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Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home

602 East Washington Street, Greencastle, IN

OBITUARY

Robert Bayard Allen

March 27, 1963April 28, 2020

Robert Bayard Allen was born on March 27, 1963 in Greencastle to Bayard and Frances Allen. Bob graduated from Greencastle High School in 1981. He received a bachelors degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a masters degree in business from the University of Chicago. Bob worked at Quaker Oats before starting his 28-year career at Eli Lilly.

Upon retirement, Bob moved back to Greencastle where he was active at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church. He also volunteered for the Putnam County Community Foundation, the Greencastle Rotary Club and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Starting in the early 1990’s, Bob, Frances and Bayard, along with friends, planted over 63,000 trees on the farm. He was killed in a tree trimming accident on April 27, 2020.

Bob was preceded in death by his brother Michael and his mother Frances. Surviving family include his husband Enrique, father Bayard, sister Beth (John) and nieces Nicole (Steven) and Megan. He will be desperately missed by his family and many friends.

Due to current restrictions, no services are planned at this time. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Putnam County Community Foundation.

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Iain Richardson

May 10, 2020

A sun lately set, Bob was a catalyst for everyone with whom he came in contact. Always first to extend a hand, a smile, a word of introduction, he was a gentleman of incomparable warmth. His love of family, his roots and life knew no bounds.

Before I had even moved to Indianapolis from Liverpool in 1991, Bob sent me a long email to introduce himself and explain the various suburbs of Indianapolis that I might consider to live in. He worked in the cubicle next to mine at Lilly and we became firm friends after I arrived. I marveled at his personal financial planning knowledge and acumen and eagerly asked him all the questions I could think of. And he gave of that knowledge unsparingly. About financial planning or any other subject I could think of. Knowing he was always there on the other side of the cube wall gave me strength and confidence as I gingerly stepped out into the new environment.

Bob was a connector; he connected people effortlessly with each other across boundaries and biases, always quick to present alternative ways to think about things to help people understand each other. He was as comfortable planting trees and pulling weeds as he was making strategic investment decisions to the Lilly Executive Committee.

I will miss Bob immensely. I think of him fondly and vividly, whether on the beaches of St. Martin and Mexico, at his house in Indy, at lunch in the cafeteria dissecting some event, or the random home building updates and emails I would get more recently.

My deepest condolences to Enrique, Bayard, Beth and everyone in Bob's family and friends. I feel so privileged to have been able to share Bob's time here with all of you. His warmth lingers yet and will never fade.

Attached is a photo from a memorable happy dinner with Bob and friends in Indianapolis.

Sincerely, Iain Richardson

Pamela Runkle

May 7, 2020

Enrique & The Allen Family,
I’m so so sorry to hear about the loss of Bob. My heart is broken.
Bob was not only a mentor but a dear friend. He was the 1st person to welcome me with open arms when I first moved to NYC as a new district manager. He showed me the ropes of navigating the Big Apple and unconditionally supported me through my journey as a new manager. I spent many days & evenings enjoying dinner parties at the apt in the upper west, going out to fun restaurants & bars, and great picnic in central part. Truly one of the most authentic, kind and warm heated people I knew.
He will forever be in my heart. Sending love & prayers. Pam

Mark Clark

May 2, 2020

Bob was one of my favorite coworkers at Lilly. He always had a kind word and was interested in what was happening in your life. Bob was “ one of the good guys” and will be missed by all who knew him.

Jerry Rud

May 1, 2020

Sincerest condolences to Enrique, Bayard and Nancy, and Beth and her family (who I’ve never met but respect because Bob spoke of them all with such high regard). I hope you find some peace in your many memories of the loving and principled man that Bob was.

A couple of reflections:

I loved Bob's zeal. When we drove around the tree farm his explanations about why this and that were being done were high energy and compelling. And then the plans for this plot and that fence row had to be removed. He was really in his element and I relish that he so eagerly shared all of this.

When we partied at Erik and Carol’s or at a restaurant, he was quick to laughter and loved sharing his dream travels to Spain, Turkey, and other places. Best of those times were with Enrique and Mahdis too.

I have been struggling with his passing so much. I even see him in some of the dreams I’ve had this week. Just keep wishing it weren’t real, and then I wake up. May his memory be with us forever.

