GENE ALLEN
1931 - 2020
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Gene W. Allen
July 26, 1931 - Oct. 23, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY
Gene Westover Allen arrived at his earthy home in Chandler, OK on July 26, 1931, and departed for his Heavenly home Oct. 23, 2020. He was welcomed by parents Lester and Opal (Westover) Allen; and his older brother, Robert L. Allen; on both occasions. Gene's childhood was marked by many difficult situations. He was born during the Great Depression, suffered the loss of his father from an aneurysm when he was only 10 years old, and was a witness to the hardships brought on by the Second World War. But Gene learned at an early age that the strength to survive such difficulties is provided by faith in an omnipotent God. Gene graduated Chandler High School in 1941 and enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War. He loved to relate how he spent the war in Florida, helping to build a gun range and teaching recruits how to fire a rifle. After his service, he enrolled at Oklahoma A&M in the school of mechanical engineering, and ultimately graduating in 1958 at what had become Oklahoma State University. It was at O.S.U. that he me the two loves of his life: his wife, Dorothy Jeffrey; and his career, Petroleum Engineering. Gene worked in the petroleum industry for over 50 years with companies such as Cities Service, Mobil, Harper, and American Exploration, eventually starting his own company, Red Rock Resources, with his brother. He was able to bring his two oldest sons and a daughter-in-law, who were also petroleum engineers, into the family business as well. Gene was a faithful Christian, an ordained deacon, a Bible teacher and served on many committees for many years at the Village Baptist Church. Gene also used his musical ability in the church orchestra, playing the bass clarinet. In his later years, he enjoyed attending Life.Church with other family members. Gene is survived by his wife, Dorothy; their three sons and their wives, Terry D. Allen and his wife Sharon, James D. Allen and his wife Tracy, and G. Douglas Allen and his wife Kelli; and six grandchildren and their wives, husbands and children, Christopher and Angela Allen, Lincoln and Logan; Jennifer Allen Richardson and husband Steven; Michael and Haley Allen and Saylor; Madison Allen Davis and husband Austin; Aaron Allen, and Zachary Allen. He is also survived by his nephews, Steve and Jeff Allen; and a niece, Jayne Allen Bell; as well as a host of others. Gene suffered during his last few years with a terrible disease, Alzheimer's, which robbed him of his memories and ability to participate in his family's lives. The family is very grateful to the staff of Heritage Point of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma Palliative & Hospice Care for making Gene's end of life journey so much easier for all of us. A celebration of Gene's life will be 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at Crawford Family Funeral Service Chapel, 610 NW 178th St., Edmond, OK 73012. For more information about the service, please visit www.crawforduneralservice.com



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Published in Oklahoman on Oct. 25, 2020.
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