Western Slope Obituaries 11-9-09
Thomas E. Allen, Sr., 87, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away October 23, 2009.
He was born November 6, 1921 in Maybell, the eldest son of David T. and Julia (Maudlin) Allen. He attended early school in Maybell and later in Meeker where he graduated from Rio Blanco County High School with the class of 1940. Tom helped farm with Julian Agee and later worked as a lineman building Camp Hale for the 10th Mountain Division.
A proud and true patriot, Tom served his country from 1942 – 1945 in the U.S Army during World War II as a soldier with the Third Battalions 473rd Infantry Regiment. For his valor he was awarded numerous medals and citations including the Purple Heart, and a Bronze Star medal for heroic achievement. This past August, Tom joined his son, Steve, and numerous veterans’ throughout the western slope in traveling to Washington, D.C., to see the recently erected World War II memorial.
After his return from the war he met Dorothy Ellen Hollenbaugh. They married and raised three children, Betty Jean, Tom Jr., and Steve. Dorothy and Tom shared 34 years together. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.
Upon his return to Meeker, Tom became a heavy equipment operator, working for the Rio Blanco County Road and Bridge Department for many years and later for Elige Joslin and Company. Tom then began his career with the Colorado State Highway Department in various capacities, including highway paint foreman and later as a snowplow operator. He retired from the highway department in 1984 after 20 years of service.
After Dorothy’s death in 1984, he was fortunate enough to meet another love of his life, Arbutus (Arby) Lamoureux, with whom he shared 24 wonderful years of golfing, traveling and enjoying retirement. Tom was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also enjoyed playing cards, dancing, music and his children and grandchildren. He was a 60 plus year member of the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his special friend, Arby; his sister, Edna Mae Gould; his brother, David (Bessie) Allen; three children, Betty Jean (Mike) Tripp, Tom Jr. (Joy) and Steve Allen; his grandchildren, Jennifer (Miller) Denton, Elizabeth Miller, Stephanie Miller, Zack Allen, Brenda Allen, Meghan (Allen) Rudd, Dustin Allen and Ryley Allen; four great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy, his parents and an infant sister, Barbara.
Services were held October 27, 2009 from the Meeker United Methodist Church. Interment was made in the Highland Cemetery with Masonic Rites conferred by Rio Blanco Lodge #80, AF&AM and full military honors by V.F.W. Post #5843.