Tom Allen was born on December 15, 1924 in Washington, Arkansas to the union of Grant and Constance Allen and passed away on September 21, 2011 at 1:15 a.m. at the Marion, Indiana Veterans Administration surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Allen was the oldest son of 10 children; seven daughters and three sons. Tom Allen attended Yeager High School in Hope, Arkansas and was inducted into the Army on March 16, 1943. He qualified as a Marksman Rifle Specialist on September 24, 1943 and was decorated with the World War II Victory Ribbon; Good Conduct Medal; American Theater Ribbon; and a Bronze Service Star. Mr. Allen was honorably discharged on February 22, 1946. He worked at Oliver’s Foundry and later at Thrifty Super Market and sometimes Mr. Allen and his wife, Jassie worked two jobs to provide for their family.
Tom valued education and was a mathematics wiz who learned from his father, Grant, to solve complicated problems without using a pencil. Tom’s mother, Constance, taught him how to cook and to sew and his parents instilled a great work ethic in him and his brothers and sisters. Tom will be remembered for his warm, outgoing personality. During his lifetime, he had countless family and friends that time, nor space allows us to enumerate.
He married Jassie Shaw and moved to South Bend in 1948. From this union of 25 years, Ruby Allen and Linda Allen were born. Tom’s motto was “I never met a stranger.” He had the ability to make everyone feel special and had the gift of “gab.” Tom was kind and full of fun and told great stories and jokes. He loved to laugh.
The surviving family members who will dearly miss Tom are his sisters, Mattie Davis of San Diego, California, Berthenia Robinson of Los Angeles, California, Mary (John) White of Hope, Arkansas; two daughters, Ruby Faye Allen of South Bend, Indiana and Linda Sue Allen of Peoria, Illinois; two grandchildren, Marcus (Norma) Allen of South Bend and Melisa Conley of South Bend; two great-grandchildren, Bryce James and Brandon Peques, both also of South Bend; as well as countless relatives and friends. Also surviving is Ms. Ophelia Williams of Hope, Arkansas, who was a special person in his life.
Immediate family members that preceded him in death were Grant Allen Jr., Verna Sims, Martha Jean Ross, Louise Green, Valree McFadden and George Allen. Additionally, Orlando Allen, grandson, and a great-grandson, Jawon Allen; and a special friend, Claudia Smith.
The family gives praise and gratitude to the wonderful staff of the Marion Indiana Veterans Administration and all caregivers during his battle with his illnesses and for the wonderful service that they provided to Tom. Tom will be dearly missed by all.
Services for Mr. Tom Allen will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in Clark-O’Neal Funeral Home, 2702 Lincoln Way West. Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon and then services at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.