With heavy hearts, the Allen family regrets to announce that David Terrell Allen, 79 passed away peacefully on May 31, 2021 from a long-term lung illness. Born April 9, 1942 in Vincennes, Indiana, he was known as "Terry" and as an adult he was known as David. He was preceded in death by his parents Woodrow (Woody) and Clara Madalyn (Peg) Allen. He was a 1960 graduate of Vincennes - Lincoln H.S. and was married to Joan Allen (Brown) in 1965. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan, his son Mark and three grandchildren-- Ben, Jillian and Nick. Other survivors include nieces and nephews and many cousins. The world will be just a little bit less interesting and a lot less funny without his sharp wit and unique sense of humor. He was loved by many and will be missed by many more as a father, husband, grandfather, ballplayer, consultant, uncle and friend. His love for sports manifested itself as his son's batting practice pitcher and fierce tennis and skiing partner for many years. In 1984, he went to his first adult baseball camp for the Philadelphia Phillies and loved it so much that he played and managed in adult baseball leagues for over 25+ years in the greater Chicagoland area since. He was an ardent catcher. Many of his best friends over many years were ballplayers. He was an original founder, board member and many times a manager in the Chicago North MSBL (Men's Senior Baseball League). David received his bachelor's degree in business with honors and master's degree in business from Indiana University in Bloomington. He was also President of the IU Business School Alumni Association. He was a big Indiana University football and basketball fan. David started his professional career in Chicago in the mid '60s as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. He worked for Consolidated Foods (later Sara Lee), for Popsicle as their VP/CFO and as the VP/Controller at Campbell Soup. He also worked as CFO for Dynascan Corp. (now Cobra Electronics Corp.) Later he found his true calling as a turnaround consultant excelling at fixing troubled businesses. it. A unique and gifted problem-solver, he saved innumerable companies and jobs for many years. Amongst his many favorite sayings related to turnaround assignments was, "denial is not just a river in Egypt" when a client wouldn't come to grips with their generally troubled, self-made situations. He had the most splendorous sartorial "look" in his favorite suits. He was a part owner of several clothing stores and a limited partner in the Peoria Chiefs baseball team; He was a trustee for the Village of Burr Ridge, IL. He loved the chocolate drink "Yoo-Hoo" and pork tenderloin sandwiches. He was a spiritual man, loved the Lord and was a long-term member and usher at Christ Church in Oak Brook, IL. Visitation was scheduled for 2:30pm and the memorial service was scheduled for 4:00pm, June 8th, at Christ Church in Oak Brook, IL. Burial was scheduled for June 10th in Vincennes, IN at noon CST at Vincennes Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to Christ Church in Oak Brook, IL.
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Published by Chicago Tribune from Jun. 6 to Jun. 10, 2021.