Richard C. Allen
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Richard "Richie" Clarence Allen, 72, passed away Saturday, October 24, doing something he loved - camping in the mountains. A lifelong resident of Newport News and Gloucester, Richie loved music, comedy, theater, and telling and hearing hilarious stories. He graduated from Newport News High School and served with the US Coast Guard during the Vietnam Conflict. In remembering his service, he often reflected on the brilliance of the stars in the night sky and beauty of the vast ocean, even during times of trouble. Following his service, he had a long career in the Newport News Shipyard, working in various departments, with his favorite being retirement.

Richie had experienced personal loss and sadness, but he liked to focus on the amazing and wonderful things in life. For 20 years, he acted with, directed, supported and eventually led the Gloucester theatre group "The Courthouse Players." His role as The Cowardly Lion was a particular favorite among his friends and the children in his community. Whether acting, playing softball, jamming with musicians, delighting in nature, or embarking on epic trips and adventures, he enjoyed being with friends and family, and always followed his heart.

Richie was preceded in death by his parents, John L. Allen Sr., and Frances Monfalcone Allen; daughter Jennifer; brothers John, Fred and Charlie; and sister-in-law Mary. He is survived by his loving partner Michelle Pauley; son Michael; daughter Kimberly Montalvo and her husband Joshua; grandsons Jarrett, Alexander, Jonah and Sean; sister Faye Allen Andrashko and husband Gary; cherished sisters-in-law Gwen and Sonja; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his former spouse Sandra Chestnut, who is the mother of his children and a treasured lifelong friend; and former spouse Cheryl Allen, with whom he shared an enduring and memorable passion for music, theatre and the arts. He will be missed as well by countless wonderful friends, who were as close to him throughout his life as his beloved family.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the CNU John L. Allen, Jr. Theater Scholarship. Due to Covid, a small private celebration will be held to honor Richie's life. An online video of the service will be available for those who are unable to attend in person. Details about the scholarship, online video and other updates will be available at

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Published in Daily Press on Nov. 8, 2020.
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December 21, 2020
What's to say? He was a great and funny guy. He was also one of the few people who was truly a friend. Sorry we didn't get together one last time and shake-up the Ryman.
Richard F Wicar
November 19, 2020
Jean Hogge and I had the great pleasure of designing costumes for The Courthouse Players for several years. One of our favorites was working with Richie as the Cowardly Lion! As soon as we zipped Richis into that costume that sweet personality of Richie's married to the character and magic happened. We are all richer for having had Richie in out lives. I will always cherish the memories.
Joanne Knauf
November 10, 2020
Richie and I were classmates at Newport News High school and class of '66. Although sadly we lost touch after school as many of us do Richie was one of those people you never forgot. Always a smile and could make anyone laugh any time, just a great guy to be around. We briefly touched base again on Facebook and I am grateful for that. Prayers for Richie and his family.
Tommy Jenkins
November 9, 2020
I worked with Richie at the Shipyard from 1985 to 1992. What a cool guy! He taught me a lot professionally and personally. His love of life was unparalleled and he always told me not to worry too much. His stories of Vietnam were so meaningful that I told them to my children. I regret that I was not able to meet up with Richie after my Shipyard days were over. My prayers go out to the family. His funny stories and words of wisdom will stay with me always.
Alan Bagley
November 9, 2020
Richie and I worked together at the shipyard when I first started. He had a great attitude and he taught me a lot. He was very funny and he was very low keyed. We never had any problems when it came to finding a subject to talk about. He always had stories! So sorry for your loss. He was a good friend and I'll never forget him!
Coke Henderson
November 8, 2020
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort u s when we lose a loved one in death.
November 8, 2020
I first met Richie when he came to work in San Diego, at my home shipyard. He quickly made friends and proceeded to enjoy everything there was to see and do around here. When times changed and there was more work in Newport News, then I moved East to work. Richie and Cheryl were really great at including me in their activities, and I especially enjoyed going to their theater productions. I will always treasure the last time Richie came back for a visit. We did all the San Diego tourist stuff that he (and I) love.. and then he jumped off the Cliffs at Torrey Pines! Paragliding.. What a thrill! Richie was inspiring, and his legacy to me is live life to the fullest ❤
Susan Beltran
November 8, 2020
Although we are incredibly sad Heaven must be in stitches because the Allen boys are together again and Jennifer is riding high on daddy’s shoulders
Cheryl Allen
November 8, 2020
A beautiful tribute for a special, guy. He was a great father, friend, brother and uncle to all of us and will be missed dearly by all. I always admired how much he was about family and all the stories of adventures he would take. He was always there to lend a hand or provide kindness and support to all he knew. He showed us all how to live life without regrets and how much family means. Glad to be a part of the Allen crew. I will cherish all the memories and laughter we shared. Gone to early..hug my Dad for me and enjoy being reunited w all your brothers.
Love to all!
Melissa ❤
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