Peace to you, Bob, my friend.

Mamei Massaley-Roker

May 1, 2020

I want to start by offering my condolences to the loved ones of Bob. I very sorry to hear of his passing. Bob was my hiring manager at Eli Lilly. One thing I will always remember is how supportive and encouraging he was when I wanted enroll in business school. He was honest about the responsibility I was taking on, and constantly advised me on how to successfully handle my dual roles as a sales professional and student. I attribute that achievement to his assistance and guidance. I am glad to have known Bob and pray that he rest in peace.

Diane Kostyshyn

May 1, 2020

Please accept my deepest condolences to Enrique and Bob's family. I worked with Bob at Lilly and he was a neighbor or ours on Carrollton Avenue in Indianapolis. I have so many memories of his kind heart. Last time I saw him was for breakfast in Times Square when I came into NYC on business. It had been years since I had seen him but it seemed like yesterday, that was just the type of person he was, always making you feel comfortable. When he told me he was moving back to Indiana after retiring from Indianapolis, I thought of the time he shared of hunting for morel mushrooms. I don't know why that stood in my mind, but it is a memory that makes me smile. The world was a better place for Bob living in it. Diane Kostyshyn

Soha Abdelrehim

May 1, 2020

I had the privilege of knowing Bob for many years. I’m so grateful that he hired me at Lilly 12 and a half years ago! He was one of the smartest people I’ve ever met and a mentor; Bob truly taught me so much. I have so many memories with Bob that make me laugh and smile as we shared field rides, meetings, happy hours and celebrations throughout the year.

He got me promoted and gave me confidence that’s lasted with me throughout my career. We had so many memorable conversations about career, travel, the trees he planted, family and life in general. He definitely left a lasting impression on everyone! Bob will be missed by so many!! My deepest condolences

Shuk Liu

April 30, 2020

My deepest condolences to Enrique and the Allen family.

Bob was the manager I had the longest at Lilly and I learned so much from him. Even though it's such a sad time now, I smile when I think about our conversations on food, travels, dogs, investment and just life in general. He was such a special man and had much impact on all who were lucky to know him.

Peace to Bob and his family.

Luis Colon M.D.

April 30, 2020

Dear Bayard, Beth, Enrique (Kike) and other family members:

Approximately twenty six years ago I had the fortune of meeting Bob. Indiana became home after serving in the military, where I also furthered and completed my professional career.

Bob was one of the first friends I made in Indianapolis through networking with folks from Eli Lilly.

Our friendship continued after he moved to NYC and when he returned back. He moved back to be close to you Bayard, to set roots, build a house and give back to the town that saw him grow into the man he became. He never forgot where he was from, his family and his friends.

You could always count on Bob staying in touch through the years.
What I remember the most is his amicable demeanor, his joy of meeting and keeping up with friends, and his dedication to excelling at what he did at work.

Bob was a gentleman, salt of the earth type of man. He loved life, had joy in his heart, and left an indelible mark in those of us who had the honor of calling him our friend.

You and Frances (R.I.P.) raised him well and should feel very proud of him.
Enrique and he had a strong loving bond throughout the many years they shared. You cannot truly love if you don’t come from a place of love. KK, I hope we can stay in touch and grow a friendship, something I know will make Bob happy.
Bayard and Beth I have never had the honor of meeting you and would like to do so in the near future.
God bless you all, and understand that Bob will be remembered and missed by many of us who had the fortune of crossing paths with him.

May God bless and comfort your family in this very sad moment in your lives. May the memory of Bob give you strength and fortitude as you accept his early departure. May the memory of your son, brother and husband remain indelible in your hearts for the rest of your lives. Please remember, when he visits your thoughts greet him with a smile.

Respectfully yours.

Todd Narter

April 30, 2020

I met Bob somewhat randomly in 1983 when we were both interns at IBM in Charlotte, NC. I actually remember the moment we met and continue to wonder at the fact that after a brief internship together, we remained friends for almost 40 years. Bob was always someone I could rely on to discuss any problems in my life as he was a great listener and a kind and compassionate soul. We shared so many wonderful times together over the years and I was so saddened to hear of his passing. I loved Bob and my heart goes out to Enrique and his family.

FROM THE FAMILY

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