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Oliver "Allen" Towne

Oliver "Allen" Towne, age 80, of Hemingford, NE, formerly of Pierre, SD, died Thursday, October 12, 2006, at the Box Butte Hospital in Alliance, NE.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 17, at the Deep Creek Lutheran Church, rural Midland, with Pastor Ruth Ann Loughry and Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Ushers were Kevin Neuhauser, Dan Saenz and Larry Dean. Music was provided by Carmen Alleman, organist, Pastor Ruth Ann and Pastor Ann, vocalists. Reader was Sandra Johnson. Register book attendant was Gene Hudson. Pallbearers were Mike Towne, David Martino, Everett Thiebault, Seth Towne, Jacobi Towne, Lee Briggs and James Dean.

Interment was in the Deep Creek Cemetery.

Oliver Allen Towne was born June 1, 1926, on the family ranch in Haakon County, South Dakota, the oldest of three children born to Everett and Alma (Myers) Towne. He attended school at Maupin Flats. He was born into a ranching family where he and his father ranched. Upon his father's death, he took over the management of the ranch where he worked for several years.

Allen was united in marriage to Aldene Ellis on September 7, 1947. He was the proud father of a son, Mike Towne, and two daughters, Kaye Martino and Nancy Towne. Allen loved airplanes and received his license when he was sixteen years old. His love of flying helped his neighbors over the years. When severe blizzards made driving impossible, he was known to fly medicine and food out to the country to help his many appreciative neighbors that were stuck in their homes. He owned two planes and loved to use the planes to check on the cattle as well as flying his family to visit relatives in Montana and California. His children were flying before they learned to walk.

The family moved to Tucson, AZ, in 1961 to live so Allen flew back and forth between South Dakota and Arizona. While living in Arizona, Allen and Aldene became competitive dancers for the Arthur Murray dance studio. He enjoyed dancing - his face would light up as he glided across the floor. He also served on the Search and Rescue team out of Mt. Lemmon, AZ. He used a motorcycle as the mode of transportation for working in the deserts of Tucson.

Allen was a member of the Deep Creek Lutheran Church for several years, until moving from the ranch to Ft. Pierre, SD, where they resided for 30 years. Allen and Aldene moved to Lincoln Apartments in Pierre in 2003. He and Aldene became members of the Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre, where they attended for 30 years.

Allen was known for his willingness to always help a friend or neighbor. He enjoyed helping people and would do so with a laugh and smile.

Allen leaves his wife of 59 years, Aldene of Hemingford, NE; daughters, Kaye Martino and her husband, David, of Salinas, CA, Nancy Towne of Pacific Grove, CA; a son, Mike Towne and his wife, Marge, of Hemingford, NE; granddaughters, Becky Feil and her husband, Kenneth, both serving in the United States Army, Maria Towne of Alliance, NE, Tori and Kelsey Towne of Hemingford, NE; grandsons, Everett Thiebault, Seth Towne, Jacobi Towne, all of Pacific Grove, CA; a great-granddaughter, Teagan Towne, of Alliance, NE; one brother, Floyd Towne and his wife, Sandy, of Grand Island, NE; and several nieces and nephews.

Allen was preceded in death by his mother, Alma, and father, Everett; one sister, Dorothy Dean of Pierre; two half-brothers, Robert Ugland of Pierre and Dee Towne of Las Vegas, NV.

A memorial has been established.

Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at www. rushfuneralhome.com