CISSNA PARK — Charles Andrew Allen, 90, of Cissna Park, died Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Milford United Methodist Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Gail Meyers will officiate. Burial will follow at Amity Cemetery in Goodwine. Graveside military rites will be provided by Cissna Park American Legion Post #527. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.
Mr. Allen was born July 26, 1928, in Goodwine at the family farm, the son of Roy and Myrtle (Gothberg) Allen. He married Alta Jean Pugh at the Antioch Church of Christ in Rossville on June 30, 1957.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edward Allen and Lloyd Allen; and three sisters, Florine Breeding, Geraldine Boyden and Ellen Marie Hofer.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Denise (Dennis) Mann of Monmouth and Lisa (Brad) Breymeyer of Cissna Park; five grandchildren, Jacob (Beth) Mann of Bolivar, Mo., Erin (Kevin) Chankin of Chicago, Brice (Heidi) Breymeyer of Onarga, Brandt Breymeyer of Milford and Brooks (fiancee Josey Fruhling) Breymeyer of Cissna Park; and five great-grandchildren, Taylor Mann, Keighan Mann, Madison Chankin, Mason Chankin and Braxton Breymeyer.
He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lucille Allen of Milford; many nieces and nephews and their extended families; and many lifelong friends.
Mr. Allen served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953 (S2 & S3 NCO Battalion Headquarters as a comptometer the last six months).
Mr. Allen was a lifetime farmer who believed his role was to take care of God’s land and serve others. His longest role and membership was to the Goodwine United Methodist Church, where he was chairman, joyfully rang the church bell and taught high school Sunday school classes most of his life until its closure. He later became a member of the Milford United Methodist Church.
Other life service has also included president/chairman and other offices for many years with the following organizations: Bryce-Ash Grove District #284 school board; Goodwine Co-Op Elevator Board; Cissna Park American Legion Post #527; Cissna Park Fire Department trustee; Fountain Creek/Lovejoy Drainage District commissioner; and the ASCS County Committee, serving as chairman for more than nine years, during which the county office received the Administrator Award in Washington in 1990. He enjoyed that role so much that upon retiring from the farm, he continued as a crop adjuster for many years.
Mr. Allen enjoyed working with Hampshire hogs. He was a former secretary of the Iroquois County Fair (Milford location), an active Iroquois County Fair swine barn worker, and was also an active member/officer of the Ford-Iroquois Pork Producers.
Memorials may be made to the Milford United Methodist Church, Cissna Park Fire Department, Cissna Park American Legion Post #527 or an organization of the donor’s choice.
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