Jack E. Allfree, the son of James K. Allfree and Myra Baker, was born on December 17, 1924 at Newton, Iowa. He graduated from the Colfax High School in Colfax, Iowa and attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Jack served his country during World War II in the US Navy as a supply boat Captain. After serving his tour of duty, he served several years in the US Army.
Following his military career, he worked as a shipfitter at the Newport News shipbuilding yard in Virginia. On December 31, 1949, in Des Moines, Iowa, Jack was united in marriage to Betty Strovers. Jack has been a resident of Newport News, Virginia, Freehold, New Jersey, Newton, Iowa and Kellogg, Iowa. Jack loved his family and enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting and bowling. He was a member of the Pleasant View United Methodist Church and the American Legion, and had served as Post Commander in both Kellogg and Newton.
On Friday morning, June 30, 2006, Jack died at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, David Keith Allfree and two sisters-in-law.
Those left to honor the memory of Jack include his wife, Betty Allfree of Kellogg, Iowa, his sons and daughters-in-law, John Allfree of Montezuma, Iowa, Mike and Connie Allfree of San Bernardino, California, and Kenneth and Cathy Allfree of Phoenix, Arizona, his daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy Van Camp of Mimbers, New Mexico Evelyn Allfree and her significant other, James Fox of Waterloo, Iowa and Lisa and LeRoy Symbol of West Palm Beach, Florida, nine grandchildren, Helen Shearer, Adam Allfree, Donald K. Allfree Jr., Tammy L. Finn, Jessica Fox, Justin Fox, Jeffrey Fox, Ashley Nicole Pierson, and Austin Pierson, five great-grandchildren, Hannah Allfree, Allison Shearer, Nate Shearer, Jake Shearer and Stephanie Allfree, his brothers, Richard Allfree of Story City, Iowa and Bill Allfree of Colfax, Iowa, and his sisters, Dorothy Allfree Probasco of Newton, Iowa, Betty Allfree Swihart of Colfax, Iowa and his many friends.