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|Allen, Edwin Francis||fs 1946|
D.O.D 01/09/2006 -
Enid News & Eagle:
Edwin Francis Allen, devoted Christian husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died of cancer at his Enid home on Jan. 9, 2006. He was 86.
Born at his parentís Shawnee home Dec. 15, 1919, Ed was the youngest of eight children and the only son born to Edwin and Maggie Allen. The family moved to Fletcher when Ed was 3 months old. At age 13, Edís father died so he and his sisters worked picking cotton to support the family. After graduating from Fletcher High School, Ed moved to Enid, found work with H.A. Marr Wholesale Grocery and attended Phillips University in 1946 before entering the Air Force during World War II.
Upon his return from the military, he worked at Liberty Federal Savings and Loan for five years and for 35 years at Kingfisher Federal Savings and Loan, before retiring as vice president and Enid branch manager in 1984.
He married Madelyn June Matthews in 1940, in Enid. They were introduced by a mutual friend. Ed and his bride enjoyed 54 wonderful years of marriage. Their home was a gathering place for friends and family. They also loved playing golf together. After Edís retirement, they frequently traveled in their Airstream until Madelynís death in 1994. Ed and Madelyn were charter members of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was church treasurer for several years and was instrumental in its development into one of Enidís largest churches.
In 1996, Ed married Betty Lee Pollard. Ed and Betty en-joyed playing dominos and cards with friends. They also attended many sporting events, especially baseball games of Edís grandson, Matt Roney. Ed was a longtime member of the Enid Noon Lionís Club and once was named Boss of the Year by the Red Carpet American Business Women. He also was board chairman of the Baptist Hospital for two years and was a member of the Wally Byam Caravan Club Inter-national, and was president of its Oklahoma Unit in 1989.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Madelyn; two sons, James David Allen and Edwin Richard ďDickĒ Allen; and six sisters, Alma Huddleston, Elma Kisner, Velma Burch, Bessie Ogle, Altha Thomason and Reba Jones.
Survived by his wife, Betty; one sister, Edna Meyer of Lawton; two daughters, Judy Atwood and her husband, Loren, of Oklahoma City, and Janie Roney and her husband, Steve, of Edmond; a daughter-in-law, Diana Allen; six grandchildren, Gayle Thornton, Mike Puerta, Reagan Allen, Ryan Allen, Melissa Freebern and Matt Roney; and three great-grandchildren, Abbey Thornton, Logan Allen and Blake Allen. Also survived by his wifeís children, Fred J. Dodds, Jo Ann Loucks and Tracy Dodds.
Ed loved golf, playing until a month before his death, even while taking chemotherapy. He also was an avid gardener, growing vegetables in his back yard for more than 60 summers. Most importantly, Ed knew his eternity was secure and he considered it his lifeís mission to minister to others, even to doctors and nurses during the final week of his life. His family considers him a hero.