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Warren “Corky” Allen, Sr., of Fayette, passed away at his home on Nov. 12, 2012. He was 91 years old.

He was born Aug. 30, 1921, to William McKinley and Goldie L. (Foutch) Allen in Eagleville, Mo.  After graduation from high school in Ridgeway he joined the CCCs and arrived in Fayette, Mo.  It was here he met the girl of his dreams, Betty Jean Dougherty to whom he was married on June 12, 1941.  

After several jobs, such as a caterpillar operator, driller on a drill boat for the Corps of Engineers, Wilson Meat Packing in Kansas City among other jobs he was enticed to move to Richmond, Calif., where his dad and two brothers were working at Kaiser Shipyard. He moved with his wife and young son, Warren C. Allen, Jr. to California where he was employed as a journeyman welder. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1943 and was sent to Farragut, Idaho for boot camp.  His wife and son returned home to Fayette. After completing submarine school and sonar training, he shipped out on the submarine “Grouper.” His daughter, Linda was born in December 1945. Upon completing his tour of duty in the Navy he returned to Fayette and enrolled in the University of Missouri where he commuted five days a week for three years. During this time, he worked part time for Hamp Crews at Paul’s Sandwich Shop. Then he took the Civil Service Exam for rural mail carriers. He passed with flying colors and started as a rural mail carrier in September 1950, and continued until retirement in 1983. While carrying the mail he was able to finish school at MU and graduated in May 1951, with a degree in Animal Husbandry.

There was never a dull moment in his life. He always had part time jobs. He managed the Fayette Swimming Pool for five years, was a soil tester for the Extension Service, drove a gravel truck and dried corn for Elwood Long, etc.

He was a past member of the Fayette VFW Post and a proud member of the US Submarine Veteran’s World War II group since the mid 1980s.  He held several offices including State Commander. He was an avid hunter and loved fishing and working crossword puzzles.

He was a wonderful husband, dad, brother, granddad, uncle and friend to all who knew him. He loved life and will be missed.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Betty Allen of Fayette; son, Warren C. Allen, Jr. of Raytown, Mo.; daughter, Linda Kay Catudal and husband Mike of Sunrise Beach, Mo.; brother, Robert L. Allen and wife, Anna of Eagleville, Mo.; sister, Jeanne K. Jones of Cornville, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Warren C. Allen III and wife, Myra of Fullerton, Calif., and April Michelle Allen of Raytown and by his great grandchildren. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Claude Leroy Allen and James Allen and by two sisters, Gertrude Smith and Barbara Eckart.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, at Carr-Yager Funeral Home in Fayette. Visitation was one hour prior to the service.

Burial with military honors was at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans or Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home in care of Carr-Yager Funeral Home, P.O. Box 210, Fayette, Missouri 65248.

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