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David Edwin Allen


Service: 1:00pm Sat. February 24th, 2018
Location: Old Columbus Rd.

Allen, David Edwin, 76, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born July 28, 1941 in Springfield the son of Charles F. and Doris (Miller) Allen. He graduated in Shawnee High Schools first class in 1959 and married Joyce Swaney. They had four children. He was a proud Union Member and worked for Navistar for over 56 years, retiring as a Process Engineer with UAW Local 658. He married Sue DeVoe in 1978 and they had two children. Dave dedicated his time and talent to restoring many homes in Clark County. He was dedicated to preserving the historical integrity of the family home, which was his pride and joy. He was a lifelong resident of Clark County, where he supported many charities, especially booster groups. He believed in rescuing shelter dogs. He enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada with the guys, years of playing banjo with his brother, Richard, helping Brooke with 4-H livestock projects, watching Rick during his wrestling career, 40 years of Mardi Gras for Spring Break, and the July family beach vacations. He loved to travel. His favorite trips were the 30th wedding anniversary trip to Venice, Italy. And last on his bucket list, an out west trip, including the Grand Canyon. Not all who wander are lost. He is survived by his wife, Sue; siblings Richard (Sue) Allen and Kathie (Gary) McDuffie; children, Debra Rivas, Darla Self, Diana Allen, Richard D. (Elizabeth) Allen and Brooke (Stephen) Crabtree; grandchildren, Gabriel, Savannah, Sierra, Hunter, Isaac and Scarlett; great grandson, Henry; many loving friends, and faithful dog, Jussy. He was preceded in death by a son, David. A wake will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the family home on Old Columbus Rd. Visitation will be held 2 hours prior, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in South Solon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clark County SPCA, 21 Walter St., Springfield, OH 45506, or the Epilepsy Foundation, 11 W. Monument Ave., Suite 101, Dayton, OH 45402. The family is being served by CONROY FUNERAL HOME.
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Rick and family, Please except my sincere condolences at the loss of your father/husband. I will truly miss Dave`s friendship and advice. He was a real mentor to me over the last 20+ years. I am sorry that I will be unable to attend the services but know my thoughts and prayers are with him and your family.

- Bryan Hawk, Friday February 23rd, 2018

Sue and family, So very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was such a good man and father that will be missed dearly. So glad we ran into each other at the fair last summer and had a chance to catch up. We will keep you in our prayers. Gay and Mike Minette

- Gay Minette, Thursday February 22nd, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed working with Dave.

- Barbara. Doug Elkins, Thursday February 22nd, 2018

To: Sue and Debby, We ask that you please accept our most sincere condolences, respectively, for the loss of a beloved Husband and for the loss of beloved Father.. (aka: "The King.") Dave always enjoyed it whenever I would tell others the story about how he had taken on his new moniker of being "The King:". So, this is for the King and, here goes! Nearly 25 years ago, I had booked a 7 day fishing trip for six upon a secluded lake far north up in Ontario, Canada, and when counting myself, our group numbered six. Sometime mid-week that week was when we other guys had given Dave his new moniker, "The King." Yep, several of us who were fishing with Dave that day had given him his new title as being "The King". Actually, when we had first begun addressing Dave as being "The King", we had decided to make it a ceremonial event because our rudimentary thoughts for making it an event had taken roots one morning when Dave had decided to begin trolling to catch fish and it could be easily seen on his face that he had devout hopes wishing for just about anything to strike his lure. Of course, Dave never did have the "Midas Touch" when fishing, however; on that morning, Lady Luck must have been on his side and taken a liking to him that morning because, suddenly, in very short time, a nice size Walleye had begun tugging on the lure that Dave had affixed and terminated to the end of his line. Actually, I was elated because I had given him that particular lure as a birthday gift earlier that week whereas once witnessing Dave's success that morning had brightened my day! Then, shortly thereafter when Dave was tossing his prize fish into the bottom of his boat, high decibel sounds of the words, "THE KING" had taken birth as they loudly, yet: ever so gingerly, begun resonating fettered echoing mixed octave, off key middle "C" notes struggling to escape from the throats of five other guys attempting to musically enunciate the two word title that had been justly assigned to our newfound fishing King, Dave Allen... Debby, please know that your written message to your Dad is beautifully written and it is just as beautiful as were you years ago when I had last seen you while photographing you to give you a photograph for your senior year, graduating class, High school yearbook.. Sue, Debby, and to all others among your families, Vicki & I will keep you and your beloved Dave in our prayers as you grieve for your loss. Be well..

