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Allen, Robert R.BA 1951, MDiv 54

D.O.D 06/20/2010 - Robert R. Allen, 84, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away June 20, 2010. Rev. Allen was born February 15, 1926, in Corning, Iowa, to Cecil and Mae Allen. After graduating in 1944, he entered the V5 Navy program at the University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa. In June of 1946, he was honorably discharged with the rating of MM 2nd Class.

In September 1947, he met Charlotte Spainhower, a Farragut, Iowa, school teacher. In a matter of months they were engaged to be married and committed to serving in the ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The wedding took place at the First Christian Church in Maryville, Missouri, on May 22, 1948. Following a short honeymoon the couple went to Enid, Oklahoma, where he enrolled as a student at Phillips University. In 1951, he graduated with the BA Degree. Three years later he was awarded the Master of Divinity Degree from the Phillips Graduate Seminary.

Following ministries at South Haven, Kansas, and Blue Springs, Missouri, the couple went to the Philippine Islands where they served four years as missionaries of the Christian Church (Disciples). Upon returning to the States in 1966, they served Christian Churches at Bloomfield, Iowa; and Maryville, Missouri, before serving as Founding Pastors of the West Lake Christian Church at the Lake of the Ozarks. After formal retirement in 1990, the couple served as interim-pastors in the Kansas City Region, Des Moines, Iowa, and northwest Missouri. Their final years of part time ministry were spent serving the United Methodist Church at Kidder, Missouri. Their last years were spent as residents of the Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore, Missouri.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Howard. Survivors include his wife, of the home; and their three sons and families: David and Peggy and children, Grant (Megan) of Tucson, AZ, and Jenna and Ross, of Blue Springs; Jon and Linda and children, Mark and Eric, of St. Joseph; and Steve and Jackie and sons, Cole and Joshua, of Blue Springs; three sisters include: Lois Scott of Salinas, California; Ruth Whitaker of Clarinda, Iowa; and Betty Cerven, Weldon, Iowa.