OBITUARY

Eddie Leon Allen

February 5, 1953May 7, 2013
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Eddie Leon Allen, also known as Chief (CMSGT) Allen was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 5, 1953 to the proud parents of Eddie & Lillie Allen. He confessed Christ at an early age at Beautiful Zion Missionary Baptist Church, (Chicago, IL), under the leadership of Pastor Harris. He graduated from Gage Park High School in Chicago, Illinois on June 26, 1970. During his high school years he participated in ROTC; always knowing he planned to go serve his country upon graduation. Eddie Allen enlisted in the United States Air Force on February 29, 1970 and retired as the USAF Medical Services Enlisted Career Field Functional Manager for Mental Health and the Manager of the Mental Health Flight for the 74th Medical Operations Squadron, from Wright Patterson Air Force Base on October 1, 2000. Chief Allen dedicated 30 years of his life to the national defense of our country. He was a decorated combat veteran of both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster. His active duty assignments included: NKP Royal Thailand AFB; Phan Rang AB (South Vietnam), Tansonhut AB (Saigon, Vietnam), Grissom AFB, (Peru, Indiana), George AFB (Victorville, California), Hickam AFB (Honolulu, Hawaii), Maxwell AFB, (Montgomery, Alabama), Torrejon AFB (Madrid, Spain) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Fairborn, Ohio).

After retiring from the USAF, Chief Allen became the founder and president of Allen and Associates, Inc. A local human resource’s training corporation. His was also a very active member of his community serving on: • The State of Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Foundation, Executive Board Member • Montgomery County’s Suicide Prevention Coalition, Chairperson • Montgomery County‘s Alcohol, Drug Addictions and Mental Health Services, Board Member • Dayton Public Schools: Fathers are Parents Too Program, Consultant and Presenter • Toastmasters International, Kitty Hawk Chapter, Past Area Governor, Club President and VP • Southwest Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Crisis Counselor

Chief Allen was an Adjunct Professor at Wright State University’s School of Professional Development. He also taught Multicultural Counseling to Graduate Students at the University of Dayton and Cultural Diversity and Effective Healthcare Management at Kettering’s College of Medical Arts. In addition, he taught Leadership, Diversity and Ethics to Young Scholars at Sinclair Community College in Dayton.

He holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Counseling and Human Development from Troy State University and another from the University of Central Michigan in Personnel Management and Supervision. He also has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Religion and Sociology from Chaminade University of Honolulu and four Associates Degrees. He has earned numerous civic, scholastic and academic achievement awards, including the prestigious Chicago Tribune’s gold and silver medals for his unprecedented community participation. He was honored by the City of Chicago and presented with a rare certificate of recognition from the Mayor of Chicago. In addition, he is the 2002 and 2007 recipient of the Bernadette Schell Leadership Award recognizing his outstanding contributions to the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addictions and Mental Health Services Board. Moreover, he is a 2004 recipient of Dayton’s Top Ten African American Males Award. He also conducted Youth Leadership, Anger Management and Self-Esteem Training programs for preteens and teens living in West Dayton, sponsored by NAACP-Act So Community Outreach Center. Chief Allen, also, assisted the National Conference for Community and Justice, with their elementary, middle school, and high school Bias and Prejudice Reduction Programs. He facilitated Public School Fatherhood and Male Involvement Programs, Suicide Prevention trainings for community agencies and schools, bereavement program for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He was also a faithful member and leader to Maranatha Bible Church.

Chief Allen is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Milani Jade Allen (Dayton, OH) and his father, Eddie Lee Allen, (survived by his mother Lillie F. Allen) of Chicago, IL. He also leaves behind his wife, of 39 years, Kim Allen (Huber Heights, OH); his children: Tyson (Kristie) Allen (Birmingham, AL), Marvella Allen (Columbus , OH), Melissa Allen, (Dayton, OH); his siblings: Marva Henderson (Atlanta, GA), Floyce Allen (Chicago, IL), Elliott (Barbara) Allen (Chicago, IL), Leslie (Linda) Allen (Chicago, IL), Regina (Tracy) Stingley (Chicago, IL), Jeffrey (Patricia) Allen (Country Club Hills, IL), Sheila (Phillip) Johnson (South Holland, IL); his beloved grandchildren: Marqeis Allen, Jasmine Allen-Rice, Anthony Allen-Rice, Mia Allen, Kimberly Allen and a host of many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends, who will miss him dearly.Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7 PM at the Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church, 7505 Taylorsville Rd, Huber Heights, Ohio 45424. The family will receive friends at Tobias Funeral Home, Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd at Grange Hall Rd. from 5-8 PM Friday, May 17, 2013 and from 6-7 PM Saturday at the church.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, May 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 18, 2013
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Eddie Leon Allen

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Evelyn Miller

July 14, 2013

Eddie and I met at Lackland when we were in basic training. He was so funny and so amazing. I am so sorry to hear that he is no longer with us.

