Wilford Allen

October 29, 1928April 20, 2013
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WILFORD G. ALLEN, 84, died peacefully on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at home. Born on October 29, 1928, in Mobile, AL, he was a son of Richard H. and Valena (Peters) Allen. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated from Peabody High School. Wilford was a radio operator in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He owned and operated the Allen Barbershop in Pittsburgh before moving to Fort Wayne in 1979, where he worked for the Fort Wayne Minimum Housing Department, the Allen County Board of Health, and the Wayne Township Trustee office, from which he retired in 2006. Wilford loved football (especially the Steelers), and was known for telling jokes and stories. His favorite personal anecdote was about the time he was playing semi-pro football for the Pittsburgh Cubs in 1955 and intercepted a pass thrown by Johnny Unitas, who was playing quarterback that season for the Bloomfield Rams after being cut by the Steelers. In Fort Wayne, Wilford was a member of the Allen County Public Defender Board since its inception, served on the Wayne Township Board in 1998, was a longtime Republican precinct committeeman, and was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, where he was an usher. He also worked many years as a Little League umpire, served on the board of directors of Metro Youth Sports, and helped coach the Metro Rams football team. Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Margaret Ankenbruck; sons Jeffrey (Cynthia) Allen and Vincent (Susan) Allen of Pittsburgh, and Preston Allen of Fort Wayne; daughter Lauren (Gregory) Jones of Avon, CT; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Charles and Wellington Allen; one sister, Gwen Herndon; a grandson, Brandon Allen; and niece, Diane Winters. Funeral service is Friday 11 A.M. April 26, 2013 at Klaehn, Fahl and Melton Winchester Rd. Chapel 6424 Winchester Rd. Fort Wayne, with calling one hour before. Calling also Thursday 2-4 & 6-8 at the funeral home. Memorials to Metro Youth Sports, Visiting Nurse, or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 25, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, April 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 26, 2013

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Fred and Karen Allina

August 28, 2013

Dear Margaret and Preston, We are so saddened to hear of Wilford's death. We both liked him so much, and always enjoyed our visits. He had a warm, genuine spirit, and an infectious laugh. You both will be in our prayers. Your friends,

Evelyn J Frierson

April 30, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Allen was a delightful spirit whenever you were in his presence. I know he will be missed by so many that came to know and love him. My sincere condolences to the family of this wonderful man!

Diane Shears

April 27, 2013

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Wilford G. Allen. He was a blessing to our family and will truely be missed

Tom and Kay Felts

April 27, 2013

Margaret and Preston - We were sorry to hear of your loss. Wilford was a great guy, a straight-shooter and a man to be admired. Hope you are getting along as best as can be expected. Tom and Kay Felts

April 26, 2013

Margaret and Family. Anita and I are sorry for your loss. Wilford was one of those rare individuals whom always had a smile on his face and was dedicated to his family, friends and his community. I know the community of Wayne Township was served well by Wilford and his involvement in the Metro Youth Sports group was really appreciated. ON A PERSONAL NOTE, WE PLAYED A FAIR AMOUNT OF POKER TOGETHER IN OUR LITTLE GROUP AND WILFORD ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY DUECES ( 2'S ) WILD SO I LEFT HIM THE 4 DUECES TO HAVE FOREVER AS I KNOW WE WILL MEET AGAIN AND HE WOULD WANT THEM TO WIN EVERY POT. MYSTERY SOLVED IF YOU WERE WONDERING WHERE THEY CAME FROM. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Tom and Anita Carter

April 25, 2013

Margaret and family, I was so sorry to read about the passing of Wilford. He was a wonderful person, always greeted me with that wonderful smile and personality. I know he will be missed by many.

Sara Beckwith (Eck)

April 25, 2013

Wilford was genuine, self-less, and always optimistic. He was always thinking of other people. When I decided that I was going to start lifting weights, he found a used weight bench for me. That was Wilford, always thinking of other people.

April 25, 2013

William & Charlene Carr

Emily Eck

April 24, 2013

Wilford was a staple in my life as he was friends with my Dad. I doubt my Dad would admit it, but Wilford was one of his BFF's. He was a kind and gentle person. I have many memories of him in my parents' garage playing poker...maybe with a fish hat on his head or Mardi Gras beads around his neck. His laughter could be heard through the whole house. It was infectious. Once at a poker party, I told him I was getting a cab to the airport and he insisted on driving me there even though I had to be there at 4:30am. It was a selfless gesture and Wilford didn't bat an eye as that was the type of person he was. He will be greatly missed but at least Earl now has a poker partner up there. Margaret - You and Preston are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 24, 2013