From the December 8, 2008 edition of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald
ELIZABETH, Ill. -- Ronald L. "Carp" Allen Sr., 73, of Elizabeth, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Burial will be in the Elizabeth Cemetery, Elizabeth, where military rites will be accorded by the Hanover Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5300. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the funeral home.
He was born on June 25, 1935, in Elizabeth, son of LeRoy R. and Anna S. (Bingham) Allen. He married Sandra Crimmins on Sept. 30, 1961, in Galena.
He first attended Allen School House, rural Elizabeth, and later played basketball and graduated from Elizabeth High School with the class of 1954.
After graduation, Carp joined the Army and served from 1954 to 1956.
He was employed for several years by the Chicago Great Western Railroad, located in Oelwein/Waterloo, Iowa. He also was a farmhand for Getz Cattle Farms, Elizabeth, and was involved in the construction of the Galena Territories, Galena.
Carp enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He was awarded the "Shoot the Bull" Hall of Fame Award on Oct. 13, 2001. He also enjoyed hunting and trapping raccoons, fishing and playing horseshoes. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and playing cards, especially euchre.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Sandra, of Elizabeth; two daughters, Martha (Kenny) Whitmer and Brenda Allen, both of Elizabeth; five sons, Randy Allen, Rick (Sharon) Allen, Rocky (Margie) Allen and Russell (Connie) Allen, all of Elizabeth, and Ronald "Guppy" (Kristy) Allen, of Scales Mound; 13 grandchildren, Tyler, Trent, Trevor, Jamie, Mitch, Colton, Riley, Kylyn, Trey, Tabria, Ray, Roy and Caylee; three step-grandsons, Steven, Caleb and Troy; two step-granddaughters, Tiffany and Katlyn; two brothers, William (Cheryl) Allen, of Galena, and Maury (Cheryl) Allen, of Hazel Green, Wis.; and one sister-in-law, Cherryll Allen, of Roseville, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant sons; a sister, Betty Allen; and a brother, Donald Allen.