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John A. Allen, 93 year old Mooreland resident, died Monday, November 21, 2016 in the Alliance Health of Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Mooreland. Burial will follow in the Fargo Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

John Arthur Allen, Jr. was born on February 26, 1923 in New Mexico; the son of John Arthur and Frances (Harrison) Allen. John grew up on the family farm north of Fargo and graduated from Fargo High School. He attended Oklahoma A&M before being inducted into the United State Army Air Corp in 1942. John served as a Flight Engineer during the Air Offensive in Japan. He served the American Theater, the Asiatic Pacific Theater with one Bronze Star, the Air Medal with three Bronze Clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

He was united in marriage to Violet Marie Minnick on September 29, 1945 at the Methodist Parsonage in Woodward, Oklahoma. They made their first home north of Fargo where John grew up. They were blessed with two children, John Leo and Janice Marie. In 1955, the family moved to Altamount, Kansas, where they operated a dairy farm until 1973. They lived in Woodward from 1977 to 1985 and then moved away for several years living in Chanute, Kansas and Enid before returning to Mooreland in 2000. In early 2015, John moved to Providence Place in Woodward and has lived there since then.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mooreland. John enjoyed farming, gardening, and playing with his grand and great-grandchildren. He also loved to watch sports, especially basketball and he would do anything to make everyone laugh. John loved to help others and he always went to the nursing home to visit the "old people" even though he was in his 90's.

He is survived by one daughter, Janice Billups of North Richland Hills, Texas; one sister Gracie Blakesley of Garnett, Kansas; five grandchildren: Chris Allen, Annie Allen, Nicole Stovall, Jennifer Krusemark, Megan Billups; seven great-grandchildren: Zoe, Trinity, Benjamin, and Noah Stovall, Alanna Rucker, Lily and Lexi Allen; other relatives and many friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Maude Hardy, his son, John Leo Allen and his beloved wife Violet Allen.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on November 23, 2016
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