He was born Sept. 23, 1929, in Grant County, Ind., to Raymond Harley and Agnes Allegra (Largent) Allen.
He graduated in 1947 from Sweetser High School in Sweetser, Ind., and in 1951 from Ball State Teachers College in Muncie, Ind. He was a U S Army Veteran and on Sept. 9, 1951, in Sweetser he married Lois E. Harter who survives. He moved to Syracuse in 1958 from Sweetser and retired in 1993 as President of Syracuse Rubber Products after 36 years of service. He formerly worked at General Tire & Rubber in Wabash, Ind., for 5 years.
He was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Syracuse, Charter member of the Lions Club in Syracuse, American Chemistry Society, and Life Member of American Legion Post 223 in Syracuse. He was an avid bridge player.
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife: Lois Allen, Syracuse; a daughter: Karen Allen (Delos “Dee”) Keene, Raleigh, N.C.; a son: Dr. Larry (Fran) Allen, Syracuse; six grandchildren: Mitchell Whitehead, Bruce (Brenda) Whitehead, Andrew Whitehead, Katie Allen, Karla Allen and Danny Allen; and a sister: Joanna “Jo’ Behr, Syracuse.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Owen Family Funeral Home, Syracuse and 1 hour prior to services on Sunday at the church. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Syracuse, with Pastor Mark Eastway of the church officiating. Burial will follow in Syracuse Cemetery.
Memorial bequest may be given to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1413 N. Long Dr., Syracuse, IN 46567; Goshen Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 723, Goshen, IN 46527; or Syracuse Food Pantry, 203 E. Main St., Syracuse, IN 46567.