October 5, 2013

Leon S. Allen


---- — BUNKER HILL — Leon S. Allen, 84, Bunker Hill, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Century Villa Healthcare, Greentown.

He was born the son of Loren H. and Velma M. (Thomas) Allen March 8, 1929, in Wheeler, Mich. On June 19, 1960, he married Phoebe Jane (Poff), who survives.

Leon graduated from St. Louis High School in 1948. He started working as an apprentice at Crandall Funeral Home Jan. 1, 1947, while still in high school. He went on to graduate from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis in 1950 and was licensed as a funeral director and embalmer Oct. 3, 1950. He served his apprenticeship at Jordan Funeral Home in Indianapolis starting in 1948 and continued working there until 1953. On June 9, 1951, he was inducted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He graduated from the U.S. Army Quartermaster School of Graves Registration at Fort Lee, Va. April 26, 1952 and served as NCOIC of the 293rd Quartermaster Eighth U.S. Army Mortuary near Seoul, Korea, from 1952 to 1953.

Leon purchased the former Glazier Funeral Home in Bunker Hill in January of 1955 and opened the business April 7, 1955. He operated the Allen Funeral Home for 39 years with the assistance of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Allen and later his stepmother, Iva Allen; his wife, Phoebe Jane (Poff) Allen; his daughter, Linda Talbert; and granddaughter, Amanda Watson. On December 31, 1993, he merged with Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home in Peru.

He was a former president of the Bunker Hill Businessmen’s Association, held various offices in the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church and Pipe Creek Township Fire Department, was a former district director of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association and served many years on the Awards Committee of the IFDA. His most recent memberships include Bunker Hill Methodist Church, Bunker Hill Lodge 683 F&AM (member since 1950), Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, Bunker Hill and Walton chapter orders of the Eastern Star, charter member of James Reece Post 1122 VFW, life member of Peru VFW post, Miami County Historical Society, Indiana Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Northwest Indiana Carriage & Sleigh Association, Indiana chapter of the Professional Car Society of the U.S., board of directors of the Springdale Cemetery Association (secretary treasurer from 1956 to 2000) and the Indiana State Troopers Association.

Leon’s business interests also included being a wholesale distributor for Fort Wayne Wilbert Burial Vault Co. for seven years, owner and operator of the Bunker Hill Laundromat for 13 years and he had assisted Jeff Stout at Stout & Son Funeral Home in Russiaville since 1994.

Survivors include his wife, Jane; daughter, Linda Talbert of Kokomo; and granddaughter, Amanda (Paul Freeman) Watson of Lafayette. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother and sister in-law, Karold and Pauline Allen.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Allen Funeral Home, 136 S. Elm St., Bunker Hill, with Pastor Evan Strong officiating. Burial will follow at Springdale Cemetery, Bunker Hill, with military rites.

Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Messages of condolence may be left at Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Stout of Stout & Son Funeral Home.