Bob Allen 1945-2015
Charles Robert “Bob” Allen, 69, Topeka, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas.
He was born Sept. 3, 1945, in Okmulgee, Okla., the son of Charles Kring and Edith Allen. He graduated from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, Calif., and later from Washburn University.
Mr. Allen served in the U.S. Navy, serving in Vietnam. He had lived in Holton prior to moving to Topeka. He retired from Southwestern Bell in 1991.
He was a member Central Park Christian Church and Holton Lodge 42, AF&AM. He was Past Associate Grand Guardian for Kansas Job’s Daughters.
He married Helena Chalakee on April 26, 1969, in Okmulgee, Okla. She died April 28, 1983. He married Judy Evans on Feb. 28, 1984, in Topeka. She survives.
Other survivors include six children, five siblings and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 N.W. Independence Ave., Topeka. Masonic services will be conducted at Mount Hope Cemetery, 4700 S.W. 17th St., Topeka. Mr. Allen will lie in state after 3 p.m. today at the funeral chapel, where family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714.