Iona Alda Allen

October 1, 1917November 18, 2013

Iona (Myers) Allen, age 96, of North Canton, died Monday, November 18, 2013, surrounded by her family.

She was born in October 1, 1917 on Pittsburg Road and lived in the same house for 80 years. She lived at the Danbury for 9 years and was living with her daughter and son-in-law at the time of her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1992; parents, Theodore and Cevilla Myers; brother, Paul; and sister, Mildred Kreiner.

She drove school bus for North Canton for 21 years, retiring in 1978. She attended Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren when she was able.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and David Dretke; son, J.P. Allen of Wooster, OH; four grandchildren, Ron (Nikki) Allen, Chad (Nicolina) Dretke, Jason Dretke, Christine Allen; five great grandchildren, Heather Schonaur, Alexis and Emma Dretke, Morgan and Brodie Allen.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday in the Karlo-Libby Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Gunderman of Elkhart, IN and Rev. Harley Flory of Defiance officiating. Interment will be in North Canton Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7pm on Wednesday and one hour before services (10-11am) on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren, 4152 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, North Canton, OH 44720, or Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 201 W. 3rd St., Dover, OH 44622.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 20, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, November 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Eric Butler

February 5, 2014

Mrs. Allen was my school bus driver. I've never forgotten her. Thank you for sharing the photographs with all of us. Even us kids on the bus were blessed with having her take care of us.

Dayle Davis

November 20, 2013

Dear Shirley and Joy, your Mom was the sweetest lady who always had a smile for others. I have fond memories of Aunt Iona. May the peace that surpasses all understanding cover you at this time.
Love, Dayle Marie (Allen) Davis and Steve Davis

November 20, 2013

Heaven has another angel. I was so fortunate to have Iona as a second mom, and so happy that I was able to visit with her and share many fond and happy memories. God bless JP and Shirley and the extended family. She was a treasure!

Larry Sluss

November 20, 2013

Dear Shirley and J.P.
Your mom was a great lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was like a second mother to me and I will always treasure the memories of our growing up together. May her memory be a comfort to you.

Sondra Thomas

November 19, 2013

Dear Shirley, Dave, Chad and Jason: I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was so sweet to me all of the times that I saw her with Lew. My God bless you all.

karen kirsch

November 19, 2013

Dear Shirley, I'm so sorry to learn of your mom's passing. She was such fun, always full of laughter and that's how I shall always remember her.

Bob & Becky Slutz

November 19, 2013

Joy, Shirley, & family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. I can't remember not knowing your family & the happy times we shared. God bless & comfort you with the knowledge that you will see your dear Mom again.
With love,