John Jay Allen
John Jay Allen, 84, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, died on Friday, December 16, 2005
at the Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City, Iowa. Funeral service will
be on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Osage,
Iowa, with Rev. John Moser officiating.
Burial will be in the St. Ansgar Cemetery, St. Ansgar, Iowa, with military
honors by the Walter T. Enneberg Post #358 of the American Legion.
John was born on October 24, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Hiram and
Maybelle (Shelrue) Allen. He graduated from high school in Brainard,
Minnesota; after which he joined the U.S. Army serving in the 194th tank
regiment during World War II, in the South Pacific Theater. John was a POW
for 3 1/2 years, being on the Batan Death March. After the service he lived
in San Diego, Calif.
John married Penny Wiggington on Dec. 7, 1946 at St. Francis Church,
Brainard, Minn. They moved to St. Ansgar in 1955.
John was a postal worker for 30 years, retiring as Postmaster in 1976. He
was a member of the American Legion and served as the service officer. John
enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, gardening, traveling and obtaining
information on WWII.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers; 3 sisters
John is survived by his wife, Penny of St. Ansgar; three sons, John J.
Allen, Jr. of California City, Calif., Thomas Allen of St. Ansgar, Rob Allen
of Apple Valley, Minn.; two daughters, Linda Israel of Wichita, Kan., Jean
Moore of Rochester, Minn.; ten grandchildren; ten great grandchildren.
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