Allen Dean Sloan, age 89, a resident of Wheaton, IL, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 22, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Linda Gail Sloan (nee Ogorzaly), his parents, John and Ruth Sloan, his brothers John, George, Stewart and William, and his sisters Sarah and Emily.
He is survived by his daughter, Tracy Olsen and husband Mark of Wheaton, IL; daughter Andria Creighton and husband Chris of Greenville, IN; grandchildren Mara Olsen and Aidan Olsen of Wheaton, IL; sister-in-laws Joan Sloan of Statham, GA and Ione Sloan of Canton, GA; numerous nieces and nephews.
Allen was born at home on May 7, 1930 in Red Oak, Georgia. Allen grew up in Red Oak, spending his childhood immersed in fishing, hunting, swimming, running around in the woods and playing sports. As the youngest of the Sloan children, Allen was raised surrounded by family, including his nieces and nephews, whom he adored. He graduated from College Park High School in 1947. He was a talented multi-sport athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball throughout high school. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War era, and was stationed at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk County, England. Upon his discharge, he returned to Georgia. Allen graduated from George State College (now Georgia State University) in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in business and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Chicago to work in the transportation industry. Allen and Linda married in 1958. His career would take him and his family to Clinton, Iowa, back to the Chicago area, then to Decatur, Illinois. Allen was an exceptional contract negotiator, using his gentle manner, sense of humor, and Southern charm to win over business partners. Allen retired from Archer Daniels Midland in 1994. He and Linda built a home in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, where they lived until Linda’s death in 1999. Thereafter, Allen moved to Wheaton to be near his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.
Throughout his life, Allen placed family as his highest priority and loved all of his family with his whole heart. He was a very special and beloved “Nonno” to Mara and Aidan and always stayed involved in their activities and interests. Although physical limitations slowed him down in the last few years, in 2018 he proudly and joyfully celebrated his military service by going on an Honor Flight for Veterans to Washington D.C. He touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed.
A brief visitation followed by a memorial service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 10 am. Interment will follow at Wheaton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or to the Red Oak Cemetery Association, 240 Crabapple Road, Fayetteville, GA 30215.Read More