Charles Andrew Allen, 90, of Cissna Park, passed away Saturday (March 16, 2019) at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.
He was born July 26, 1928, in Goodwine, at the family farm, the son of Roy and Myrtle (Gothberg) Allen. Charles married Alta Jean Pugh at Antioch Church of Christ, 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, Alta; 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 (fiancée, Josey Fruhling) Breymeyer, of Cissna Park; and five great-grandchildren, Taylor Mann, Keighan Mann, Madison Chankin, Mason Chankin and Braxton Breymeyer. He also is survived by sister-in-law, Lucille Allen, of Milford; many loving nieces and nephews and their extended families; and many lifelong friends.
He will be known by all for his great love of his family, and his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The love shown, time spent, lessons taught and laughter shared has created such special memories and are examples and goals for them to follow with their families.
Mr. Allen served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War Conflict from 1951 to 1953 (S2 and S3 NCO Battalion Headquarters as a comptometer the last six months.) He 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 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; Ft. Creek/Lovejoy Drainage 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. He enjoyed working with Hampshire hogs so he was a former secretary of the Iroquois County Fair (Milford location) and an active Iroquois Co. Fair Swine Barn worker, and he also was an active member/officer of the Ford-Iroquois County Pork Producers. He’ll be remembered for his kind, caring attitude — always with a smile, that believed honesty, integrity and serving his family and the Lord were the most important things in life.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. An additional time for visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Milford United Methodist Church. The Rev. Gail Meyers will officiate. Burial will follow in the Amity Cemetery in Goodwine. Graveside military rites will be provided by Cissna Park American Legion Post 527.
Memorials may be made to the Milford United Methodist Church, Cissna Park Fire Department, Cissna Park American Legion Post 527 or the donor’s choice.
Please sign his guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.