|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1931|
|Death: ||Jan. 27, 2009|
DOUGLASS - Willis Elbert Allen, 77, died Jan. 27, 2009.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, 303 E. Fourth, Douglass, KS 67039. Visitation with the family present will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hilyard-Smith Funeral Home, 507 S. Maple, Douglass, and also from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the the church prior to the service. Burial will follow at Douglass Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with Douglass First Christian Church. To send condolences and view tributes visit www.smithfamilymortuaries.com
Willis was born Oct. 15, 1931, to Willis Edwin and Elva Emma Christina (Carlman) Allen in Douglass. He was a 1950 graduate of Douglass High School. After high school, Willis worked along side his dad at House Hardware until he was drafted into the Army on his 21st birthday.
Willis spent nine months at Fort Still, Okla., and nine months as a Colonel's orderly in the Panama Canal Zone during the Korean War. Willis took advantage of the GI Bill and began his education at Butler County Junior College and later transferred to Pittsburg State University. While at Pittsburg he went to a dance and met his future wife, Sue Ellen Hans, and they started dating.
In 1961, Willis completed his bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing. After college, Willis worked for WT Grant department store in Kansas City, Kan., working for 1 1/2 years as a manager in training. In 1963, he returned to Douglass and began working at Beechcraft in Wichita.
On July 21, 1963, he married Sue. In 1969 the family moved briefly to Lindsborg, so Willis could work at the Salina Beechcraft plant. The family permanently returned to Douglass, and Willis began working for Jarvis Auto Supply in Augusta for a year, before starting work at the Coleman Company in 1972. He worked there until he retired in 1994.
In 2004, Sue passed away, after an extended illness. Her absence was grieved extensively and Willis' physical and mental health deteriorated and he was forced to move to a series of medical and long-term care facilities in the Wichita and Kansas City areas.
Willis was a dedicated member of the Douglass First Christian Church. He served for decades as a church elder and also taught children's Sunday school for many years. Willis was a life long member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal lodge of which he has served in local leadership positions. For many years, he was a member of the Odd Fellow's bowling team.
In earlier years, he enjoyed roller skating at the Augusta Roller Rink. He also enjoyed doing projects around the house, vegetable gardening and raising steers and chickens on his property. Willis and Sue enjoyed traveling, visiting extended family around the country and spending time with grandchildren.
Willis was also preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Spencer.
Survivors include a son, Eric Allen and wife, Elizabeth, Leawood; a daughter, Annette Bollig, and husband, Tom, Overland Park; grandchildren, Helen and T. J. Bollig, Zachary and Nichole Allen; brother-in-law, Jesse Spencer, Douglass; niece, Janet Shearer and husband, John, Wichita; and nephew, Jerry Spencer, and wife, Janice, Douglass.
Willis Edwin Allen (1902 - 1966)
Elva Emma Cristina Carlman Allen (1906 - 2000)
Sue Ellen Hans Allen (1940 - 2004)
Evelyn Joyce Spencer (1928 - 2000)*
Willis Elbert Allen (1931 - 2009)
Created by: Kyle
Record added: Jan 29, 2009
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