Richard "Dick" Allen
1949 - 2018
BORN
1949
DIED
2018
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Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service - Northwest Chapel
1740 Zollinger Road
Columbus, OH
Allen, Richard "Dick"
1949 - 2018
Richard Meara Allen, age 68, of Columbus, Oh, passed away Sunday, August 12 at Kobacker House in Columbus. Born September 11, 1949 in Charleston, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Charles Delmar and Mary Lucille (Hinterschied) Allen. Dick attended Immaculate Conception before going on to Graduate as a Golden Eagle from Bishop Watterson High School. He was the owner of several bars and restaurants throughout his life as an entrepreneur in Columbus. Many of which were located on the campus of The Ohio State University, where he attended college. The Oar House, The Travel Agency, Surf City, Dead Eye Dick's Saloon, Kitties Long Branch Saloon, and The Bombay Yacht Club, to name a few, were the foundation blocks for what has now evolved into the OSU campus bar scene. After his long run on campus, Dick pursued ventures downtown with Allen O'Mearas, Aristotle's, The Old Pewter Mug, and Chameleon's. Perhaps most notable of his establishments, located in the Victorian Village, he founded Zeno's. Zeno's has served as the community's local watering hole for, as of August 10, 34 years. His patrons were his closest of friends, and his employees may as well have been his children. He seemed to have enough love in his heart for everyone. Dick paved the way for bar and restaurant owners in Columbus by constantly battling for their independent business rights, and by sacrificing much of his own to do what was right for many. A large part of this came through his tenure as the Treasurer of the Ohio Licensed Beverage Association, as he has held that position since the OLBA was founded. As if he didn't have enough going on, he was also involved in the ownership of Oakhurst Country Club in Grove City, where he was Chairman of the Board. This gave a pretty good excuse to be at the golf course for long periods of time, and several days in a row. Dick Allen was a Husband, a Father, a Grandfather, and a Brother first, a best friend second, and a brilliant businessman last, however he played all of the parts so well, that it may be hard to rank them. Always putting the interests of others before his own, Dick loved to vacation with his family, simply to provide for them and bask in the joy of their happiness. Of course there were some small benefits that came with training three sons into bartenders/servers over his lifetime, but he deserved every bit of the hospitality that he got, and more. Aside from getting away with the family, he found joy in being an avid Blue Jackets, Browns, and Buckeyes fan. Dick Allen was a mountain of a man with a heart of gold, and he will be terribly missed. If there is one quote of his that captures the way he lived his life, it would be, "Do it like you know it, or don't do it at all." This is the advice of a Legend, Dick Allen, may he rest in peace. Dick is survived by his wife, Sandy; three sons, Tucker (Jen) Allen, Mitch Allen, Quinn (Taylor) Allen; grandchildren, Jocelyn, James, Knox; Sister, Sally (Jeff) Page; Nieces, Brooke (Matt) Worster, Jennifer (Richard) Rector; and nephews, Bryan (Mario) Page, Andy (Shannon) Shropshire. Dick was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Lucille Allen, brother Charles "Tuckie" Allen Jr., and sister Susan Shropshire. Family will receive friends from 4-7pm on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Immaculate Conception, 414 E North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214. A burial service will be held following the funeral at St. Joseph Cemetery, 6440 S High St, Lockbourne, Ohio 43137. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kobacker House at www.ohiohealth.com/d/hospice/kobacker-house. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share memories and condolences.
Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Aug. 15 to Aug. 17, 2018.
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1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus, OH
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22
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I knew Dick since i was a child, my father worked for him when i was younger, sad to hear this news.
Shon Wolf
August 28, 2018
Dick always had a smile on his face and I always enjoyed him and his sense of humor. We have lost a precious light in the world.
Michael (Jim) Broadhurst
August 24, 2018
Will miss the reunion get together at Zeno's. Rest In Peace Dick. Sheri Winget Quick
August 23, 2018
I met Dick many years ago through Phil Craig & the beverage association. We immediately became friends & enjoyed getting together from time to time to chew the fat. He is a very principled man & was willing to take a stand on issues he felt strongly about! I appreciated & respected his zeal & work ethic! I will miss him. My condolences to the family. God bless Dick!
Judge Harland Hale
August 22, 2018
Dick is my cousin and even though his family settled in Columbus and mine in Dayton, there was always a sense of family when we got together, no awkwardness, just the Allen clan getting together. I have many happy memories visiting Dick in Columbus and he was a gracious host and never left me to sit alone, he always introduced me around as his cousin and made sure I was included in the fun. Since moving to Sarasota in 1999 we had little contact but the memories live on. I remember going to his wedding to Sandy and what a happy day it was for both. Sandy, I know how much you and your family are hurting but you know your faith and the love of others will get you through it eventually. I am so proud to read of his accomplishments in the Columbus area helping others and making a difference. I will always remember Dick with a big smile and regardless of how often we saw or talked to each other, I will truly miss him. Sandy, my prayers to you and the family, stay the faith and you shall be healed and to Dick....Peace Be With You. Love, Pati (Allen ) Palmer
Pati Allen-Palmer
August 22, 2018
So nice to see you all tonight. You should be so proud of all that have come to pay their respects. Bless you all and the world will keep you in their thoughts and prayers.
Patricia (Patti LaFramboise) Johnson
August 21, 2018
I met "DICK" Allen (circa) 1980 while working "walkie crew" campus district. He was a "stand up guy" to everyone who engaged; business owners, cops, students, patrons, employees...you ask, he gave his best. We named our daughter (now 20 yrs old) MEARA, which is a tribute to his family's legacy. I have known SANDY & DICK since before their marriage. GREAT parties at the "alum creek resort" back in the day!
As our host would say, "DO IT LIKE YOU KNOW IT, OR DON'T DO IT AT ALL! YOU PLAY ALL THE HUNCHES, AND ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES!" I will admit to all who choose to listen, this was a strong punch in the gut! SANDY,TUCKER, MITCH, QUINN... soldier on with the ALLEN legacy, GOOD fortune, and GOD bless all of you and yours.
MACCABEE's
August 21, 2018
Despite the fact that Dick knew my brother Jack well he gave me a job anyway when I needed one. (He's in heaven laughing at that). Thanks Dick, RIP.

