Allen, Donald Edward

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO and 1:00 to 2:00 PM Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Friendship Baptist Church, St.Clair, MO

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM

Service Location:
Friendship Baptist Church, St. Clair, MO

Anaconda Cemetery, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to Friendship Baptist Church, St. Clair, MO


Donald Edward Allen of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on April 27, 2016, having reached the age of eighty-four years, two months and twenty-four days. Don was born in Sullivan, MO, on February 3, 1932, son of Albert Bryant Allen and Hazel Audrey Allen nee Taylor. On April 26, 1958, he was united in marriage to Ione Virginia Simpson and two children came to bless this union.

Don is survived by his son, Perry Allen and companion, Patty Helton, of St. Clair, MO; by his daughter, Spring Wieda and husband, Curt, of St. Clair; by one sister, Juanita Pender of Orlando, FL; by two sisters-in-law, Brenda Gargus of St. Clair and JoAnn Schlafer and husband, Greg, of Berger, MO: by one brother-in-law, Ray Trabue of Thronton, CO; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Hazel Allen; by his wife, Ione Allen; by two brothers, Douglas and infant Ronald Allen, and by one sister, Janet Trabue.

Don was a Christian man and long time member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. Don was proud to have served his country as a Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War, entering March 21, 1952 and receiving his honorable discharge on March 22, 1954. After his discharge he began his working career with the R and R Railroad as a loader at Union Station in St. Louis, MO. Later he was employed by Chrysler Daimler Corporation in Fenton, MO, retiring after thirty plus years of service to the company. He was also a retiree of the United Auto Workers, Local 110 of Fenton, MO. Through the thirty years Don was employed by Chrysler he had periods of layoffs and it was during one of those times that he drove a bus for Mid America Coaches, which he thoroughly enjoyed. It was during a model change lay off that Don went to a technical school to learn the auto mechanics trade. In addition to his full time job, Don, with Ione's help, worked hard at home, raising cattle, hay and crops. He was never idle and was up early each day to keep up everything. He was truly an outdoorsman and loved to go hunting and fishing, especially when Ione went with him. Gardening was another of his hobbies. Don was a kind and compassionate man that never had a cross word for anyone. He was happiest when spending time with his family and many wonderful memories have been created. A devoted and loving father, father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation was held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. Interment was in Anaconda Community Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the church.