|Birth: ||May 15, 1915|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 2004|
GALESBURG - Harold Leslie Allen, 89, of 19 E. Grove St. died at 1:55 a.m. Sunday, July 4, 2004, at Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville.
Born May 15, 1915, in Maquon to James Arthur and Maudie Ileen Gates Allen, he married Rozinah Barber on April 26, 1934, in Knoxville.
He later married Ida L. Fletcher on Jan. 12, 1946, in Galesburg. She preceded him in death.
He married Bernice Smith DeFord on June 4, 1961, in Maquon. She preceded him in death.
He married Madge Marie Kelly on Dec. 7, 1965, in Peoria. She preceded him in death.
He also was preceded in death by one brother.
Surviving are his caregiver, Leanelle (and Alberta) Hanson of Knoxville; one daughter, Colleen (and Basil) Sprinkle of Galesburg; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He served in the Army from Feb. 25, 1942, to Oct. 15, 1945. He served in the basic signal corps as a radio operator and intercept operator. He intercepted German messages between ground and air forces and worked in the intelligence department. He served in campaigns in the Algeria-French, Moroccan, Tunisian, Rome-Arno and Northern Appennines areas. He later served in the Air Force Reserve until Oct. 14, 1948.
He attended Tyler Commercial College and School of Business Administration in Tyler, Texas, and also took a course in radio communication.
A plasterer helper and brick layer in Knox County, he worked on many projects, including Knoxville United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Maquon Historical Society.
He was a member of Maquon United Methodist Church in Maquon.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, where visitation will be one hour before. The Revs. Marilyn Anell and Dan Doty will officiate. Burial will be in Maquon Cemetery in Maquon, where military honors will be accorded by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285.
Memorials may be made to the Galesburg Rescue Mission or Knox County Nursing Home.
Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - Wednesday, July 7, 2004
James Arthur Allen (1881 - 1956)
Maudie Ileen Gates Allen (1894 - 1974)
Ida L. Fletcher Allen (1905 - 1958)*
Madge Marie Kennedy Allen (1926 - 1991)*
Plot: Sec 5
Created by: cj
Record added: May 11, 2008
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