Marty DeVita
August 20, 2018
I knew Dick when we were in grade school and but didn't hang out in High School. We used to hang out by the creek by his parents house and he always remembered that we made "rockets" using tin foil and stick matches. He was a good man and very loyal to his friends. Hard to believe he is gone so soon.
Paul Morrill
August 20, 2018
John DeVita
August 18, 2018
Sandy,
our deepest sympathy. What a loss. We had such great times at the T A . I can hear Dick's laugh as I write this.
Best to you and yours.

Jack and Jeanne DeVita
August 18, 2018
SANDY- I OFTEN REMEMBER THE GREAT TIMES I HAD WORKING AT PULSAR AND THAT YOU FOLKS TREATED ME QUITE WELL OVER THE YEARS. DICK WILL BE A PERSON I WILL ALWAYS RESPECT

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

RANDY KNAPP
August 17, 2018
Dick- you were the best at what you did and will be sorely missed by many. Rest in peace. To Sandy,Tucker, Mitch and Quin- may God bless and comfort you in this time of loss. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Doug and Roger Bellis
Douglas Bellis
August 17, 2018
I met Dick in 1973 on campus at the Travel Agency. He became a friend of mine immediately. He was always happy and welcoming.

You could always count on him to say hello as he kept up to date on all sports issues and events.

Dick will always remembered as a friend to many. He will be missed.
Mike McCandlish
August 17, 2018
Mike McCandlish
August 17, 2018
Sandy and family...

This is both shocking and heart-breaking news, and my brother, David, and I both sent our deepest sympathies, love and support during these difficult times. The cherished memories were flowing today as we looked all the way back from high school forward, remembering many great moments and experiences we shared with Dick and you through the years.

He was indeed a very, very great man in so many respects, and he will indeed be sorely missed as he leaves us far too soon.

May he rest peacefully in God's loving kingdom now, and may his infectious laugh keep the angels smiling forever.
Bruce Barnes
August 16, 2018
Sandy and the boys . . .

. . . very sorry to hear about Dick. He was one helluva man!

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Bob and Robin York
August 16, 2018
Jimmy Petrosky
August 16, 2018
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Angie&Tom McGovern
August 16, 2018
I REMEBER MEETING DICK WHEN I WAS WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AS MYSELF AS MANY LAW ENEFORCEMENT OFFICERS WOULD FREQUENT HIS ESTABLISHMENTS MORE ZENO'S WAS OUR QUOTE "CHOIR PRACTICE" EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT!
CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS MAN BUT HE NEVER MET A STRANGER! SOAR HIGH WITH THE ANGELS DICK! REST IN PEACE BROTHER!

JIMMY PETROSKY
RET. SGT. FCSO
JIMMY PETROSKY
August 16, 2018
We loved working Zoofari with Dick and Sandy and hanging out at Zeno 's. Nobody can beat Dick's laugh - although Sandy has a close second. Dick was such a great husband, father and friend. Our sympathy to Sandy and the family and Dick's many friends. Greg and Linda Minck
Linda Minck
August 15, 2018
My most vivid memories of Dickie were when we were little and all the cousins would get together in Charleston, Columbus and Oglebay - SO much fun! Love to all of the family! Linda Curtis Miller
Linda Miller
August 15, 2018
David Rich
August 15, 2018
Remembering the campus bar days. Dick was a shrewd businessman and gracious host.

Wonder what kind of establishment he will operate now???
Douglas Schuster
August 15, 2018
Sandy, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dick was a good, fair guy and will be sorely missed. Sincerely, Michael Bors
Michael Bors
August 15, 2018
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