OBITUARY

Robert Curtis Allen

August 18, 1929January 24, 2021
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Robert (Bob) Curtis Allen, age 91, passed away January 24, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado. Born on August 18, 1929 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, was the son of Helen G. Trethaway and Stanley H. Allen. Bob had two older brothers, Bill and Bud, who convinced Bob that his birth caused the great depression.

Bob had fond childhood memories with his brothers of the family cottage on Harvey’s Lake. Bob was known for pulling pranks on the family, especially his brothers. His early school days were in Wilkes-Barre and following a move to New Jersey, attending Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. After graduation, he went to night school at Newark College of engineering for a period.

He decided to investigate joining the Navy but was sidetracked by a Marine recruiter. He enlisted in the Marines in 1948 and served 5 years during the Korean Conflict. While in the Marines, he was sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center where he received his introduction to electronics. He was stationed on the Aleutian Islands in surveillance. He pitched for the 17th Naval district baseball team and boxed for the 1st Marine division. After an honorable discharge from the Marines, he began a career with Bell Laboratories Research in 1953 located in Murray Hill, NJ.

He married Gail Elizabeth Parsons and adopted her daughter Eileen Wick in 1964. He was blessed with a second daughter, Pamela, in 1965. The family later moved to Chicago with AT&T and then to Boulder, CO where he led a team of engineers and software designers until his retirement in 1989. In his retirement, Bob spent time with family, friends, his dogs and working on the house. He loved to play cards and take an occasional drive to Blackhawk for some poker. Bob and Gail would dance the night away to the sounds of the big bands at their favorite place at the Broadmoor.

Bob was known as the favorite uncle because of his sense of humor and ability to make people laugh. He was also known for fast convertible cars, his dancing skills, love of food, and an occasional Manhattan. He is survived by his wife Gail, daughter Pam (Bill) Curran, grandchildren Alana Stauffer, Anna Curran, and Ian Curran, great grandchildren, Alexander Bunn, Brooke Knudsen, Chanelle and Zoe Arellano, and numerous nieces and nephews he adored. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and daughter Eileen.

A memorial service will be held on March 6, 2021 beginning at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Bob to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, 2323 55th Street, Boulder, CO 80301 (https://www.boulderhumane.org/). Arrangements are being handled by Crist Mortuary in Boulder and Bob will be buried at Mountain View Memorial Park in Boulder. Those wishing to send condolences, may send to Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, CO 80301.

To access the service virtually, please use this link: https://youtu.be/7pU7anhu3lI. The broadcast will begin about 15 minutes prior to the service.

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
6 March

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Crist Mortuary

3395 Penrose Place
Boulder, CO 80301

6 March

Graveside Service

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Mountain View Memorial Park

3016 Kalmia Ave
Boulder, CO 80301

6 March

Reception

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Crist Mortuary

3395 Penrose Place
Boulder, CO 80301

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Patty Morris

February 16, 2021

Bob and Gail have been our friends and neighbors for over 50 years. We could not ask for better neighbors than they have been. Bob was one of the nicest persons I have ever known. He was always friendly and kind and just fun to talk to. He liked to play cards. I loved to play cards with him. It was always so much fun. He is already greatly missed in our neighborhood. But I know if any one is in Heaven--it has to be wonderful BOB ALLEN.


Patty Morris

chriisty gorringe

February 12, 2021

I will post a letter written by my grandson Oryan. Bob would sit down and talk to my grandson, who would work in the yard. I too have fond memories of Bob, He loved people where they were at, we always had warm fun conversations.
First of all I'm sorry to hear about Bob. He was such a good man and loved the Lord like I do. I loved to come over and do yard work, spending time talking. I'll always remember our times. It is a blessing and honor to have known him. I know we will see each other in heaven, he will always be in my heart. I know it's not easy to loose someone you love. He's in a better place. The family is in my prayers. I'm sorry I'm not there to show my respect for Gail. I am there in spirit. My heart goes out to you. God bless. Sincerely, Oryan

Lori Susi

February 5, 2021

My great uncle was definitely a mega patriarch in my family. I have fond memories of spending time at their beautiful and always welcoming home. He and Aunt Gail were a constant source of support to all of my family. They helped me recover from my leg operation when I was young by letting me stay there instead of the depressing hospital. They were also my closest family in college and always made me feel better when I was homesick. Uncle Bob helped me not miss my grandfather so much because their habits, mannerism, and humor were so similar. He always brought fun and laughs into the room. His heart was so huge and most apparent in his love for dogs. I am blessed that in the last few years, my sons had the pleasure of knowing him and thought he was the coolest. He was so generous- always giving them money. He accomplished much in his life but will most be remembered by his love and joy giving.

Bob Allen

February 4, 2021

It’s hard to pick a favorite memory of my Uncle Bob. As kids we looked forward to his visits as they were always fun. To me he was my favorite Uncle with a pretty wife and two pretty daughters. I remember being enamored with stories of his youth, some with my Dad, some without. It was obvious that Uncle Bob was more than my Dad’s brother, but also his best friend. When I moved to Colorado in the late 70’s, he was my rescuer when I got in trouble and always there when I just needed help. We all knew that we could count on him no matter what. After moving away I rarely got to see him. He surprised me by showing up for the good times (my wedding) and the not so good times (my Dad’s funeral). I always enjoyed his company, regardless of the circumstances. I wish I had lived closer and had the opportunity to see him more, but I look forward to visiting with him in Heaven one day. I’m honored that my parents chose to name me after him and grateful to be a small part of his life.

Pamela Curran

February 2, 2021

Nanci Allen Waters

February 2, 2021

Favorite uncle, indeed! We have great memories of Bob and my dad telling jokes and pulling pranks. Always laughing. When my siblings and I drifted West, Uncle Bob was always there to advise, console, help us move, and he and Aunt Gail loved us like their own. SO thankful he made it to 91 and he will be thought of often. I'm quite sure he's goofing off with his brothers right now!

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Bob and Gail dancing at the Broadmoor NYE 2018!