Daniel Lee Allen

December 19, 1929January 7, 2011

Daniel Lee Allen, 81 of Inglis, FL died Fri., Jan. 7, 2011 at 7 Rivers Hospital in Crystal River. Born in Inglis Dec. 19, 1929, he was the son of the late Dewey D. Allen. former Mayor of Inglis and Vivian Allen long time Post Master of Inglis. He was an award winning News Correspondent with 16 years of service with AFN Europe, an Emmy Award winning Writer/Producer for WWBM-TV and WLS-TV in Chicago and WJLA-TV in Washington D. C. Dan served in the U S Air Force as a Pilot, and was a graduate of the University Of Florida. He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy L. Allen and Sherry E. Douglas both of Kernersville, NC; niece Patricia Canady of Myrtle Beach, SC, and long time companion, Gunter Mewes of Inglis. Funeral services will be held 11 a. m., Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs. Friends will be received from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan 11 at the Funeral Home. The burial will be private at Hickory Island Cemetery.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 12, 2011
  • Visitation Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Jane Burdette

January 17, 2011

Dan was one of the most warm, wonderful and inviting people I have ever met. Some people just leave a hole in the universe and Dan will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to Gunter, his family, his dear friend Betty and to all who were blessed to have known him. Good night sweet Prince.

January 13, 2011

Upon my retirement from the Air Force and my arrival at AFNE in 1974, it was Dan Allen who was instrumental in my segue from airplanes to airwaves. What a wonderful guy with whom to work and learn. From his demeanor in the newsroom to his captivating tales shared with Chris and I at our home in Dortelweil, Dan was a gem.

Our condolences to his family.

Charles (Chuck) Lutz
Williamsburg, Va.

Sally Price

January 12, 2011

I was ever so lucky to join the Dan Allen family circle when Dan's mother, Postmaster Vivian C. Allen, asked me to go to work for her 45 years ago when the post office was in Dan's father's real estate office at the entrance to Palm Point in Inglis. Dan's dad, Dewey D Allen, was Mayor of Inglis for over 30 years and very active in state politics. Dan was all over the world making history and reporting it in the early years but returned home to Inglis with friend Gunter and built an awesome home on the banks of the Withlacoochee River just across from where his mother and father lived. The home was open to family and friends on any occassion, with food, music and conversation on a level most people here don't get to experience. My mother, Sara Weaver, and myself were always invited to the gatherings and the two loved to share the home, the collections from their life travels and endless pictures and movies. I replaced Dan's mother at the post office many summers while Dan's parents spent months visiting and traveling Europe with the son they loved so much. The words to describe Dan's intelligence, hospitility, caring know no limit. Dan always had time for a word or a smile when he came to pick up his mail at P O Box 4 Inglis that I think he had since birth. There were many trips to Hickory Island he and the family loved to share with many. Dan, one of the most brilliant men I ever met, who never lost his small town love though he saw the world, will rest with his parents and the Hodges family, that all made history here, behind the wrought iron gated cemetery on Hickory Island. Dan touched the lives of every one he encountered and we all are better people for having known this awesome person. My love and prayers to Gunter, Sherry Beth and Brent, Dottie and all the family both related and unrelated that Dan welcomed into his life. DAN LOVED LIFE AND HE LIVED HIS LIFE, EVERY MINUTE OF IT.

Ed Eylward

January 11, 2011

To Guenter and Dan's family, we offer our deepest condolences. It was a pleasure working with you over the years and you will be missed. May perpetual light shine upon you always.

Ed Eylward & John Zona

January 11, 2011

I knew Dan for only these last five years. He was a true Renaissance gentleman. He could talk to anyone and put me at ease immediately You couldn't help but love him. His interests were so varied and his conversations always stimulating. I will remember him for his love of that video camera he always seemed to have running, his parties and his humor. May God hold you close Dan. Condolences to his long time companion and his family. Midge Peran Chicago, IL

Richard & Marilyn Kellman

January 11, 2011

We were fortunate to have known Dan over these past 20 or so years. Our condolences to his family.

Joy Baldree (Allen)

January 11, 2011

Uncle hero...always. Always admired for his gentle kindness, warm embrace, and ways of knowing. Thoughts and prayers with you Gunter.

Robin & Marta Humphrey

January 11, 2011

Dan, our eloquent, elegant friend...
We shall miss you. Adios Amigo!!!
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Robin & Marta Humphrey

Yolanda and Jack Dorminy

January 11, 2011

We have known Dan for many years and have always found him to be a kind and gentle person. Our condolences to his family at this time of great loss. You will be missed Dan.

Jim Kirby

January 11, 2011

Dan, you were a pro in every sense of the word, and I am proud to have known you when you were at AFN Europe. This young and inexperienced broadcaster learned an awful lot about "the business" from our talks together and by listning to you and Milt Fullerton, take the most boring of news stories and deliver them in such a way that could make a grown man cry. Rest in peace Dan and God bless you.