In 1942 at the age of 16 he moved to Elkton, Oregon to live with Roy Butler and his wife. He worked on their farm and was treated like their son.
He also worked on a fire tower near Mapleton, Oregon looking out for Japanese airplanes at the start of WW II.
He joined the Navy in July 1942 and served for three-and-a-half years. He was a signalman on several liberty and victory ships which sailed in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
He married the love of his life, Grace Freitag in 1946.
After living in Arcata and McKinleyville, they moved to Garberville in 1956. Allen was employed as a truck driver and foreman clerk for PG&E for 35 years.
Allen loved to fish at Shelter Cove, hunt with his friend Earl Titus and he grew the tallest tomato plants in his small backyard garden. He was a 50-year-member of the American Legion, a volunteer at the Healy Senior Center for over 20 years, and was a founding member and fire chief of the Redway Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Grace; his daughters, Patricia Wormington (Dan) of Beckwourth, CA, and Nancy Jurrens, (Greg) of Redway, CA; granddaughter, Amy Winslow of Sonora CA; grandsons, Jason Jurrens (Sara) of El Dorado Hills, CA and Jeff Jurrens (Elise) of Colorado Springs, CO; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Ramona Reuss; nieces, Sharon Luis and Barbara Stamps of Smith River, CA; and his dear friends Ed and Carolee Brady of Redway, CA.
On August 2, 2013, Allen will be buried next to his mother Jennie and father Bruce Lindsley in the Liberty Cemetery at Sweet Home, Oregon.
Allen’s family would like to express their thanks to Heart of the Redwoods Community Hospice for their support. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart of the Redwoods Community Hospice or Healy Senior Center.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Healy Senior Center on Saturday, Aug. 31 starting at 1 p.m.