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8/26/2013 8:00:00 AM
Donald E. Allen
Jan. 30, 1932 - Aug. 21, 2013
Donald Allen
Donald Allen

Donald E. Allen, 81, died Wednesday evening at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born in Clinton, Ill., on Jan. 30, 1932, to Lewis and Edna Allen. In 1949, he married Imogene Kennedy with whom he had three children, all surviving, Rex (Roberta), of Muncie, Mark (Teresa), of Alexandria, Va., and Lynn Buttz, of Warsaw.

In May 1983, Don married Dorothy Arlene Bickham, who died in 2009.

Don retired from Federal Mogul on March 1, 1996. Three years later, Don and Arlene attended his 50th high school reunion after which he was heard to remark, "Everybody ELSE looked old!" In his retirement years, Don enjoyed camping in Indiana state parks with Arlene, visiting Colorado (with the exception of driving up Pike's Peak) and watching DVDs at home with Arlene's grandson, Gavin. He was quite an accomplished carpenter, building all sorts of things including birdhouses and performing home projects and repairs. As a third-generation Chicago Cubs fan, Don enjoyed talking with Rochester friend, Alberta Colty, about the Cubs' most recent game.

Also surviving Don are the following: His sister, Marjorie

Reinhold, of Decatur, Ill.; his aunt, Sylvia Kemp, of Clinton, Ill.; grandchildren, Shanna, Carrie, Christopher and Keith; in addition to five great-grandchildren, Teryn, Claudia, Lizzie, Jesson and Draven.

Don truly considered Arlene's family to be part of his, and is also survived by her daughters, Donna (Barry) Frisinger and Kelly (Ben) Woodcox, both of Rochester, and Susie Austgen-Fogarty, of Griffith; son, Donald (Glenda) Austgen, of Hessville; 11 grandchildren, Karli, Gavin, Camden, Hallie, Ryan, Justin, Devin, Brooke, Melissa, Steve and Jennifer; and nine great-grandchildren, Paige, Haleigh, Khalin, K.J., Rilley, Colin, Laney, Stevie and Angelica. In addition, sister-in-law, Sharon (Jimmy) Thomas survives.

Over the years, Don and Arlene adopted various stray animals including cats, Bodacious, Ginger, Muffy, Buddy and Bo-Kitty; and dogs, Annie and Barney, all of which are now reunited.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Faith Outreach Center, Rochester, with a service at 11 a.m.

Burial will follow the service at the Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery, Lake Bruce.

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