Allen H. Schoen

March 10, 1936March 8, 2018
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ALLEN HARRY SCHOEN of Kissimmee, Florida, passed away peacefully at home in his sleep March 8, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Lauria Schoen and leaves behind three children, Theresa Boustead, James Schoen, and Karen Simpson (Todd), four grandchildren, Laura Boustead, Christopher Boustead, Alexander Simpson and Finn Patrick Simpson, extended family Therese Kerman (Bryan), Michelle Fasshauer (Kirk), Denise Greene (Kenneth), David Trahan (Catherine), their children, Bryan Kerman, Jr., Norman Kerman, Samantha Fasshauer, Tyler Trahan, Joshua Trahan, Andrew Trahan, and Timothy Trahan.

Allen was born to Harry and Dorothy Schoen of Yonkers, New York on March 10, 1936 and was the apple of their eye. He possessed a brilliant mind, inquisitive spirit, and industrious effort and sailed through MIT, landing a job at McDonnell Douglas in California, his first position of many in the aeronautical engineering field. Allen married Patricia O’Madigan on June 1, 1958 and together they raised three children while his career advanced.

He was proud to be known as the designer of the V-22 Osprey V/STOL helicopter at Boeing Vertol Company where he worked for 32 years and from which he retired in 1998. He was invited by the Soviet Union to develop a civilian airline industry for them after the cold war ended; he further had the privilege to be there at the fall of the Berlin Wall. He received the Paul E. Hauter award from the American Helicopter Society in recognition of his significant contributions to the advancement of vertical/short takeoff and landing aircraft.

Since their marriage on February 14, 2001, Allen and Lauria travelled extensively, always returning to their homes Allen built in Kissimmee, FL and Brewster, MA. Allen was an industrious man who always had a project underway. He was a talented landscaper, furniture maker, and bird carver. He created several koi ponds at his homes of which he was very proud. He loved traveling, cooking, photography, gardening and working on his computer. Fascinated by his family history he self-published a genealogy book for the family replete with ancient documents and photos.

An open house will be held at his home in Florida, with a memorial service to be held in the spring at their summer residence on Cape Cod at a time to be determined. Grissom Funeral Home of Kissimmee, FL is entrusted with the arrangements and condolences may be offered on their website at


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Michael and Patricia Foley

March 18, 2018


We were so sorry to hear of Alan's passing. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers

Mike and Pat Foley

Marsh Riggs

March 13, 2018

My wife and I met Allen (Al) and his wife Pat in Santa Monica, CA in June 1958 as we both started our first real jobs out of engineering school at Douglas Aircraft. We lived in the same small apartment house and were good friends, but lost contact after we both left California to head east, me only as far as Colorado. After some decades, thankfully Allen re-established contact, and we continued to exchange Christmas letters and more. It was a great pleasure to host Allen and Lauria a few years ago when they at last came for a Colorado vacation. That was fun, and it was easy to connect again. I knew Allen was really smart, but I blamed it on MIT. I'm sorry to hear of his passing and pray for his family's peace and comfort. I will miss our exchanges.
Marsh Riggs

Dave Woodley

March 12, 2018

From Al's JVX/V-22 days
We went to Toys Are Us in Arlington Texas in the early eighties. They had a deal on Commodore Vic 20 computers. We wanted to create a program to calculate installed engine performance for our JVX preliminary design. We were in too great a hurry to learn Bell Helicopter's main frame computer.
Al had to use his strong personality to persuade the store cashier to NOT write TOYS on the sales slip, because he needed to claim it on Boeing expenses. He succeeded on the third or fourth sales slip!
Later that evening Bill Peck and Chuck Ellis brought beer and pizza to Al's apartment so we could keep working on the program.
As it turned out it was not a very accurate analysis and needed improvement!

Steven Glusman

March 12, 2018

I had the privilege to work with Al many times at Boeing. Besides his technical brilliance, he was a great leader and mentor to many. Sad to hear of his passing but he left the world a better place for sure. RIP Al

Laraine Griffith

March 11, 2018

We enjoyed playing a card came called rummikub and although
Allen liked to win, he would lose gracefully to the ladies.
My husband and I were very impressed with all his wood carvings which he proudly shared with us.
We will miss you Allen.