hansen, Trufant, MI, Grace (Robert) Hemstreet, San Diego CA, Laura Roberts, Raymore, MO; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews living throughout the country.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Fay and Lillie Allen; brother, Carl (Donna) Allen, Harold (Wilma) Allen and James Allen; sister-in-laws, Jane Allen and Marilyn (Max) Christensen.
A memorial service to Celebrate Bob's life will be held Saturday May 10th, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 9844 SW Greenville Rd, Greenville, MI. 48838.
If anyone so desires, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bob's memory.
Condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center
522 Adams Street
Wausau, WI 54403
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2014