Glen E. Allen___________________
Glen Eugene Allen, 76, formerly of Kennebec and Philip, S.D., died Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the home of Mary and Leo Gillen under hospice care in Mitchell.
Glen was born on August 28, 1937, to Lillian Marie (Huffendieck) and (Elin Gustav, his orignial Swedish name) Gustav Allen in a farmhouse 10 miles northwest of Presho, Lyman County.
In 1940, the family relocated to a farmstead 12.5 miles north of Kennebec. Glen attended a small country school which was taught by his mother until she fell asleep in death when he was 13 years old. He attended high school in Kennebec and graduated in 1955.
On August 14, 1976, he married Mary Wooledge Estes at Chamberlain. He later adopted his stepson, Timothy Shawn Estes.
He was a devout Jehovah’s Witness and had the privilege of helping expand the preaching work in central South Dakota. During the 1940s and 1950s he saw firsthand the growth of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the area. He served as a ministerial servant in the congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Chamberlain, and at times would travel to other congregations to give talks.
For most of his life, Glen farmed north of Kennebec. He was an accomplished welder and mechanic. He had a kind heart and was always willing to help others.
Glen and Mary had two children, Andrew Alfred Allen and Autumn Hope Allen. In 1994, they divorced and in 1997, Glen left the farm and moved to Philip where he delivered mail and the Rapid City Journal until he became incapacitated and was no longer able to walk. Then he went to live in Mitchell with Leo and Mary Gillen where his life was ended because of inoperable cancer, surrounded by two of his children, Andrew and Autumn; one granddaughter, Willow Amelia Rose Allen; Mary and her husband, Leo Gillen.
Those who will miss him until he is resurrected back here to his earthly home are his children, Andrew Alfred Allen, Mitchell, and Autumn Hope (Elvio) Trent, Loja, Ecuador; granddaughter, Willow Amelia Rose Allen, Mitchell; Mary Lou Wooledge Estes Allen Gillen and husband, Leo Gillen, Mitchell. He is survived also by Timothy Shawn (Lori) Allen; their two children, Rhiannon Grace Allen and Remington Justice Allen (twins), all from Hermosa; and his brother, Seth (Marilyn) Allen, Seattle, Wash.
Preceding him in death were his parents, grandparents and uncles.
Services were held Saturday, February 1, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Chamberlain.
Burial will be at a later time. Arrangements were under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel, Mitchell.
To sum his life up, as a friend once said many years ago, “to know Glen was to love him.”