- Doug & Vicki Comer, Thursday February 22nd, 2018

My heartfelt condolences to your family. So sorry for the loss of a husband, father and friend.

- Dayna Daniels, Wednesday February 21st, 2018

I don’t even know what to say to all of you to help. But I am terribly sorry for the loss you feel and will continue to feel. Stay strong together.

- Kathy and Rick Muenchau, Wednesday February 21st, 2018

To The Allen family, I worked for several years with Dave. I'm very sorry for your loss.

- Harold Harris, Wednesday February 21st, 2018

Dave has left us with many good memories of our working together at Navistar. He made lots of friends and was always kind and giving to his coworkers. May “the King” as he was affectionately know, Rest In Peace now.

- Marcia Flax, Wednesday February 21st, 2018

Rick and Elizabeth, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure that you have many good memories.

- Ken Brust, Wednesday February 21st, 2018

Very sad to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a very unique and great person to work with. RIP Dave we will all miss you.

- Rick and Claudia Hay, Wednesday February 21st, 2018

My prayers for your family! He was a good man who adored his children. When I cleaned his teeth at Dr Dischers he would always talk about how proud you all made him and the great trips he and Sue always made. He always liked the Christmas parties with all his friends and family! He will be missed

- Sandy Beedy , Wednesday February 21st, 2018

Sue, I'm so sorry to read about David's passing. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. Hugs to you

- Mary O'Brien, Wednesday February 21st, 2018

So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Great guy, good friend. Spent lots of time around Dave. Ust to board my horse at his place Rest in peace

- Marilyn Ingram Henry, Wednesday February 21st, 2018

Rick and Elizabeth, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your many memories. Julie Pirtle

- Julie Pirtle, Wednesday February 21st, 2018

Sorry for your loss, Dave was a great guy!!!

- Bob Sample , Tuesday February 20th, 2018

A world without Dave is hard to imagine. My condolences to the family. What a wonderful life he lived. Dave lived to the fullest.

- Pat Haley, Tuesday February 20th, 2018

A kind hearted man and dear father who will live on in our everyday thoughts of who we should be.

- Kristin Meeks, Tuesday February 20th, 2018

To All the Family! Sorry for your loss. He will leave a big void in everyone's lives. May he be remembered for his good deeds! Sorry I will be out of town Saturday or I would be there! Peace to All, Judy Potts

- Judy Potts, Tuesday February 20th, 2018

Dad I love you. I am so very proud of you. I am sad that I will not get to spend more time with you as I just moved "home". I have had this incredible privilege of sharing the past 41 days with you while you fought so hard to overcome all that you endured. You are one of the strongest men I have ever known. This was not "our plan" DAD . We were going to be spending lazy days sitting under the arbor sharing stories, a glass of wine and enjoying the view. Visiting the old familiar places, sharing one more memory and enjoying more years as we both aged. Seeing our Gabriel grow and live a wonderful life! We don't always get the dream that we thought would happen. My lesson to share is... do not wait to spend the time with those you love, do not think you have another day to get that visit in, do not waste today as you do not know what tomorrow brings. Tell those you love that you love them now! Be quick to forgive and slow to judge. I Love you Dad, you will always remain in my heart forever- just where you belong. So very proud to be your daughter. I will be looking at the moon and seeing you my sweet dad! Your smile makes me smile! I will love you always! YOU have made a difference. I will try to as well! Debra

- Debra Allen Rivas, Tuesday February 20th, 2018

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