Richard Lowe Allen, 93, loyal husband and loving father, died peacefully surrounded by his family in the early evening hours of May 15, 2017. A long-time resident of Weed, CA and previously of Saratoga, CA, Richard was born in Tucson, AR on March 29, 1925, the son of Boswell and Bessie (Lowe) Allen and the older brother of Virginia (Allen) Webb, all of whom preceded him in death.
Richard served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945, and attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, earning his degree in aeronautical engineering in 1949. He married Barbara Jean (Franzen) Allen on February 15, 1948 and together they raised 3 children, Paul, Matt and Joan. Richard’s love of airplanes and flight continued throughout his life, manifested during his youth in model airplane building and later in both his career and his hobbies. He made an early career in the aerospace industry with several large companies including Lockheed, and later owned and operated his own avionics company, Avionics Technology. He also owned and flew several small planes and worked on homebuilt designs in his workshop.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Barbara, and is survived by his sons Paul (and Sheryl) Allen of San Jose, Matt (and Janet) Allen of Irvine and daughter Joan (and Todd) Casey of Weed as well as grandchildren Julie Mckenzie, Jenny (and Jeff) Schmidt, Sarah (and Robert) Theiring, Scott (and Denise) Allen, Caitlin Casey (and Noni Smith), Dylan Casey, and Flynn Casey, and great grandchildren Madelynne and Jack McKenzie, Ava and Johnathan Theiring, Tyler and Zoey Allen, and Jonah Schmidt.
We will miss our loving and generous father, grandfather and great-grandfather and his steadfast presence in our lives but we know he has made it through to a lighter place and that perhaps he is even out there dancing with mom.
A memorial celebration of Richard’s life is being planned for Summer, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to Children First Foster Agency or Mount Shasta Hospice.