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Davison-Fulton/Bartonville Chapel

1203 West Garfield Ave, Bartonville, IL

OBITUARY

William H. Allen Jr.

February 19, 1946April 25, 2019

William H. “Bill” Allen Jr., 73, of Peoria, Illinois, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 19, 1946 in Peoria, Illinois to William H. and Hazel M. (Petty) Allen Sr. He married Sandra J. Branch on November 26, 1966 in Peoria. She preceded him in death on November 17, 2007 in Peoria. He later married Janet Wellman on February 14, 2009 in Pekin, Illinois. She survives. He has three children, William (Christine) Allen of Creve Coeur, Illinois, Brad Allen of Bartonville, Illinois and Carrie (Sean) Gray of Bartonville, Illinois; seven grandsons, Brecht, Ben, Emig, Ezra, Ashton, Aidan and Rylan; six siblings, Kathleen Frisby of Pekin, Illinois, Richard (Chris) Allen of Bartonville, Illinois, Mary Beth (Tom) Justus of Canton, Illinois, Tom (Sarah) Tucker of Pekin, Illinois, Holly (Chris) Hartmann; one sister-in-law, Patty Allen of Glasford, Illinois; many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Roger Allen. William worked as a millwright for 34 years at Caterpillar Inc. retiring in 2001. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of the Lancaster Masonic Lodge #106 A.F. & A.M. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he formerly served as a Bishop 6 1\2 years. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Swan Lake Memory Gardens. The Davison Fulton Bartonville Chapel is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. You may create an online condolence at www.davison-fultonbartonvillechapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • William H Allen Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Hazel M Allen, Mother (deceased)
  • Janet (Wellman) Allen, Wife
  • William (Christine) Allen, Son
  • Brad Allen, Son
  • Carrie (Sean) Gray, Daughter
  • Brecht, Ben, Emig, Ezra, Ashton, Aidan & Rylan, Seven Grandsons
  • Richard(Chris) Allen, Brother
  • Tom (Sarah) Tucker, Brother
  • Mary Beth(Tom) Justus ,Kathleen Frisby, Sisters
  • Holly (Chris) Hartmann, Sister
  • Patty Allen, Sister-in-law
  • Sandra J. (Branch) Allen (Deceased), Wife
  • Roger Allen (Deceased), Brother
  • William H. Allen leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Graveside Service Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Memories

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Tom Kaskie

May 2, 2019

Dear Janice and Family,

I am so very sorry to hear that Bill has passed away. He was such a great and loyal friend. I am fortunate to have known and loved Bill. I have many many fond memories working with Bill.

My Deepest Sympathy to All of You,
Tom Kaskie

Clint Pincock

May 1, 2019

The Pekin Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has lost a dear friend and spiritual leader. We are so thankful for the priesthood leader that Bill became that allowed him to faithfully serve as our Bishop for many years and to see that we qualified to have our own chapel built in Pekin. Bill was never comfortable in his call as Bishop but fulfilled it magnificently and was a great example of dedicated service to all of us who worked with him. I remember he would occasionally get flustered while conducting a meeting and might let a bad word slip from his tongue. He always felt so bad about that but it endeared him to the rest of us imperfect worshippers. It made it easier for us to confide in and confess our sins to our Bishop as we sought to repent and seek the Lord's forgiveness for our wrongs. Much like I think it will be one day when we meet our Savior, we were confident that we were facing a compassionate and merciful judge who understood our mortal frailties. Much like the Savior, our Bishop always challenged us to step and become better. I'm grateful for his service and friendship and pray for us all to continue to feel of his love in days to come. Thanks Bill for enduring in faith to the end.

Ray and Donna Rabus

April 28, 2019

Donna and I were good friends of Bill and Sandy for many many years. I met Bill while working at Caterpillar. We had many wonderful times together with Sandy, Bill and their 2 sons and our 2 sons - CUB baseball games in Chicago and St. Louis, St. Louis Zoo, carnivals, fairs, cookouts, bowling leagues, etc. Bill was a wonderful guy and so much fun. There was the time when Bill and I made a bet at work - I lost and Bill shaved my hair off. Donna was not real happy when I came home from work with out my hair. Of course, later we all had many laughs over that.

Bill, Bradley and Carrie, we are so very sorry for the loss of your father. He will be missed by many. We send our love and prayers to each one of you.

Alice Jury

April 28, 2019

We use to sit behind Bill and his family at the Bradley Basketball games. Always kept us laughing and sharing chocolate with everyone. A great , respected man. Our thoughts and prayers to the family for peace and comfort.
Owen and Alice Jury

Deborah Hecht

April 27, 2019

We would like to convey our deepest sympathies to the family in this time of sorrow. May God bless and comfort you in the days ahead. Bill was a great friend and we will miss him also.

Condolences,

Michael and Deborah Hecht

rick zimmerman

April 27, 2019

I will deeply miss Bill! I joined the church that he belonged to in March of 2015.Bill taught sunday school there and he was very good at it.I always looked froward to his teachings on Sundays.He and brother Wageman would joke around and we all would have a nice time!He always had a welcoming smile and a warm handshake!He will be dearly missed.But my memories of him will live on for a long while.

Ross Ford

April 27, 2019

This one hurts! Bill was a wonderful man!!!! He was my Dad's millwright partner at Cat and when Dad was around, Bill would ALWAYS visit. Just to sit a listen to his stories about their antics at work would have you laughing so HARD your whole face would hurt. Bill was one of the few men I RESPECTED as much as my Father. Please know that his entire family is in my thoughts and prayers!!!!!!!

Kelly Sams

April 27, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. He was one of the best friends my dad ever had. He will be greatly missed.

Robie Smith

April 26, 2019

Janet, I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet husband. You finally found what you deserved and I pray that the memories you have of him will sustain you during this time. Thank Heaven for our knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. May the Comforter bring you His Peace! Love and miss you my sister.

William Oliver

April 26, 2019

Bishop Allen ordained me and elder and I thank him everyday for that honor. I will miss him my thoughts and prayers go out to the family

FROM THE FAMILY