(His preferred name, Bob) who passed away May 11, 2013, was born in Muse, Oklahoma, on May 3, 1924, to Ezra (Ed) Allen and Dona Fisher Allen, the third of seven children. The Stock Market Crash of 1929, the following Great Depression, and the Dust Bowl conditions in Oklahoma and the Grain Belt affected all the citizens of those areas profoundly. In 1931, his family emigrated to Oregon, settling in the Oakridge/Westfir area, about 30 miles southeast of Eugene, where Ed found work at the Pope and Talbot Lumber Company.
In school Bob excelled at sports, collecting letters and medals in football, basketball, baseball, track and boxing. He was also known to be an excellent dancer. Bob was offered a scholarship to play football for Oregon State University, which he did not accept, but went into the US Navy during World War II, and, as a Seabee, was stationed at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean. Fighting was intense, as the Japanese made several attempts to retake Henderson Field, including three major land battles, seven large naval battles, consisting of five nighttime surface actions and two carrier battles, and continual, almost daily aerial battles, culminating in the decisive Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in early November 1942, in which the last Japanese attempt to bombard Henderson Field from the sea and land enough troops to retake it, was defeated.
Bob was granted an honorable discharge and returned home to Oregon. He rarely ever spoke of the war, but it affected his life profoundly. He was, by his own definition, “a survivor”.
Bob found work after the war in the furniture and floor covering business in Eugene, and later moved to Roseburg, where he subsequently opened his own floor covering business, under the name “Bob Allen Floor Covering”. In 1973, he closed the floor covering business and opened in the excavating business, from which he eventually retired, having operated in these 2 industries successfully for some 40 plus years. Bob made many congenial relationships with Roseburg area residents throughout his career in business there.
Bob married Cleo Pearl Noyer in 1951. Cleo had grown up in Roseburg and she and her family had lived there for many years already. They were married until her death from leukemia in 1999. They had three children: David, Mark and Mary. Some time after Cleo’s death he married Evelyn Watkins, a long-time and well-loved Roseburg resident. Bob had been acquainted for many years with Evelyn and her husband, Walt, who had passed away some time before. They were married until Evelyn’s death several years later.
Early in his life Bob had come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He made important contributions to the faith of his children, all of whom, and all of whose children also, continue as believers today. Bob’s life was characterized by honesty and a strong work ethic, and by service to his family. He also maintained a strong belief in conservative political and economic fundamentals.
To try to make a statement on Bob’s behalf would be to ask all people to maintain respect for one another, and to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
Graveside services, officiated by Steve Walker, Pastor of Redeemers Fellowship in Roseburg, OR, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Eden Cemetery, on Elgarose Loop Road, Roseburg, OR, followed by fellowship at Elmer’s Restaurant, also in Roseburg.