David Robert Allen
April 8, 1949 – October 26, 2018
David Robert Allen, son of the late Robert Paul Allen and Dorothy Virginia Sparks Allen, born April 8, 1949 in Vancouver, Washington, went to be with his Lord, October 26, 2018.
David graduated high school in 1967 in Pomona, California. On September 18, 1965, he met Veronica “Roni” LaBombard at Mario’s, a teen nightclub in Pasco, Washington. They started going steady April 1, 1966 and soon he knew, she was his one true love. In October that year, he asked her how she would like to spend 60 years with him. Roni and David were married November 6, 1967.
For 51 years, he was her North, her South, her East, her West – and she his. Their first home overlooked the Willamette River in Oregon. David worked in a paper mill until his father-in-law offered him a job as a sheet metal worker in Kansas City, Missouri. He learned the trade and eventually started his own heating and cooling company, the most recent of which was Dave & Kelly’s.
With a customer base of around 8,000 people, David was highly regarded and known as an honest businessman with no pretensions. He truly cared for his customers. Indeed, even in selling his company in the wake of learning he had terminal cancer, David’s foremost concern was that his customers would be well cared for.
Throughout his life, David was a blessing and a sincere friend to countless people, always putting others ahead of himself. Though he was unpretentious, practical, and eager to have the focus be on others, anyone who knew David (or Dave) would agree: he was one in a billion.
His compassion shone through even in his final days, as did his humor and wit. When his oncologist questioned him skydiving, David answered, “Well, if I die from skydiving, at least I won’t die from cancer.” The day before he passed, a friend asked how he was doing; David smiled and replied, “I’m dying.” He welcomed friends and family at his bedside with a smile and deep caring till the end. And he welcomed his loved one’s tears, telling his wife and soul mate, it was alright if she cried; he, too, was saddened that they would soon say goodbye.
But David firmly believed that they will be together again. His faith never wavered since October 26, 1972, the day that he and Roni accepted Christ as their Savior.
In 1974, David enrolled in Tennessee Temple Bible College in Chattanooga, graduating four years later. He pastored several churches over the years and was a man of strong morals who “walked the talk.” He was a gentle, but strong, soul who loved greatly and counseled and comforted many, no matter any differences of faith or politics or beliefs.
David was not reluctant to shed tears, whether over a sappy film or when leading a funeral service. As an ordained minister, he presided over the services of many family members, including his father and mother, his father and mother-in-law, and for two brother-in-laws. He shed tears, but reminded those in mourning that one day, believers in Christ would be reunited.
Today, David Allen is in the presence of God. He has departed physically, but in spirit, he will continue to be with those who loved him and continue to be a beacon of light and faith.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Veronica “Roni” Allen; his children, Justin Allen, Linda “Christy” Byersdorf (Dan), Rachel Howe (Jay), John Paul Allen, and Amy Mitchell (Brandon); his sister, Bonnie Irby; his brothers Dan and Mike Allen; his grandchildren, MaKayla Allen, Alex and Trevor Byersdorf, Aiden, Parker and Grace Mitchell, Samuel, Andrew, Ava and Matthew Howe, and Jessica, Jeremiah, and Joshua Allen and great grandchildren Eden and Gabriel Byersdorf, as well as many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 31 at Newcomer’s Noland Road Chapel, 509 S. Noland Road, Independence, MO 64050 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., with a funeral service immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to TransWorld Radio, one of David’s favorite missions, online at https://www.twr.org/donate/ or via post at TWR Donor Services, P.O. Box 8700, Cary, NC 27512; or to the Melanoma Research Foundation online at Melanoma Research Foundation or via post at 1411 K Street, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005.
- Robert Paul Allen, Father
- Dorothy Virginia (Sparks) Allen, Mother
- Veronica "Roni" (LaBombard) Allen, Wife
- Justin Allen, Son
- Linda "Christy" (Dan) Byersdorf, Daughter
- Rachel (Jay) Howe, Daughter
- John Paul Allen, Son
- Amy (Brandon) Mitchell, Daughter
- Bonnie Irby, Sister
- Dan Allen, Brother
- Mike Allen, Brother
- Makayla Allen, Alex & Trevor Byersdorf, Aiden, Parker & Grace Mitchell, Samuel, Andrew, Ava & Matthew Howe, Jessica, Jeremiah & Joshua Allen, Grandchildren
- Eden & Gabriel Byersdorf, Great grandchildren
- David also leaves many nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.
- Visitation Wednesday, October 31, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, October 31, 2018
David Robert Allen
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RACHEL A ALLEN
October 30, 2018
THE GREATEST GIFT MY DAD GAVE HIS CHILDREN WAS TO TEACH US ABOUT THE GIFT OF SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, AND RAISING US IN A BIBLE BELIEVING HOME. I WILL MISS MY DAD, AND BEING ABLE TO GO TO HIM FOR ANSWERS TO ANY QUESTION I MIGHT'VE HAD. HE WOULD ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH NO MATTER IF IT WERE WHAT ONE WANTED TO HEAR OR NOT; WHICH IN TODAY'S WORLD IS PRICELESS. HE WAS ALWAYS POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING, ALWAYS UPLIFTING OTHERS. HE SHINED A LIGHT AND NEVER MISSED AN OPPORTINITY TO WIN SOMEONE TO THE LORD.
HIS FAVORITE VERSE WAS JEREMIAH 29:11...
FOR I KNOW THE THOUGHTS THAT I THINK TOWARD YOU, SAITH THE LORD, THOUGHTS OF PEACE,
AND NOT OF EVIL, TO GIVE YOU AN EXPECTED END.
WILL MISS U DAD !!!
October 30, 2018
I first met Dave when I was 10 years old. Amazingly, over 28 years, my thoughts of him never changed. There are not a lot of people you can say that about. I always saw him as: A caring, steady, quick-witted, good natured man. He was always quick with a reply, rather it be a joke or word of wisdom. It never mattered how much time had gone by since I had last seen him; he was always the same Dave and always a pleasure to visit with. I know he left such an impact on so many. It never mattered what verse, everything I’ve ever read in proverbs, made me think of Dave. A very cool, collected word of wisdom that made you think for yourself. That is how I will always remember Dave.
October 30, 2018
Richard and I hadn't been married long when Dave loaned us his fishing cabin for a getaway one fall. He gave us a tank of gas to hook up which we never figured out and we had to pour water into the toilet to flush it, but it was so nice to get away. Still have the love verses from Corinthians on our wall that he and Ronnie gave us for encouragement. We are going to miss this kind,gentle man of God who helped so many.