Evelyn (White) Miller

June 24, 2013

Dear Friends and Family:

My heart was saddened to hear about the passing of my friend Eddie L. Allen, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family for your great loss.

I met Eddie while stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton Ohio. After his retirement we worked several projects with youth from the base and Dayton community. He served as my personal counselor and for many of the youth and adult we served. He was very instrumental in providing wisdom, encouragement to those involved in our ministry as well as my family.

Eddie will be missed, his smile, words of encouragement and just being a fun person to be around. He will be remember and loved for a long time. May God bless these memories, which will live on in all of the lives he has toughed.

Blessings to his family as they press on in these difficult days, you will be always in our prayers.

Sincerely,

John Mark Edwards, (Brother Mark)
Chief Master Sergeant USAF Ret.,
President, Interfaith Youth Missions Inc.,
Director of Religious Education, Presidio of Monterey, CA

Karen Jeckering

May 27, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I had no idea Mr. Allen had passed. You have been through way to much this past few months but I hope you take comfort, that Milani has her grandpa with her now. My heart breaks for your family. God bless all of you!

Shauntay Alexander

May 22, 2013

Mr. Allen was a second father to me. He taught me so much and truly changed my life. During a very hard time in my life he didn't distance himself or his family from me, but embraced and supported me. He played a significant role in shaping who I am today. I will miss his wisdom, his encouragement, and definitely his humor. Thank you Lissa for sharing your daddy with me! Love to you, Vella, Tyson, and your mom, as well as the entire Allen family. He will most definitely be missed.

Tony Rice

May 22, 2013

Mr. Allen, I am so thankful and blessed to have been a part of your world and to have witnessed such an intelligent GREAT MAN. The talks you would have with me about FAMILY were huge, you were always POSITIVE.. Watching and listening to you really helped me with the relationship I have with my children.. I just want to say Thank You... Rest in Peace I miss you...

Melissa Allen

May 22, 2013

Daddy I keep thinking this is a bad dream and I'm going to see you walk through the doors asking me what I want to eat. Words cant express the loss that I feel when I think of you not here with us anymore. I'm so blessed to be able to say that you are my father. You have given me soooo much strength and love during the lose of our Mimi even when I know how much you were hurting. All I can say is my Cup Runneth Over For I Am BLESSED to have been your daughter. I always looked to you to a listening ear and to hear you wise words. I will continue to look to you for you have instilled in me so many words of wisdom. I love you daddy and I am everything I am because you loved me.

Marvella Allen

May 22, 2013

There are no words to express the extreme loss I feel. A true hero has been snatched from this world and somehow the air is harder for me to breathe. Nevertheless, I am honored and blessed to be able to say, "Eddie L. Allen was my dad". I thank him for loving me, for always encouraging and supporting me, for all of the opportunities he afforded me and, most importantly, for believing in me so strongly that I couldn't help but believe in myself! I could not have asked for a better father, friend, role model, confidant and mentor! God blessed me with him and for that I am eternally grateful. I am also very proud to be a part of his living legacy. IN HIS HONOR, I COMMIT TO BEING THE BEST ME I CAN BE AND TO ALWAYS PAY IT FORWARD. I will keep my head held high and continue to live but I will NEVER be the same! I LOVE YOU, DAD AND MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!

Michele Cox

May 21, 2013

Sending my deepest condolences to the Allen family. It was an honor to have known Chief Allen - he was always motivating and encouraging. He has left a mark in numerous lives.

Brenda Evans

May 20, 2013

Deepest condolences to the Allen Family. I am so blessed to have spent an hour with Eddie on Friday and then again on Monday. He is a one of kind and made a hugh difference in this world. You will be missed my friend. R.I.P. Chief Eddie Allen.
God Bless.

Vickie Harris

May 20, 2013

To Mrs. Allen, Miss Melissa and the rest of the Allen family. I am very sorry for your loss and am praying for you all's peace and comfort. Love, Vickie